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"The ISA staff are always willing to help you if you’re completely lost (and they also won’t mind if you stop in for a visit every once in a while), but in general, the first thing you realize is how much assistance you were getting from your study abroad program. You’ll inevitably have to renew your visa, and you won’t have the handy slideshow to walk you through the French websites or a team of experts sending you the exact documents that you need and making all your appointments for you."
"I think it is important for all exchange students to know that it is hard to move countries no matter how 'similar' you may think they may be. As I have found, no amount of prior research can really prepare you for the emotional journey of adjusting to life in a different culture. You have to jump in with both feet and be patient with yourself as well as others. As long as you keep an open mind and are willing to learn, your experience will be a rewarding one!"
"Spain has a beautiful culture, and I fell in love with it. The language is fluid, the art and architecture are stunning, the food is delicious, and the people are charming and caring. But what made my experience unique, and turned these intangible ideas into tangible memories, were the people that surrounded me and molded the environment I lived in."