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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...]

Study Abroad Tips: The Final Stretch

A well-known candy bar once had a series of commercials that proclaimed, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” I think the same thing can be said about when we are tired. While travelling is easily one of the most rewarding things I can imagine, I’ve got to be honest: it can be draining. Over the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting fifteen cities in nine countries – walking nearly four hundred miles! As I’ve come into the final stretch of our time in the Europe, all the travel, class, and socialization most certainly caught up to me. Here’s what I learned over the past week as … [Read more...]

Travel Tips: Travel Photography – A Beginner’s Guide

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a thousand pictures are worth a million words. The time I have spent in Europe this summer has left me with more stories than I could ever possibly tell, which is why I am thankful for the power of photos to capture important moments and memories. While I have been taking formal classes in marketing and international business, I have, at times, felt as though I was taking a third, hands-on course in travel photography. With the increasing desire – and expectation – to document one’s experience using photos on social media platforms like Instagram, I … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: Three Tips To Plan Group Trips

Study abroad brings people together. There is something unique about students from all sorts of academic interests and organizational affiliations sharing a common experience in a foreign land. Our cohort of students has been close from day one, and as such, many of our weekend trips have been spent travelling in considerably large groups of eight to twelve students. Traveling in a large group can be a great way to get to know others, but it can also present unique challenges. Here are three pro tips for maximizing your group travel experience: Plan together As is the case with all … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: Learn to Plan Accordingly

As the first weekend of independent travel of my study abroad trip draws to a close, there is nothing that I learned more than to be prepared for every possible situation when you are using public transportation throughout Europe. Travel Tips It is extremely important to research the city/cities that you are visiting before you arrive there. This past weekend, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain and it was absolutely incredible, partially because the group that I traveled with planned extremely well in terms of public transportation to use, what to pack, etc. Once you have pinpointed a … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Tips: The Art of the Day Trip

                    What is the best way to maximize your time in Europe when on a short-term study abroad? Two words: day trip. Depending on your location, there are likely a number of cities only a short train ride from your destination. It is also likely that you can get a taste of what these cities have to offer in just one day. Last week, a couple of my friends and I utilized a day off of class to get a taste of Belgium – chocolate, waffles, and all! Less than three hours from our home base in Maastricht, … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Pack Smart for Studying Abroad

The thought of packing everything you need for several months of a study abroad trip into one suitcase can be daunting. But with a little thinking ahead and the following tips, you will be ready to depart with your luggage and peace of mind: 1. Buy the basics overseas. While it’s a good idea to pack travel-sized bottles of things like shampoo and toothpaste, these items are readily available at convenience stores overseas. Save space in your luggage by opting to buy them later rather than bring them with you. 2. Pack comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to opt for style rather … [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing a Study Abroad Program

Study abroad provides an amazing experience during your college years to get real-world, international experience. But with so many possible places to study and courses to choose from, finding the right program for can be challenging. Discovering the program that will be the best fit for you requires some careful assessment of your goals and options. The tips below are a way to kick-start your study abroad program selection process. Consider the following as you narrow down your options: Location The city where you spend your time abroad can set the tone for your entire program. Is … [Read more...]

Practicing Proper Travel Etiquette: France

Today's travel etiquette feature take us to France, the land of romance and fine cuisine. Traveling away from your home culture always raises the question of etiquette. What to wear, what to say... Do you tip? Smile at passersby? Knowing the proper etiquette for your next travel destination is a vital part of your experience. Today, we're taking a look a France—just because they've got a bad rep for being snobby doesn't mean you should ignore their customs. (And, actually, a little effort can go a long way...we're rather fond of the French!) Here are a few things you should know before … [Read more...]


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