Can students become digital nomads?

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With the accessibility of technology and internet connection, working online and from locations other than the office has become increasingly popular.

People like freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals use online services and tools to reach clients, run businesses, sell products and get the job done remotely.

Usually described as ‘digital nomads’ these self-employed people are a major part of the job market, but are introducing a completely new way of working and earning.

As digital nomads, freelancers and professionals running their businesses online tend to lead a more free, independent and liberal lifestyle, which has become an aspiration for many students.

The question is whether such a lifestyle is compatible with the responsibilities of students; can it be done, and if so, how can a student receive an education and also work online?

University Restrictions

Working as a digital nomad and studying at a university can seem pretty unattainable. For the majority of students who desire to work, let’s say as freelancers, the university simply poses too many restrictions.

The first restriction regards the very location of the student and the university; usually, both have to be in the same place in order for the student to be able to attend classes and complete other requirements or exams.

Sure, a student can work as a freelancer from home or the dorm room, but that won’t really make them a digital nomad.

In order to be one, a student should be traveling and working, as well as studying remotely. Nevertheless, there is a solution for university restrictions.

Recently, there has been a term used to describe students who are or want to be digital nomads; student nomads. This means that students do not attend their local universities, but rather choose to study abroad.

Many countries actually support this idea of student mobility on a global scale; the European Union, for example, has been promoting the student mobility for years now, through the Erasmus+ program.

This program allows students to study in countries of the EU, and European countries that are not a part of the EU, while simultaneously working online.

The phenomenon of a student nomad in Europe has fostered a great community for young nomads and students who want to…
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