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Uncover the Benefits to Study Abroad Programs

If you haven’t studied abroad but will soon, you’re in for an amazing adventure! Those who have done study abroad programs understand that there are some hidden benefits you must be aware of before departing for your trip across the ocean (or the border).

Below are a few I have come across during my trip abroad that might be beneficial to you. Read more

Maximize your college credits with a J-term study abroad

Winter break can offer you some necessary down time, and if you aren’t already on a J-term, then you’re probably getting that break right now. But J-terms can be a great way to squeeze in that foreign study abroad opportunity when you don’t have any in-semester time to spare.

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

College students can get a lot out of spending their J-term abroad, so if you’re looking for college hacks to get some college credits under your belt without cramming your semesters too full, check out these ways you can use your winter break. Read more

Travel alerts hinder study abroad and international studies

Students interested in travel abroad programs, international studies and homestay trips will want to check with their colleges first. Many colleges and universities are taking the advice of the U.S. State Department’s travel alerts.

Would you consider a study abroad program in a place considered dangerous? (Credit: UWSP)

Would you consider a study abroad program in a place considered dangerous? (Credit: UWSP)

They are suspending or scaling back study abroad and international programs in countries with unrest, especially in the Middle East, in order to ensure the safety of their students. Why study abroad when there might be danger? That’s when students learn the most, some say. Read more

The pros and cons of study abroad

College is the time to spread your wings, experience new things and explore the world, right? One way that countless college students have done all that and more is through a study abroad experience (yours truly included!).

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

If you are considering studying overseas, you will hear a lot about the personal growth you will achieve, as well as the academic experience. Here are the things you need to know—pros and cons—to ensure that you make the most of your time outside the U.S. of A. Read more

How to make friends in college

College is a whole new world with a ton of new people! So it can be a little intimidating meeting people and trying to make friends. The thing to remember is that you are not alone! Everyone else is trying to make friends just like you!

But don’t worry, here are a few easy tips to help you get started: Read more

Why college students should keep a journal while studying abroad

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign study. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep track of your experiences by writing a travel blog or diary. You may not expect to go into travel journalism after college, but there are plenty of reasons why you should keep a journal. Read on for some tips on recording your study abroad experience and some travel journal apps that will help you on the go.

Keeping a travel journal

Journaling may be a requirement of your study abroad program. It might be part of your grade. Or it may just be a way to keep memories of your experience for posterity. Lynn Hausman, a peer mentor for Academic Programs International (API), wrote her laments about not keeping a better journal during her time in Seville, Spain. In “Study abroad reflections – why you should keep a journal abroad,” posted on the API Blog March 1, 2011, Hausman wrote of her earnest intentions to record everything, and the way her efforts dropped off in her experience. Read more

Packing tips if you are studying abroad

packing for a tripA semester or year abroad can be some pretty exciting stuff—new places, new faces and a chance to explore the world. But then you have to start thinking about what to take with you. Studying abroad should be about new experiences and learning new things, not about lugging everything you own along for the ride. Read on for some packing tips on what to take and what to leave behind. Read more

Top study abroad destinations: Where to go and what not to do

Study abroadOne of the things I was looking forward to most in college was studying abroad. I had heard about it in high school and knew that if I spent a little extra time working, applied for scholarships and took out a few extra loans, I’d too, be able to travel to a new country to study. It really is one of the great things about college. Here are some top study abroad destinations, some destinations to avoid and also some tips on what not to do while abroad. Read more

Why study abroad: Save money on international programs and graduate on time

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Study abroad info (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

According to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, however, overall numbers show that only 14 percent of college students as a whole participate in a study abroad program. In addition, findings show that the majority of students who choose to study abroad head to a European country, and male students are much less likely to take the study abroad leap. The study abroad sphere is widening though, and for those who are looking to take part, there is no time like the present to cash in on some good deals. Read more

International education: Tips and benefits of studying abroad

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Students seeking study abroad information

Congratulations! You’ve decided to expand your horizons and study in a different country. You’re ready to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn (non)traditional customs, speak a different language, and understand a totally new way of life. Not only is this an opportunity for you to become a world traveler, this is also a time for you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience another part of the world. But, before you embark on your international education, consider these tips — and get the most benefits of studying abroad. Read more