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Federico Mosconi: Coping with Homesickness

Being so far from home, the feeling of homesickness is something inevitable. As much as studying abroad is an exciting and new experience, home is going to be something you will miss. The way you deal with homesickness will determine how you feel and how you tackle your study abroad experience. If homesickness goes unchecked ...

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Alexander Smith: Fremdsprache-Foreign Language

  Hallo, and welcome back to another blog post! I realize I’ve been behind on posting these, so my apologies for that. In this post I wanted to talk a bit about what might be one of the biggest challenges when studying abroad in a place like Germany (or almost anywhere in the world), which ...

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Alexander Smith: Rhein-Neckar Region

  Welcome back to another blog post. In this post, I want to talk a bit about the region that Mannheim is in, and about some of the other places nearby that are a short and easy visit to make. One of the great things about studying abroad, especially in Europe is the ability to ...

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Greta Jusyte: Champagne

This past Friday, a friend and I finally visited Vranken-Pommery, a famous Champagne house located approximately a block from my residence. There is a plethora of Champagne houses in Reims, which is just one of the perks of living and studying in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. The visit included a thirty-minute tour and champagne ...

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Niacka Carty: Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

The picture for this blog post is the floor map of the Prado National Museum, located in Madrid. The study group that plans trips for international students at the university organized the trip to the museum, making it free. A friend urged me to go and I was glad I decided to join. Apparently, the ...

Niacka Carty: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

I can remember the first day of orientation vividly. After the head of the university welcomed us to Madrid and explained where we can use and find resources for international students, there was a section dedicated to explaining Spanish culture to all the international students. I was a bit surprised that fútbol (football) was the ...

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Benjamin Saff: More to Miss About Germany

As I said in my previous post, I’m going to miss Germany quite a lot. In this post I will talk more about things that I will certainly miss about this country. It has been said by many who have left Germany: “Ich hab mein Herz in Deutschland verloren” or “I left my heart in ...

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Greta Jusyte: Important Items to Pack

This past week has been a blur. I have not been able to do much because I’ve had a paper to write and a presentation to prepare, but alas, my school week is finally over and I get to start enjoying my weekend. As I have not managed to accomplish anything exciting or interesting this ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Culture Shock (Part 2)

Let’s address the white rhino in the room… This post might be more appropriately named “Program Shock,” but we’ll just go with Culture Shock for now. Even though we only have about four weeks left in the program, I’m still struggling to adjust and negotiate to the ICDS program. To sum it up in one ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Culture Shock (Part 1)

Culture shock is 100% real and if anyone has told you that when in a foreign country they haven’t felt SOME form of anxiety or frustration during their stay, they’re either lying to you or are an alien. For some background info, culture shock was classified as a mental disorder back in the 1960’s. Culture ...