[UPDATED: August 12, 2021] Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related travel restrictions and vaccine requirements, study abroad options may be affected. Many programs are open for in-person instruction, however, ApplyESL recommends contacting schools of interest to check status, and local embassies or consulates, to obtain information regarding visa services currently available.
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5 Steps to Study Abroad Success

Step 5 Get Ready

Adapting to New Surroundings

Emerging Differences

Gradually, as you become more involved in activities and get to know the people around you, differences, as well as similarities, will become increasingly apparent. There are many differences that may at first seem "foreign" or strange. However, exposure to those differences is what makes the study abroad experience worthwhile.

Living in a foreign country necessarily means that you will be exposed to lifestyles, cultural aspects, and people who you have not been in contact with before. Of course, adjusting to a new environment is difficult as well as exciting. This difficulty may lead to something called, "culture shock." However, if you remain positive and keep an open mind, you will overcome culture shock and develop a new appreciation for such differences.

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