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Spring/Summer 2008 • Vol. springsummer No. 2008

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Travel Tips

Catherine J. Fleming, a recent graduate of Florida State University with a degree in international business, spent a semester of her junior year studying in Florence, Italy, and another in a London internship as a senior working for an eastern European travel agency. After graduation last year, she worked as a counselor in FSU’s Study Abroad office in London.

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She has these suggestions for students and faculty planning to study abroad:

  1. Meet as many of the locals as possible. Not all learning goes on in a classroom.
  2. Be flexible. Every day is different and usually never goes as planned. Go with the flow.
  3. Read up on the customs. Know what is polite, and impolite, in each place you visit. You never know when you could be offending someone.
  4. Know a few basic words in native language. Most everyone speaks English, but all appreciate the attempt.
  5. Ask the locals where the best places are to go, especially for food.
  6. Take some time to relax and enjoy, be more concerned with experiencing the place than seeing the sights.
  7. Don’t expect the service you get in America.
  8. This isn’t America or Disney World. Don’t expect it to be.
  9. Don’t be afraid to wander. Some of the best things happen when you’re lost.
  10. Don’t be afraid. This is an adventure.
  11. Don’t forget you’re there for school. The education you get abroad is priceless, so pay attention.