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Guide to Living Abroad

  • Paris on a Budget: 5 Lessons Learned

    During my time in Paris, I learned more lessons and had more epiphanies than I have ever experienced in my 20 years on this earth — all in the span of 4 months. However, as I look back, even though I…

  • Lessons Learned in Tunisia

    Reflecting back to when I was choosing a program, I recall wanting to go somewhere that is not often traveled to. I saw a curriculum being offered that would help me in future aspirations of working …

  • Diversity Abroad’s Guide to Success While Working Remotely

    Whether you are doing courses online, starting a remote internship, or searching for other professional opportunities this summer, there is a good chance you will be working virtually. If this is new…

  • Students on a Budget in Germany

    You don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable and memorable experience in Germany! Saving up for your trip ahead of time, making a budget and planning your must-see and do’s can be essential …

  • Women in Germany

    Although German society can be very progressive, there is still a long way to go before Germany achieves gender equality. Though many laws and policies support women’s rights, many women in Germany b…

  • Intersectionality: An Account by a Minority Student with a Disability Studying Abroad

    As the number of students from diverse backgrounds participating in study abroad continues to increase, so do the range of experiences. Consideration of a student’s most salient identities before, du…

  • Commuter's Complete Guide to Working and Exploring Japan

    With or without sakura or cherry blossoms, it is impossible not to fall in love with Japan. Just walking along the streets of Tokyo will introduce you to Japan’s rich culture like no other city in th…

  • Is Study Abroad Safe?

    As the entire world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, thousands of students from around the world have had their international study or internship abroad plans disrupted. But, what if you’re plan…

  • How Language Study Led Me to Tunisia

    As a Latinx, I am bilingual and have had a huge interest in learning another foreign language. I started by watching YouTube videos of native speakers to see which ones interested me the most and wou…

  • A Young Woman in A Big World

    “Here I AM!” were my first thoughts as I got off the fourteen hour flight. The young Latina-Dutch woman made it across the ocean from the cold and rainy mountains of North Carolina to the sunny and e…

  • The Education of Traveling: My Advice from India

    As my first introduction to Asian culture, traveling and living in India has been a thrilling journey that has allowed me to get to know myself deeper. While acclimating to a new home abroad might al…

  • LGBTQIA+ Students in Germany

    While LGBTQ+ visitors can expect a positive experience in Germany, students should be aware of some increasing homophobic and transphobic rhetoric following the legalization of same-sex marriage. The…

  • Students with Disabilities in Germany

    Generally, cities like Berlin are modern and reasonably accessible for people with disabilities. Many German cities experienced heavy bombing during World War II, which means that there are fewer cob…

  • Students of Color in Germany

    Many visitors to Germany believe that the average German is well-meaning when it comes to embracing racial and ethnic diversity. However, there is a significant lack of representation of people of co…

  • Advice to My Curlfriends: Everything You Need to Know About Hair Care Abroad

    Passport? Check. Backup charger? Check. Socks, underclothes, and rain jacket. Checked three times. Now about these hair products,” I thought to myself. I did not know how to pack for my hair.

  • I Don't Understand The Language Of This Country

    “Ting bu dong” was my response to every person that said anything other than hello and how are you in Mandarin. The phrase ting bu dong translates as “I don’t understand,” so of course when I didn’t …

  • Ireland: The Land of Beauty, History, and Magic

    One of my most daring adventures was my visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the western coast of Ireland, the cliffs are plagued by fierce winds and, like all of Ireland, unpredictable rain.

  • How to Fight Homesickness Abroad

    Homesickness sneaks up on even the most adventurous travelers. If you find yourself homesick abroad, here are a few tips to help you find a way to make your new home feel a little more like, well, ho…

  • How My Internship in India Gave Me Real World Experience

    As a STEM student, an internship abroad provided me with real world occupational experience, which I saw as a capstone to my undergraduate career.

  • First Abroad Stories: Alisa Nazaire and The Value of the Unfamiliar

    The moment I came to Northwestern, saw how study abroad was encouraged, and realized my substantial financial aid could be used abroad I decided to go for it.

  • Feeding My Faith as a Global Citizen

    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.

  • Extra Security: A Young Woman's Experience in Israel

    As a young Iranian-American woman, I chose to take summer classes in Israel. Many of my family and friends were shocked at the prospect of me studying in Jerusalem. All they ever hear about is the vi…

  • Experiencing Life in Colombia as a Black Man with Tyler Evans

    Our Diversity Abroad alumni have been able to prepare, engage, and reflect on their international experiences. Upon their return we asked them questions for them to share how they did all of the abov…