It’s been over a decade since I first set out for Zaragoza, Spain as a high school senior with School Year Abroad, which sends classes of American high school students to Spain, France, Italy, and China for a combination of American academics and cultural and language immersion.
My year abroad was life-changing. As a result, I took a gap year before returning for college, which wasn’t on my radar at all until after the program. In the moment however, I didn’t always appreciate everything about the experience. Here are six things to consider to make the most out of your high school study abroad: