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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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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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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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When Nobody Wants to Hear Your Stories Anymore

When you first step off the plane and back into your life in the “real world” you are going to be bombarded with vague, well-intentioned question of “So?!  How was [insert your country here]?!” You’ll say “Great!”  You’ll say “So much fun!”  You’ll say “When I went to Paris for the weekend…” and everyone will … Continue reading »

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Choosing Your Program: Type and Length

I talk to so many people who don’t know that they can find a way to go abroad. From short, week-long spring break trips to a full year abroad, there are options that fit every personality, course requirement schedule, and budget. These are your basic options for study abroad. Short-Term Programs: There are two basic ways … Continue reading »

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Keeping in Touch

Keeping in touch with family and friends while abroad can be expensive if you don’t take a little time to educate yourself.  Here are some options ranging from very inexpensive to free. 1. WhatsApp Free for one year/$0.99 for each additional year WhatsApp is a messaging program where you can easily connect with anyone who … Continue reading »

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Summer in South Africa

In the summer of 2014 I went on a study abroad journey to South Africa where I would get great hands on experience in the field of Biology and meet new people from around the world. It all started when I learned about a program called Broadreach from my friend Nikki, she had heard about … Continue reading »

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How to Write a Great Study Abroad Blog

Blogs can be a great way to not only keep your friends and family back home up to date on your life, but to preserve your memories from study abroad. If you want to blog, but end up staring at a blinking cursor on your blank word document, here’ s a few tips to get … Continue reading »

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