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Study Abroad Blog, Page 7

One month down, four to go!

By Julia G.

Published Feb. 12, 2020

Arriving in Milan, Italy was a whirlwind. At first, my bags did not arrive which was very stressful. I then had to navigate the Italian public transportation system within an hour of arriving, full of jet lag. I had to take a train from the airport, to a metro station, and finally a few stops…

Food and the UK

By Ethan A.

Published Feb. 10, 2020

One of the hardest aspects of studying abroad is the stress that often comes with being in a foreign place. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I took great care upon arriving in the U.K. this year to do what I could to manage these often burdensome feelings. Much of this comes in keeping a…

Is courtesy common?

By Kaitlyn F.

Published Feb. 8, 2020

When I decided to study abroad in Lyon, France, I had a picture in my mind of a culture full of romance and baguettes. While both of those things are true, the culture is so much richer and more complex than I could have ever imagined. The French live by a different set of rules…

Month one

By Kayla O.

Published Feb. 7, 2020

It has officially been one month and one day since I left the comfort of my Chicago home and embarked on my study abroad journey. I write this blog from a hostel bed in Madrid with my best friend from home standing only a couple of feet away from me and I can’t believe a…

Kyra in Costa Rica: My host family in Vargas Araya

By Kyra C.

Published Feb. 6, 2020

Welcome to Vargas Araya! For two weeks, this was my home base in Costa Rica. Vargas Araya is a neighborhood in Costa Rica located close to the University of Costa Rica and just 10 minutes from Costa Rican Language Academy. During…

Costa Rica and my language barrier

By Tiana H.

Published Feb. 3, 2020

"No hablo español ... ?" A statement I had to say a countless number of times after serving a look of confusion. Going to Costa Rica I knew a medium amount of Spanish. I took up to Spanish 3 in both high school and college. However, that clearly wasn't enough because I never mastered the…

Midwestern living in London

By Sam S.

Published Feb. 2, 2020

It’s been three weeks since I left home to embark on the five month adventure that is studying abroad in London. Before coming to London I'd never left the U.S., and I barely ever left Missouri. Now here I am 4,000 miles away from home navigating the city on my own. I’d have to say…

It was the best of times…

By Emily S.

Published Jan. 31, 2020

So, you want to study abroad, but you don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know to plan your perfect study abroad trip. It’s already been three and a half weeks since I moved to the U.K., and the transition was anything but smooth. However, it could have been a lot worse…

No sleep, only sights

By Christina T.

Published Jan. 31, 2020

From the moment I arrived in Spain, it seemed like I was thrust into a very fast-paced lifestyle. I landed at the airport in the afternoon after almost 24 hours of travel time. I was greeted by my program and…

Health Science Internship in India

By Ravyn J.

Published Jan. 30, 2020

In Pune, Maharashtra, India, I had the advantage to learn so much about others that helped me learn more about myself. This was not my first time out of the country but it was my first time studying abroad. During my trip, I was able to learn more about their culture, live their lives and…