Thinking of studying abroad but have hesitations? Our recent IES Abroad participants were in your shoes not so long ago, so we asked them what advice they have. Most said, "just do it!" But aside from the obvious, here are seven pieces of advice for students thinking about study abroad from recent participants:
1. Take the Leap
Taking the leap to study abroad can be an intimidating concept. For most, it’s an experience that’s outside your comfort zone and filled with risks and challenges. At the same time, it’s also a life-altering opportunity to get to know yourself better and the world around you. Hopping on a plane somewhere foreign, thousands of miles from home can, of course, be scary, but the risks you take studying abroad come with far greater rewards than you can imagine.
Take it from students who have studied abroad themselves and shared their advice about overcoming fears to take that necessary leap of faith: