- Set aside limited time to talk on the phone or video chat with your loved ones back home. Don’t spend too much time conversing with people from home; take the opportunity to build connections with new people. Make yourself socially available. You may be able to form long-lasting relationships with people you meet while abroad.
- Be uncomfortable. Venturing out of your comfort zone will inevitably be part of your experience, so you will have to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Visit different parts of your host country. Expand your horizons by joining a club at school, volunteering, or attending a dance class. You will not regret it.
- Take risks. Studying abroad gives you a chance to try new things, visit new places, and meet new people. Taking risks is advisable, depending on the potential danger to your health and safety. Of course you should be safe and conscious about your choices; do not engage in activities that seem too dangerous. Always weigh your pros and cons because every decision has repercussions.
- Engage in cultural activities. Bars are fun, but you should also explore the art and science that the country has to offer. Have conversations with the local people -yes, it’s okay to talk to strangers. Visit the local artisan market. Spend an afternoon at an art gallery or theater. Attend a jazz jam. Learning some history about your host country and immersing yourself in the new culture will help you better understand and connect with the native people.