Monday, August 25, 2014

From Plains to Fjords: A Semester Abroad

Well, another trip in the bag for this Midwesterner!

The ESN Sea Battle, a round-trip ferry ride/two-day party from Stockholm, Sweden to Riga, Latvia was a unique experience I'm so glad I took part in. Plus, knocking out two countries in two days was pretty sweet too!

We started our journey at 6am Sunday, March 30th. From bus to plane to bus again, we finally made it to our hotel at about 5pm. After traveling for basically the entire day, we all ventured out to a club in the city for the kick-off party for the Sea Battle. As Callie and I so stupidly forgot, the bouncers at the door can't just look at your face and let you in based on how old you look...we had forgotten our IDs in our hotel room! It wouldn't have been such a huge deal...except the hotel was a 47 minute walk away. We reluctantly coughed up some cash to take the subway back, frustrated with our silly oversight but eventually accepting it as another "Europe story." When we finally made it back to the club, we were faced with what looked like a thousand people squished together in one giant dance floor. Although I had been to some clubs back in Kristiansand, this dance party put all others to shame. It was MASSIVE.

Check out this blogger and her experiences studying in Norway. She even includes pictures and video along with witty commentary about her journey. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spring 2015 Application Open!

Spring 2015 Application Open!

The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the spring 2015 term is now available online.

Student application deadline: October 7, 2014 by 11:59pm (central) 

Certification deadline for advisers: October 14, 2014 by 11:59pm (central)

For an application to be complete, students will need to have their application certified online by a study abroad adviser and a financial aid adviser. Please encourage your students to apply before the deadline as late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of their status in December. 

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman Scholarship website. We look forward to awarding our next round of Gilman Scholars!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

17 Tips For Studying Abroad

17 Magazine gives us 17 tips on studying abroad. Some of these tips are directed towards our female audience but men could learn a thing or two from this article as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Foreign Foods You Are Eating Wrong

In this video you will learn how to eat sushi, Ramen, pasta, and tacos properly. Watch this video so you can blend in with your environment and stop looking so much like an American.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Go Out and Do It

Travel Bucket List

Keep walking
Here are 30 different experiences to knock off your travel bucket list. Who says studying abroad has to be all study. Go out and see the world. Why not?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

image - Flickr / Corie Howell
You see the world, try new things, meet new people, fall in love, visit amazing places, learn about other cultures - then it's all over. People always talk about leaving, but what about coming home? Click the link to read more.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Biodiversity in the Tropical Watershed of Belize

Dr. Roxi Kellar took her "Special Topics: Study Abroad – Biodiversity in the Tropical Watershed of Belize" class abroad to Central America. The main goals of the course were to teach students about the importance of and threats to Earth’s biodiversity and the challenges and potential solutions to conservation of ecosystems and species, focusing on the varied ecosystems in the small, Central American country of Belize. Of course, ultimately, many more things were learned and experienced than just this! Read more by clicking this link