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You need to prove that you took the goods out of the country. But if you’re driving or taking the train, you may not encounter a customs agent. France, for example, will consider your application if you get it stamped at the French embassy or consulate at home (bring purchases with you). Submit that, proof of residence, a copy of your plane ticket, and an explanation within six months.

…you forget (or don’t have time) to get the form stamped.

While we can’t officially recommend it, if you’re returning within the export window (often three months), there’s nothing to stop you from bringing everything back.

…your refund doesn’t arrive.

Ann Druery, a U.K.-based advisor who specializes in VAT, says to make inquiries after two months. If your refund was processed by a third-party service like Global Blue or Travelex, try its online tracker. If you think a merchant is ripping you off, your credit card company may be able to help.

Latin American countries are more affordable, with Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic rated among the most inexpensive places to study. Conversely, European countries, which draw more than 50 percent of American students, are not represented on the cheapest list at all. As a matter of fact, six of the top ten costliest countries are European: Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Denmark. You might want to start brushing up on that Spanish.