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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 Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    It is extremely important! Of course no one expects you to be an expert, and you are traveling...
    It is extremely important! Of course no one expects you to be an expert, and you are traveling to learn as well. But you should try to familiarize yourself with the language, politics, and government structures just so you have a basic understanding so you know what to expect. You should want to learn as much as possible about your country anyway, as it will become your new home.
  • mentor picture Kimberly
     
    Kimberly
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Although you do not have to be an expert on the country you are studying abroad in, it is helpful...
    Although you do not have to be an expert on the country you are studying abroad in, it is helpful to know some information about the country. When first arriving, this will help you to adjust faster. This way, when living in the country you will not be completely lost. Knowledge about the country will help you to interact with the people and gain a better understanding of some of the traditions and normal routines of the people’s daily lives.
  • mentor picture Janeth
     
    Janeth
    Junior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    It is important to have a fair amount of knowledge of the country you will be studying in. I would...
    It is important to have a fair amount of knowledge of the country you will be studying in. I would recommend buying a travel guide just so you become familiar with the culture and you will have some tips on what to visit and how to get around. If you will be studying in a country that speaks a language you are unfamiliar with, I would recommend learning some key phrases just to make things easier for yourself. Having some knowledge before leaving will help you prepare for studying abroad and it may also lessen any culture shock.
 
 
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