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!).

Ask Yourself

Are there global opportunities that I could apply to and participate in with a friend?

What methods of communication will I use?

How will I build in time to keep in touch (email, social media, etc.) with my family and friends?

How can I help set realistic expectations for communication with people back home?