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Welcome to the study abroad blog! Get to know MU students who are studying abroad as they engage with the people and cultures of their host countries. Read up on how they’ve adjusted to their new environment, and learn how to make the most of your own study abroad experience.

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Preparing for my first international trip

Filed in Belgium, Blog by on March 23, 2017

by Robert B. After receiving an email stating that the School of Public Affairs was looking for students to participate in a study abroad program in Brussels, I immediately jumped on the application. Now, a few months later, I find myself searching the internet for converter outlets, places to exchange currency and the no-no’s of […]

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Don’t have a clue? No problem

Filed in Australia, Blog by on March 14, 2017

by Annie B. Upon my arrival in Melbourne, Australia, I had no idea of what to expect. Yes, I was told many things and was given lots of tips of what to expect before moving here, but when I landed three weeks ago, all the things I learned beforehand went out the window. I had […]

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A patient mentor

Filed in Blog, Germany by on March 13, 2017

by Benjamin Z. As I entered the cable car at the base of the mountain, my mind was racing with nervous excitement. I signed up for a ski trip to the Alps, and this was my very first time on skis. Lack of experience would normally rule out the slope I was about to attempt, […]

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Great expectations

Filed in Blog, Italy by on March 1, 2017

by Christa C. I remember in my freshman year of high school, my teacher has us read “Great Expectations.” I’m not entirely sure I understood what Dickens was trying to say at the time, but I do now. Looking at my calendar, every weekend has me jet-setting to a far off land, including Prague, Paris […]

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Telling yourself “it’s no big deal”

Filed in Blog, Italy by on February 20, 2017
Telling yourself “it’s no big deal”

by Christa C. Studying abroad is a very big deal. I’m not only learning how to cope with a new culture in Italy for four months, but I’m also taking classes at a new school, Florence University of the Arts, in places that sometimes take more than 30 minutes to find. Some people thrive faster […]

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Three countries, 14 days, 19 new friends and infinite memories

Filed in Argentina, Blog, Chile, Uruguay by on February 15, 2017
Three countries, 14 days, 19 new friends and infinite memories

by Elizabeth N. Three countries, 14 days, 19 new friends and infinite memories describes my study abroad experience in a nutshell. During winter break 2016/17, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Trulaske College of Business South America program, where I could immerse myself in Chilean and Argentine cultures. My travel experience prior to […]

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School spirit to the max

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on January 3, 2017
School spirit to the max

by Jazmin M. I know Mizzou students love to show their school spirit during sporting events, but I think my school here in South Korea takes it to a whole new level. My host school, Korea University, has a rivalry with Yonsei University. Every year, they have a big competition called 고연전 (Goyeonjon) with their […]

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Battlegrounds

Filed in Blog, France by on December 12, 2016
Battlegrounds

by Taylor C. This weekend I traveled with my study abroad program to the regions of Normandy and Brittany. I’ve been to a small part of Normandy before, but I was super excited to go back and see even more of its beautiful landscape. Day one started at the Caen Memorial Museum. It’s home to […]

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Beauty in Morocoo

Filed in Blog, France, Morocco by on December 5, 2016
Beauty in Morocoo

by Taylor C. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful country of Morocco. This was the first time I’d ever stepped foot in Africa, but it certainly won’t be my last. While I spent six days in Morocco, we really only spent two days doing anything besides sitting in an airport or on […]

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Insufficient quantities of gum and other packing blunders

Filed in Blog, France by on November 28, 2016

by Diana H. It’s a little bit painful to pay 3.01 euro for a mere 14 sticks of gum, but I’ve been doing it on a regular basis since around the end of my first month in Nantes. I’ve been able to reduce my consumption to three sticks of gum per day — but not […]

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