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Funding Study Abroad: Gilman Scholarship

February 7, 2018

Why I Decided To Study Abroad The first time I flew to another country, I was 15 years old. I traveled to Honduras with my family to participate in a mission trip. I remember trying to decide whether I was looking at clouds or ocean from my window seat in the plane. I remember walking […]

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Studying Abroad as an International Business Major

January 31, 2018
International Business Major

Sometimes connecting your major to study abroad can prove difficult. Before I applied to school I knew I wanted to study abroad, so I struggled to pick the right major. In the end, I settled on International Business, which matched with what I wanted to study and required me to study abroad. For two years […]

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How to Tie a Knot (And 5 Other Unique Cultural Differences)

January 3, 2018

When researching study abroad, you often hear about culture shock. The question of culture shock then prompts you to ask how you would handle it. When preparing to go to China, you hear a lot about the major cultural differences. Now, having lived in China, I’ve learned that these differences make everyday a new experience! Here are 6 interesting cultural differences […]

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Living Disconnected: Life in China from a BCA Storyteller

October 18, 2017

So, you decide you want to study abroad and after tons of research you finally settle on the perfect location. It has everything: unique food, unique language, unique culture, and no social media. Wait, what?! You read that right, no social media, which means no Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or pretty much anything else. Sounds […]

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Reflections on BCA Dalian’s Excursions in China

July 31, 2017
dalian excursions

Most of my time in China, in the past handful of months, has been spent predominantly in urban settings. Highly developed and modern in spirit, the city of Dalian has presented a daily lifestyle not so unfamiliar to me. The daily grind of balancing my studies and teaching practicum with my social life has proved to […]

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10 Benefits to a Year Long Study Abroad Program

July 11, 2017
Year Abroad Benefits

When it comes time to study abroad, there are a variety of decisions that need to be made; among them is whether to go for one semester or a year. Rigorous academic requirements from your host institution, costs, and lack of time are all factors that may persuade you to choose a semester long program. […]

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Travel Tips: Sleeping in a New Place

June 27, 2017

Falling asleep can go one of two ways – it happens or it doesn’t. When you’re traveling, trying to fall asleep or stay asleep can put you through cultural shock all in its own.  Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest while sleeping in a new place: Stick to your routine. You […]

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Packing Tips: Photography

June 20, 2017
Packing Tips Photography

Packing – not on my list of “easy pre-departure tasks.” With all of the energy we put into dressing for weather and cultural norms, we often forget about adding tools that help us document study abroad experiences. Based on our travels, here are five suggestions for items to pack that might help you get that […]

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Body Positivity while Studying Abroad

March 27, 2017
Body Positivity

Body positivity has caused a lot of fluttering and talking amongst different communities. Everyone has a different definition of body positivity that shares their opinions on the subject, so I feel like the most poignant way to start this is to give you my definition. Body Positivity: To be aware of your body, to give […]

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Solving Your Study Abroad Fears

March 6, 2017

I studied abroad in Cheltenham, England and it was nothing short of an amazing experience. I saw things I have only ever dreamed of, meet new people and learned about new cultures. Although I had the best time ever, I must admit I had some fears before boarding my flight to a new country. Don’t leave home worried, there […]

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