Studying abroad is an excellent experience and one that you should seriously consider. There are a variety of reasons one may feel the urge to temporarily suspend one’s life here in the States and relocate to some far-flung land, and a cornucopia of programs to fit any needs. I chose to study abroad not only for the experience of living in another culture and gaining new perspective on the world I live in, but also to enhance my language proficiency and hopefully my post-graduation job prospects.
Remember that, like you, each study abroad program is a special and unique snowflake and so my directions won’t fit your needs exactly. But I’ve put together a brief Prezi that outlines the major components to the preparation process, which you can find HERE!