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6 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Argentina

6 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Argentina

The following six tips have been selected so you can be better prepared for your adventure abroad!

Top Sights to See While in Turkey

Top Sights to See While in Turkey

If you’re heading to Turkey and only have a few pre-planned places to visit, you might need a some more ideas.

Top 7 Destinations for Studying Abroad

Top 7 Destinations for Studying Abroad

Study abroad and foreign exchange programs are offered throughout the world, but how do you decide where to go?

5 Amazing Things to Do in Brazil

5 Amazing Things to Do in Brazil

You’re going to Brazil, but you are not exactly sure what to do. No worries! We are here to help.

The Hardest Part of Living Abroad Can Be Coming Home

The Hardest Part of Living Abroad Can Be Coming Home

Why should anyone have problems returning to their own culture, customs, and language?

Convincing Your Parents you Should Go Abroad

Convincing Your Parents you Should Go Abroad

These helpful tips will prepare you to discuss, inform, and convince your parents to support your experience abroad.

Managing Black Hair Abroad

Managing Black Hair Abroad

Learn the ins and outs of managing your hair while studying abroad.

How to Overcome Overpacking, for the Fashionably Dressed

How to Overcome Overpacking, for the Fashionably Dressed

Having trouble packing for your trip abroad? Here are several tips that will help you get the most out of your luggage space!

Tips on Assimilating into London (and not looking like a goofy tourist)

Tips on Assimilating into London (and not looking like a goofy tourist)

Learn what it takes to not stick out in the crowd while abroad in this issues of diverse perspectives.

The Minority Advantage: The Benefits of Being a Minority Abroad

The Minority Advantage: The Benefits of Being a Minority Abroad

Learn about the many benefits of being a minority abroad.

Show Me the Money: 7 Secrets to Winning Study Abroad Scholarships

Show Me the Money: 7 Secrets to Winning Study Abroad Scholarships

Getting funding to study abroad doesn't have to be a hassle. Learn the 7 secrets of what it takes to make your scholarship

Don’t Go Broke! How to Make Your Money Stretch While Abroad

Don’t Go Broke! How to Make Your Money Stretch While Abroad

To insure you get the most out of your time abroad, here are seven tips to help make your money last!

10 Tips for Summer Study or Intern Abroad

10 Tips for Summer Study or Intern Abroad

Top ten list of the dos and don’ts while studying abroad, some of these you haven’t thought about, some you may have

Yellow, Red and Black! Being Black in Spain

Yellow, Red and Black! Being Black in Spain

Get a diverse perspectives on what is would be like to live in Spain as an African-American!...

China? I Can't Go to China!

China? I Can't Go to China!

Learn the truth about studying abroad in China.

Have Fun Abroad, Just Not Too Much Fun!

Have Fun Abroad, Just Not Too Much Fun!

Does nothing wrong with having fun abroad but, remember to take certain precautions!

 

5 Ways to Have a Global Summer

by: Deidre Young on June 18, 2014
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A Glimpse of London’s Popular Neighborhoods

by: Priya Randhawa on March 31, 2014
A Glimpse of London’s Popular NeighborhoodsI’ve been travelling to London since I was a young girl and since I have family there I have spent quite a bit of time in the UK.  London is a gorgeous city rich in history, art, cuisine and fashion.  Although I’ve been several times, I think my last visit during the summer of 2011 was the most mem...
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From Visitor to Londoner: Finding My Second Home

by: Lauren McElhaney on March 05, 2014
For many years I have had what I call my dream jar. It is a small jar filled with slips of paper on which I’ve written my hopes and dreams. This jar has been a daily reminder of what I hope to accomplish in my life. It is brimming with ideas that range from being definitely do-able (attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), to b...
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6 More Benefits of Studying Abroad

by: Priya Randhawa on March 25, 2014
Besides fulfilling requirements for your major, studying abroad is beneficial in so many more ways! Check out some more reason how studying abroad can benefit you! Becoming a Global Citizen and Seeing the World: What does Global Citizen mean, you ask?  Well being a global citizen means that you are breaking away from the borders of your country a...
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3 Hidden Costs of Study Abroad (and how to prepare for them)

by: Deidre Young on February 06, 2014
Studying abroad is one of the greatest investments you can make in your academic and professional career.  The study abroad ROI (return on investment) keeps paying dividends for decades after the end of your experience.  So how do you get the best bang for your buck? Make sure you’re not surprised by the full cost of...
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Barcelona and Beyond: 5 Spanish Cities in 5 Weeks

by: Priya Randhawa on January 23, 2014
Way back in the day (2003) hand in hand with my prima I ventured on my very 1st“grown up” international adventure to explore Spain and all its beauty.  It was quite a remarkable trip that allowed me to see how diverse and culturally rich the country really is.  Our five week excursion included time spent in the following cities: Barcelona, Co...
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Feeding My Faith as a Global Citizen

by: Charles McKinney on January 08, 2014
If faith and spirituality is a primary aspect of your life, then know that there are always places where you can meet others who share your same spiritual background and interests. The Internet is a great place to search for houses of worship, particularly social media sites. Once you come across places that may strike your fancy, take th...
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Living "Pura Vida" in Costa Rica

