Creating Your Story, Elephant Mask and All

August 17, 2016

Somehow, when I accepted a job teaching private English lessons to two local children in Valladolid, Spain, I hadn’t envisioned myself wearing a purple elephant mask with a foot-long trunk the first time I met their mother. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s talk about you. You’re studying abroad. You’ve spent […]

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Sundays in Valladolid

August 10, 2016

The mornings are late, the coffee is hot, and the company is good–it’s Sunday in Valladolid. Even the city itself slumbers, relaxed and recharging for the hectic week ahead. The vast majority of shops and cafés are closed, leaving the sidewalks and streets free of cars and open to the occasional runner or dog-walker. An […]

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Dunedin Night Shelter’s Sleep Out Event & Volunteer Work Reflection

August 3, 2016

This past weekend, a group of fall 2016 BCA Dunedin students participated in Dunedin Night Shelter‘s annual Sleep Out event. The event raises awareness and funds for the hosting organization, which provides emergency accommodation for those experiencing homelessness in the local community. Homelessness is a larger problem in New Zealand than many people realize. To […]

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Homestay in Brussels – Host Mom’s Blog

August 1, 2016

Thinking about studying abroad with BCA in Brussels, but not sure what to expect from the city and homestay? Then look no further than this blog! A Vesalius College host mom shares insider information about life in Brussels including the famous frites and accompanying dipping sauces, recycling and reusing practices in Belgium, tipping in Europe, local […]

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Host Families: Five Things Your Study Abroad Student Wishes You Knew

July 27, 2016

Many students who study abroad live in a homestay for the duration of their experience, which can be an invaluable, albeit initially stressful, experience. Within a few weeks of adjustment to a new environment, your family’s individual quirks will become comfortable, a familiar island in a proverbial sea of change and challenges. Much like with […]

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Introduction to Analog Photography: Course Reflection

July 27, 2016

Spring 2016 BCA Marburg student, Dugan Polizotto just finished his study abroad program and reflected upon his experience in the BCA course, PHT 160:  Introduction to Analog Photography. Here’s what he had to say! What was your PHT 160 experience like?  What were you expecting from the course and what was it actually like? My experience […]

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Noticing Differences: Vienna and Marburg vs. the US

July 18, 2016

Understanding the United States of America is not the center of the world, seems like an obvious realization. Many people most likely come to this understanding without ever heading outside of U.S. borders. However, you may never truly think about it critically until you take that step and venture into a world vastly different than […]

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Barcelona Changed Me

July 15, 2016

During my time with BCA-Barcelona, I experienced and learned many things about myself and the world around me. Although it may sound cliché, it is true. I learned different things about myself, but a couple of the most important ones are that I am good in new social situations and therefore I should not fear […]

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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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