Choosing your program: Living arrangements

There are typically a few options for living arrangements when you study abroad, including a host family. You should think through which one you choose so that it fits with your lifestyle and goals for your time away. Host family Host families can be one of the best ways to learn a language – if you’re dedicated to spending time…

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Dorm Away From Home – Tips for Living On-Campus While Abroad

Living On-Campus Abroad

When it comes to housing abroad there’s often several options- homestays, off-campus flats and apartments, and on-campus housing are perhaps the most common. Each serves its purpose depending on the location, the culture, and the student’s housing budget. Most students are familiar with on-campus housing, either having gone through it themselves or having friends who live on campus. However, the…

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Study Abroad 101

“Study Abroad 101 by Wendy Williamson is a brilliantly conceived and expertly presented introduction providing specific, concise, informed and informative answers to 101 direct questions about studying abroad” ~ Midwest Book Review So you want to study abroad. Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. For this reason, there are hundreds upon thousands of…

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Are you ready to study abroad?

Are you ready to study abroad?

Getting ready to study abroad can be time consuming. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of application forms, passports, student visas, and course selection. There are, of course, other things to consider in advance, which will make your stay more enjoyable. Here’s a list of things I’m glad I knew—or wish I had known—before my…

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Study Abroad Program Deadlines

Study Abroad Program Deadlines

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all. ~Rita Mae Brown Study abroad programs are advertised with deadlines, which do not mean much if enrollments are lower than expected. Because program fees and profit margins are established by a predictable number of payees (enrollees), anything less can drive a program into the red. If this…

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Tips for Living with a Host Family

Tips for Living with a Host Family

One of the best aspects of studying abroad can be living with a host family.  A host family will give you a first-hand experience of everyday life and culture in your host country, as well as a good deal of language practice.  But the experience of adjusting to living with a new family can also seem daunting and can present…

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