I'm leaving in 2 days to study abroad for 5 months in Spain. I'll be living with a family there and studying at a good university. I feel relatively confident in my Spanish ability but need practice with vocab and stuff, and I just hope I get along well with my host parent.
But it's the first time I've ever been out of the country for an extended period, and even though I should be excited, I just feel really nervous, afraid, and have an overwhelming feeling that I haven't prepared enough.
My question to /int/ is, have any of you ever studied abroad and what was it like? Did you have these feelings too?
Well living with a family should help you with the language and avoid drinking in excess. Getting friends might be trickier compared to a dorm but I suppose everybody is curious about foreigners anyway.
I studied abroad for months in a country where the language I was studying is different from the spoken language on the street
Study abroad programs in the u.s like putting estudiantes with familias to get a better experience and immersion in the cultura
Asistiré a la universidad de Salamanca; pues en el oeste del país
Living with a family is required by the program for the first month but if things don't work out you can rent a flat if you like. The intention is to make you more acclimated to the culture.
Well, those kinds of families are usually experienced with any students so you will be fine.
Did you study anything before? It's much easier making friends when you know what to do.
Yeah I'm a third year student and will be having regular classes. Making friends isn't really what I'm concerned about, as my home uni's program stipulates taking regular excursions around the country with a group from home, as well as tutoring exchanges (talk 30 minutes with a Spanish student in English, they talk 30 minutes with you in Spanish).
It's more like getting along with my host family and all that. I guess I'm just being paranoid.
Usually they have experience with foreign students. Just be polite and follow their rules and everything should be fine.
I knew a family here that hosted a Korean kid and a Chinese kid. The family is dysfunctional as fuck and undoubtedly fought all the time in front of their exchange students. I've talked to that family since, about my own travels to Japan and Korea, and all they do is make ching chong noises at me. Reminder: they took Asian students into their own home for an extended period.
Anyway what I'm getting at is at least you're not going to live with a bunch of Americans so you should be fine
>overwhelming feeling that I haven't prepared enough
You'll never feel prepared enough. You just have to have confidence in yourself. Also even after a few weeks you'll already start to notice your language abilities improving.