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How important is it to have knowledge about the country I will be studying abroad in before I leave?

7 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture LaNitra Berger
     
    LaNitra Berger
    Senior Manager of Research and Policy
    NAFEO
    It is absolutely crucial to know something about your host country before you leave....
    It is absolutely crucial to know something about your host country before you leave. Luckily, between the Internet and some excellent travel guides, it should not be difficult to find important information. You should find out logistical information such as visa and passport requirements, etiquette, how you’ll get to your place of residence, and some of the dangers to look out for when you first arrive. Invest in a good travel guide to your host country so that you can have all of this information before you leave. It will also be a handy reference while you’re there, since there’s no guarantee that English-language publications will be readily available in every country.
  • mentor picture Kenya Casey
     
    Kenya Casey
    Study Abroad Advisor
    Emory University
    Very important! Look up quick facts about the country and the political situation of the places...
    Very important! Look up quick facts about the country and the political situation of the places you will be visiting. The Lonely Planet or any travel book is great for providing little snippets of information. I never leave home without a travel book! The US Department of State’s travel website is also a great resource. (http://travel.state.gov/)
  • mentor picture Tony Laing
     
    Tony Laing
    Ph.D. Candidate at Education Policy Studies and AFRO Studies
    University of Illinois – Urbana, Champaign
    It’s extremely important to have background knowledge of the host country you intend to visit....
    It’s extremely important to have background knowledge of the host country you intend to visit. For example, having knowledge of the country’s political stability, history and laws will prevent the possibility of inadvertently offending anyone or breaking any laws or customs.
  • mentor picture Anthony Yuen
     
    Anthony Yuen
    Outreach, Communications & Marketing
    Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
    Extremely important! You're going to be living and studying in an entirely different country...
    Extremely important! You're going to be living and studying in an entirely different country and culture, so it's critical to understand the people, culture, geography, and other important aspects of your study abroad country. While many aspects of your country won't really be tangible until you experience them firsthand, you can prepare by doing research, meeting international students, and preparing yourself for the transition to your new home.
 
 
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