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13 Things To Do Before Studying Abroad

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4. Also health insurance

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You don't want to break your leg while you're studying abroad. But you REALLY don't want to do a ridiculous amount of paperwork (in another language) before they can fix said broken leg.

7. Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots Shots

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Okay, you've got your plane ticket. You're actually going! Feel free to do number one again. And then ask your adviser what vaccinations are recommended for where you'll be. Also, check with your doctor about any prescriptions you take. They probably won't be available abroad. Same goes for contact solution and your favorite shampoo.

9. Find somewhere to live

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Be it a home-stay, a dorm, or a cardboard box, you'll need some sort of shelter while you're abroad. Talk to your adviser to see what's available, and have fun moving in!

10. Communication

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You will miss your family and friends. Some more than others, but as always, communication is key. If you can't afford an international phone plan, Skype or Google Hangout works just as well.

11. Money Money Money MONEY

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Make sure to exchange some money for local cash. Also, you'll probably have to open a bank account while your abroad. So, talk to your bank about getting a cashier's or traveler's check.

12. Pack

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You'll want to take everything, but the general rule is to take half the clothes and double the money. Also, pack some clothes and overnight things in your carry-on just in case your checked bags get lost. And be sure to weigh your luggage before you get to the airport. You do not want to pay those oversized fees.

13. You say goodbye and I say hello

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Adjusting to a new country is stressful, especially after saying goodbye to everyone and everything you know. But you've made it this far (and hey, you've already spent your life savings). So get ready to embrace a new place, a new culture, and new people. I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy your new adventure. So get out there and see the world!

If you want more advice or want to follow someone else's studying abroad adventures/struggles, feel free to visit my blog at irishiwastraveling.wordpress.com

where I will be flailing around Ireland.

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