Going abroad may mean leaving behind your girlfriend/boyfriend/loverfriend/partner/spouse, or it may mean parting ways with a really close-knit group of friends. While it may not be possible to pack them in your suitcase and ~*literally*~ bring them with you, you can definitely find ways to keep your relationship thriving, while also potentially adding a new dimension. Plus, many people report still being close with their study abroad friends years after graduating. Some have even formed romantic relationships of the more permanent/life-long nature with a study abroad friend (gasp!).