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Smith Family Scholarship

The Smith Family Scholarship provides awards to MU students participating on MU-approved study abroad programs throughout the world. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need, and 40 percent of annual scholarship awards are given to students enrolled in the MU Trulaske College of Business.

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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Community health in Costa Rica

Community health in Costa Rica

by Alexandra L. Over winter break, I spent two weeks immersing myself in the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica for a study abroad trip with the Sinclair School of Nursing. I was able to stay with an amazing homestay family and practice my Spanish speaking skills as well as learn about the country’s healthcare, […]

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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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Hey Mom, I made some bibimbap and got married!

Hey Mom, I made some bibimbap and got married!

by Alice Y. I was never one to believe horoscopes, but I guess the stars just had it that I was meant to be married off during the first cultural trip of the Chonnam National University International summer session. Well, not necessarily the stars, but more the weather; due to inclement weather and heavy rains […]

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You had me at pizza

You had me at pizza

by Abigail P. Studying abroad in Florence was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am studying at Florence University of the Arts (through a provider called SAI) and on top of studying, they gave us so many free extracurricular things to do and really showed us the city. By far, my […]

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The bucket list

The bucket list

by Addison L. As study abroad with CIEE comes to an end, I can’t help but quantify all of the experiences that this opportunity has helped me to cross off of my bucket list. I spent Valentine’s Day under the Eiffel Tower at night with the twinkling lights in Paris, ate a waffle in Brussels, […]

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Sip & Wonder

Sip & Wonder

by Alexis H. If you have ever watched the infamous sitcom “Friends,” then you are more than familiar with their Central Perk hangout spot. You know, the coffee shop where Rachel brews horrible coffee, that has the manager, Gunther. Where the gang meets up all the time to poke fun, gossip and never needs to […]

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When English is forbidden

When English is forbidden

by Emily N. You think you know a foreign language until you’re forced to speak it all day. You may have had years of classes, read books or stories in this language, written papers, given presentations — you name it — but when you arrive in a foreign country, you may very well not understand […]

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Inner self abroad

by Alexis H. What makes a “cliche” cliche is the repetitiveness. Society would only collectively repeat the same message if it were true. So, like those people, I will present to you a cliche: studying abroad has changed my life. Not because I suddenly have super specific world knowledge or have endured jet lag or […]

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