How to Cape Town: Budget, Side trips, Food, and More

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 Howzit, This is the typical greeting when you talk to someone in Cape Town. I have been having the time of my life here and I am very excited to write about it and motivate others to study abroad and definitely think…

Making my way around Stockholm

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Directions are not my thing. Many people are born with this great sense of direction…not me. When I arrived in Sweden I was very worried that trying to navigate my way around would be impossible. To my surprise,…

In’s and Out’s of Germany So Far

Daniel Lopez Accountancy Major German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term faculty-led course When I arrived to Germany I tried to exchange money at a teller however they did not want to exchange the $50 bill that I had as apparently it was “too old and worthless” my first attempt was an epic failure….

Germany: First Impressions

Juan Carlos Pastor Accountancy Major German Business and Culture, Germany Summer I short-term, faculty-led course When I first arrived to Germany, I exchanged my US Dollars at the nearest currency exchange in the airport. I was a little worried at first because I had visited the currency exchange booth but saw nobody there. So I…

A Year’s Time

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese I remember first thinking of study abroad. How long should I stay? When you’re only considering it, one semester seems like it’s a long time. We are all strongly encouraged to stay longer than a semester and after my first month here I couldn’t believe that some…

First Experiences in Paderborn, Germany

Jesse Imanse Sales and Business Marketing University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany Spring Semester 2016 The Arrival The journey to Germany went smooth as one could hope for. None of my flights were delayed and to my surprise, I was upgraded to first class free of charge. The ample leg room and complimentary beverages made…

Dear Kalamazoo

Alex Taylor Major: Creative Writing English Non-WMU Program Florence, Italy Dear Kalamazoo, The zoo. My solace. My safe haven. My home. You are a city whose name raises an eyebrow each time it’s pronounced. A city who carries pride and work ethic- from beer brewing to medical research. You are a city, a place not…

My French Host Mom

Emily Chocron Marketing Aix-en-Provence, France I love my host mom! She is so giving, understanding, and just all around helpful. Every night I have dinner with her. She has set aside a couple hours a week to teach me French. We mostly speak English, but sometimes she speaks to me in French so I can…

Never Fitting In

Alex Taylor Major: Creative Writing English Non-WMU Program Florence, Italy Looking to my left, one student is shopping for a new pair of converse. To the right, another is booking a weekend trip to Amsterdam. In the front row, a YouTube video plays- a highlight video of LeBron’s son. And next to him, another laptop…

First Days in the South of France

Emily Chocron Major: Marketing IAU College, Aix-en-Provence, France Communicating with home: I have an international plan through Sprint but Sprint does not work out here. I hear T-Mobile is the best in France. I have communicated with friends and family right when I got here. I have mostly been using Facebook to talk to my…

Phoning Home

Jackson Freeman Universidad de Burgos, Spain Major: Secondary Education English To live a successful life, communication is key. I have always believed that language is mankind’s most powerful tool. Some may say the atomic bomb but its construction would not have been possible without proper communication between the scientists behind the Manhattan Project and its…