Making the decision to study abroad for six months or a full year is one of the most important you’ll make: it will positively change you, you’ll experience a ton of new things and you’ll learn inside the classroom (where everything will be conducted mostly in English) as well as outside of it.
After you book your room or apartment through Study Abroad Apartments, where you’ll find many awesome places to stay during your time studying abroad in a dynamic, exciting city in Europe, it’s time to research about your future destination. Among the things to know, the local language!
During your stay, one of the things we can recommend the most is to try to learn a bit of the local language, be that Spanish (if you are in Barcelona or Madrid), French (for those in Paris), Italian, German or Dutch. It will help you to greatly enhance your time and to connect deeply with the locals, so you’ll leave with a long list of friends to come visit again.
Language exchanges are just perfect for this quick learning experience and come in a variety of shapes in sizes. It’s a get-together of people from different nationalities, informal or around social events, organized regularly, where you can get in touch with your first words and where being shy is not allowed! Go online now and browse them through one of the many services out there.
There are so many groups going on at any given time that you’ll have a hard time deciding which one to join. Down the road, however, it’s also very nice to find yourself a language exchange partner. With him or her, you can engage in a faster way to learning the language while developing a nice friendship, and probably that other person will also be eager to practice his or her English, so it’s a win-win situation!
The good thing about trying to get a new language partner is that there are so many people in your same situation that the match is pretty easy. And it’s guaranteed that every college and university in the city organizes language exchange events and activities for incoming students where you can hang around and talk your way into meeting new people.
Lastly, we don’t have to stress out as well how good this knowledge will look on your résumé back home when you start job-hunting down the road!
Are you about to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!