The Time of Your Life: Studying Abroad
Don't Let Hemophilia Stop You
Studying abroad is one of the most exciting adventures of a young person's life: moving away from home, meeting new people, overcoming challenges, and growing up! And doing this abroad only intensifies the journey. Whether you choose a one-semester exchange or will study your entire course abroad, I guarantee you'll have an amazing time. So don't let Hemophilia stop you from the one-of-a-kind experience you’ll receive from studying abroad.
During my bachelor's degree, I had the chance to study one semester in Amsterdam, one of the most famous and exciting cities in Europe. It was a great intercultural experience as I met a lot of new people and explored new cultures. It enabled me to grow as a person while having a lot of fun, and it gave me the opportunity to create international friendships and contacts I'll have for the rest of my life.
Studying abroad should be well planned in order to make it a successful experience. In general, it is important to figure out where you would like to live and where you have access to a good education. If you are only considering one semester abroad, it is also essential to ensure that the courses you take abroad are valid for credit in your own university back home.
As a person with hemophilia, you should definitely plan a few extra things, as being aware of the health care situation in your destination city will be helpful. You should figure out how to easily get access to your treatment and where the nearest Hemophilia Treatment Center is. Although your doctors will help you with these issues, you can also find helpful tools at http://www.euhanet.org/centrelocator/. This website will guide you to the nearest HTC, no matter where you are. Ideally, you should get in touch with the treatment center closest to your future place of residence prior to departure, as this will help make the trip as easy and secure as possible.
What You'll Gain
After carefully preparing for your trip, applying and being accepted, you should relax and look forward to how great studying abroad will be. Be open-minded and it will be an experience you will never forget. You will create friendships with people from all over the world, have fun and be inspired in ways you can’t imagine today. But mainly, you will learn the lesson that Hemophilia should not — and will not — ever stop you from experiencing new things!