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7 Things You Can’t Do While Studying Abroad

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Planning on studying abroad? There’s certainly no shortage of choice – you’ll find great universities in all kinds of cultures and locations ready to welcome you. But while the experience is likely to be full of opportunities and new experiences, you also need to know what’s off-limits…

Get prepared for your adventure studying abroad with a few things to avoid – neatly summed up in our new infographic!

Animated infographic by Georgia Philippou for TopUniversities.com.

This blog post was originally published in July 2015. It was updated in October 2016. 

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Written by Joseph Birdsey
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I'm from Hong Kong, born and raised and left only after finishing my undergraduate degree there.

Never thought pointing at people with an index finger was a problem.

Well it says on a page about Hong Kong, "Never point with your index finger. This is used only for animals. Point with your hand open."


But it's not only this page.


You see, even if we're exposed to a certain culture for a long period time, it may not mean that we know everything there is to know. Or we are simply not aware of it.
I certainly learn new things about my culture, typically from tourists.