What's It REALLY Like to Study Abroad? Expectations vs Reality

Before I left home to study abroad in the south of France, I had certain expectations of what my experience would be like. It’s normal to think about how something as exciting as studying abroad will play out, and I’m sure you will imagine aspects of your time abroad, just as I did.

Here are some study abroad expectations vs reality that you might experience when you go overseas.

Go Unknown: Why You Should Study Abroad in a Non-Traditional Destination

When the majority of our students think about studying abroad, their minds automatically go to Western Europe. In fact, some of CEA’s most popular destinations are Spain, Italy and France. However, having studied abroad in a non-traditional country (Morocco), I can tell you that it was most definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.

How NOT to go Crazy Packing for Your Semester Abroad

A lot of students—girls especially (sorry girls!)—tend to think it is necessary to bring everything they own on their study abroad adventure. I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not necessary! There is no use showing up to the airport in a foreign country with five suitcases when you only have two hands.

So, here are my top 5 packing tips for all of you adventurers out there! 


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