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Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

When starting to write and talk about my study abroad experience, I have found it hard to explain. I have so much to say that I have nothing to say. One thing I can confidently state is that studying abroad has changed me for the better. Through new experiences and stepping out of my comfort zone I have gained so much. I hope to inspire other people to studying

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Living the Peruvian Life

One of my top three goals for college was to study abroad and when I returned to the United States, I had never felt more accomplished or proud of myself. I spent almost four months living the local life in Cusco, Peru and attending classes at a local university. My professors were passionate about teaching and making sure our experience was unforgettable. Being a Spanish minor, I loved having

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Business in the Balkans

This May I went on the faculty led trip to the Balkans – Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and Kosovo. This was such an amazing experience and I loved it more than I was expecting. It was a very busy trip with a lot of traveling, university visits, and business visits, but I am glad we saw as much as we could. My favorite country was Albania. It was absolutely gorgeous,

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My Experience Studying Abroad

In January 2019, I left for Europe. For the following four months, I would be studying abroad in Granada, Spain with AIFS. My first stop abroad would be London which was a trip organized by my program. In London, I would meet some of my now best friends for the first time. In London, we saw everything from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Two days later, I left for

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A Perspective Changing Trip to the Balkans

The best part about my study abroad experience is that I left feeling not like a tourist, but like a local. I went primarily to Albania, and was lucky enough to have an Albanian professor and tour guide. They helped us to spend a couple weeks living like the locals did— knowing the correct places to go, things to do, and hidden spots nobody would know about. In addition,

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Achieving A Dream

This trip was my first abroad. I had never been on a plane for longer than three hours. I was nervous, but this trip was exactly what I had been dreaming of doing for my entire life. The trickiest part of the trip, honestly, may have been that I arrived at the airport not really knowing anyone. Over the course of the trip, I had a chance to get

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Doing Business in the Balkans

This experience studying abroad was much different than my previous study abroad experience. Last time, I went alone on the trip with a study abroad partner with UTC and this time I went on a trip that was faculty led. There was a lot less free time and exploring but that might have been because last time I was there for 3 months. The trip was amazing and so

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A World of Opportunity

Going to Rome was truly an experience like no other. When we began our trip, it immediately started in chaos, however. Our teacher got into a car wreck, plane tickets were giving us issues in a foreign country, and we were all losing a little bit of morale. However, nothing compares to the feeling of stepping off the bus from the airport onto the tight, lit-up streets of Rome,

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What I Took Away from My Semester Abroad

This semester I traded the mountains of Chattanooga for the tropical beaches of Costa Rica. I spent four months immersing myself in the language, culture and daily life of the Ticos (the nickname of Costa Rican citizens), and I am so glad that I did. This semester was an unforgettable one, and I gained so much during my time abroad. For example, in Costa Rica I gained many new

When In Rome

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to go to Rome, Italy to study abroad. It was only for 10 days, but I was able to see so much in those 10 days. I have always dreamed of going to Italy, just never thought I’d have the chance any time soon. Taking the Legendary Rome class was extremely interesting, and gave me the opportunity to fulfill

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