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#IEW2014: How Studying Abroad 5 Times Changed My Life Plans

Happy International Education Week #IEW2014! Emilie was 15 years old when she first “studied abroad.” Although it was only a 10 day educational tour of France and Spain, the experience would jumpstart an incredible transformative life journey. Fifteen years later, Emilie has studied abroad five times, backpacked through the UK, served in the Peace Corps and worked abroad. Emilie Romero is now the Director of … Continue reading

Africa / Alumni / Culture / ISEP / Student Stories / Volunteering

ISEP Student Stories: Why I Chose Ghana for Study Abroad

1. I Wanted a Study Abroad Experience Similar to the Peace Corps I chose to study abroad at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, West Africa, because I wanted to prepare myself for the possibility of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to make sure that I could adjust appropriately to living in a developing country. … Continue reading

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ISEP Student Stories: Amy Finds the Right Fit in Marburg, Germany

Now there is even more reason to study in the home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions! Philipps-Universität Marburg in Marburg, Germany presents students with options at several levels of German language.  ISEP student Amy Bittinger (Frostburg State University) reflects on her decision to study abroad at Philipps-Universität Marburg through the ISEP Direct program. “I knew I wanted … Continue reading

ISEP Student Stories: Anne’s Year-long Immersion in Japanese Culture at Toyo University
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ISEP Student Stories: Anne’s Year-long Immersion in Japanese Culture at Toyo University

You may be intimidated to study in countries where your native language isn’t spoken. But don’t let that stop you! ISEP student Anne, an English major from Emporia State University, didn’t let a language barrier keep her from studying abroad at Toyo University. We asked Anne to tell us about her experience taking Japanese Language and Literature … Continue reading

ISEP Student Stories: Katie Discovers that Mexico Is More than Meets the Eye
Latin America / Student Stories

ISEP Student Stories: Katie Discovers that Mexico Is More than Meets the Eye

Katie, a Spanish and International Studies major from the University of Iowa, spent a year studying abroad at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. She speaks about the reality of studying abroad in Mexico versus the way that the news portrays the country. How did Mexico challenge the media’s perceptions? Katie explains it all… My name is Katie Rivera and … Continue reading

ISEP Student Stories: Interacting With Locals in Ghana
Africa / Culture / Student Stories

ISEP Student Stories: Interacting With Locals in Ghana

ISEP student Kasey, a Health & Human Development major from Montana State University, spent six months in Ghana at University of Ghana. As a volunteer at an orphanage, Kasey learned how to adjust to unfamiliar social interactions in Ghana.  Ghanaians are some of the friendliest, happiest people I have ever met. They take a huge … Continue reading