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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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The Right Time to Visit the EU

Filed in Belgium, Blog by on April 24, 2017
The Right Time to Visit the EU

by Sheena R. “You definitely came to the EU at the right time…” This somewhat simple phrase became the underlying theme during the University of Missouri’s study abroad program in Brussels. Along with 12 other students from a variety of disciplines, I chose to spend my spring break learning about the policies and institutions of […]

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Blisters are a blessing

Filed in Blog, Italy by on April 21, 2017
Blisters are a blessing

by Christa C. I was fortunate enough to grow up traveling all over the country with my family. Both of my parents’ parents have a passion for traveling that they passed down to my parents, who have passed it to my sister and me. When we grew up, it was no surprise that we both […]

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A town preserved: Visiting the UNESCO heritage village of Bruges

Filed in Belgium, Blog by on April 6, 2017
A town preserved: Visiting the UNESCO heritage village of Bruges

by Olivia P. On April 1, the last full day of our spring break program in Belgium, we got to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bruges. This charming town has been preserved in its most natural state and is littered with historical buildings, ornate churches and old-school marketplaces. Visiting Bruges was the equivalent […]

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Good coffee and grassy hills

Filed in Belgium, Blog by on April 4, 2017
Good coffee and grassy hills

by Robert B. I arrived in Brussels on Sunday morning after a 13-hour flight. Who knew I’d be energized after sitting in a cramped seat and binge watching “Brooklyn 99”? But I’m going too fast, let me start with my flight. My flight from the ever-busy Atlanta airport was quite exciting. I had the pleasure […]

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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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