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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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Alicante Adventures

Filed in Blog, Scholarship, Spain by on August 21, 2019
Alicante Adventures

by Savannah K. As I sat in the Kansas City airport I thought about what the next four weeks would entail. I had so many expectations and I couldn’t wait to arrive in Alicante. However, my expectations were cut short as the American Airlines attendant told me that my flight to Chicago was delayed and, […]

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My time in Cape Town

Filed in Blog, Scholarship, South Africa by on August 20, 2019

by Amari A. For these past few weeks here in Cape Town, I have been exposed to numerous identities and cultures. Much like America, Cape Town can also be considered a melting pot! But even though we do share a-lot of common features there are also quite a few differences– one of those main differences […]

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How to succeed during your study abroad program

Filed in Blog, Peru by on July 25, 2019

by Rachael M. In my time at Mizzou, I have been fortunate enough to study abroad twice – three weeks in the Netherlands and one month in Perú. While both trips were vastly different, these are some general tips for how to succeed in your study abroad program. 1. Make a budget and (actually) stick […]

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Hidden treasure of London

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on July 14, 2019
Hidden treasure of London

by Megan P. London is thriving with art flourishing from all parts of the city. The city is so inspiring for creative minds that long to leave a mark on the world. Some of the pieces are more easily seen than others, such as the intricate architecture portrayed on towering buildings scattered around the city. […]

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A student in China

A student in China

by Lorenzo G. In China the cultural differences are vast. The traffic is much more crazy, there are no such thing as lines and there’s a lot of pushing and shoving. One may take these mannerisms as rude, but it is just simply the culture. This may be a side effect of overpopulation, or just […]

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Differences between Peru and the U.S.

by Rachel S. I’m here with Brenda, my host sister; we’ve gotten very close in my month in Peru. During my four weeks here I have learned so much about an incredibly vibrant culture, built many strong friendships with Peruvians and the other Mizzou students here, and spoken a lot of Spanish. Here are five […]

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Learning about apartheid and lasting effects in South Africa

Filed in Blog, South Africa by on July 1, 2019

by Anna D. Before I came to South Africa for this study abroad internship, I was semi-aware of apartheid and what it was. But being immersed in this culture every day, seeing the lasting effects and actually learning the nitty-gritty of apartheid, made me realize that I didn’t know jack. For those who were like […]

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Don’t cry over lucky charms

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on June 28, 2019
Don’t cry over lucky charms

by Hope J. My first night in London, I cried. I had been looking forward to this experience of a lifetime for months and months, but my first night, I was sad. After some bad weather and travel complications, I had finally arrived in London late and without my luggage. I’d missed my scheduled car, […]

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The city boy becomes a mountain man

Filed in Blog, Scholarship, Spain by on June 25, 2019
The city boy becomes a mountain man

by Elijah B. The beauty of Northern Spain is something I am truly going to miss. The first weekend after we arrived we visited the “Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa,” one of Spain’s loveliest national parks as well as the first, after being founded in 1918. We took a bus with the university […]

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Similarities and differences between the U.S. and Spain

Filed in Blog, Spain by on May 31, 2019

by Laura W. I’ve been in Spain for about three days, but before this I had never gone abroad. I hadn’t ever traveled without my family. I’ll be honest, it has been quite rough, but my aunt recommended one thing which has really helped. She told me to both compare and contrast. It can be […]

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