Category: Term Abroad

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Niacka Carty: Architect High School in Madrid

Soon after settling in, the topic of the last economic world crisis has been popular among Spaniards. I have noticed this in and outside of my classes. Spaniards often complain about the economic hiccup that is responsible for their current dire economical situation. This is used to explain the high unemployment rate that is among ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: One Month Later…

So, today marks exactly ONE MONTH that I have been living la vida tica, more commonly known as la pura vida! It has been both challenging and rewarding, frustrating and enlightening for many, many reasons. To begin with, it’s been WONDERFUL practicing my Spanish again! I love being able to speak another language on a ...

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Christopher Vito: Hiking in the Rainforest

So it occurred to me that I haven’t blogged about the rainforest yet, even though we went there a little over 2 weeks ago. It was actually the day before we went to the beaches. I really have no idea why or how it didn’t occur to me to make a post about it, because ...

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Greta Jusyte: Midterms, Paris, Random Thoughts

Midterms were held this past weekend at Sciences Po. One of the biggest differences is that midterms for core courses are not held during class time, but rather on a Friday and Saturday in October. The first year students take mid terms at an off-campus facility a few minutes from campus, while the second year ...

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Benjamin Saff: German Phrases to Know While Visiting

German Phrases My family just arrived for a visit to Germany and France this weekend. I spent some time today explaining some phrases here. That inspired this post: a short list of useful/common German phrases for any readers who plan to visit. Bitte / Danke Schön Means: Please / Thank you (respectively). These two phrases ...

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Christopher Vito: Trip to Moka

  A note on my last blog: I noticed a typo. About halfway through the second paragraph, the sentence should read “…with absolute certainty, be *DEAD* right now if that weren’t the case.” Yesterday, we went up to the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) field center in Moka, a village in the mountains to the ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part 3: Sightseeing

Although Mannheim is not a well known city, there are still things to see and do. Like I said in my previous blog, Mannheim was completely destroyed at the end of the war, but there are some historical sites left. The most famous and the most prominent is the Mannheim Palace, where the Palatine royal ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part 2: Past and Present

Outside of Germany, Mannheim is not a very well known city. At first I struggled to find it on a map and when I talked to my friends that I was going to Mannheim, their reply was, where’s that? Of course, there is a very good reason why Mannheim is not known, there’s nothing here. ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part I: Geography and the Quadrate

The first time I heard of Mannheim was when I was looking through potential study abroad locations. I was familiar with places like Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt, but Mannheim was a city I never heard about. In fact, I was a bit surprised I didn’t know about it because I consider myself a geography nerd. ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Monochronic vs. Polychronic

So recently in my Community Engagement class we were discussing some large differences between Costa Rican culture and that of the United States. One glaring example is that of the differences between the ways in which our cultures value tasks and time. The States, we discussed, is primarily a monochronic society. This type of time ...