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Guide to Living Abroad

  • 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…

  • Engaging In Challenging Conversations Abroad

    Cross-cultural dialogue is one of the greatest learning opportunities you'll have when you're overseas, so while it might make you uncomfortable, embrace the chance to learn more about yourself and o…

  • Does the Term African American Only Exist in the United States?

    What does it mean to be African American? Speaking from personal experience, being African American means being Black and being born in America. For those who were born or grew up in Africa and are c…

  • Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Discusses Politics Beyond Borders in Thailand

    Since the beginning of my semester abroad, I quickly realized that I was going to stick out on my new campus. Although there were over 100 exchange students in my particular program, my two colleague…

  • Dealing with Stereotypes While Studying Abroad

    Going abroad to study, intern, teach or volunteer is a decision that comes easier to some than others. It’s natural to have some hesitancies and fears when deciding to take that leap - from the langu…

  • 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…

  • Building Relationships In Your Host Community

    Engaging in an unfamiliar environment can feel foreign-- because it is! It can be a scary and exciting to establish yourself in a new city, a new country, and even a new continent. Developing relatio…

  • Being LGBTQ+ in Japan

    How has my identity affected my study abroad experience? As identities go, nothing about me makes me particularly outwardly distinctive, at least in Japan. As a half-Chinese cis-gendered woman, I loo…

  • Art Appreciation and Paris

    This past summer, I studied abroad in Paris, France to study Jazz under the direction of Cecil Lytle and the aid of CEA Paris. It was a dream come true to have participated in such a rich program at …

  • An American Abroad

    It’s certainly no secret that Americans aren’t viewed too highly some other countries. And with the current state of our politics, well, it isn’t so hard to understand why. However, it was hard to de…

  • 7 Strategies For Embracing Cultural Immersion

    Acclimating to an unfamiliar environment abroad can be mentally demanding on many fronts. The constant influx of new information keeps your mind sharp and your legs racing toward your next adventure,…

  • 6 Ways To Embrace Your Study Abroad Trip To Israel

    Israel offers a unique study abroad experience that thousands of students globally take the opportunity to pursue. While some students choose Israel to engage in heritage or cultural seeking, others …

  • 5 Things You Must Do in South Korea

    There are five different palaces you can visit in Korea (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, and Gyeonghuigung Palace). If you wear a hanbok you can…

  • 3 Tips for Cultural Immersion Before Coming to South Korea

    One of the things about me that tends to surprise my fellow study abroad friends is how fast I was able to adjust to Korean culture. I haven’t experienced much of a culture shock, and I largely credi…

  • Managing Mental Health While Abroad

    When you're preparing to study abroad you generally hear all sorts of warnings about things like culture shock, reverse culture shock, and homesickness as common causes of depression and anxiety duri…

  • Navigating Identity in a Foreign Country

    On a sunny day in California, I was walking around the Berkeley campus with my Brazilian friend. We were practicing each other’s native languages and talking about intersectional feminism. I was expl…

  • Overseas Ambassador Reflection, Fall 2016: Austin O.

    Since the beginning of my semester abroad, I quickly realized that I was going to stick out on my new campus. There were over 100 exchange students in my program, yet my two colleagues and I were the…

  • Studying Abroad on a Budget

    When trying to make the most of your global program and experience, it’s easy to ball out. But if you’re like many students, you might be working with a modest budget. To ensure your funds the last t…

  • Students on a Budget in China

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

  • Students of Color in China

    The following information will not determine your experience in China, but addresses some of the experiences shared by other students who have participated in a global program in China. While some of…

  • Stretching Your Money While Abroad

    Are you excited yet? Soon you’ll be 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 delectab…

  • "Study"Ing Abroad: The Study Part Of Studying Abroad

    Studying abroad has so many personal and professional benefits. While it's important to be adventurous and explore your new home, it's just as important to take your studies seriously. Classes, study…