Study Abroad: Seville, Spain

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My study abroad adventure landed me in Seville, a city in Andalusia in Southern Spain for the 2016 fall semester. I could not have chosen a place more different than Juneau. But for me, that was precisely the reason to go – to experience something entirely different.   Continue reading “Study Abroad: Seville, Spain”

Study Abroad: Sherbrooke, Canada

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Last semester, I had the opportunity to study abroad. The fact that UAS has a study abroad program and one that is run by a supportive and passionate person is such a gift. I encourage all students to take advantage of it. There are a few different study abroad organizations within the program offerings, and students are certain to find one that works well for them. I travelled to and studied at the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS) in Canada through the National Student Exchange (NSE) and it was logistically painless. I chose to go for a single semester during which time I got to practice French with people from all over, participate in local activities, and gain valuable insight about myself. Continue reading “Study Abroad: Sherbrooke, Canada”

Study Abroad: What’s the Big Idea?

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The message is straight forward. Google Top 10 Reasons to Study Away and you’ll find that although each author’s words might be slightly different, the enthusiasm, encouragement and noted benefits to studying away are all similar. Studying away is one of the most rewarding experiences for a college student. And here are a handful of reasons why.  Continue reading “Study Abroad: What’s the Big Idea?”

A Year Abroad for a Curious Education Major

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In fall of 2015, I spent four months living with a host family, taking university courses, volunteering, traveling, and breathing very heavily at an altitude of 11,152 feet in the Andes Mountain Range in Cusco, Peru through International Studies Abroad (ISA). My semester resulted in invaluable growth both academically and personally. Continue reading “A Year Abroad for a Curious Education Major”

Study Abroad: Northern Ireland and Austria

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Saint Augustine said it well, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” For me, studying abroad was an ideal way to see and learn about the world and expand my views on how we interact with it and the people in it. Because of this, I decided to take advantage of our university’s superb exchange program. In the beginning, I had many concerns about going abroad; my financial status, the application process, the independence required, and cultural barriers were all challenges that I didn’t know I could overcome. Before I left, my ultimate goals were to increase my independence and fulfill my desire of learning through experience. Continue reading “Study Abroad: Northern Ireland and Austria”

A Voyage into Unknown Waters: My Semester at Sea

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Last semester, my cafeteria served street food on the side streets of Southeast Asia. My walk to class consisted of getting sprayed by the salt water of the world’s oceans. My class lab met in a maternity hospital in Ghana. My classmates commuted from countries around the globe. During breaks, I relieved stress by mediating with monks, hiking on the Great Wall of China, and counting cheetahs in Africa. In the Spring of 2016, I traveled to Hawai’i, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and England with Semester at Sea which were, and will continue to be, the best months of my college journey. Continue reading “A Voyage into Unknown Waters: My Semester at Sea”

Study Away: A Year in Northern Ireland and Switzerland

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There are many reasons why people decide to embark on European Study Abroad. Maybe it’s because we’ve lusted over a specific country, been Tumblr-ing Europe for far too long, or have otherwise been daydreamed about different opportunities. I had 3 criteria for attending university: To go to a small school, to join an organization and to Study Abroad. Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 gave me that opportunity. Continue reading “Study Away: A Year in Northern Ireland and Switzerland”

Study Away: Una Experiencia Increíble

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British politician Michael Gove once said that “learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.” Although I started leaning Spanish in middle school, I can say with absolute confidence that learning to speak Spanish and immersing myself in various cultures, as well as being able to communicate on a personal level with a large spectrum of people has been one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences in my life thus far. Continue reading “Study Away: Una Experiencia Increíble”

National Student Exchange: A Multitude of Academic Opportunities

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With all the talk of state budgets and decreased funding how reassuring and refreshing to know that UAS has faculty and staff providing students with outstanding academics, creative research options, field work, employment, campus activities, services, and more. The fact of the matter is this university offers a high-touch experience with many of opportunities. We are glad you- our students, are here and hope you will participate in what you can; balancing health, academics, work, recreation, and life wisely. Continue reading “National Student Exchange: A Multitude of Academic Opportunities”

Study Away: Vermont

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“Not good, not bad, just different.” I said these words to myself as I sat on the plastic like mattress in the white painted brick walled room. What had I got myself into?

I applied to the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) in the Fall of 2014 with my heart set on traveling back to a country where I had lived in for 11 months a few years previous. My heart was set on it, really. Yet, a back-up plan is always important. So when my original exchange plan fell through I obtained the help of Marsha Squires, the incredible Study Away/Exchange coordinator at UAS. Instead of an international experience, I studied and traveled to a place within the boundaries of my own country, Johnson, Vermont through with National Student Exchange (NSE) program in the Fall of 2015.

I hoped Vermont would bring me out of the realm of comfort into a part of the United States that had previously not been on my radar – “the east”, and yet still this area might have some similar characteristics to home like mountains and a small town. What I knew of Vermont could be summed up into three bullet points: maple syrup, home to a few friends, and snow in winter.

I learned from my high school exchange the importance of having as few expectations as possible of the place you are visiting.  And so it was, that when I flew across the country, I intentionally had very little knowledge of my exchange destination. Continue reading “Study Away: Vermont”