So you just signed up for a study abroad program. As you count down the months, weeks, and days until you land in Paris, Tokyo, or wherever your destination is, you find yourself getting simultaneously nervous and excited. It’s natural to feel this way, however, you don’t want nerves to prevent you from fully enjoying the experience once you’re overseas. We have the simple secret to an easier study abroad experience.
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Studying abroad is a unique but short opportunity in your college career. The average study abroad experience is for 1 semester which gives you little time to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Let’s take a look at how to maximize your study abroad experience.
Prepare Culturally and Linguistically 6 months Before Leaving
Studying abroad is about experiencing a new language and culture. Get a head start by taking foreign language classes at your university and at a local culture club/organization for that host country at least 6 months prior to leaving. The culture club/organization will have native speakers as teachers which will help you get used to hearing the host language in the speed and accent the natives will use abroad. Don’t forget to follow the news and current events of the host country during this preparation time to help to give you an accurate portrayal of life in that host country. Preparing culturally and linguistically at least 6 months in advance will only help you to adjust faster and easier to your new environment.