Spending a lot of time with the preparation and writing of your PhD thesis doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself up in your lab or office. You also have to go public with your work during the four or six years you work on your PhD.
Networking at congresses
As a modern PhD student you are expected to be active from the beginning in the scientific forum of your research field. It means you are early present at congresses and workshops to learn and network, to present your “work in progress”, to get feedback and to build a network of contacts. By doing so you could get the chance to a scientific stay in a foreign country.
Publishing in scientific journals
Going public with your work doesn’t only happen on congresses, but also by scientific publications. Before you finish your PhD thesis, you will present your results through papers in scientific journals in your research domain. You must have a minimum of good publications to be allowed to defend your PhD.