Should I Study Abroad in Europe

10 Common Mistakes Made While Studying Abroad

Study Abroad smooth sailingA quick read through these 10 tips will make your study abroad trip mistake-free.

Your semester studying abroad is bound to be one of the best times in your life. Don't mess it up! Its an unfortunate reality you may do the occasional dopey thing while studying abroad (Attempting to travel overland without your passport? Packing warm clothes for June in South Africa without realizing its their winter? D'oh!). However, it's best to begin your semester with a clear understanding of what everyday activities you have control over that can enrich or detract from your semester abroad.Only using English While it's fun to plan every weekend and dream of how study abroad should be before going, you may find that when you get over there, it can sometimes be difficult to follow even your own rules!

With a little help from Matador Network's collection of famous travel quotes, the following is a list of those everyday things we may need reminders of now and again while studying abroad. No one wants to come home wishing they had spent their entire semester differently. Read on for advice on avoiding the 10 common mistakes made while studying abroad:

1. Knows Nothing About the Host Country

Sitting on the couch"The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff." - Britney Spears

For goodness sake, if you are committed to studying abroad, study before you come abroad. Americans have a reputation for being ignorant of the world. Break that stereotype early by learning about where you will be living, the geography, and the people. Know the surrounding countries, know their ways of life, and know what language they speak.

2. Uses Only English

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home." - Kames Michener

If you do not think you can appreciate different language or culture, you are not learning. You don't have to be perfectly fluent, but try to say hello in their language and listen to those that have different beliefs. Practice every chance you get - even if they speak back to you in English. Language ties people together. Learn as many as you can.

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FAQ

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What to pack for studying abroad in Europe?

I'm studying abroad in Italy this summer, living in Rome, and will be traveling to various European countries. I'm unsure of what clothes to pack. We're told to try to narrow it down to one suitcase....what kind of clothes/shoes would be appropriate for Italy through the months of May- June?

I've heard that in Italy in May it is warm, but not too hot. And it gets hotter as you move into June. The average high in May is 71 degrees F and the average low is 51. In June, the high is averaged at 77, and the low at 61. There are also 8 rainy days in May, and 9 in June, so you might want to pack an umbrella and/or rain boots. (:

As for what to pack....I haven't been to Italy, but I was in England and France in June last year. I packed a lot of shorts and bermudas and only two pairs of pants. I only wore the pants on one day, and it was actually for half a day…

Jessica Lund
What to pack for Europe- Study Abroad?

I'm studying abroad in Copenhagen in May for 6 weeks (I'll be done July 7th) and then I'm traveling around Europe for another 2 weeks (Vienna, Rome, Paris). I have a 34L Deuter pack and I was wondering if I would be able to fit all my stuff in that for the 8 weeks. Or should I pack a suitcase too and just ship it home when I head out traveling. Also, what would you suggest I bring clothes wise. I've been over to Europe before but it was in Southern Europe and in the middle of the summer. So far I have a few quick-drying clothes (shorts, shirt, and jacket). If at all possible, i would…

I think you will be able to fit everything in what you have. If you bring a suitcase and ship it home it will very expensive. Bring enough clothes for a week at most, usually something like 4-5 shirts, 2 shorts, 1 pants, 1 jacket, 7 underwear, 7 socks etc. remember to count the clothes that you are wearing. I'm sure where ever you are staying there will be a laundry machines there or in the area. I have traveled the world for almost a year with little less than this. For entertainment I would only bring an iPod, laptop, and phone that's it no books (they take up room and are too heavy,…

Ash
I'm looking to study abroad in Europe during the spring, what should I pack?

It'd be during the late winter months into May, what kind of shoes should I be packing? I have my clothes mostly figured out. Thank you!

First get accepted for the program. Then figure out what to pack, because it will make a difference, depending on which country you go to.

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