Fitting in on your year abroad
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Going on your year abroad is one of the best parts of doing a degree, but it can also be the most daunting. Whichever country you’re going to, the culture will be different from your own and in order to feel settled in your new city, it’s a good idea to try and fit in with the local culture to really make the most of it. 1. Language barriers Some students will be spending time abroad to improve their language skills and there’s no better way to practice what you’ve learned. However confident you felt speaking in a classroom with your friends, going out to another country and speaking to locals is a whole other ball game! Make the most of every opportunity to speak to locals, don’t be afraid and don’t just speak English! 2. When in Rome… Try out some of the local cuisine. There’s no point going halfway around the world and then eating nothing but the McVities you sneaked into your suitcase. Find out which dishes are typical of your area and give them a go. You never know, you might even find your new favourite meal! 3. Be sociable Making friends is always difficult, particularly in another country, but it’s key to fitting in to the culture. Not only will your new friends be able to tell you all the best places to eat and shop, but you’ll quickly find yourself as part of a whole new social group to enjoy your year abroad with.
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