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How to make lasting friendships during the exchange

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Natasha Machado
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Making lasting friendships is one of the most rewarding parts of an exchange abroad. Meeting people from different cultures, sharing experiences, and creating bonds that can last a lifetime is truly special. However, for some students, making new friends in an unfamiliar country may seem like a challenge. In this article, we'll share valuable tips on how to create meaningful and lasting connections during your exchange.

Student clubs and associations

One of the best ways to meet people with similar interests is to join student clubs and associations at your university. Most institutions offer a wide range of groups, from sports and hobby clubs to organizations focused on social causes and volunteering. Joining these groups is an excellent opportunity to meet other students, both local and international, who share your passions.

In addition, many clubs and associations organize regular events, trips, and activities, providing ongoing opportunities to strengthen bonds of friendship. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You can discover a new hobby and make lifelong friends at the same time.

Integration events

  • Universities generally organize integration events especially aimed at international students, such as orientations, dinners, and cultural festivals.
  • These events are a great way to meet other students who are going through the same exchange experience and to familiarize yourself with the local culture.
  • Take advantage of these opportunities to start conversations, exchange stories, and create connections with people from different backgrounds.
  • Attending integration events can also help you feel more at ease and confident in your new environment, making it easier to create lasting friendships.
  • Additionally, these events often provide valuable information about how Learn language abroad and make the most of your experience at University abroad.

Apps for meeting people

In the digital age, relationship apps aren't just for romantic encounters. There are many apps designed specifically to help people make new friends, connecting individuals based on common interests, hobbies, and location. Some popular examples include Meetup, Bumble BFF, and Friender.

These apps can be particularly useful for international students, as they allow you to meet people from outside your immediate university circle. You can find local groups that share your interests, whether in photography, hiking, cooking, or any other activity. Always remember to take safety precautions when meeting people online and to choose public places for first dates.

Additional tips for making friends during the exchange

1. Be open and friendly. Smile, make eye contact, and show genuine interest in those around you.

2. Attend extracurricular activities, such as sports, debate clubs, or theater groups, to meet people with similar interests.

3. Be proactive and invite people out, whether it's for coffee, lunch, or exploring the city together.

4. Be open to learning about different cultures and perspectives. Show respect and curiosity about the backgrounds and experiences of your new friends.

Be Easy

Making lasting friendships during the exchange is an essential part of the study abroad experience. By getting involved in student clubs and associations, participating in integration events, and using apps to meet people, you'll increase your chances of creating meaningful connections that can last a lifetime. Remember to be open, friendly, and proactive in your interactions.

If you're planning an exchange and want to learn more about how to make the most of your social experience, contact the Be Easy team. We're here to help you prepare for this incredible and transformative journey. Start planning your exchange and the friendships you'll make today!

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Natasha D`Angelo
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