Studying Abroad as a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

March 14, 2018

Selecting your study abroad location and program can feel like a difficult and daunting task. When you start to explore your study abroad options there are many factors to consider such as location, course offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the overall financial impact of studying abroad. If you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community […]

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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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Immersing Myself in Spanish Culture

December 13, 2017
Spanish Culture

For the past 12 weeks, I have lived among Spaniards and immersed myself in their culture. While I am by no means an expert on what it means to be Spanish, I do believe I have acquired enough insight to comment on what makes the Spanish people special and why I will miss them so […]

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Finding Home 3,804 Miles Away From Home

November 15, 2017
away from home

Reflections from BCA Storyteller, Emily Morris, in Valladolid, Spain Over the weekend I celebrated my first birthday away from home—3,804 miles away from home, to be exact. When living in a new place, separated from family, friends, and the comfort of familiarity, special occasions like birthdays have the potential to bring about an intensified longing […]

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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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Snapchat Takeover with Mallory Truckenmiller in Barcelona, Spain

June 15, 2017
snapchat takeover barcelona

What does your summer break look like this year? Are you kicking it at your parent’s house babysitting your little brother or sister? Are you working a seasonal job as a landscaper, lifeguard, or golf caddie? Often, we get caught up in finals and finishing the school year that we forget about what we’re doing with […]

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Snapchat Takeover with Jaime Ramos

April 7, 2017
Snapchat Takeover Valladolid

BCA had another Snapchat Takeover! In case you missed it, follow Elizabethtown College student, Jaime Ramos, as he explores the city of Valladolid, Spain. His snapchat takeover explores an average weekend in Valladolid, including beautiful videos of the Plaza Mayor and Campo Grande, as well as pictures of lunch with his host mom and Sunday […]

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Receiving a Fulbright and Finding My Calling – Teaching in Spain

April 3, 2017
Fulbright in Spain

I cannot believe it’s almost been two years since I boarded my flight for my study abroad experience in Valladolid, Spain. Being an extremely nostalgic person, I can’t help but think of my time in Europe at least once a day. In fact, yesterday marked one year since I spent a weekend in London with […]

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