The Art of Packing Light

We all are guilty of it, of not packing light for a trip abroad. We all have traveled with a suitcase full of items we end up not wearing. How does one avoid this? How does one become a pro at packing light? At packing exactly what is needed? Here are some tips: Research the weather at the exact locations…

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Creative fundraising for your program abroad

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A global service or study abroad experience is an investment in your future and an opportunity to make an impact in communities around the world. We know that such an experience can be expensive. Program costs, flights, passports, and other things can add up quickly and often scare away students and parents. But, there are many ways to help reduce the…

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Advice from Study Abroad Alumni

Throughout your academic career you interact with people who had experiences studying abroad. They tell you about their adventures overseas, the ethnic cuisines they sampled, the beautiful architecture of foreign cities they saw, and the interesting locals they befriended. When they talk there is a certain expression on their faces, one of joyful remembrance and of confidence. They seem so…

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Embassy or Consulate?

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country. ~ Henry Wotton, Sr. Both embassy and consulate represent their governments and are exclusively located in foreign countries. Embassies speak for their national governments in foreign countries, and consulates provide diplomatic services to individuals and businesses, such as visas and trade, but both work together in various ways.…

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Money Abroad 101

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely. ~ Kay Lyon Bring some money with you for incidental expenses when you arrive (buses, taxis, phone calls, etc.). Exchange it at the airport, or outside of the airport for a better rate. You may want to have…

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Last Minute Study Abroad Checklist

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Rohn Just when you thought you got everything ready for the big trip, there was something you forgot or missed. So, here is a last minute checklist of things that you might want to go over before you depart. __ Wear comfortable clothing for your trip. Dress…

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Study Abroad and Emergencies

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. ~Arnold H. Glasgow Register with the US Embassy either shortly before or after you arrive in country. This will help you and your family in the event of a personal or national emergency. The Overseas Citizens Services (OCS) of the Bureau…

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Empowerment and Study Abroad

Empowerment is a people-centered approach to education which increases the spiritual, social, and economic strength of individuals and communities. Nations are using it to make a difference in people’s lives, and international educators are using it to help students impact the world around them. One way to define Empowerment within International Education is… The Latin root for Education is "Educere" meaning "to…

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Study Abroad destinations for Indian Students

Be it the Ivy League or the lucrative institutions across United Kingdom, Indian talent has testified its metal all over the globe. A population of 1.25 Billion might seem like a liability to most of us but there is no denying the fact that the latent talent held by this population is bound to humble any country in the world.…

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Faculty lead programs the way to study abroad

That’s right, according to IIE’s latest Open Doors Fast Facts almost 55% percent of students choose short-term study abroad programs, many of which are Faculty lead programs. These programs are credit-bearing, international study-travel courses that usually last between one and eight weeks. They may stay in one place for entire time or travel around to different countries and cities. Faculty-led…

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