Save money and stay connected with an international student eSIM


By Heather

Travel & Tech Writer


One of the toughest parts of being an international student is staying connected with your home. You’ve embarked upon this journey of a lifetime, and you couldn’t be happier! But chances are, you’re feeling a little homesick too.

It’s natural to miss home, and your connection with the friends, family and things that make your home special, even if you feel excited and happy about this new experience.

But with budgeting an ever-present reality of student life, traveling back home may not be in the cards (especially if your study abroad is for a few months, or a year). So how will you ensure you’re having fun, while not being distracted by that homesickness?

The answer is pretty simple, and it’s a money-saver, too—it’s an international student eSIM, and prepaid data. This will keep you connected with home, and let you enjoy your study abroad journey to its fullest.

How does eSIM work?

But wait, what the heck is an eSIM anyway? And why is it that an international student eSIM seems like such a good idea? An eSIM is a digital SIM, and it’s compatible with most new smartphone devices. You can use our Device Checker to make sure yours is compatible.

With an international student eSIM, you can access local data without needing a local mobile plan. It won’t hurt your budget, and it’ll help you in so many ways.

Here are four reasons why using an international student eSIM makes sense during your time abroad.

1. Flexible data options

Unlike with phone plans that only offer a set amount of data, prepaid data on an international student eSIM means you can choose the amount of data you want, whenever you need it.

And, with a few clicks on the aloSIM app (available for download in the App Store and on Google Play) or at, you can top up your data in seconds. This is just one reason why an international student eSIM is your match made in heaven.

2. It’s budget-friendly

We were serious about prepaid data not breaking the bank, and how it’s yet another reason an international student eSIM is such a great idea.

Remember when people used to use prepaid phone minutes? Prepaid data on an international student eSIM works the same way, making it more affordable than traditional mobile plans. And here’s a bonus: it helps you save on data roaming fees too.

3. It’s easy to use

Installing an eSIM is easy, and only takes a few minutes. Before you know it, your data will be flowing!

And when using aloSIM, your international student eSIM comes with the added benefit of a 24/7 support team, who are ready and willing to help you get started. Our website also features a ton of FAQ content, and a blog to keep you updated on the latest eSIM news.

4. It’s on your terms

Yup, you read that right. Just like prepaid phones, prepaid data on your international student eSIM means no annoying contracts. You’re not tied to a long-term contract, ever.

This also means you can use as much data as you need, and use different amounts each month. That might come in handy around months when you celebrate holidays, when you’ll want to stay even more closely connected with your loved ones who celebrate too.

So are you ready to get started with prepaid eSIM data? Amazing! Here’s some more info for you on how to get started.

Choose your data

Head to the aloSIM app or website, then choose your destination and data package based on your data needs. Will you be using it to stay connected, but also for video calls and other school-related things? Factor all of this in as you decide which package is for you.

And always remember that your data is on your terms. If you decide you need more, top up at any time. Pro tip: use our Data Calculator to decide how much data you need.

Buy your data and install before you leave

Once you’ve selected your destination and package, proceed to purchase. You can install your eSIM anytime, and should complete your install before you leave home.

We have detailed instructions (with photos and videos) for iPhone eSIM installation, Google Pixel eSIM installation, Samsung Galaxy eSIM installation, and for many other devices.

Activate when you arrive

Once your install is complete, and after you’ve arrived at your destination, you are free to activate your data anytime.

And if you ever need help, or want to check that your install & activation worked, you can access 24/7 support if you need help with your eSIM. Our support team is always available to answer any questions you have.

Prepaid data on an international student eSIM is a perfect fit for students studying abroad. It offers flexible, cost-effective mobile data, so save money and stay  connected with eSIM data from aloSIM.