Deciding to Study Abroad

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break Today I am leaving for Costa Rica to study abroad for 8 days. I have never been to Costa Rica, but have heard a lot of good things. I was going to wait until summer to go on the Amsterdam trip…

Maintaining a Relationship While Abroad

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring The one thing that made me question my decision to study abroad was Ben. I mean that honestly. My boyfriend Ben and I have been together since we met in the beginning of our freshman year at Western. We met through a mutual…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

Bring on the pastel de nata!

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 I am heading to Lisbon, Portugal for spring break. I will be traveling with a group from WMU called Global Ambassadors, that includes nine other students and one professor. Global Ambassadors is a unique four-year scholarship program that includes three study abroad programs: two…

On Our Way to the DR

Three students from the “Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break” program express how they feel before taking of for their spring break program in the Dominican Republic. Image: Map of the Dominican Republic with flag. (c) Camel Travel   Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic –…

Guatellamas2019 Day 1: The First 24 Hours in Guatemala

Kayla James Major: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala So today it’s finally here, I’ve been nervous all day just because I’ve never been out of the country before. I wasn’t sure what to pack or what was too much to bring now that it’s time I just picked what was necessary so I…

Why Costa Rica?

Lindsay Warriner Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring If there was one thing I knew I had to do before I graduated college, it was to study abroad. You’re telling me I get to live in another country, dive into a new culture, and go on crazy adventures? Who wouldn’t want…

The Countdown

Maria Carson Major: Geography Nihon University 7 days to departure: Its the last day of the year and I am finally 21! Birthdays to me have never really been a super huge day for me, turning 1 year older just feels like 1 more day has passed by. This year, my birthday has had a…

Why Broncos Abroad?

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring My name is Martha Tinker, and I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica during the Spring 2019 semester! I am in my second year at WMU and am a Spanish major and a double minor in International Business and Marketing. I have…

Pre-Departure Thoughts

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hi, my name is Barbara Davidek. I am a junior studying fashion merchandising. I knew I wanted to study abroad all throughout high school. When I first started my freshman year of college I explored my options and realized that within the fashion program, I…

Here’s to Not “No”ing

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018 Gate Attendant: “Are you Ehrig?!” Me: “Yes?” Gate Attendant: “You’d better run! They’re closing the doors NOW!” This is exactly how I boarded my first flight to study abroad. The flight that I thought was 10:40 pm Chicago time was actually 9:40 pm…

Studying in the Japanese Countryside

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 はじめまして。グレースと申します。専攻は日本語と国際関係で、五年生です。今学期、日本の大東文化大学に留学しています。 Hello! My name is Grace. I am a 5thyear Japanese and Global & International Studies double major at Western Michigan University (WMU). Currently, I am spending one year studying abroad in Japan. The university I am studying at is Daito…