Study Abroad

Adjustment Tips

Once abroad, you can take some steps to minimize emotional and physical ups and downs. 


  • Don't expect things to be the same as they are at home; you've left home to experience different things.

  • Stay in touch with your friends and family, but don’t just call them when you are lonely or frustrated: Share your accomplishments and the positive moments.

  • Don’t confuse difference with inferiority.

  • Don’t judge the people of a country by the one person with whom you have trouble.

  • Resist looking down on or making jokes and comments about the host culture.  Avoid others who take part in such derogatory remarks.

Sea Lions
Photo: Tec Yan Yap, IWU Freeman Asia, Summer 2018