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UMW Abroad

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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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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UMW Exchange Programs

Many students aren’t aware of the great opportunities offered by UMW partner exchange programs. We currently have four, including MICEFA in Paris, France; Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy; University of Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany; and Lingnan University in Hong Kong, China. These programs operate under a direct exchange program, in that students … 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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Adaptors and Converters and Transformers, Oh My!

During my first week in Italy, one of my roommates fried her flat iron by plugging it into the wall using only an adaptor. She hadn’t researched the difference between adaptors and converters, or which electronics require one versus the other. In order to save your electronics from the same fate, I’ve assembled a straight-forward … Continue reading »

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6 Apps to Download Before Study Abroad

Nowadays pretty much everyone is glued to their smartphone like it’s an extension of their body. This isn’t always the best way to experience the world, but there are many apps that can be a lifesaver (sometimes literally) in foreign situations. Here’s a list of six apps recommended for study abroad students: Emergency Call Anywhere … Continue reading »

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