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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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Costa Rica: First impressions

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on January 19, 2018
Costa Rica: First impressions

by Kalynn B. Costa Rica is a country of peace. A country that has only fought in a single war against other countries in the entirety of its existence. A country filled with Tico’s. A country filled with some of the best fruits you will ever consume. A country filled with some of the most […]

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New year, new language

Filed in Blog, France by on January 12, 2018
New year,  new language

by Kathryn M. This semester I have traded in my university in the middle of Missouri for a grand adventure in a big city — 4,699 miles away. My new life in Lyon, France comes with many challenges like getting used to the transit systems, making new friends and acclimating to a new university. One […]

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My top five food places in Amsterdam

Filed in Blog, Netherlands by on January 10, 2018
My top five food places in Amsterdam

by Lauren K. 1. Winkel 43 The best Dutch apple pie in Amsterdam. And probably the world. Make sure you get a slice with whipped cream (slagroom)! 2. The Brunchroom Great place for brunch (duh) with a creative menu and unique dishes to choose from. The owner, Steven, is the sweetest person and you can […]

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Let It Snow

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on January 8, 2018
Let It Snow

by Daryn F. Coming from the cold tundra of the north in the suburbs of Chicago, snow is nearly essential to a proper winter. It is the only thing that keeps the spirits up throughout the sad dreariness of the cold months. I was beyond delighted when I found out that it would snow in […]

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Christmas in Korea

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on January 4, 2018
Christmas in Korea

by Daryn F. The biggest decision I made this year was not to come to Korea — that was easy — but not to go home for Christmas. Christmas in my family is the most festive three months of the year. My mom sets up trees well before Thanksgiving, though we do not add the […]

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My last five days abroad

Filed in Blog, Netherlands by on December 21, 2017
My last five days abroad

by Lauren K. It’s currently my last Sunday night in Amsterdam. Sunday nights are often accompanied by a feeling of sadness because the weekend is over and it’s time to get down to business. Tonight, though, my Sunday night blues aren’t because of my long to-do list for the week (which, yes, includes studying for […]

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Three (almost) day trips to take from Shanghai

Filed in Blog, China by on December 20, 2017
Three (almost) day trips to take from Shanghai

by Megan C. If you find yourself with a free day (or weekend) while in Shanghai, make sure to check out these neat spots. Happy travels! 1. 黄山 Huangshan Mountain A trip to Huangshan will take a little more than a day, since it takes 6-8 hours of travel time depending on if you go […]

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Homecoming

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on December 11, 2017
Homecoming

by Garren W. After 258 days abroad, it was finally time to come home. I was ready, and had been for a while, but it was no less sad to say goodbye to my friends and host family. I had become a member of the family. My younger cousins asked me not to go and […]

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Creating Kimchi: a Korean tradition

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on November 16, 2017
Creating Kimchi: a Korean tradition

by Daryn F. This past Saturday was a very popular couple’s holiday in Korea called Pepero day. It was basically created by the candy company to sell a ton of the Pepero snacks. I originally thought I would write more about this holiday when my wonderful Korean mum asked me to come home and spend […]

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What happens while you’re away

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on November 3, 2017

by Garren W. When you get ready to go abroad, especially for a semester or even a year like I did, you have to consider the fact that time doesn’t stop while you’re gone. It can be a hard process to make sure you’re ready, and it’s even harder to recognize that just as you’re […]

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