Studying abroad? There’s an app for that.

Are you planning on taking your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad abroad? If so, you may want to consider downloading apps from travel organizations, language guides, or your host institution. Below is a list of potentially helpful apps (many of which may be used off-line or with wifi, so as not to incur those pesky international roaming charges!). I also recommend these related posts on the subject by the International Higher Education Consulting Blog and Abroad101 – both great study abroad resources themselves!

UCL map app

As featured in our blog post on 8/27/10, API’s newest partner in London – University College London (UCL) – offers two great iPhone apps – one features a map of the campus, and the other is a university contact sytem~

TCD Student App

Trinity College Dublin offers an iPhone app which students can use to access maps, the library, and other university resources. Trinity also offers a number of virtual tours, courses, and information through iTunes U.

TCD iTunes U

The University of Limerick (UL) – features an iPhone app for its student union, so that students may easily keep abreast of activities available to them on campus. UL is well-known for its student activities, clubs, and sporting opportunities, and this app provides a great way to keep track of it all!

University of Limerick app

Another category of apps or lessons that you may find helpful are those that deal with language/cultural issues. Here is an app that I took with me when visiting our programs in the UAE and Qatar, and found it quite helpful (particularly because it speaks the phrases to you so you can attempt to pronounce them correctly ;). This particular vendor also offers (free) language guides in Spanish, Italian, and French, among others.

Arabic app

All of the above apps are free to download with an iTunes account. Many related apps may also be available in some form on the Android, BlackBerry, and other platforms.

Finally, I recommend searching through the education channels on iTunes podcasts – I once found a great (and free) set of Italian language lessons there – worth bringing along for the plane ride and/or extra practice! (Below is a screenshot sampling of free language podcasts – API is not endorsing any particular app or podcast, and does not recommend relying on such tools exclusively or excessively).

Language Podcasts

Do you have any apps/podcasts/etc that you’d like to add to the list? Let us know and we’ll post them as well!

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  1. Great post!

    Many thanks for the mention of and link to IHEC Blog. Much appreciated!

  2. Jeramy Johnson says

    Thanks David – IHEC is one of our favorites!

  3. I just purchased an Ipod Touch last month and I am amazed of the so many free applications that I can download on line. I have not doubt purchasing it, where it took my one year saving from school, because I am actually benefiting a lot from it. I will check on the applications you have shared right now, thank you.

    • Jeramy Johnson says

      It’s amazing how much is out there (and free no less)! Just imagine where the technology will be in a few years!

  4. It is even beyond imagination Jeramy Johnson. The technology brought us so many privileges that we never imagined and look at us right now. Life is very easy for the new generation now they can have everything I just a click of a hand using the computer. It is such an amazing world to live in.

    • Jeramy Johnson says

      Indeed! The trick is finding a balance between learning with and being obsessed with the technology at the expense of the true experience of studying abroad.

  5. Jeramy Johnson says

    Just learned of a new app courtesy of our friends at the Penn State Altoona office of education abroad – the ISIC Benefits app –

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