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How International Students Can Spend Spring Break

Most U.S. schools provide a “spring break,” which is typically one to two weeks off from school in March or April. During this time, students enjoy a well-deserved break from the classroom, and international students are no exception. 

If your child is staying close to campus for spring break, here are some ways they can make the most of their time off. 

Explore the Local Area

Living in a new country can be overwhelming at times, but there’s no better way to get to know an area than by exploring it. Students can spend a day or two during spring break visiting local sites and learning more about their city or town. Many cities offer free walking tours or discounted student tickets to local attractions. A change of scenery—and getting outside for fresh air—can be just what students need after months of studying.

Catch Up—or Work Ahead—on Assignments

While it may not be the most exciting option, spring break can also be a good time for students to catch up on any missed assignments or get ahead on upcoming projects. By taking care of schoolwork during the break, they can enjoy the rest of the semester without the stress of looming deadlines.

Connect With Friends and Family Back Home 

A flexible schedule during the day provides a wonderful opportunity for international students to connect with friends and family in their home country. Catch up and spend some quality time over a video or phone call.

Prepare for College

If your child is a high school junior or senior and thinking about attending college in the U.S., spring break is an opportune time to research options, explore scholarships, and, if possible, schedule a virtual tour at a university or college they’re interested in. Creating an application timeline is especially helpful—noting necessary test dates and deadlines for applications and scholarships can alleviate some stress that comes with admission season.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student, be sure to contact the International Student Program Coordinator at their school.


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