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Ways to Fund Your Year Abroad

September 15, 2016
fund a year abroad

If you like the idea of taking a semester or year overseas, but haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? If you’re worried about money and paying for the experience, there’s good news: There are merit-based scholarships to help pay for study abroad as well as need-based funding and other opportunities to help […]

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What it’s Like to Be a BCA Valladolid Student

August 22, 2016
18 - Plaza Mayor with Hot Air Balloon-Sharon Sees-Fall 2015-Valladolid

I go to a fairly small college. I know everyone in my classes by their full name, the largest lecture hall in the entire school seats around fifty students, and the cafeteria workers update me on their kids’ lives every time I see them. Which is daily. All in all, I think I have the […]

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Tips to Help Pay for a Study Abroad Semester

August 18, 2016
It's never too early to start saving

Studying abroad for a semester is a great way to learn a foreign language, attend a world-class school, and experience a new culture. Of course, before you go, you’ll have to save up enough money to pay for it all. You’ll need enough cash to pay for your flight, tuition, living costs, meals, insurance, and […]

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Returning to Xalapa to Teach English

August 18, 2016
Xalapa Reunion - Fall 2016

At the beginning of August, our fall 2016 students arrived in their host city of Xalapa, Mexico and were greeted by some familiar faces – BCA alumnae! Spring 2015 BCA alumna, Ashley Otto just returned to the city to spend a year teaching English at a Bi-lingual school. Meanwhile, fall 2015 student, Emily Hornung was […]

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Creating Your Story, Elephant Mask and All

August 17, 2016
Teaching in Valladolid, Spain.

Somehow, when I accepted a job teaching private English lessons to two local children in Valladolid, Spain, I hadn’t envisioned myself wearing a purple elephant mask with a foot-long trunk the first time I met their mother. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s talk about you. You’re studying abroad. You’ve spent […]

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Sundays in Valladolid

August 10, 2016
Valladolid - Food

The mornings are late, the coffee is hot, and the company is good–it’s Sunday in Valladolid. Even the city itself slumbers, relaxed and recharging for the hectic week ahead. The vast majority of shops and cafés are closed, leaving the sidewalks and streets free of cars and open to the occasional runner or dog-walker. An […]

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Dunedin Night Shelter’s Sleep Out Event & Volunteer Work Reflection

August 3, 2016
Night Shelter - Another Group Picture

This past weekend, a group of fall 2016 BCA Dunedin students participated in Dunedin Night Shelter‘s annual Sleep Out event. The event raises awareness and funds for the hosting organization, which provides emergency accommodation for those experiencing homelessness in the local community. Homelessness is a larger problem in New Zealand than many people realize. To […]

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Homestay in Brussels – Host Mom’s Blog

August 1, 2016
Brussels - Outdoor Cafe at Grand Place

Thinking about studying abroad with BCA in Brussels, but not sure what to expect from the city and homestay? Then look no further than this blog! A Vesalius College host mom shares insider information about life in Brussels including the famous frites and accompanying dipping sauces, recycling and reusing practices in Belgium, tipping in Europe, local […]

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Host Families: Five Things Your Study Abroad Student Wishes You Knew

July 27, 2016
Host Family - Valladolid

Many students who study abroad live in a homestay for the duration of their experience, which can be an invaluable, albeit initially stressful, experience. Within a few weeks of adjustment to a new environment, your family’s individual quirks will become comfortable, a familiar island in a proverbial sea of change and challenges. Much like with […]

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Introduction to Analog Photography: Course Reflection

July 27, 2016
Photography

Spring 2016 BCA Marburg student, Dugan Polizotto just finished his study abroad program and reflected upon his experience in the BCA course, PHT 160:  Introduction to Analog Photography. Here’s what he had to say! What was your PHT 160 experience like?  What were you expecting from the course and what was it actually like? My experience […]

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