Study Abroad Articles

  • holiday gift ideas for student travelers
    By Lisa Saltagi on 11/23/2015
    As we head into the holiday season, the thoughts of gift giving are starting to stir up the autumn weather. As a parent, grandparent, relative, or friend of a student traveler who's studying abroad as we speak, about to head out on a gap year in the spring, or in any way possible roaming the...
  • Why global experiences should be required
    By Elaina Giolando on 11/16/2015
    Incorporating an international component into American higher education is critically important for creating a workforce with the capabilities and mindset to tackle the world's toughest challenges of global interdependence: disease, violent extremism, climate change, economic inequality, and...
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  • Study abroad student loans
    By Kate Evans on 11/09/2015
    The cost of attending college or university has been on a steady increase the past decade, forcing many students to take out loans to afford higher education. While loans can be extremely helpful and make the dream of college attainable, it definitely complicates studying abroad. Although you...
  • Things I wish I knew before studying abroad
    By Lauren Salisbury on 11/03/2015
    Studying abroad is one of the most eye-opening, mind-bending, life-changing, experiences a student can have. Yet, when beginning the process of studying abroad -- from researching programs to booking airfare -- it can be difficult to know what studying abroad actually is like. Those shining...
  • Should I study abroad in the fall or spring?
    By Richelle Gamlam on 10/29/2015
    You've decided to study abroad for a semester, but do you go in the fall or spring? Deciding when to go abroad can be a tricky choice, because there's so many different things to consider. From the weather and class dates, to holidays and FOMO, picking a semester abroad can get complicated....
  • Are homestays safe?
    By Lauren Salisbury on 10/27/2015
    The bright light of dawn enters through the open-air windows of the wood thatched house of a homestay in the remote community of Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica. I awake on a mattress surrounded by a dozen or so study abroad students who hiked with me to the village the day before. The home's...
  • How to plan a trip to anywhere in 60 minutes
    By Elaina Giolando on 10/19/2015
    You love to travel. You may even enjoy the travel planning process... to a certain extent. It can be fun, until your Friday class is canceled at the last minute and you have a free weekend, but no time to plan a trip. Or when the school where you're teaching finally announces the next school...
  • Study abroad senior year
    By Lisa Saltagi on 10/12/2015
    Even before you get into college, everyone and their mother (literally sometimes) will tell you that junior year is the year to do a study abroad trip. If you even attempt to think about going senior year instead, the torrent of excuses as to why your junior year is better to go abroad flood...
  • Study abroad housing options
    By Go Overseas on 10/08/2015
    When studying abroad, program providers will often help set you up with a place to live. But for some students abroad -- particularly those doing direct enrollment -- the house hunting search is left in your hands. Since looking for a place to live abroad is likely totally new to you, you're...
  • study abroad is an investment
    By Elaina Giolando on 10/05/2015
    Last week I sat around a table in Chelsea overlooking the Manhattan skyline, surrounded by a group of university alumni brought together by an Asia-focused study abroad program we all participated in some 5-6 years ago. I hadn't seen anyone since our college graduation in 2011 and the results...
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