Below are our top four picks for the best apps to help you make the most of your study abroad experience, from taking notes in class to easy travel guides.
You’ll certainly find lots to take pictures of whilst in England, be it the ancient Roman city of Bath, the ultra-modern Shard building, or even the quintessential red phone booth. Instagram is an easy way to chronicle these photos for your friends back home, while the tagging feature allows you to loop in the new friends you’ll make here. Even better, you can use our program-wide hashtag to see what other UCEAP students in the UK & Ireland are up to during their time here! #ukiuceap
Named one of Apple’s Apps of the Year in 2013, Citymapper is your guide to getting around London. Integrated with the latest updates from all of London’s transport systems, it is designed to help you get from one place to another however you prefer to travel, and even creates cost estimates so you know exactly how much any journey will cost you. You can even share a location with a friend via the app, so you can say goodbye to all the times you’ve mixed up Tottenham Court Road and Tottenham Hale!
Designed to be used between multiple devices, Evernote allows you to take notes on your laptop and then review them on your phone. You can even tag your notes, and all the content you create is easily searchable. This way you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your notebook on the tube or losing a semester’s worth of work during you’re reading week trip to Prague – this app will store it all safely online.
WhatsApp is one of many effective ways of communicating with friends and family back home while you’re overseas. While Skype is great for video chats and Viber lets you call for free, WhatsApp is a popular choice for texting from abroad. The app uses Wi-Fi or 3G and lets you send messages internationally to anyone else who has the app. That means it’s useful for talking to both friends back in California as well as the new mates you’ll make across the pond!