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A Semester in Krakow, Poland

My whole life, I wanted to study abroad. I had no particular place in mind, but the last place I’d expected to spend a semester was Poland. When I looked up the city of Krakow I was intrigued by the beauty of the city. I hadn’t realized that it was the only major city in Poland that basically escaped World War II with little destruction to the architecture. Upon

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Fearless

I can’t believe how quickly my months in Spain have come to a close. I remember leaving for the airport, not realizing how nerve-wrecking it would be to go off to another country alone. I will never forget trying to pack to be gone for 3 months. I ended up under packing and bringing all my clothes in one backpack, which allowed me to buy more clothes abroad and

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A Semester in Granada

“Que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada”- Francisco A. de Icaza “There is no greater sorrow in life than to be blind in Granada” Study abroad was something that I knew I wanted to be a part of my college experience. With a minor in Spanish and a strong desire to learn the language, a Spanish speaking country only made sense.

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Pau-ing Out

My experience abroad was an absolutely life-changing one. Pau was a small, beautiful city in southeastern France. Almost everywhere you went, there was an incredible view of the Pyrenees mountains. There was always something to do, and always a new place to explore. My friends and I took many weekend trips to other French cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. Pau’s close proximity to Spain made it easy to

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Learning to say “Pura Vida” and “Viva Mexico”

Wow, were to begin?  Coming into college, I did not expect to spend a semester abroad. I had heard about people spending semesters abroad before, but semesters abroad always seemed so daunting and out of my price range. Luckily, during my sophomore year, I started looking into some faculty led summer trips- I really just wanted to go somewhere (anywhere) new for a little while. I emailed my study

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Jumping Across Japan, Studying Abroad in Akita

Hello, my name is Ethan Gossett and I am a History and Humanities International Studies major here at UTC. I decided in May of 2018 that I was going to study abroad in a foreign country. Where exactly? I had a lot of options, but I ended up deciding to study in Japan. Therefore, I set my sights on studying abroad in Japan and from that moment on I

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Pardon

I knew that food would be cheap. I knew that restaurants would keep strange hours. I understood there would be a language barrier. I was not prepared for this. I was standing in the middle of a train station, surrounded by hundreds of people, and I could not understand any of them. I knew that if I had a question – if I missed my train, if I got

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Found: Lost American

Studying abroad in Granada, Spain was an insane experience throughout its entirety. Not only was I able to develop my language abilities, expand my values as they extend to culture and politics, and communicate effectively with others, but I was also able to find a part of myself I had previously lost. Spain was an experience in which I never completely experienced “culture shock”. Upon arrival and first encounters,

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Differences Make Us the Same

Going to Japan was a realized pipe dream. Growing up as a child of small-town America, the fact that I made it all the way from Columbia, Tennessee to Tokyo, Japan still amazes me after my trip has ended. Seeing life in a different culture made me appreciate that, even though we live completely different lives, everyone is, at their core, the same. While in Japan, we stayed at

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A Great Moment

I studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience.  I spent 3 month (99 days) becoming intimate with the Kenyan culture. One of the most prominent aspects on this trip was “Kenyan time”. Over and over I hear this phrase and it is 100% true; there is no rush in Kenya. If someone were to tell you to meet them somewhere it

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