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study abroad advice

Making the most of your homestay

Many study abroad programs include the opportunity to stay with a host family rather than living independently or in student housing. It may seem intimidating to spend your entire time abroad in someone else’s home, but I highly recommend staying with a host family if you have the option. It is one of the best … Continue reading »

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Dear Mom, I’m Homesick

So you pull the trigger and decide to study abroad! There are a lot of feelings swirling around in your head. You’re anxious to travel, stressed for packing and maybe a little unsure of yourself, but you bury those feelings and make it on the plane. It’s all a flurry when you arrive at your … Continue reading »

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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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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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How to Travel Cheaply (And Safely) in Europe

Traveling is shockingly easy once you’re already on mainland Europe because most countries are about as close as US states are to one another. However, you have to be careful when booking trips while abroad; so here’s your ultimate guide to budget airlines and hostels in Europe. Budget airlines are remarkably cheap because they often … Continue reading »

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If You Should Lose Your Passport…

Well, you freak out. Obviously. There are tears. There’s some panicking. In some cases, you may have people around you that aren’t so understanding, so you feel anger and hurt at their response. It’s a confusing mess of panic, betrayal and fear. You’ll want to retrace your steps. You’ll see everyone as the potential thief … Continue reading »

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