Staff Spotlight: Katie Heinen

Marketing & Outreach Intern, Education Abroad Semester at Sea - Spring '17     Going abroad was the greatest four months of my life- so far! I went on a program called Semester at Sea, in which I traveled with 600 students, faculty, staff, and families from all over the world.      We visited …

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Beginner Jitters in Sevilla, Spain

  After arriving from a 26-hour journey, I was greeted with a great big smile and, “Buenos Dias, Mi Amigo,” from Fran our program manager for CIEE. Immediately, I felt welcomed as all the participants and I rode the bus to our homestay. While on the bus ride, I met another student, Casey, who would …

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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 that's still not quite confident in your mind is your home-stay. 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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