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Study Abroad Articles — Student Program Participant Stories

Study Abroad in Italy with students in a piazza in Bologna.

Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore during a national religious festival.
Photo by Eamee C Lanning, winner of the Student Writing Contest, from Study Abroad in Bologna: Slowing Down and Discovering the Good Life in Italy.

In the Student Participant Stories section, students returning from abroad write reports or articles which evaluate a program based on their own first-hand experience. Informational sidebars often provide details on the program (contact info, costs, etc.) and a selection of similar programs — with contact info — so that other students can plan a similar experience.
Study Abroad in Bologna: Slowing Down and Discovering the Good Life in Italy
Winner of the Student Writing Contest, Eamee C. Lanning, describes a year of study abroad at the University of Bologna, and weaves the experience into her appreciation of the good life in Italy
Learning The Second Time Around: An Odyssey Studying, Working, and Living Abroad
Nicole Tobin takes us a personal odyssey through the many study and work abroad programs in which she participated across Europe while offering advice to all those who have an insatiable in their desire to live and learn overseas
Jumping into Short-Term Volunteering in New Zealand As a Student
Alison Goin describes the leap she made into a unique short-term opportunity in New Zealand.
Studying Abroad in Madrid through Middlebury College
Isabel Bohrer describes her life-changing experience studying and living in Madrid, while providing many useful resources.
Living and Studying in the Languedoc Region of Southern France
Lola Pak describes her transformative study, tavel and living experience with the UGA program in Languedoc, France.
Study Abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France
Courtney Lichterman describes her experience studying in the Cours de Civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris, and provides practical tips on housing and life as student in this famous historical educational landmark in France.
Studying Abroad in Paris with Columbia University
Isabel Eva Bohrer describes her experience studying and living in Paris, France through the Columbia study abroad program.
Study at Nottingham University in England: Tips From a Study Abroad Graduate
Elizabeth L. Hatt offers useful tips on learning, traveling, and living overseas based upon her own study abroad experience in Nottingham, England.
CELTA Course Survival in Rome, Italy
Alison Harley provides a realistic view into what is involved in being a CELTA student — in her case she chose Rome for her studies.
Living and Learning in Oxford
Emily Hilk, winner of the Transitions Abroad student writing contest, paints a vivid picture of life and study abroad in Oxford, England.
Student's Guide to Study Abroad
Student Writer's Contest winne Chanomi Maxwell-Parish discusses how to go about selecting a study abroad program.
Study and Internship in Germany
Matthew M. Pierle studied and interned in the former East Bloc city of Erfurt at the satellite campus for Horticulture and Landscape Architecture with the The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program.
RISD Travel Course: “Switzerland + Beyond” — A Glimpse at Some of the Great Art and Architecture in Europe
Isabel Eva Bohrer describes the type of travel course in which she participated through the RISD program, where she was brought into contact with some of the great art and architecture of Europe. She also provides resources for other such courses as well as practical advice for fellow students.
Study Abroad in China with the School for International Training
Lesley R. Turnbull's participant report relates her experience studying, traveling and living in China with SIT.
Summer Study in Scandinavia
Roger Norum profiles schools across Scandinavia which offer rich programs for students.
Study Abroad in Helsinki Summer School as a Mature Student
Audrey Faye Henderson describes her experience as a mature student in the Helsinki Summer School program, while painting a picture of life in Helsinki.
Art Study in Mexico
Kelly Nicholls on the options available to those who wish to study art — many have come to work and live as artists — in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende.

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