Hi - first off, congratulations on your acceptance! That sounds like an amazing opportunity. From my personal study abroad experience, I can admit that homesickness can be tough to deal with at times while abroad, however, there are lots of ways to manage it. It's great that you are already thinking about this and are prepared for when the homesickness hits (because inevitably, it will). I think the 2 biggest things that helped for me were Skype/Facetime and getting involved in my new community. Skyping regularly with friends and family was really helpful when I was missing home, even if it was just a quick update from my sister or old roommates. I think more importantly though, getting involved in the local community helped me the most. Whether it's finding a coffee shop that becomes 'your own' (having a barista know my name/order really did make the city feel more at home), or joining a community group, having these relationships will really help you feel more at home. I joined a fitness community that made me feel more comfortable in the new city by simply looking for free local workout classes. I would think about your interests and do some research on the local community, as well as reach out to your graduate program. Program admissions should be able to connect you with members of local organizations that suit your interests! Get involved, have an open mind, and best of luck!