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Preparing to go abroad

You are about to embark on a very exciting, life changing experience whether you plan to study abroad for a short-term program, a semester or a year! We know you are both excited and a little nervous in anticipation of your program overseas.

To make your life easier, in this section we have provided details about what you need to do and know before you go. The more you know, the more you will be able to take advantage of your experience abroad.

Former study abroad students and exchange students from your host country are a valuable resource for you. Please take advantage of their experience and get in touch with them as you plan for your study abroad program. Be sure to speak to several different students as experiences differ according to the individual. Don't be shy about asking questions and discussing your personal fears and expectations because former participants have been through these experiences themselves.

We recommend sharing the information with your parents or directing them to our Parent Resource section. The best way to help them understand what you are going through is to share information with them both before you go and while you are abroad.

Revised 8/16/2018