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Germany Study Abroad Reflections: Living Like a Local

March 20, 2017

When I’m tired after a long work week and I need to break out a glass (or two) of wine, I start wondering about having to work for 45 more years. I think about my bills and my responsibilities and what direction I want to go in for my career.  It sounds overwhelming – sometimes […]

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Top 10 Fun Surprises: New Zealand Study Abroad Program

March 13, 2017

Kia Ora (Māori greeting)! I have been quite busy lately travelling to the other side of the world to Dunedin, New Zealand for the semester. I’ve been here for about two weeks now and I want to share a few things about studying abroad. I strongly encourage you to get out there and push yourself […]

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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 No One Tells You – First Month Abroad Reflections

January 31, 2017
First Month Abroad Reflections

When I first decided to study abroad, it was kind of like this foggy dream; it was something that seemed so far away and unreachable and surreal that I mostly just thought of it like it wasn’t really happening. Then I got accepted to the program, and the dream became just a little less foggy, the […]

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Immersing Myself in Spanish Life and Culture in Barcelona

January 13, 2017
immersing myself in Spanish

Before I arrived in Barcelona, I had been told by countless individuals that studying abroad would be a life-changing experience. I was both nervous and excited as the semester approached, fearing that the adjustment would be difficult but eager to discover the Spanish culture while studying at the University of Barcelona. As I reflect on […]

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Spanish Language Immersion

December 22, 2016
teaching in spain

Studying in Valladolid, Spain, my main goal was to obtain language immersion, to immerse myself in Spanish. I wanted to live the language, I wanted to breathe the language. Sure, classes back home gave students a taste of it–but occasional exams in my small Pennsylvania hometown were nothing compared to the constant stream of Spanish in […]

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Living in a Castle – German Immersion Opportunity

December 14, 2016

When I signed up for studying abroad, looking back, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. However, I was so excited at the prospect of studying abroad, I was trying to sign up at my college before classes even started. Apparently my university requires you to be on campus for at least […]

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Study Abroad Expectations vs. Reality: A Student’s Reflection

December 9, 2016

When preparing for a semester abroad, it’s easy to start the journey with a list of expectations: what the food will be like, how many countries you’ll visit, and all the friends you will make. While this can help you prepare for your experience, it can also set your expectations too high (or too low). […]

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