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Good tips about chosing a study abroad location. I would add one more: once you have though it over and made lists and researched, go to the study abroad office and ask their advice. They can help you to find a good fit, especially with so many programs available. But take the first step by going to the office with some idea of your preferences beyond language.
Amanda Arroyo is a student at California Lutheran University and is an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures blogger corresponding with the Study Abroad Center at Cal Lutheran. Amanda is currently studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica on a Fall 4 program.
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Love these tips from US student Mollie in Spain. It’s a thoughtful post and I love her suggestion to stay in town and to know yourself. So much of “culture shock” is the stress of the unknown and you can minimize it by concentrating on what you need to relax and calm yourself, regardless of where you are.
I was intensely homesick for a week about a month after my arrival to Spain and I have struggled with some random sad and unhappy days in Salamanca this semester. This has been exacerbated by the difficulty I’ve had communicating with the people that I depend on for support because I don’t have good internet access when it is convenient for my friends and family (there’s a nine hour time difference between Spain and California). This is a list of some of the things that I’ve thought through or done to help alleviate some of the tougher times that I think might be helpful for anyone thinking of or currently studying abroad:
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As it’s not the first place I would look for education related advice, I was happily surprised to read this short article in Teen Vogue with tips for study abroad. Of particular interest are the recommendations to not travel during the first weeks (hard to resist the temptation but I think staying put would help you feel more grounded and maybe even help with homesickness) and, of course, getting to know your host family instead of simply staying with them. I’m happy to see these ideas shared!