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Use winter break to prepare for study abroad programs

December 30, 2011

For most college students, winter break is in full swing. This is typically a time to relax and catch up with old friends, but for students who are planning to spend a spring semester abroad, it also provides ample opportunity to prepare for their upcoming trip.

Packing is obviously the most important step to preparing for a study abroad program. While three or four months is certainly a long time, there's no need to bring everything in your wardrobe. Lay out what you would like to bring, then put half of it away - you'll be thankful when you are hiking around with everything in a backpack.

In addition to clothing, you'll need to bring a few miscellaneous items to make sure your trip runs smoothly. A wallet to hold your passport, plane tickets and international calling cards is essential, as you'll want all your most important documents easily accessible.

Finally, don't forget that you'll still be taking classes while in another country. It is likely going to be cheaper and easier to purchase all of your school supplies before you take off, so make sure you have the materials you'll need to be a good student, while still having fun of course.

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