Studying abroad is a huge decision for all college students. It looks great on your resume and it's a great opportunity to expose yourself to cultures beyond your own. But you can't deny that it's terrifying to think about being all alone in a foreign country where you could even be immersed in a language you don't understand. Here's five things all students studying abroad worry about before their departure.
1. The expense.
The term "study abroad" comes with a lot of thoughts, one of them probably being: expensive. Luckily for Appalachian students, there are many programs through our university that allow you to pay your regular tuition costs.
2. Being completely immersed in a country of a foreign language.
If you're attending a university where the classes you're taking are taught in English but the national language is something other than that, you're probably worrying about this. Use your resources! Usually your host university will offer a two week crash course on their language so at least you have a basic knowledge of the language before you start out on your new adventure.
3. Being alone in a foreign country.
Being all on your own in a place you know nothing about is beyond daunting, but it's all a part of the experience. Don't be afraid to reach out and make friends! Chances are you'll be paired up with other exchange students as roommates who are in the same boat as you are.
All exchange students have a lot of worries before they leave for their trip, so don't feel like you're the only one. Never be afraid to ask the study abroad office for advice, or even reach out to other students who have experienced study abroad!