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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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UMSL 2018 Bond International Scholar Reception

Filed in Blog, Feature by on December 6, 2018
UMSL 2018 Bond International Scholar Reception

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My trip to Amsterdam

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on November 29, 2018
My trip to Amsterdam

by Selma Z. If you ever look at post cards of Amsterdam and you think “I want to go there”, you should! It’s exactly like the post cards. People are ridiculously nice and the food is to die for. The best part though has to be the culture and history. It’s so rich in history! […]

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Notes from students: Wild Ireland: Literature and the Performing Arts

Filed in Blog, Ireland by on November 7, 2018
Notes from students: Wild Ireland: Literature and the Performing Arts

Interested in studying abroad in Ireland? Check out what students who recently studied on the Wild Ireland: Literature and the Performing Arts program had to say: Lukas Fryer, 2020, Film Studies “A Fantastic and Unforgettable Opportunity” As a film studies major, or as anyone with an appreciation for great art and culture, this study abroad […]

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Did I give Spain culture shock?

Filed in Blog, Spain by on October 25, 2018
Did I give Spain culture shock?

by Abigail P. As I walk through the streets of Seville, I can feel the stares seeping into my dark skin like the sun that was soaking into my melanin. The stares weren’t unnoticed, and I wondered why they were so persistent. “Nobody has seen hair like yours,” my host mom would tell me as […]

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Are you ready to go?

Filed in Blog, South Africa by on August 30, 2018
Are you ready to go?

by Miriam A. No one told me coming back home would be harder than leaving to study halfway across the world. As my plane touched down in Houston, Texas, where I would be spending my summer before returning to Mizzou, I was so surprised at how anxious I felt. I didn’t want to be there. […]

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I’m blonde, no entiendo nada

Filed in Blog, Chile by on August 27, 2018
I’m blonde, no entiendo nada

by Lane B. In the U.S. blondes are sterotypically, well, dumb. They are spacey and smiley and can seem a little lost. In Chile, where I am often the only blonde in a room, my hair means something slightly different. Coupled with my sub par Spanish, it immediately marks me as either a hapless exchange […]

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Four seminars in 28 days

Filed in Blog, Germany by on August 23, 2018
Four seminars in 28 days

by Elizabeth G. While my time at Philipps-Universität Marburg lasted only one month, it was a exciting and uniquely challenging experience. Through this program, I was able to visit Germany and participate in several condensed classes and seminars. Our topic was “Germany and Europe in a Turbulent World”, and I chose seminars relating to capitalism, […]

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Top 10 things in London

Top 10 things in London

by Fatima J. 1. Take a picture with a red telephone booth. 2. Have a thali at Masala Zone 3. Buy flowers from Columbia Road Flowers Market. 4. Spot the London Eye. 5. Find the Redemption Wings in Shoreditch. 6. Develop an obsession for Korean food at Jihwaja. 7. Be fancy at Sketch tea room. […]

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Another version of StrengthsQuest?

by Chelsey H. In my internship seminar course in London, we were assigned to take an assessment similar to the infamous StrengthsQuest. I have never considered how my own personal attitudes and behaviors aligned with my current work placement and my future career goals until taking the self-assessment from the Cultural Analysis Toolkit. Not only […]

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Moments only meaningful me

Moments only meaningful me

by Alexis H. I overstayed my program in Spain and yet it still seems too short. I have not even been in the United States long enough to discover if reverse culture shock is a thing. My guess is it is a term used for us who have fallen in love with a country and […]

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