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19 Study Abroad Tips That Are Actually Helpful

♫ 'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane...♫

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2. Don't let sleepiness bog you down. If you have the choice between a nap and a chance to explore, EXPLORE. You won't regret it.

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3. Learn a little bit about your new country before you get there, so you're not totally in the dark when discussing with your new foreign friends.

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-- Mike Ferkol, Facebook

5. Figure out what you'll need to buy in your new country, before arriving. Will you be given thin sheets and no cooking supplies? You can plan for that in your budget.

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6. Ask around about awesome resources you might be missing out on, like tour groups that'll plan your weekend trips for you.

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You don't want your trip to end and you find you could have saved a ton of money staying in a cool AF bed-and-breakfast in Germany with your new BFFs.

-- Tiara Paedia, Facebook

8. Scan all of your important documents, like your passport and acceptance letter to your university, *just* in case.

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Things can get missing along the way when you’re in transit in many places!

-- keziastephaniek

9. You've probably heard this a million times, but it's gospel: Don't let your relationship hold you back.

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Don't let it hold you back from going at all, and don't opt out of certain trips or learning opportunities because your S.O. discourages you. You're ultimately abroad for you.

-- Kelsey Nebl, Facebook

10. Think very hard about what you pack. You want to make sure what you're lugging around is useful!

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"You can buy things like full-sized bottles of shampoo, an umbrella, and even some outfits and pairs of shoes once you actually arrive at your destination."

-- lseitz01

11. Say "YES" to every damn opportunity. Especially if it sounds silly -- you'll be likely to meet other people who think it's silly, too, and that's how you make friends!

12. And don't be afraid to take some crazy risks. Those make the best stories, after all.

-- Mike Ferkol, Facebook

14. Hang out and explore with people who aren't from your home country -- make friends from all over the world!

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-- Emily Lynn, Facebook

15. But you're also allowed to hang out with people who ~know where you're coming from~. It can make you feel less homesick.

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-- Brianna Tichý, Facebook

16. If you're comfortable and feel safe, DO take trips alone -- you can decide where to stay, eat, and explore without having to ask anyone else.

17. Document EVERYTHING, from the local hot spots to the bathroom in your homestay. Take pictures so you never forget your home away from home.

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19. And if your schedule allows it, go abroad multiple times throughout college. You don't know when you'll get a chance to visit new countries after you graduate.

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