by: Brynna Rao on December 02, 2013
Costa Rica is arguably the happiest nation on earth, and who wouldn’t be happy with an abolished army, breathtaking backdrops, and jungles galore. Costa Rica is a hotspot for tourists, whether you prefer a more adventurous route like zip-lining in a cloud rainforest or spending the day suspended in a tree house spa overlooking an active volcano. ...
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Festival Fever: Brazil

by: Courtney Baird on November 21, 2013
In the land of Samba, football (soccer), rainforests, sprawling cities, and beautiful beaches, it's no surprise that each year nearly 4,000 American students chose to complete their study abroad, intern, or graduate school programs in Brazil. However, while immersing oneself in the local culture is tantamount to any international education experi...
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Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Germany

by: Elena Mancini on December 02, 2013
 Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, these days "Das Land der Dichter und Denker" (the land of poets and thinkers) plays a central role on the world's stage as a leader in business, engineering, architecture design, research, and politics. Spend a summer, a semester, or a year in a country with a rich cultural past that is clearly focused on ...
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Top 3 Ways to Make Your Study Abroad Experience More Marketable for Future Employers

by: Deidre Young on November 26, 2013
  Imagine you are sitting across from the interviewer, and he asks you about your study abroad experience. Of course you light up because it was one of the most transformative experiences of your life. But what do you say? "It was great. I went to Australia and got to see the Opera House in Sydney!"--or--"It was awesome being able to visit the Fo...
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Realizing My Skin Color

by: Kimberly Mukuriah on October 02, 2013
I was born of Kenyan and Laotian decent. Both of my parents - my father from Kenya and my mother from Laos - are immigrants; both came to the United States in the search for a new life.  Currently, I would never wonder why I’m not the same skin color as my mother, but that question did take hold of me when I was five years old. My brother Chri...
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5 Tips on How to Navigate a Study Abroad Fair

by: Deidre Young on September 18, 2013
It’s that time of year again. Summer is waning, school is back in session, and study abroad fairs are on the agenda! Study abroad fairs can be exciting opportunities to learn all about the international programs available to you at your campus, but they can also be overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting if you don’t know what to expect. So man...
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Fairly Frugal: Traveling in Germany

by: Rich Venezia on September 06, 2013
Back in the early 1920s, Germany’s currency was so inflated that US$1 bought 4.21 trillion German marks. Though hyperinflation ended in 1924 and Germany adopted the Euro in 1999, tourists can still find Germany a relatively inexpensive place to visit with the right tips and tricks.BERLINClassically branded “Poor, but sexy,” the cultur...
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A Travelers Guide to Berlin

by: Kristin Kerr on June 05, 2013
Are you looking to spend your summer abroad? Perhaps Berlin is the right place for you! Immerse yourself in Berlin student life at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Take advantage of Berlin’s location to explore Germany and the neighboring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. With a populat...
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Top 5 Sights to See in Costa Rica

by: Natalie McIntosh on May 22, 2013
Though it is only about the size of West Virginia, don’t let that fool you. Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the entire world, offering a variety of terrain and experiences from lush rainforests to volcanoes. With such a variety of things to do and places to see, you definitely will not be bored in this beau...
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3 Reasons You Should Study Abroad in Costa Rica

by: Cole Daniell on May 02, 2013
Costa Rica, also known as the “rich coast”, is nestled between Nicaragua and Panama at the southern portion of Central America. This unique location makes Costa Rica home to many exotic land formations, a wide variety of plant and animal species, and from my experiences, some of the friendliest Spanish speakers in the Latin speaking wor...
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6 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad in Argentina

by: Sai Kuchibhotla on April 11, 2013
Diverse Perspectives: During the spring semester of 2012, I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Much like any other twenty-year-old college student, I had no idea what to expect beyond the little I knew through emails and phone conversations with my advisors. A little less than a year later, today, I think back to this time and ...
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Top Sights to See While in Turkey

by: Ian Ross on March 27, 2013
If you’re heading to Turkey and only have a few pre-planned places to visit, you might need a some more ideas for what to do and things to see.  Well do not worry, because I’ve been to Turkey, traveled the country and have a few suggestions that might just help! Turkey is a very geographically diverse ...
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Top 7 Destinations for Studying Abroad

by: Riley Sklar on June 25, 2013
Want to study abroad, but don’t know where to go? Keep calm and read on. There are many study abroad destinations from which to choose, so it is understandable if you're feeling overwhelmed by the many possibilities. In order to help you make a decision, we at Diversity Abroad have compiled ...
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8 Study Abroad Scholarships that Every Student Should Know About

by: Riley Sklar and Tara Matthews on November 19, 2013
Funding can be the biggest obstacle for many students looking to study abroad. Students are often overwhelmed by the costs of a study abroad program, but equally unaware of the millions of dollars in scholarships available for students to study abroad. Don’t let this misconception prevent you from exploring the world--there are MANY study abroa...
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5 Amazing Things to Do in Brazil

