Five Reasons to Embrace Minimalism While Abroad

July 12, 2017
Minimalism Abroad

Kia Ora fellow adventurers, My name is Zack Hesse. As of the time of writing this article I’m farther away from home than I’ve ever been, in a strange land where penguins and tropical parrots commingle, where the people are outnumbered by sheep clinging to the side of grassy mountains, and where all the swans […]

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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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From Tourist to Resident: A Transformative Cheltenham Experience

July 7, 2017
Transformative Cheltenham Experience

It’s been two years since I studied abroad with BCA, and yet I can’t shake the experience. That’s because there’s something ineffable about seeing the world that sticks with you for years. And I miss it every day, with and without Facebook reminding me what life was like two years previously. Living in a small […]

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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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Living Behind the Murals – Peace and Conflict Studies in Ireland

June 6, 2017

Driving into North Belfast, the first thing that greets you is a large mural of masked gunmen and the slogan, “Ready for Peace, Prepared for War.” It marks part of the Loyalist territory in Northern Ireland’s capital city. Driving towards the mural, it is hard not to get a macabre feeling, as the image of […]

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How to Market Your Study Abroad Experience to Future Employers

May 30, 2017

Now that you’ve completed your study abroad program, you may find yourself saying “That was awesome, but how do I put my experience into words?” The big question is – how can you market your study abroad experience to future employers? When at a job interview and asked about studying abroad, you shouldn’t simply say […]

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Global Coffee Trade – German Study Abroad Program

May 23, 2017

When I talk to my family and my friends about what I have experienced in Vienna during my German study abroad program, what I will miss in Marburg, and what my favorite memories are; it can all be comfortably explained over a traditional Viennese coffee with friends. Every day after my class in Vienna, I go […]

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My Daughter’s Study Abroad Experience Transformed Both of Us

May 17, 2017

Since middle school my daughter Annika had planned to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country during her junior year of college. In 5 days she will be returning home from her extraordinary year in Quito, Ecuador where she was a student at USFQ (Universidad San Francisco Quito) through BCA Study Abroad.  I am tremendously excited […]

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