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Study Abroad Tips: Using Technology to Help You Travel

Traveling in a foreign country can be difficult, especially when you are studying at the same time. Navigating is hard and the language barrier can make something as simple as ordering dinner a huge ordeal. However, the technology we have these days can be life saving! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you navigate study abroad. The art of the screenshot. Screenshots on your phone just might be your new best friend. Most students don’t have cell service all the time while they are abroad, but if you look things up in advance and screenshot them then you will always have them! For … [Read more...]

Study Abroad vs. Travel Abroad: How to Find a Balance

When I thought about my study abroad experience before it happened, I pictured day trips, and weekend trips and lots of traveling. I listed out where all I wanted to go- far more places than I had time or money for. However, I didn’t think about my essays, exams, and projects. During my time abroad, I had a difficult time finding the balance between study and travel. I am not sure why I didn’t think about my classwork before hand but there is definitely a way to balance both of these priorities. Here are my tips for going to a lot of places AND keeping up with classes. Take advantage of … [Read more...]

Destination Spotlight: Dover, Kent, England

Dover, Kent, England. In my entire life, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to travel to Dover.  But there I was, early one Thursday morning, packing to travel across the English Channel to visit the famous town. After class, my best friend and I made our way to Maastricht station, in order to board a train to Brussels, where we’d be taking the Chunnel under the English Channel. I had coffee in my system and food in my tummy, I was set. The train ride to Brussels went flawlessly, it was as easy as all our other train rides and we made it with enough time to get through … [Read more...]

Finding Home While Studying Abroad

As I walked down the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, a city in the south of the Netherlands, I would have never expected to end up where I was today. I almost knew every nook and cranny of this city, just from the five spectacular weeks I’ve spent here. My walk to class was on auto-pilot, every step was a step closer to one of the last days of class. Sixteen days of class went by as fast as my trips on the weekends. When I left the United States, I would tell my friends and family that I was “visiting Maastricht,” and that I would be spending five weeks there. Little did I know that … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: Slow Down

While studying abroad, it is easy to get caught up in all of the things you and your friends want to get done in various cities and countries. Not only do you have your own bucket list to think about, but you most likely have several friends with to-do lists too. While it is so important to see as many sights as possible during your time abroad, there is such thing as too many. During my first few weeks in Europe, my friends and I spent our trips running from one monument to the next, trying to see it all. We accomplished almost everything we wanted to on the weekends and we saw nearly … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: Navigating the Differences Between the United States and Europe

On my flight to Amsterdam last week, I tried to dream up how different Europe would be from the United States. I was surprised to find its VERY different. From the landscape, the houses, the people, the mannerisms, even the way they travel, the differences are everywhere. When my advisors said "watch out for culture shock," I never have anticipated that I would be that one student who is shocked wherever she goes. Some differences in culture: There is no Air Conditioning in Europe, maybe you'll find a hotel or hostel with it, but there is none in academic buildings and none in my room. … [Read more...]

Study Abroad: What I’ve Learned Through Experience

When I began to think about applying for a study abroad program, the first step I took was reading all the pamphlets and brochures. While these can be very helpful with the general, practical information, there is so much about a program that just can’t be conveyed until you experience it yourself. Here are a few of the things I have learned so far. You don’t have to have every second of every day planned out before you get here. In fact, I encourage you to arrive to your program with an open mind and minimal expectations. You will meet so many new friends when you arrive so it is best … [Read more...]

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