There are thousands of languages in the world and hundreds of countries to choose from when planning a language-focused gap year. In fact, some studies show that local immersions are the best way to learn a new language. But many gap year prospects often don’t realize that signing up for a new language program will not suddenly make you fluent during your year overseas.
In actuality, your language-learning gap year might even be linguistically useless if you do not play your cards right.
There is more to your upcoming language journey than school curriculum in a foreign land. You have to put in the work in order to reap the benefits of studying a new language overseas. While you still might not become a polyglot sensation, depending on the duration of your stay, it is still quite possible to reach an advanced level.
Here are tips to keep in mind while learning a new language during your gap year program: