What position do you currently hold at ISA and what has been your career path?
Dacia: Program Manager for several Australian universities. My degrees are in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies, but my career path has kept me in the realm of international education. At various times teaching ESL/EFL, or working in university offices both here and abroad, I've combined my love of travel and learning.
Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?
Dacia: Yes, I studied in St. Petersburg, Russia for one semester. I had been studying Russian language for several years before I got the chance to study there. I wanted to see all the places I'd learned about and speak the language in everyday life situations.
Which destination is most underrated in the study abroad industry?
Dacia: I don't really like this question, because it seems to put value judgments on the locations rather than the experience. Every place has its high points and its low points. After studying abroad in Russia, I lived in England, Ukraine and Northern Ireland. Each had its challenges and its joys. It's all about what you put in to an experience that leads to what you get out of it.
What is one piece of advice you'd offer a returned study abroad students?
Dacia: Look back at all your pictures, or re-read your blog (if you had one) often. It'll remind you of all the wonderful experiences you had and help you to dream up more chances to go over and venture around the world. But don't force your pictures/blogs on to your friends and family that often, they won't totally understand your experience and that may leave you feeling disappointed.
What makes ISA's programs stand apart from other program options?
Dacia: The support and individual attention we give to each and every student. We strive to make this your personalized experience and give you all the opportunities possible to make the most of your time abroad. We're also available 24/7 in case of emergencies. We take care of our students from when they start an application to when they return home again.