Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…

The Many Differences In Senegal

Daniel Tennant Economics and Geography Majors Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led) (Dakar)  program, Summer I 2017 Dakar was dramatically different than every other environment that I had previously been to in almost every way possible. I had been to Arizona a few different times and spent time in the…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

Bastille Day Is Not Independence Day

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the exciting events of Bastille Day. Bastille Day is the 14th of July and is often compared to the 4th of July in the United States. With this being said, I assumed that Bastille Day…

10 things that will make you talk yourself out of not studying abroad

Mattie Kirby Major: Exercise Science Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht, Summer II 2017 PSA:  Everything that will scare you about studying abroad really aren’t things that should.   When I first contemplated studying abroad it wasn’t because I wanted to. In all reality, I just had 3 credits I needed filled and didn’t…

The Magic of Cape Town

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 Hello from Cape Town! I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa for almost two months now and I still cannot believe it. The experiences I have been having are incredible on a day-to-day basis and the people that I have…

Safety in South Africa

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 I have always wanted to study abroad and I always thought I would go to Japan or London and definitely never even thought about going to South Africa. Then I went to the study abroad fair and saw one of my favorite…

Living Arrangements in the Netherlands

Kaitlyn Johnson Accountancy Major Hogeschool Utrecht, Netherlands Spring 2016 Semester I was most excited to experience a new part of the world. I took a week long trip to France six years ago and that gave me the taste of what a different country could be like. I was excited about exploring and learning how…