Below are some student blogs for an inside look at studying abroad. Also check out videos of our programs and quotes from alumni!
Amy Swartz Munich, Germany "My first two weeks in Germany I have the pleasure of taking a German language class in the beautiful and bustling Munich! After classes and on the weekends my classmates and I have been trying to experience everything Munich and the surrounding areas have to offer. We have visited castles, museums, churches, parks and anything."
"I’ve found myself in Aalborg. I’ve found myself this sweet, simple, cozy place. Yeah, I might recognize the people who are usually on my bus route. Sure, I might get familiar with the people who work at the grocery store. The trees are finally covered in light, baby leaves and there’s lots of green grass. I have a favorite coffee shop. I’ve found myself here and now, I’d like to think, I’ve chosen to bloom."
Kerry Lorenz Amsterdam, Netherlands "The warm weather, the sunshine and the trees finally turning green hanging over the canals makes the city look like a fairytale. Sometime I still look around and am amazed that I am here in this amazing place."
"Everyone one I’ve met here has shaped me to be a better person, I’m leaving better than you found me. I leave with so much memories that will last forever and friendships that’ll last a life time. I didn’t know how my time here could have gone, but I can tell you now that I had the time of my life."
Paris, France "One of my personal favorite things to do when I visit places is to climb a lot of stairs (or take a wicked fast elevator, in the case of Nantes) to reach a high point that allows you to see the whole city. I love the peace that comes from looking down on a bustling city from above, where everything looks quiet and calm..."
Siena, Italy "Four Sundays ago, I boarded a plane with two of my friends to travel halfway around the world and start the adventure of a lifetime. This semester I am studying abroad in Siena, Italy a pretty medieval town three hours north of Rome. The past four weeks have been a whirlwind as I have tried to adjust to the language barrier, culture shock, and getting my bearings of living in another country."
Aalborg, Denmark "One thing I've noticed about the Danish culture and student life is they are very laid back about of doing things. They do not stress about everything at all times, they like to take their time and its not uncommon for them to just go somewhere in Denmark or to another country for a regular or long weekend to relax and get away."
Hannah Schertenlieb La Rochelle, France "People in Paris seemed to take life very slowly with ease but in a directionally moving forward manner. Only once while in Paris did Ali or I ever hear someone honk a horn. Although the driving in Paris was especially busy and sometimes terrifying with many tiny side streets, barely any lane distinction, and hardly any traffic laws there was never any angry drivers."
Joy Noriega Oviedo, Spain Wow! I have only been here one full day and two half days since getting off the plane in Madrid and taking a 5 hour train ride to Oviedo. During my wait at the train station and on the train, I "people watched." I noticed words that were said and the way people would greet each other.
With that said, I am growing quite accustom to Australian culture. There is a real laid back vibe here in Western Australia, not in the lazy sense, though there is a joke that perhaps laziness is a tad present for the shops close so early here. Many of the shops close at 5 pm!
Rachel Pool Siena, Italy Even though the language barrier is extremely tough, I feel very welcomed by my family and comfortable in the house. I like getting to be in the city all day at school or with my friends and then leaving the city to experience Italian culture with my family at night.
Caitlin Cerra Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Even though I’m not with my horses anymore, I continue to wear jeans out of tradition. Abaya, thobe, and hijab are the Middle Eastern versions of jeans and cowboy boots. Just as some Americans wear jeans and cowboy boots to identify with a certain past – even if they’ve never ridden a horse! – these clothes are also worn out of tradition.