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How to Prepare for Study Abroad as a Person of Color

June 13, 2023
by CEA CAPA Content Creator
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Preparing for Studying Abroad as a POC

In Fall ‘22, I studied abroad with CEA CAPA in Prague. After I wrote a blog about my experience studying abroad as an Asian American, I reflected on how I prepared for studying abroad as a person of color so you can too.  

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  1. Do research. Find what communities or minorities exist within your host city. Look up societal customs and practices so you can prepare for any differences.   

  1. Plan ahead. Before leaving for Prague, I went down a rabbit-hole of Czech culinary videos only to discover that they had a significant Vietnamese population. This helped me adjust while abroad; whenever I missed Asian cuisine or ingredients, I’d eat and shop at a nearby Vietnamese restaurant or market.   

  1. Reflect on previous travels. Traveling encourages open-mindedness, and open-mindedness will lead to your betterment as a person. If I didn't get exposed to such diverse lives, people, and identities, I wouldn't be the Nanette that I am today.  

  1. Embrace differences. Of course, I still love to eat my Asian meals and catch up with the friends who relate to me, but now I embrace any chance to love someone or live somewhere new.  

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How did you prepare and connect with your identity while studying abroad? Tell us below!   


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