Home-stays Abroad: Expectation vs. Reality

So, your application is completed, your bags are packed and you've researched enough of the culture of the place your going that you feel as though you've already lived there. The only area of preparation still not quite confident in your mind is your home-stay experience. When I first discovered I would be living with …

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Shanghai: Through Jade’s Lens

By: Jade Neguyen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MLRkyU-IYQ Let’s first start off by saying, when I started to pack up all my stuff, I was beyond nervous to be living in China. The largest misconceptions of China include pollution, communism, militarized streets, poverty and lack of diversity. I’ll be honest, I was frightened. As the plane was about to …

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Ahoj! Diary Pre-Departure vs. Post-Abroad, Prague

Pre-Departure: I feel like I’ve been telling everyone of my plans to leave the country for what feels like years. When they ask of my plans, or why I’m still on Christmas break, I feel like a broken record telling them I’m studying abroad in Prague at the University of Economics. Why yes ma’am I’m …

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Life in Wollongong, Australia 27/2/17

By Shannon McElroy Hello hello! Greetings from First Day of Uni! I am sitting at a little café on campus with my friend Molly before we attend our ~first~ class of study abroad. I’m feeling quite blissful, as it is comfortably overcast (perfect for reading a laptop screen outside) and I’ve just ordered an iced coffee, …

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Excited to go abroad? Tips for Planning Ahead

A What to expect: A timeline of the abroad process Generally, students study abroad sometime in their junior year, but really anytime starting the summer after your freshman year is fair game. Here's what the process will look like once you get there. Take Abroad 101. First things first. Once you've completed this - by watching …

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Going Beyond the Packing List: Preparing for Abroad

By Kayla Weier So you've been accepted to your program, you’ve been to your orientations, you’ve finally gotten your passport back with a probably sub-par photo of you staring back at you from your visa. All that you can do is sit and wait for the impending chaos of study abroad now, right? Not even …

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