Hello from the SPI Study Abroad Team! We’re just a little over a month away from the start of summer 2016 — we hope you’re getting excited for the unforgettable adventures and priceless memories that a summer abroad always brings :)

Here are some ways you can begin preparing for your experience:

1) Look over your Student & Parent Orientation Guide. This booklet will help prepare you for everything you need to know — whether you’re curious about cell phone usage while abroad, how to pack for the weather in your program city, or just want to get a better idea of what your homestay experience will be like, the Orientation Guide is chock-full of super useful info!

2) Join your Facebook program group! Note that SPI sends out a list of all the students on your program about 7-10 days before departure, but Facebook is always a great way to start getting connected before that :)

3) Read through the pre-departure emails coming your way between now and then — we always send out at least 5 of these before the summer.

4) Connect with SPI on social media! We’re @spistudyabroad on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and we even have Pinterest and Tumblr, too. We’re constantly posting pics, inspiring quotes, packing tips, international recipes, and other fun stuff — don’t miss our posts!

We can’t wait to meet you this summer!