Tips to Make the Most of Your Experience Abroad

  • Research
    • Learn as much as possible about your host country before you go
    • Find local resources of things to do in your host country, where to get discounted tickets, etc.
  • Open your mind
    • Seek to learn before making judgments about the differences you perceive
  • Prepare to be challenged
    • Expect change, difference, and ambiguity
  • Engage in the culture in ways that tourists cannot
    • Live with a host family, make local friends, try new experiences
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
    • Learn to laugh at your language errors and cultural faux pas
  • Periodically remind yourself of your goals and reasons for studying abroad
    • Are you taking steps to achieve these goals?
  • Keep track of your time abroad
    • Keep a journal
    • Write a blog
    • Take copious photos and video