F is for friends
By David L.
Published June 3, 2016
Making friends and building an optimal social circle is one of the most important factors in a study abroad experience. While this may seem easy to do, it can prove difficult at times. From my time abroad, here are the top five tips and tricks I have learned to make and sustain quality relationships. 1.…
By David L.
Published April 19, 2016
Punctuality in the U.S. is considered pretty important. It would often be rude to arrive late to an event or meeting and leave someone alone, waiting for you in your absence. Interestingly enough, time works differently here in Brazil. So much so, in fact, that if you arrive on time you are actually almost always…
Easter holiday and spring break
By Muhamedali K.
Published April 13, 2016
Here in the U.K., they don't have the same spring break as we do back in the United States. But that's because they have something way better: it's a three week break (that's right folks, three weeks) halfway through the term to let students catch up on work and take a breather. (American universities, take…
Easter holiday in Prague
By Valerie S.
Published April 12, 2016
We arrived in Prague very late on Wednesday night. We were at the train station for almost two hours trying to figure out how to get to the hostel. Normally, we would walk or take a train. But it was too far to walk and too small of a city for trains. We decided to…
Study abroad in Cape Town
By Megan K.
Published April 11, 2016
Studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, has been the best experience of my life. Not only are the mountains and oceans beautiful, but I have been in contact with the most beautiful creatures in their wild habitat. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience! In the World of…
Chontacuro: The worm of Amazon culture and sustainable development
By Clint S.
Published April 4, 2016
Inside the hut in which we were gathered, Margarita held out a bowl filled with inch-long worms still squirming with life. She didn't say a word in English, Spanish or her native Tucanoan. She simply gave a look that said, "Go for it if you want," — and honestly, that was all she had to…
The reality of studying abroad
By Loren H.
Published March 25, 2016
If you've been abroad, or have had friends who have studied abroad in the past, I'm sure you have seen a graph like this one. If you haven't, this is a graph explaining the stages of culture shock that someone experiences when they study abroad. I was presented with this image during my study abroad…
Studying abroad at Ewha Womans University as a Gilman Scholarship recipient
By Caitlin S.
Published March 17, 2016
During summer 2015, I spent an eye-opening month studying Korean language at Ewha Womans University. That's right — womans. However, if you're a male reading this, don't be discouraged. Male exchange students are permitted during summer sessions. Before I delve into why I chose Ewha as my school of choice, I want to outline how…
By Andrea H.
Published March 8, 2016
For the past three days, I have immersed myself in an entirely different culture. I had the privilege of participating in the 30th International Noho Marae weekend. I stood next to other international students as we were welcomed by the Maori people to share their space and culture, and to become a part of their…
Snow in Manchester
By Muhamedali K.
Published March 7, 2016
As someone who loves snow, I have been having withdrawals here in Manchester. As I have said many times before, it is great here in the U.K., and Manchester specifically, but we have had quite a gray winter up until now. I suppose even Manchester got tired of the rain, because we woke up to…