BE WILLING TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
Travel and see as much of your country as you can in your downtime! Time flies fast, so don’t be afraid of a new adventure!
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Although planning for and going on a global program can be a daunting task, the rewards you will receive will outweigh that initial discomfort a thousand times over.
Take advantage of every opportunity you have to try something new. Whether it’s trying new food, joining a local sports team, or volunteering in the community, these experiences of stepping outside of your comfort zone will create the most space for self-growth during your time abroad!
Study earnestly, speak honestly, journey energetically, and have a mind that is as open and as expansive as a never-ending book. Living abroad may seem like a big step out of one’s well known day to day life, but it can oftentimes be a step that puts your day to day into a clear perspective you may have not seen before! Study abroad is not only sitting in a classroom and learning. Nor is it solely partying and adventuring. It is truly an experience of how to understand this life from a different perspective. It is a chance to study life abroad, in a surrounding you would not normally be within.
Make sure to carry around cash! Though most convenience stores accept cards, many smaller to middling businesses only accept cash. Don’t get stuck with your friends having to pay for you!
Embrace the cultural differences and be open to different ways of living life!
Study as much as you can about language and culture before going abroad.
Don´t be afraid to immerse yourself in the culture and language of your country – even if that means looking a little silly.
One piece of advice I would tell future CISabroad students is to definitely reach out to the CIS directors of where you are staying and form a relationship with them because they can help you with absolutely anything, even if you need to just talk. Also, make sure to budget which will ease a lot of stress but most of all have fun!
Enjoy every moment as it comes, live in the moment, and put your phone down every once in a while. It’s worth it.
Be open to all opportunities. Say yes even if it scares you (reasonably, of course!). You will encounter so many new and exciting things while abroad so don’t let yourself miss out on them!
Be open to trying new things. Join activities on campus that you normally wouldn’t and reach out to fellow classmates to make friends. The more you involve yourself on campus and in the surrounding the culture, the more you will get out of your experience abroad.
Don’t be intimidated by the applications or the paperwork you need to do for your home institution. Put aside all your worries about traveling to a new place, and go for it. Sure it will be weird for the first couple of days, but it will be an experience you’ll never forget, and you’ll make new friends you never would have met otherwise.
As long as you have the confidence, you can do anything you put your mind to.
Prepare early and save a lot
Spend time in your host city! I know being abroad is exciting and you get bit by the travel bug several times but it is important that you spend some time in your city because you want to get to know all the history and sites. If you’re doing a homestay, make time for your host family and to get to know them because they are the hub to understand and learn about the host country and culture.
Experience as much of the culture in your country you’re studying in as you can.
Take advantage of every opportunity to try something new. Get out of your comfort zone, grab a friend, and explore!
Relax and say yes to everything. Say yes to the new culture and tradition. Say yes to the new food even if you do not believe you will like it, try it anyway because at least then you will know for sure. Say yes to the opportunities that this program has to offer you because these are lessons and experiences you can not get everywhere.
Pack the essentials!
A big part of studying abroad is the studying part. Even if the classes aren’t being transferred for credits at your home university, you should still take school seriously. It’s rewarding to know that you can do well in any school system in any country. 🙂
Figure out how your abroad school handles class registration before the process begins.
When experiencing a new culture, it’s essential that you keep an open mind!
Join a club! It is an easy and fun opportunity to get to hang out with native speakers. Plus, they may have clubs that you can’t experience back home!
Be open to new experiences!
So I’ve decided that studying abroad is like breaking in new shoes. Can be painful at times, especially, in the beginning but the journey trekked is beautiful, challenging, and perpetual. It is a whole lot different than the typical college life us kids from the states are used to or is considered the “norm”. I have to say staying in a place for more than a few weeks gives you time to depict, observe, and really grasp that factors that play a factor in the culture that engulfs that specific country. There is so much to it, it’s not just the stereotypes: it’s the food, the people, the mannerisms, the little idiosyncrasies, the political temperament, and the geographical location.
Don’t be afraid to try new things! Experiencing the new culture and living in the moment is just half of the fun you’ll have abroad.
Be open minded! You are going to a different country, and being immersed in a different culture. There will be differences in the country you going to, so just be open to learning new things! It will help you to adjust to your new surroundings, and you will learn a lot about yourself along the way!
Be willing to try new things and to go a little bit out of your comfort zone. If you find yourself not traveling make it a staycation – explore where you are staying by going to different Resturant’s or areas in your city you haven’t been yet. Don’t be afraid to take some chances on yourself as you never know where you’ll find yourself. Have the best time abroad!
Take it’s all in don’t be sad abroad remind yourself you’re only there for 3 months.
Be open to new adventures!
Don’t be shy, step out of your comfort zone. Now is the time to try new things!
Keep in touch with your friends and family while you’re gone.