Understand the country
Take into consideration factors like culture shock, language barriers, and the financial spending rate. Do your research and find out as much as you can about the place before travelling there. You should also expect the unexpected when you’re in an unfamiliar situation and prepare for it. Be aware that your study abroad experience will be like nothing you have experienced before and expect to be far outside your comfort zone.
Manage your finances
Before going abroad, be sure to plan your budget out carefully. Find out the cost of living before you get there. You should set aside some money for unexpected and emergency expenses. If you think there’s a chance you’ll overspend, try to secure a job. See if any work-study opportunities are available. Lastly, don’t spend too much money in the first month. Make sure you have sufficient funds to travel and fully experience the country.
Don’t miss this chance!
Make plenty of photocopies of important documents such as your passport beforehand and then keep them somewhere safe. In busy places, don’t take your eyes off of your belongings for any length of time. Leave important documents at your home stay or dormitory if possible. Save important telephone numbers and addresses into your phone for quick access in emergencies. Make sure there is easy access to safe public transportation wherever you go.
Staving off homesickness
Before and during your stay abroad, meet and form connections with as many people as you can. Learn some key words and phrases before you go. Try to explore new places, travel and get involved in local activities. Keep in touch with family and friend through Skype or social media, which are lifesavers when you’re homesick.
Remember that you’ll be in a new environment with different kinds of food. Experiment with trying new things and be daring when you go out to eat. Walking around a new city is a great form of exercise. Keep the weather in mind when you plan your outfits – if you’re going somewhere cold, make sure you have enough warm clothes. Dress properly and comfortably.