How to Prepare for Learning a Language Abroad

Going to a summer school abroad to learn a new language is a fantastic experience. You’re completely immersed in the language and can practice both in and out of the classroom. You’ll get to see new places, have lots of fun and make life-long friends. Despite all the positives that are to come from the experience, you’re probably still feeling quite nervous and intimidated. Read on for our advice on how to become more comfortable with the idea of travelling abroad to learn a new language.

Before you’ve even decided on a course, set yourself some goals and determine what you’d like to achieve from summer school. Then you can find an appropriate course to match your goals. If you know someone who has already been to summer school, you could ask them for their opinions and advice so that you can feel more confident in your final decision.

You’ll probably feel a lot more relaxed with the idea of travelling to another country if you have already familiarised yourself with some language basics before your trip. There are a variety of free language learning tools, such as smart phone apps, that you can take advantage of to help you on your way. It’s also beneficial to surround yourself with the language as much as possible, such as watching films with subtitles or reading foreign books.

We also recommend doing as much research as you can before you travel abroad. Find out about the local area, the traditional foods you’re likely to eat and some of the local customs. The more you know about the place you’re going to be living, the less likely you are to experience fear of the unknown. It’s also important to remember that you are not alone; there will be many other students enrolled in your language course who are feeling just as nervous as you!

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