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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 ...

Corrine Mcandrews: Scotland’s Atmosphere

Scotland’s atmosphere is a great one. What partly attracted me to study in this land were its myths and legends. I was always fascinated by Irish folklore and the stories of things like fairies and banshees. During my high school years, I tried to tap into my Irish heritage. There is still a mystery about ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim’s Summer Academy

I arrived in Mannheim a month before the start of the semester in order to take part in the Internationale Sommerakademie. This summer academy is a program offered by Mannheim University for exchange students. The main focus of the academy is to learn German and they advertise it as a preparatory intensive language course. I ...

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Benjamin Saff: Living in Mannheim

Ben Site-seeing I’ve been living in Mannheim for just over a month now. On this post I will attempt to summarize some of the different aspects of living here. Pros: 1. Mannheim’s train station is a great hub for travel. You can easily get to almost any main city in Germany as well as it’s ...

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Greta Jusyte: Stores and Food

I cannot believe that I’ve already been living in Reims, France for a month. As my fellow Drexel students begin their fall quarter, I am already preparing presentations and soon will be studying for midterms. As facing cultural differences is a given when living in a different country, below I will outline some major differences ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Pacuare – Service, Nature, and Happiness

This past weekend was nothing short of awe-inspiring. No words can accurately describe the beauty which surrounded me, but I’ll give it a shot… ICDS (the exchange program) had set up a group trip for all of us to visit a very remote village to both participate in a service project and visit a turtle ...

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Niacka Carty: There’s Always Something to Admire in Spain

I recently found out that, unlike in the United States, in Spain all professionals receive the same salary. I immediately that the idea is interesting. Though Spain has adopted democracy, I think the concept of rewarding everyone with the same salary is more aligned with socialism in that in a way it promotes a sense ...

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Corrine Mcandrews: Living on a Budget

I underestimated how challenging studying abroad would be. I underestimated how expensive it would be. I underestimated how difficult it would be adjusting to a whole new education system. When I arrived in Edinburgh, I spent most of the money I had on me in cash on basic necessities for my dorm. And I never ...

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Federico Mosconi: Finding a Place to Live (Part 2)

My search started on the Mannheim University website. The international office of the university has a website with helpful information about finding a place to live. They also have a Zimmerservice. This is a website where Mannheim students list their apartments for sublet to other students. Most of these students are going abroad to study ...

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Federico Mosconi: Finding a Place to Live (Part 1)

So you’ve decided to study abroad. All the paper work is done and now it’s a matter of counting down the days, but in fact the work has just begun. Once getting accepted into the program there are many steps you need to complete to ensure a positive study abroad experience. One of the most ...