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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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How to Apply to Study Abroad with BCA!

February 24, 2017

You’ve finished researching different study abroad programs and at last, you’re ready to apply to study abroad! Not sure where to begin? No worries – here’s a handy guide to help you apply for your upcoming BCA Study Abroad adventure! Where to Start There are multiple locations on our website where you can click an […]

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What to Consider When Selecting A Study Abroad Program

June 17, 2016

I often tell students that studying abroad is what you make of it. It’s about the choices you make each day to engage in the local community, be active in your classes, and understand your new surroundings, rather than focus on what’s happening at home, obsessing over social media, or “collecting” countries through constant travel. […]

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How Do You Decide Where to Study Abroad?

March 10, 2016

If you are exploring the possibility of a study abroad experience, it is likely you came into college knowing it was something you wanted to do. But many students who are committed to taking a summer or semester abroad nevertheless struggle to decide exactly where to go. With so many options and programs to choose […]

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