As study abroad students, we all want to capture the perfect pictures of every amazing moment and experience we have away from home. And we all know those photos show up all over our social media accounts to keep our friends and family back home posted about our crazy new life in a foreign country. We all take those stereotypical study abroad pictures that make it onto our Instagram feeds, rake in the likes, and solidify ourselves as true students abroad. So if you’re a current or a prospective study abroad student, here’s a few of those stereotypical pictures that are always a must for the Insta feed.
1. The Announcement
This lets everyone on social media and beyond know that you’re leaving for a semester.
2. The Passport and Boarding Pass
Further confirmation that you’re leaving, for real, and are actually at the airport.
3. The Sky-High Sunset
Now everyone is extra, extra sure you’re actually sitting on a plane flying somewhere… you know, if anyone was doubting you.
4. The Thoughtful Cityscape
You obviously need to dramatically look off into the distance for this picture. Thinking about your new life never looked so artsy.
5. The Initial Picture in the Food Series
The first time you have a ridiculously delicious meal in your new country must be documented via photo to make everyone at home jealous.
6. The Ocean Sunset
Bonus points if you include the silhouettes of you and your new abroad friends.
7. The Pose With a Famous Statue
Again, you have to show how artsy and cultured you (now) are.
8. Your Morning Coffee
Because coffee is undoubtedly stronger and prettier outside of America.
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9. The Nighttime Cityscape
Cities are beautiful at night… no further explanation needed.
10. The Best Friend Selfie
The first selfie you take with your newly found best friends after the first time you all go out together.
11. The Flag Friendship
Take a picture with the flag of your second home to show your pride.
12. The “Look What I Did Abroad”
Whether you swam with sharks or paraglided off a mountain, show it off to your lame, not-abroad followers.
13. Your Dessert
Because if you’re going to show off your coffee, you have to show off your dessert… it’s only fair.
14. Your University Entrance
Show pride for not just your country, but also your school!
15. The Unavoidable Tourist Photo
You’re undoubtedly going to post a picture of the most common, most popular tourist attraction in your country. Just accept it and let it happen.
16. The Ode To Home
Let’s face it, when you’re halfway around the world, you’re going to miss home at least a little.
17. One Last Town Photo
Take one last artsy picture before returning to your basic hometown.
18. The Final Goodbye
This will probably include a sappy, thankful caption. Again, just accept it.