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5 Tips for Spending Thanksgiving Away from Home

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 under Study Abroad, Travel

View from an airplane

The song “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” becomes all the more real for an American studying abroad. It’s understandable to feel a little homesick as Thanksgiving creeps around the corner, especially when you’re in a country that hasn’t the slightest idea what a Pilgrim is.

Here are five tips that will keep you from coming down with a case of Thanksgiving blues while studying far from home.

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5 Study Abroad Tips: What NOT to Do

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 under International Students, Study Abroad, Travel

London, England

Most students who are preparing to study abroad are sat down by some form of administration at their schools and given a list of study abroad tips — usually, what not to do.

However, some tips are impossible to learn without experiencing particular situations overseas head on. Here are a few of those study abroad tips that may not be as easily foreseen by administrations.

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Does Anybody Speak English in Germany?

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 under Blog, Study Abroad, Translation, Travel

Christmas Markets in Munich

It’s easy to assume that English is spoken in virtually every big city on the planet. However, it’s also easy to learn that this isn’t always the case.

Here’s an account of my travel experience in Germany, where I experienced firsthand the difficulties of being fluent in only one language: English.

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The Study Abroad Guide to Dining in South America

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 under Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

Hands holding mate

South America is becoming a popular study abroad destination for students who are seeking to learn Spanish or Portuguese.

With cultural heritage sites, beautiful colonial architecture, diverse histories and of course, delicious food, South America has a lot to offer a student wishing to study abroad.

Studying abroad in South America also offers the unique opportunity of experiencing another dining culture that has some familiar etiquette and practices, but don’t be fooled by the similarities.

Prepare yourself for some new food and drink customs and make your study abroad experience that much more enjoyable!

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3 Reasons China Is the Third Most Popular Study Abroad Destination

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 under News, Study Abroad

Beijing, China

If you’re thinking of studying abroad in China, you’ll be in good company. China is now the third most popular study abroad destination in the world.

There are a few explanations surrounding this development. Find out what they are!

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Study Abroad to Become Smarter

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 under Study Abroad, Travel

Jaisalmer, India

As if you needed another reason to study abroad, recent studies show that students who choose to do so tend to be smarter upon their return.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your brain power, consider picking up a student visa and heading to another country!

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How to Maximize Language Learning While You’re Abroad

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 under International Students, Learning English, Study Abroad

Fez, Morocco

You go to class every day, do your homework and you’re living in another country, but that conversation with your downstairs neighbor is still next to impossible.

Why is that?

It’s because learning another language requires more than just reading your textbook. And though studying abroad is greatly helps language learning, fluency can’t be obtained by osmosis – you need to really take advantage of your surroundings while you’re abroad.

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Why You Should Blog About Your Study Abroad Experience

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 under Study Abroad, Travel

Mexico City, Mexico

If you are planning to study abroad, make sure your checklist of things to do includes starting a blog about your experience.

Doing so can benefit you now and in the future, and it may even help others, too.

Are you on the fence about starting a study abroad blog? There’s a ton of great benefits — check out these reasons for blogging about your time abroad.

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3 Reasons to Translate Your Academic Documents

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 under Academics, Applying to College, International Students, Internships, Jobs, Study Abroad, Translation

cap and diploma

Are you thinking of heading abroad to study or for a permanent move? There might be more in store for you than just dealing with culture shock!

There are a lot of steps involved in the process of moving your life to a new country and culture, but translation of academic documents isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.

However, a language barrier could stand in your way if you’re looking to register at a local school or university.

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How Rush Translation Can Save Your Study Abroad Application

Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014 under Academics, International Students, Student Life, Study Abroad, Translation

college quad

Whether you’re studying abroad as part of a program at your home institution or you’re seeking to become a resident abroad, you’re most likely concerned about meeting various deadlines for visas, recommendations and applications. An important part of your application will almost certainly be a translation of your transcripts and diplomas, which you must obtain and submit by the deadline.

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East Asian Dining Tips for Study Abroad Students

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 under International Students, Student Life, Study Abroad, Summer, Travel

chopsticks and bowls

East Asia is among the most popular destinations for students wishing to study abroad. Thousands of American students head to China, Japan and South Korea to study, soak up the culture and experience new food.

East Asia has many dining customs which are foreign to study abroad and international students. Find out our best tips for dining in East Asia!

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The Student Guide to Dining Customs in Europe

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 under International Students, Study Abroad

study abroad europe dining

The European philosophy towards eating and the structure of a meal is essentially the opposite from what Americans are used to, and a world away from your college’s dining hall.

Food is to be savored and a meal must never be rushed. You can expect long, leisurely lunches (usually the main meal of the day) where the focus is on your food and not the reading for your next class.

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The First Lady Praises Studying Abroad in China

Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 under Study Abroad, Travel

Beijing, China

Whether you have already studied abroad or are just starting to look into it now, you’ve probably noticed that studying abroad is full of great benefits. And apparently, the First Lady would agree with you.

Recently Michelle Obama went to China and visited Peking University, where she discussed the importance of studying abroad.

It’s a topic the country is already familiar with; Chinese students make up the largest amount of exchange students in the US.

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5 1/2 Ways Studying Abroad Can Help You Nail a Job Interview

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 under Jobs, Study Abroad

study abroad job interview

During the job search, you need to use every advantage possible in order to stand out from other applicants. So if you have been lucky enough to study abroad, make sure you bring this up at your next job interview.

If you’re wondering how to explain your experience abroad to the interviewer, check out these tips on what to say to improve your shot at the job.

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The Top 6 Reasons to Study Abroad in College

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014 under Study Abroad, Travel

Morocco, Casablanca

There are lots of reasons to study abroad during college. That’s probably why so many schools strive to make it easy for students to take this route before graduating!

Recent studies have shown that studying or working abroad gives students plenty of advantages in their post-college lives, including improving their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Whether you already plan to study abroad or have never seriously considered the idea, check out some of the best reasons to do so.

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