Do’s and Don’ts of Studying Abroad  

Last year, 22 Corban students had the opportunity to study abroad both in the US and in other parts the world. They come back with their worldviews blown wide open and with some advice for others who may follow in their footsteps. So here is a list of their do’s and don’ts for people considering studying abroad.

Packing: When it comes to preparing yourself to embark on this endeavor, packing intelligently and conservatively will save you many headaches.

  1. “Take clothes you wouldn’t mind leaving there,” said Daniel Ziesmer, Ministry major. For anyone, it is easy to lose some articles of clothing or toiletry when traveling so don’t take anything super valuable.
  2. Toiletries are sold in other parts of the world so you may have to buy them when you get there.
  3. “Do not bring over three pairs of shoes” reflected Karen Howard. Shoes take up a lot of space and aren’t as easily squished into a suitcase, so be minimal.
  4. Make sure to have room in your carry-on for souvenirs, there will be plenty.
  5. Don’t bring paper books, aside from your Bible. Kindle or PDF versions will help you not have to carry extra pounds of literary knowledge.
  6. Investing in a power converter can be very helpful in foreign countries.

    Pack a Kindle to read textbooks as you navigate train stations and airports.

Traveling: When you’re in a new place, there’s no use staying indoors the whole time. It’s time to explore!

  1. If you are traveling to a big city, don’t be afraid to spend more money by staying in the center of town, you’ll save on transportation.
  2. Sometimes Air BnBs are safer than hostels.
  3. “See as many sites as you can,” noted Karla Lewis, Forensic Psychology major. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity; make the most of it and see and experience as much as you can.

    Depending on the city you are visiting, the cost of transportation can outweigh the cheaper accommodation prices you might find in outlying suburbs.

The Experience: You experience will be truly unique compared to that of anyone else, past or future, who may study abroad. Don’t waste it.

    1. Get to know the people you are studying with. You’ll be around them for a few months. You’ll probably make some friends along the way.
    2. Meet local people: you can make friends with them too despite cultural differences or language barriers.
    3. “Don’t leave with any regrets about spending money,” advised Ziesemer, or about “visiting/not visiting places, meeting people, opportunities…etc.” Take every opportunity to make memories and experience something new.
Meet locals and get off the beaten path to explore the fundamental beliefs and principles behind a culture.

Find Out More: Oxford Study Abroad for Corban University and CCCU Students 

Author Natasha Wilson is an English major at Corban University.

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