Just because you’re studying abroad during the holiday season, doesn’t mean you won’t get to celebrate. We know spending the holidays away from home is hard, but there are things you can do to make it easier.
- Look at the holidays as an opportunity to create new traditions
- Spend time with friends
- Participate in USAC and university offered events
- Take tips from alumni who have studied abroad
To help get you started, we asked our alumni network how they celebrated Thanksgiving during their study abroad. From organizing potlucks with new friends to traveling, they had some great ways to celebrate the holidays while overseas.
Take Advantage of USAC and University Opportunities
If you’re studying abroad with USAC, there’s a good chance your program will coordinate an event for the holidays. Since we just passed Thanksgiving, we asked some of our programs to share how they helped students celebrate the holiday.
From potlucks and traditional Thanksgiving dinners to dancing, eating with a host family, and starting new traditions, here’s what a holiday abroad can look like during your study abroad with USAC.
Heredia, Costa Rica
Students in Heredia, Costa Rica shared a dance with other students during a potluck dinner
Khon Kaen, Thailand
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Students in Khon Kaen, Thailand shared a group dinner with local staff and their family
Students in London, England celebrate with a group dinner and sharing what they’re thankful for
Prague, Czech Republic
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Embracing new friends and traditions while you’re abroad is a great way to get through the holidays when you’re away from home. If you’ve celebrated overseas and have tips for future students, let us know in the comments.