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Un Mois dans ‘La Ville Rose’ [One Month in ‘The Pink City’]

‘Wow,’ I am thinking, when I look at the kind, older lady with a large dog that I would very much like to pet, ‘my French is really, really bad.’ I frown, trying to recall words that other U.S. students told me numerous times in my first week in Toulouse, France. I look up at the lady and timidly make a petting motion with my hand, as I say,

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Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Before departing for Costa Rica I really wondered what it was going to be like and what I was going to take back from the trip. After going I can say that it was one of the best decisions I made and gave me a lot of memories that are going to last a very long time. Along with the rich cultural history of Costa Rica, the country also

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More Than Just “Lion” Around

As much as I’ve heard that every study abroad experience is unique, I know that mine was one of a kind. How many people get to say they were face to face with a cheetah? The answer is not a lot so that is just one thing that made my study abroad experience unique! My program was through Loop Abroad who partners with Iowa Wesleyan and their programs were

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Summer in Warsaw

My time spent based out of Warsaw will be remembered as many things. I found happiness in the Mountains of Zakopane, excitement on the streets of Berlin, and introspection at my placement at Collegium Civitas in the center of Warsaw. Reflecting on the overall experience I had, I feel as though it was a very necessary stint living outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself. I spent a

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Botswana, Public Health, and Culture Shock

This summer I was lucky enough to experience a two month public health program in Botswana, a small country directly above South Africa, well known for its unique cuisine, wildlife, and very kind people. It was, without a doubt, the best experience of my entire life- but it certainly didn’t start that way! I said a gut-wrenching goodbye to my parents at the airport as my two packed bags,

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An Unforgettable Spanish Summer

The summer of 2019 is one that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I was given the incredible opportunity to travel abroad to Cadiz, Spain and conduct international research alongside other amazing peers. As I reflect on nine weeks of research, travel, and new experiences, it’s difficult to reflect on it as a single event in my life. Although nine weeks seems small in the grand

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Emma’s Study Abroad Adventure

Ever since I was a little girl, studying abroad was always something I knew I wanted to do. I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures and had a passion for traveling and exploring new places. So when college rolled around I was super excited to pursue this dream. Unfortunately, my parents were not as on board as I would have liked. I’m their oldest child and unlike me, they’re

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My First Trip Abroad

I studied abroad with ISA in Paris, France for one month in Summer 2019. I stayed with a host family in the suburb of Malakoff, which is in the southern portion of Paris. While abroad, I studied French at the host university, Institut Catholique de Paris. Getting to the university consisted of a 30-minute commute by tram and metro. While in Paris, I visited the Eiffel Tower, the Palace

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Mallorca for a Month

Spring of 2019 I made one of the most impulsive yet fruitful decisions of my college career. I decided that I wanted to study abroad. With my college career almost to an end I knew that this would be one of the last opportunities to do something this BIG! The decision slowly crept up on me for weeks before I decided to pull the trigger and meet with my

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Let the World be Your Classroom

I studied abroad this summer in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, a small beach town located on the Pacific Coast of the country. I wanted to study in Costa Rica for the Spanish language, but chose a small coastal town instead of the more typical host cities like San Jose or Heredia. The greatest advice I would give to any student that is considering studying abroad is to pick a location

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