If you are choosing to study abroad you may feel a number of different emotions. Some people feel very excited and the thought of living in a new country doesn’t faze them but for others, it can be a massive step and they may worry about how they will fit in and get by day to day.
Taking some time to research and learn about the local cultures of the people that you are going to be living amongst can not only help you feel more confident but make it easier to make friends and get involved when there.
It may be that simple gestures mean different things in another country. This can easily lead to miss understandings and miss communication which can easily be avoided if you take some time to find out about the culture before you go. Preparation can make a difficult or even different situation, to what you are used to, easier to handle.