Why You Should Consider Living with a Host Family

March 21, 2016

There are a number of living options available to students looking to study abroad. Some programs offer the opportunity to live in an apartment with fellow students. Other institutions offer dorms much like American campuses. However, many students find living with a host family to be the most rewarding part of studying abroad. As you […]

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How to Pick the Best History Study Abroad Programs

March 17, 2016

Historians often refer to investigating the past as traveling to a foreign country. Each culture operates under different rules and assumptions, and people of the past did not think or live the same way people do today. In this sense, a study abroad experience is a perfect complement to a history education. As a history […]

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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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How My Semester in India Encouraged Me to Join ‘Teach for America’

March 8, 2016

I studied abroad with BCA in Chennai, India for one semester. While there I met the most incredible people and had the best experience of my life. I was given the opportunity, through BCA, to do an internship along with my regular classwork at the university and I worked at a local primary school. I taught […]

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Why Summer Study Abroad Programs Are a Great Option

March 4, 2016

Studying abroad is a unique and valuable experience for any student. But for some of us, there are obstacles to a semester or full year away at an overseas institution. Fortunately, in an attempt to make studying abroad available to more students, BCA offers a number of summer programs that add more flexibility for interested […]

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A Year in Ecuador, A Lifelong Commitment to Conservation

February 26, 2016

We recently caught up with BCA Quito and Juniata College alumna, Rebekah Sheeler, to learn more about how her experiences studying abroad in Ecuador have influenced her life and career. As a Wildlife Conservation major and Spanish Language & Culture minor, Rebekah was able to take several science courses while studying at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) during the 2012-2013 academic year […]

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How to Cope With Language Barriers

February 18, 2016
Friends ar Cheltenham

For many of us, the adventure of exploring a new culture — and its language — is half the fun. But there can be frustrations as well. This is especially true if you’re staying with a host family that speaks another language. Even if your program is taught in English, it doesn’t mean you won’t […]

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Important Places to Know in a New City

February 4, 2016
market in new city

When you arrive in a new city, acclimation might take a little time. Linguistic and cultural differences plus a heavy dose of home sickness will likely make it hard to adjust. However, upon arrival, there are some essential places for you to locate in your new city. Some of these places provide important emergency services, […]

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How to Survive Your First Week of Studying Abroad

January 22, 2016
student imersion abroad

The first days of studying abroad are the hardest, because there’s the inevitable culture shock. There’s the nagging fear that you aren’t prepared, and you may experience the sadness of being far away from family and friends. Thankfully, for the vast majority of us, these feelings quickly pass. Here are some tips for surviving the […]

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