By: Julia Bellotti
Studying abroad is one of the most scary, challenging, rewarding, and fun things you can do as a college student. This comprehensive guide outlines best practices and tips for preparing to study abroad, living in a new country, and processing your experience after you return home.
Keep in mind: this guide is written from the perspective of a U.S. resident, so the tips may not apply to everyone.
Before You Go
PRO TIP: If you ever plan or want to work for the government, you will be required to list your foreign contacts and previous residences. Gather this information now to make your future life easier.
Bonus tips from other Adult Dishers:
Coming Back Home
Home may seem strange after your time away. That’s OK. Things you thought were normal may not seem normal anymore. It’s called reverse culture shock and thousands of students go through that when they return to their home country.
Take time to process everything. Download all your photos. Save contact information for friends you made abroad and connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Share your experience with friends and family and wistfully wonder when you will return…