St. Peter's Basilica from Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. Photo: E. Mitterreiter (Outgoing 2013/14). To have a successful experience abroad and make the most of it, you have to start preparing it on time. This applies on one side to learning the language, but also for your application. Consider that for stays outside Europe, you should start informing yourself at least 1,5 to 2 years in advance!