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Author Archives: umwcie

Learning How to Travel Well With Others

Tips and tricks for when you are traveling in a group.  International travel is one of those things that can make or break friendships. I chose to study abroad in Cork, Ireland with three of my closest college friends and roommates. While making this decision, I expressed my concern about going abroad with my best … Continue reading »

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How to Make the Most of a Stay at a Hostel

Whether you’re looking to meet fellow travelers like you or just save some money on a weekend excursion, hostels are a ubiquitous part of the study abroad experience. Many hostels have had a poor reputation in the past as being unsafe or unclean. Recently, however, there has been a race to the top in the … Continue reading »

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Handling Negativity Abroad

Everyone handles stress and homesickness in different ways, and some more negatively than others. If you find yourself or the people around you complaining or sulking while abroad, it can be difficult to know what you can do to help, if anything at all. When do you distance yourself from someone who is bringing you … Continue reading »

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All Aboard! Five Tips for Traveling on Europe’s Railroads

Spending a semester in Europe and want to see it all? You’re in luck: Europe has a dense and incredibly reliable rail network, linking bustling capitals and quiet rural towns alike. There’s almost nowhere that you can’t reach, no car required. For some Americans who aren’t familiar with the European rail system, though, it can … Continue reading »

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[Study]ing Abroad : What You Truly Learn Overseas

When considering study abroad for a semester or a year-long trip it isn’t always clear whether the emphasis will be on academic study or on other activities associated with living and traveling overseas. It may seem like the prevalent opinion today about studying abroad it that it is actually a guise for time off of … Continue reading »

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Seeking the Ideal

I’ve always wondered what it is that pushes people to travel. I understand certain logistical reasons such as traveling for work, family, or study, but what about those individuals who manage to quit their jobs in inspired moments of utter spontaneity, become professional travel bloggers, and tour exotic locations for an infinite amount of time? … Continue reading »

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The Pros and Cons of Interning Abroad

When deciding on an education abroad program that works for their academic and personal goals, students often don’t realize that completing an internship abroad is an option. I hadn’t considered it, and wound up choosing it by happenstance: I knew I wanted to go to China, and I knew I couldn’t afford the time or … Continue reading »

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How I Packed for 2 Months in Shanghai (and what I wish I’d done differently)

Last summer, I got an internship with a digital marketing firm in Shanghai through the UMW in China Business Administration program. Despite months of researching what clothing would be appropriate for the season, climate, and culture, how to roll clothing to maximize suitcase space (I am now fully confident in my ability to fit a … Continue reading »

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Things Returning Study Abroad Students Do

Studying abroad will change you in so many ways.  You’ll probably mature, gain self-confidence, and have deeper understanding of the world.  You’ll also pick up some new habits… Getting really, really, really excited whenever you meet someone from your host country.  You may actually stop strangers in the street when you hear them speaking that  familiarly … Continue reading »

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Mental Health and Study Abroad

If you had told me at the age of 12 that I would one day spend four months away from my family in a foreign country with strangers, I would not have believed you.  I probably would’ve cried in anticipation of the anxiety that I was bound to feel in such a strange situation.  You see, I’m … Continue reading »

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