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Ask yourself what kind of environment is most conducive to your semester(s) abroad. Every destination will have some challenges; this is all part of the study abroad experience.

Academic Objectives

Understand what the study abroad program has in store.

Discuss any concerns about accommodations with your study abroad advisor.

Think about your Identity and how it will inform your experience abroad.

Time matters! While not everyone can go abroad, it is important to remember relationship building and getting to know another culture. Returning study abroad

students regularly comment they wish they had spent more time abroad.

Differences In Education System

The India education system is based on the UK model.  This is often characterized by a less structured class environment and less detailed syllabus, with more emphasis on self-directed, independent study outside of the classroom. Students should be prepared to adjust to a very different academic environment.

Safety & Health

The safety of our students abroad is our top priority. Our Experiential Learning performs regular risk-assessment reviews of every program we administer. At each site, students are given 24-hour emergency contact numbers and are informed of emergency procedures. When students travel independently, we ask they keep on-site staff aware of their plans. We will modify or cancel planned field trips or other activities when necessary to ensure student safety.


Remaining healthy while studying abroad in an unfamiliar environment is always a challenge. The majority of study abroad students will experience some sort of health problem during their time abroad, most likely digestive troubles, dehydration, or exhaustion, as they adjust to their host culture.

  • Pay careful attention to what you drink and eat, especially at the beginning of the program as you body is still adjusting to a new environment.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep on a regular basis.
  • If you feel sick, do not delay in seeking medical care and asking for help from local program coordinators.

Mental Health

Maintaining good mental health while abroad is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Disclosing mental health information helps you plan with others so that the necessary support will be in place when you go abroad.

  • Don’t stop taking your medications or adjust your dosage unless advised to do so by a medical professional.
  • Understand that you may experience culture shock and/or become homesick. Symptoms may include feeling helpless, out of control, vulnerable, fearful, anxious, confused, sad and depressed and are usually transitory – lasting a few weeks.


You should take the time to understand the laws and cultures of your host country, and if you choose to drink, you should do so in a moderate and culturally sensitive manner and should ensure that you are in compliance with all local laws. However, alcohol misuse will not be tolerated by and could lead to removal from the program at your expense.

Examples of alcohol misuse include but are not limited to:

  • Missing classes or any scheduled event because of the effects of alcohol consumption;
  • Engaging in inappropriate behaviour toward other individuals that is the result of alcohol consumption;
  • Engaging in destructive behaviour toward property that is the result of alcohol consumption;
  • Not abiding by the laws of the country in which you are staying;
  • Engaging in behaviour that causes embarrassment to the other members of the group, the program leader(s), or the in-country host(s) as a result of alcohol consumption;
  • Engaging in behaviour that causes your companions concern for your safety or that of the group;

Illegal Drugs

As for illegal drugs, you should avoid them completely.  If you are purchasing prescription medications in quantities larger than considered necessary for personal use, you could be arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Sexual Health

Cultural norms, laws and attitudes relating to sex, relationships, and contraception differ from country to country and culture to culture and you need to be aware of these differences.  While you are abroad:

  • If you think you have been exposed to a STD or exhibit symptoms of an STD seek medical attention immediately;
  • If you are a victim of sexual harassment of assault, please inform your student advisor immediately.
Perscription Medication

If you are currently taking prescription or over the counter medications, you will need to make sure that you have access to these medications while you are abroad.

While you are abroad:

  • Don’t stop taking your medications or adjust your dosage unless advised to do so by a medical professional.
  • If you need a refill while abroad, you must see a local doctor to get a similar prescription. It will be critical to have a letter on letterhead from the prescribing physician for all prescribed medications (including their generic names), indicating your diagnosis, treatment, and medication regimen.
PImmunizations and Vaccinations

Getting recommended vaccinations before departure is one of the most important steps that you can take to prevent a travel-related disease while abroad.