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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.

Paris is more than baguettes and high fashion

Paris is more than baguettes and high fashion

by Addison L. Living in Paris On Jan. 7, I boarded an airplane that began my greatest adventure to date. After spending six weeks as a temporary resident of Paris, it is almost impossible to pick out events to write about, since every day I spent in the “City of Love and Lights” offered me […]

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Being uncomfortable promotes growth

by Marie F. I had no idea what to expect whenever I studied abroad in Thailand for a semester. There were some idealistic preconceptions that came to my mind whenever I imagined being on the other side of the planet. In a way, I had this view that throughout my journey I would unravel and […]

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Host family

Host family

by Kalynn B. Getting dropped off with my host family was quite possibly one of the most stressful events of my college career. To say the least, I was somewhere between “what have I signed up for?” and “I might throw up.” So, you can also imagine the stress when I was originally told I […]

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Life in India

Life in India

by Krysta D. During winter break, I visited Pune, India. While there I did a public health internship for KEM Hospital. Visiting India was such a humbling experience. Not only did I get to immerse myself in the Indian culture, but I learned so much about myself by doing so. I learned to be more […]

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Costa Rica: First impressions

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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Homecoming

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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What happens while you’re away

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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Costa Rica: El día de la virgen de los ángeles, roosters, saints, clowns and… cow bladders?

Costa Rica: El día de la virgen de los ángeles, roosters, saints, clowns and… cow bladders?

by Garren W. When you hear of Costa Rica, you probably imagine beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and tons of tourists. All of that is here (Costa Rica is a beautiful country), but you probably don’t think of what happens in the rainy season from roughly March to October. I’ve on an IFSA-Butler calendar year program […]

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Pizza, pizza, pizza

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

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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