Pre-departure notes

6. Emotional Preparation

 

  • Establish your own lifestyle with increased personal independence and

     responsibility

  • Appreciate the opportunities to exercise your judgment with problem

     independently

  • Make sense of a new culture through listening and observations and adapt to

     different attitudes, values, lifestyles, and ways of thinking

  • Understand the academic expectations and different learning culture in your

     host university

  • Have sensitivity when being asked about your first impression of your host

     university/country. It is appropriate to give neutral comments because you are
     new to your host university and unfamiliar with her traditions and cultures

  • Develop new friendships and social networks
  • If you find yourself confused or disoriented in the initial period, try to

     remember that this is a natural stage to go through. The key to managing new
     experiences is to be as prepared as possible, and expect unfamiliarity​