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  • How To Study Abroad

    This article explores next steps towards studying aboard: TALK WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR. Discuss your academic goals and graduation requirements with your advisor to ensure that you can successfull…

  • Get Your Passport on Point for Travel Abroad

    One of the first steps you should take when preparing to go abroad is to apply for a passport. You must have a valid passport in order to enter most countries, so make sure that you apply for one soo…

  • What is Study Abroad?

    Spending a period of time abroad, whether it be a month or a year studying, interning, researching or volunteering abroad, is an invaluable investment into your ability to be prepared for our ever-gr…

  • Students of Color Abroad

    In the U.S. you might be classified by your ethnicity, but abroad, you may be identified first as an American. The people you meet will likely have an opinion about the U.S., and may be eager to tell…

  • LGBTQ+ Students Abroad

    If you are an LGBTQ+ student, it is important to understand that being out while you are abroad can affect your experiences. Some countries and cultures are open and accepting of LGBTQ+ people, and s…

  • Women Going Abroad

    Being a woman abroad can be an eye-opening experience, because every culture has a different attitude towards women. Before and during your trip, find out about your host country’s cultural values an…

  • Students with Disabilities Abroad

    Every country has a different attitude towards people with disabilities. For example, in the U.S., independence is highly valued, but in some other countries, people assume that those with disabiliti…

  • Tips for Heritage Seekers Traveling Abroad

    For many ethnic minority students, learning about their heritage is very important. Going abroad presents these students with an opportunity to connect and learn about their ancestral history and cul…

  • How to Choose the Right Global Program for You

    Students have thousands of global programs to choose from which makes choosing the right program a tough decision. Thinking about what’s important to you in a global program can help you decide which…

  • First Generation Students Traveling Abroad

    As a first generation college student, your focus on college may be to simply navigate what it means to be successful in college. There's a good chance that going abroad was never part of your vision…

  • Must Ask Questions for Adult Students Traveling Abroad

    As an adult student, you may have work, home, and family obligations that many “traditional” students don’t have to worry about. If these responsibilities are a concern for you, you may want to consi…

  • Students on a Budget Abroad

    Although being from an economically disadvantaged background and having high financial need can seem as a major hindrance to your ability to study abroad, it doesn’t have to be.

  • Exploring Women's Rights in Morocco

    I enjoy meeting people and learning about different cultures of the world. I have previously traveled to Vietnam and always wanted to study abroad again though didn't realize I would get the chance t…

  • Seeing as Much as Possible on Semester at Sea

    I have always wanted to travel the world. We, as American students, learn about the world in our textbooks or news coverage, but rarely do any of us travel to these places in search of learning somet…

  • Taking Difficulities With You Abroad

    I decided to study abroad because I felt like I needed to leave my home institution. College can feel suffocating and so I looked forward to answering some deep and personal questions while studying …

  • Accepting that Plans Will Change

    I've always had an interest in traveling, so I took advantage of the fact that Duke offered study abroad programs all over the world in which I could also gain credit towards graduation. I decided to…

  • Being the Only One in Australia

    I grew up in a military family so I'm used to moving around. I've learned to love traveling, meeting new people, trying new things, and just being able to start anew. I really wanted to keep that tre…

  • An Amazing Voyage with Semester At Sea

    I decided to study abroad because I wanted to experience what else was out there in the world. I knew there was more to this Earth than my eyes could see, and I wanted to explore it.

  • Researching Biomedical Engineering in Singapore

    I was looking for research in biomedical engineering, specifically in instrumentation and medical devices. The National University of Singapore's (NUS) exchange with my home institution made this sea…

  • Fulfilling A Lifelong Dream to Study Abroad

    For as long as I can remember, I always knew I was going to study abroad. Maybe it was the excitement of the new cultures, new people or the new atmospheres, or maybe it was my urge to go out and see…

  • Improving Spanish while Abroad

    I decided to study abroad because I knew that it would vastly improve my knowledge of the Spanish language and culture much more than in a normal classroom setting in the United States. I really want…

  • Overcoming Social Anxiety through Living Abroad

    When I was a young child, I befriended a girl with a Japanese grandmother and, through her, I was taken on a pretty wild journey. I grew up in a fairly small German-settled town, which meant that I h…

  • Taking Advantage of Living in the U.K.

    I wanted to do something legendary for my family. No one in my immediate family had been to Europe for an extended period of time before me. Thus, I wanted to provide the foundation for my family and…

  • Describing My Experience Abroad as Paella

    One of the most frequent questions I got when I came back from Spain was, "How was your experience abroad?" It's so easy to say it was "amazing" and "life-changing" and sure it was, but it was so muc…

  • Going Abroad After Gaining Idenpendence in College

    I decided to study abroad because I wanted to do something by myself. Before coming to college I had never spent a night away from my family, but during my freshman year I found a sense of independen…

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