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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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African Adventures

Dumelang! (Hello!) Ke bidiwa Hannah. Ke ithuta Setswana le Public Health mo Botswana. (My name is Hannah. I am studying Setswana and Public Health in Botswana.) This past summer I also studied public and community health in Gaborone, Botswana for two months. I learned so much about how a developing country differs from a developed country, southern African culture and traditions, and a universal healthcare system where citizens have

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Every Penny’s Worth

Going to Ireland has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Although there was no particular driving force, something about the “Emerald Isle” has always sparked my interest. So, when the opportunity finally arose through both scholarships and summer savings, I could not have been more elated. After hours of research I settled on CIEE as my study abroad program. Many aspects of the

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My Time Abroad

Hello, my name is Kevin Finch, and I am currently a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This summer, I have decided to study Engineering in Barranquilla, Colombia and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My time abroad was very unique and interesting because I studied Engineering in a Spanish speaking country and I don’t even know Spanish. As you could imagine,

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