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Corrine Mcandrews: A Month Already

I am completely sick and it’s my flat mate’s fault. All the people living in the student accommodation are sick. It’s horrible, but thankfully I’m sick while living in a beautiful city. I have been trying to see the bright side of things. I have been trying to stay optimistic. It has been a struggle ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Adjusting….

Study abroad is the time of your life, right? The adventure of a lifetime, right?? It’s always going to be rainbows and butterflies, right!? Wrong. So, so wrong. Just as in life, studying abroad has its ups and downs, although when you’re in a foreign country, the variations tend to appear more intensely. After the ...

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Alexander Smith: Willkommen in Mannheim- Part 2

  Welcome back to the continuation of my blog post about the arrival and enrollment process here in Mannheim! After running around setting up bank accounts and getting the health insurance and enrollment squared away, the next day, we had to go back to a different place on campus to pick up our ecUM cards- ...

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Alexander Smith: Willkommen in Mannheim – Part 1

  Hallo everyone, and welcome to my blog about my study abroad experience at the University of Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany! Studying abroad in Germany has been a goal of mine for many years now, so it is very exciting to finally be here having this experience. Apart from this blog being a great way ...

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Christopher Vito: Arrival In Bioko (Pt 1)

  I’ve been in Malabo, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea for almost a week now. I’ve got to do two of these a week, but our internet has been pretty unreliable. Our router is a tiny little box that somehow magically connects to the internet via satellite – sometimes. It was out for the first few ...

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Federico Mosconi: Forms, Paperwork, and the German Bureaucracy

Once I arrived in Mannheim and moved into my apartment I realized that there was still much more work to do before I started school. Unfortunately most of the work dealt with filling out forms, signing papers, and making sense of the German bureaucracy. The first order of business was to register myself as a ...

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Greta Jusyte: Macroons

Throughout my study abroad experience, I feel the constant need to avoid falling into a dark pit where English is the only spoken language. At a school where all classes are taught in English and some international students speak English, but not French. Therefore, it’s important to speak as much French as possible outside of ...

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Benjamin Saff: Learning a New Language

How Ben Feels One of my favorite aspects of my trip abroad has being learning the German language. As we all know, learning a new language can be quite challenging, especially when you’re not in your adolescent, sponge-like brain phase. I found that in the US, when taking my required 3 years of Spanish, my ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Arte de la próxima generación

Well, my second full week in San José was definitely filled with the local artistic culture, in both classical and contemporary forms. On Tuesday, our program took a trip to the Teatro Nacional to hear the Orquesta sinfónica comprised primarily of students from the region’s largest public university, la Universidad de Costa Rica. The group ...

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Niacka Carty: Travelling to Barcelona

I decided to take a trip to Barcelona after sitting in on a lecture that compared the city’s desire to be independent from Spain to Scotland’s desire to be independent of the United Kingdom. I was surprised that the two were being compared, considering that Scotland is a country and Barcelona a city. It was ...