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Preparing for Study Abroad: The Ins and Outs

by Eva Latz
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for college students- a chance to learn in a foreign lands, experience a different culture, and create memories of a lifetime. All of it is exciting to think about. There’s a lot that goes into studying abroad, like getting a visa, and a passport, filling out your application for Ambrose, and an outside company if necessary. It takes time and dedication to successfully and efficiently plan a semester of study abroad.

But now, all of that is behind me. Currently, I'm just playing a waiting game. All of my peers, professors, and friends have returned to classes, but I'm just counting down the days until I'll be boarding a plane. Soon, I'm going to be studying at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain- about 45 minutes west of Madrid.

While abroad, there will be a lot of challenges I'll have to face and overcome- the time difference, language, and navigation. To me, the time difference will be one of the toughest short-term hurdles. Salamanca is about seven hours ahead of United States Central Standard time. From what I’ve heard, the first day is always the worst. But I'm lucky I'm going to Spain so I'll be able to take a “siesta” in the middle of the day. A long term obstacle will be the language barrier. Luckily, I grew up hearing others speak Spanish, so I understand everything for the most part. But, I'm excited to strengthen my Spanish-speaking skills and become fully immersed in the language. However, I think the toughest obstacle will be getting to know a new town. The feeling of not knowing where exactly my classes will be, or where the closest coffee shop is is very scary. But, that’s the fun of going abroad- learning new places. I'm sure once I'm settled in, I'll be able to find my way around easily and won’t be phased by the unfamiliarity.

So, if you’re thinking about studying abroad...do it! It’s nerve wracking, yet so exciting. If there’s any questions or concerns you have about the possibility of going abroad, visit the study abroad office in lower Cosgrove.