Spend some time identifying your goals and objectives for studying abroad. Have you determined what you wish to achieve during your time in abroad? What are your academic goals? Your personal goals?
Before you can identify what it is you want to see, to do, to experience, you’ll need to do know something about your host country (see Researching Your Destination). Once you’ve done some research, identify the following:
If you plan to travel in your free time, identify two or three destinations now and research them. Again, look at guidebooks, visit the International Office, and check out the Web. (We recommend that you explore your host country during the term or semester and reserve out-of-country travel for semester breaks or after your program has ended.)