Introduction – 1

Part 1: Before departure – 5

2.     High school exchange – a bird’s eye view – 7

3.     Goal setting – 11

4.     Beware the emotional rollercoaster – 15

5.     Risk management, part 1 – 17

6.     Language – 21

Part 2: Being on exchange – 25

7.     What to expect in the first weeks – 27

8.     Risk management, part 2 – 29

9.     How to fit in quickly – 33

10.      Letting go – 39

11.       How to survive at school – 43

12.       Your new family – 49

13.       Positive thinking – 59

14.       Dealing with adversity – 63

15.       Sobriety – 73

16.       The final month of your exchange – 75

Part 3: What happens next – 79

17.       What to expect when you return home – 81

18.       The legacy of your student exchange – 87

Index – 91