Claiming Valladolid, Spain as My City

July 13, 2016

Cities are cities. In a city of any magnitude, each has its own version of the significant historical buildings, bustling commercial sectors, and sprawling suburban neighborhoods, all connected in a whirlwind of aggressive energy and ambitious inhabitants. With a population of just over 300,000, moderately-sized Valladolid maintains a spirited balance of the three. As a […]

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Amazon Toxic Tour Reflection

July 11, 2016

After the culture and justice small group meeting about the messy oil history in the Amazon, my director (and theater major extraordinaire), Daniel Bryan, mindlessly hummed the tune to “Somewhere” from West Side Story. I thought this was a perfect way to wrap up my thoughts from that night’s discussion and to continue reflecting on […]

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What Now, Britain?

June 30, 2016

By Dr. Stephen Burwood, Chief Academic Officer I have a confession. I am British. For all the years I have been in the United States, I cannot change that. Apart from one cousin, my whole family still lives in Britain. Despite 15 years in international education and many more spent living somewhere else, I care […]

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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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Bucket List: Taking Full Advantage of Your Study Abroad Experience

June 16, 2016
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When you’re preparing to study abroad, you’ll likely crosscheck multiple lists before you leave. Don’t forget to plan for some fun while studying abroad, too! Consider creating a study abroad bucket list to ensure you make time for everything. Studying abroad isn’t only about the time in the classroom, lecture hall and lab. It’s also […]

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Best Study Abroad Programs for Biology Majors

May 19, 2016
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There are so many study abroad program options that it can be challenging to find the right one for you. If you are interested in taking biology courses while abroad we have some advice on how to identify the best biology programs available. Studying abroad at a foreign university with a strong biology program allows you to experience […]

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Living with a Host Family in Mexico and Making Friends Abroad

May 18, 2016
Living with a host family in Mexico

One of the most interesting parts of my Xalapa, Mexico study abroad experience has been living with a host family.  In the beginning, I was extremely nervous to meet them to see how we would mesh and realizing that they would literally be my family for  months.  However, all of my fears were completely unfounded as […]

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Best Study Abroad Programs for Education Majors

April 21, 2016
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Those of you majoring in education are well aware of the ways in which our student bodies are changing. Across the country, our classrooms are becoming more diverse, presenting teachers with new challenges and unique opportunities. Most teachers can now expect to have students under their care for whom English is a second, third, or […]

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Quito Students Safe after Earthquake

April 17, 2016

April 17, 2016 Earthquake in Ecuador: All BCA Quito students have been accounted for and are safe following the earthquake that occurred last night near the northern town of Muisne in northern Ecuador. We extend our condolences to those who lost loved ones in the earthquake and to those who are affected by this tragedy. […]

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