by: Tara Matthews on January 30, 2013
You’re going to Brazil, but you are not exactly sure what to do. Although your trip has pre-planned excursions, you want to venture off the beaten path. No problem, we’re here to help! Brazil is a very large and diverse country, so it is difficult to limit what you should ...
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The Hardest Part of Living Abroad Can Be Coming Home

by: Laara Manler on January 22, 2013
For those of us who are traveling abroad for just a few months, coming home may be no big deal. But for those who stay six months or longer, the process of returning home, or repatriating, can be distressing. Sometimes international travelers experience reverse culture shock though this may seem counterintuitive. After all, why should anyo...
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Convincing Your Parents You Should Go Abroad

by: Riley Sklar on June 25, 2013
You’re dead set on spending the next semester of your college career abroad. You know where you want to go and have your eyes set on a certain program. You have visited with your study abroad advisor on campus and understand how it all works. Before you can apply, the next step is to get your parents on board. No worries! You can do i...
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Managing Black Hair Abroad

by: Tara Matthews on November 14, 2012
My hair is what I’d like to call, “loud”. As loud as dead protein sprouting from your scalp (it’s true!) can be, that is. It certainly attracts attention, which is why one of the most common questions that I’m asked by students is, “How do I take care of my hair while I’m abroad?” And thus, this mini guide for managing your hair wh...
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How to Overcome Overpacking, for the Fashionably Dressed

by: Tara Matthews on November 14, 2012
You’re about to embark on an amazing experience abroad. You’ll be away from the comforts of home, so of course you want to prepare yourself as best possible. You don’t want to forget a thing, right? So you pack everything – and I mean everything - you may need for a four-month journey. You feel your back groan under the sag of y...
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Diverse Perspectives: Tips on Assimilating into London (and not looking like a goofy tourist

by: Tara Matthews on October 12, 2012
Diverse Perspectives: Tips on Assimilating into London (and not looking like a goofy tourist) When I first decided to study abroad in England, I knew I wasn’t there to study the ins and outs of the theatre as detailed in my trip itinerary. (I will say, though, seeing Lord of the Rings: The Musical was one of the highlights of my trip.)...
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A “Next Level” Experience: Benefits of Studying a Foreign Language Abroad

by: Antonio Reyes on August 29, 2012
Can you picture yourself speaking Chinese during a business meeting? Talking to your patient in Spanish at a hospital? Translating documents from Arabic to English in your position at a US Embassy? No matter what career field you’re looking to work in, having a second language may give you the added skill needed do excel.  Learning a f...
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The Minority Advantage: The Benefits of Being a Minority Abroad

by: Antonio Reyes on November 29, 2012
For minority students, studying abroad may present special challenges. These challenges may include discrimination, depending on how foreign cultures perceive your particular ethnicity. However, your ethnic uniqueness can also benefit you while living in a foreign country.  Here are four ways that being a minority can be an advantage ...
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Show Me the Money: The 7 Secrets to Winning Scholarships to Study Abroad

by: Antonio Reyes on July 25, 2012
The lack of money doesn’t have stand between you and studying abroad. Hundreds of scholarships are available that can cover the cost of your program, and then some. Unfortunately, many students don’t apply for scholarships because they feel that their chance of winning a scholarship is as likely as winning the lottery.However, composing a winni...
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Making Your Money Stretch While Abroad

by: Antonio Reyes on November 19, 2013
Are you excited yet? The semester is about to end and soon you’ll be on a plane headed to study abroad in a foreign land where you will gain new and exciting experiences. You’ll explore every inch of your new home, dine on strange yet delectable cuisines and meet interesting and colorful people while gaining a better understanding of the world ...
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Yellow, Red and Black: Being Black in Spain

by: Arien Atterberry on October 17, 2013
Diverse Perspectives: Yellow, Red and Black! Being Black in Spain My life studying abroad in Spain as an African-American was a lot like my life in the states yet strikingly different. You would think that Spain would be especially acquainted with people of a darker hue because of its close proximity to Africa and the large amount of Afric...
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Ten Tips for Students Preparing for Summer Study or Intern Abroad

by: Arien Atterberry on November 19, 2013
It has been a little over a year now since I took the first step off the ledge of uncertainty and embarked upon one of my most life changing experiences. One year later (and hopefully one year wiser!), I can look back on my “expatriation experience”, as I like to call it, and pass along some hard learned lessons and practical advice to study ...
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Have Fun Abroad, Just Not Too Much Fun!

by: Antonio Reyes on July 25, 2012
Your bags are packed, tickets are purchased and passport in hand; you are ready to study abroad! The odds are you'll be safe while abroad, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Here are a few tips that will help keep you out of compromising situations that could get you into trouble with the law, or even worse, be harmful to your health.1. ...
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China? I can’t go to China! 7 Myths about studying in China

by: Antonio Reyes on July 25, 2012
It's no surprise that with the growth of China's economic standing that the country has become a popular destination for many students looking to study abroad. Are you interested in studying abroad in China, but aren't sure if it's for you? No problem! We are here to separate fact from fiction. Here are seven of the most common misconceptions that ...
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