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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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Las Fallas

Filed in Blog, Spain by on September 18, 2017
Las Fallas

by Benjamin W. My trip to Valencia, Spain, was only for a day, but it was a special day — the final day of Las Fallas. Las Fallas, or The Fires, is one of Spain’s largest festivals that occurs every year in mid-March where wooden ninots are burned at the end of the festival. A […]

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Thank God for free rice

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on September 11, 2017

by Megan I. I have traveled a lot for someone my age and with my budget, but I also have some of the worst bouts of bad luck imaginable and am generally the poster child for clumsiness. Naturally, despite all my best efforts and intensive planning, things go horribly awry. Here lies an account of […]

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Pizza, pizza, pizza

Filed in Blog, Italy by on August 31, 2017
Pizza, pizza, pizza

by Victoria R. When you think of Italian food, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Spaghetti, alfredo or gelato? While all of these are extremely popular dishes in Italy, the number one has to be pizza. Around every turn you could find a pizza shop. It did not matter how “fancy” the […]

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Life lessons from abroad

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on August 29, 2017

by Anna W. The past six weeks that I have spent studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, have been full of new friends, unique experiences and introspective realizations about my own cultural biases, as well as the role that myself and my peers play in a much greater global context. While my overall experience has […]

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Embracing your host family

Filed in Blog, Spain by on August 28, 2017
Embracing your host family

by Miranda K. Getting off the train station in Oveido, I had nothing but a small WhatsApp profile picture of my host sister who was picking me up. As I was looking around, I saw a young woman studying every person who got off the train searching for me. I gained the courage to go […]

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There’s always something to do in Leipzig and Berlin

Filed in Blog, Germany by on August 25, 2017
There’s always something to do in Leipzig and Berlin

by Ashlee P. I just returned last week from my study abroad program in Leipzig and Berlin and, let me tell you, part ofme is still in Germany. These two pictures basically summarize my experiences in Germany. The first picture is from the Multicultural Parade in Berlin, near Sonnenallee and Karl Marx Strasse, during my […]

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Asturias: The hidden gem of Spain

Filed in Blog, Spain by on August 24, 2017
Asturias: The hidden gem of Spain

by Ann W. Often overshadowed by more tourist-populated areas of Spain, such as Barcelona and Madrid, this region of northern Spain is an ideal travel destination for anyone seeking the perfect place to explore, relax and try new things. Las Playas Asturias has some of the most beautiful beaches. Whether in Llanes, Gij√≥n, Ribadesella or […]

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What to expect in Germany

Filed in Blog, Germany by on August 22, 2017
What to expect in Germany

by Ethan T. Traveling abroad comes with all sorts of differences, challenges and quirks. I spent a month in Leipzig, Germany, and another week in Berlin, and here are some of my top things to expect when in Germany. 1. Be on time (especially for the train) There’s a stereotype about Germans being strict about […]

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Education in Italy

by Connor C. After spending two and a half weeks abroad, I feel like I am getting a grasp on the culture here in Bergamo, Italy. We arrived in Milan on Sunday, May 15, and immediately traveled by bus to our hostel in Bergamo. We arrived, got set up and began to explore this new, […]

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Stepping into Amsterdam

Filed in Blog, Netherlands by on June 28, 2017
Stepping into Amsterdam

by Faramola S. When I first stepped out of Amsterdam Centraal, I was immediately struck by the variation of color that rode up and down the narrow, cobbled streets of the city on streams of bicycles. In other words, I was more than a little surprised at how much diversity made up the streets of […]

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