The Difficulties of Returning Back to the U.S.

Kara VanderKamp Program: Global Ambassadors in Portugal Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Finally, being back home is great, but I also miss Lisbon quite a bit. One thing I do not miss is the language barrier, it was always so awkward to try and figure out how to communicate. My language skills did not really improve…

Differences in Food and Education France vs The US

Hannah Vinande Major: French Program: Besancon School and Food, only the essential information here, folks. Two things that I have found to be completely different in France from in the United States is the education system and the food. Only the necessities here, people. Do you want to know the biggest difference between my classes…

Slang in Costa Rica

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring One of my favorite aspects of studying abroad is learning coloquial terms, idioms, and slang in Spanish, especially those specific to Costa Rica. Most of these I find funny and charming, and I was very confused the first time I heard them, as…

Comfort Zone

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Studying abroad in and of itself involves stepping out of your comfort zone. What could be less comfortable than leaving your familiar daily life, friends, and culture to travel literally across the world? But even in a foreign country, you surround yourself with the familiar….

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Communication in Cuba

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. As some of you may recall, in my first blog post I talked about how I was a little worried about the lack of internet here in Cuba, and how I would communicate with everyone. Well, this post it to explain…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

El Cubañol

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Today marks exactly one week that I have been in Cuba, but it sure feels like longer (in a good way)! I have already had some amazing experiences, met great people, and begun to look at Cuba through a new lense….

Why I Chose Kyoto

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I’ve made the decision to study abroad for one year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. While I was going through the list of potential universities, I knew I had a few requirements I wanted my school to meet. First, I…

Glaciers, Waterfalls, and Basalts, Oh My!

Shelby Hurst Major: Geochemistry PhD Candidate WMU Geology Club in Iceland, Summer I, 2018 Day 1: Reykjavik and adjustment Visiting a new country is always challenging. Throw in 14 other people, wind and rain, strange addresses, and language barriers into the mix and it gets even harder. Thankfully, I had lots of support upon arrival…

Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…