4 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Switzerland

Switzerland is fairy tale meets travel magazine beautiful. You can take a train between any two cities and spend the entire ride with your eyes glued to the window. Natural beauty is accessible without even having to hike to it, and the Swiss take pride in preserving it. Many towns and villages have cobblestone streets and fountains with fresh and drinkable glacial water, and the plethora of castles dotting hillsides makes you feel like you’re in a Disney movie!… More 4 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad in Switzerland

A Letter to My Nervous Pre-study Abroad Self

Dear Leigh,

You’re about to embark on the journey of a lifetime! You don’t know it yet, but it will completely change your life. You’re going to make new friends and see other places that the world has to offer. You’re going to have so many fun times, but there will also be bad times. That’s okay, though; it’s completely normal.… More A Letter to My Nervous Pre-study Abroad Self

How to Travel Throughout South America

When I first arrived in Chile, I knew little to none about what services were available to me for traveling throughout my host city of Valparaíso. Furthermore, I was essentially clueless about means of travel to other cities around Chile, and even to different countries in South America. I have learned a lot since being in Chile about the busing system, and hope that this information will make you feel comfortable and capable of traveling throughout Valparaíso and beyond!… More How to Travel Throughout South America

What It’s Like to Study in Sydney: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Iina Stina R. from University of Oulu studied abroad at University of Technology, Sydney in Australia. See some of Iina’s adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Sydney: Student Takeover

What It’s Like to Study in the Czech Republic: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Katey L. from Georgia Southern University is currently studying abroad at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. See some of Katey’s adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in the Czech Republic: Student Takeover

3 Things I Learned About Myself While Studying Abroad

If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect studying abroad to have much of an impact on who I am. I knew I would see beautiful places, meet unforgettable people and try plenty of new things. I had faith all of those things would happen – and they did. I figured I’d just come back to the U.S. and be the same old Blue. I don’t necessarily think that studying abroad or immersing yourself in something completely unknown will change who you are, but from my experience, I think it makes you appreciate who you already are. Here are a few things I have learned about myself during the last four months I have spent abroad.… More 3 Things I Learned About Myself While Studying Abroad

What It’s Like to Study in Australia: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Maggie C. from Creighton University is currently studying abroad at University of Canberra in Australia. See some of Maggie’s adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Australia: Student Takeover

What It’s Like to Study in Spain: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Carson S. from Georgia Southern University currently studying abroad at Universidad de Vigo in Spain. See some of Carson’s adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Spain: Student Takeover

10 Tips for How to Get Your Student Visa on Time

You just got accepted to your study abroad program. The initial excitement is overwhelming! You pull up the consulate website to research the visa process. It immediately looks incredibly daunting, so you click out of the webpage and set your application aside because you are riding that acceptance high, and it’s time to celebrate! You have endless time to work on the paperwork. No worries, right? Wrong!… More 10 Tips for How to Get Your Student Visa on Time

5 Things to Bring From Home When You Study Abroad

When I go back to Indiana, I will be a study abroad ambassador for my home university. I already know that many prospective study abroad students will be asking me, “What are some things I should definitely buy while I’m still at home?” I know this question will be asked because I asked about 500 people this same question before I left the U.S. I was never really given direct answers, and most of the time I was told I could buy anything I needed in my host country and to just pack as light as possible. This answer was not good enough for me, so I have been racking my brain for months to compile a perfect list for all of you.… More 5 Things to Bring From Home When You Study Abroad

What It’s Like to Study in Canada: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student José Diego M. from Universidad Privada Boliviana studied abroad at University of Regina in Canada. See some of José’s adventures below and even more on his Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Canada: Student Takeover

What It’s Like to Study in Indonesia: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Natalia M. from University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez is currently studying abroad at BINUS University. See some of Natalia’s adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Indonesia: Student Takeover

How to Set Your Money Priorities During Study Abroad

Studying abroad is honestly the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It is life-changing and freeing beyond any boundary you could ever think of. Well, almost any boundary. Let’s talk about the scale that comes with any study abroad trip: On one hand you have this once-in-a-lifetime experience, but on the other hand you have your wallet.… More How to Set Your Money Priorities During Study Abroad

What It’s Like to Study in Chile: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Melissa O. from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is currently studying abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. Melissa is also one of our featured bloggers for Spring 2016. See some of her adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Chile: Student Takeover

What It’s Like to Study in Italy: Student Takeover

Throughout the month of May, we are featuring student takeovers on our Instagram so that you can get a more in-depth look at what it’s like to study abroad. ISEP student Joy D. from Missouri State University is currently studying abroad at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy, and she’s traveling all over Europe! Joy is also one of our featured bloggers for Spring 2016. See some of her adventures below and even more on her Instagram!… More What It’s Like to Study in Italy: Student Takeover

What It’s Like to Live on an American Campus

I have been living on campus for four months now. If there is one thing I can promise, it’s that there is always something to do! I’m at Creighton University, but I’m sure that what I am going to tell you can be applied to any university in the United States. I am in touch with other friends who are spread out around the United States and we’ve discussed similarities between all of our campuses.… More What It’s Like to Live on an American Campus

What to Do When Your Travel Plans Are Ruined

You’ve just finished the last step in planning your trip to trek the famous W Circuit of Torres del Paine National Park. You’ve booked your flights, reserved your hostels and camping spots and bought all of the groceries you will take on your trek with your group. You have one day left before departure and everyone is getting VERY excited. You are pulling out your hiking pack to begin gathering your things. Suddenly, the whole group receives a message with a link to a new article. This article states your airline has canceled all flights for two days only due to an employee strike. Your flight is one of these days.… More What to Do When Your Travel Plans Are Ruined

How Studying Abroad Helps You Find the New You

Throughout the past few weeks living abroad, I have had the wonderful opportunity to explore Spain and travel around other parts of Europe. These travels have opened my eyes to the world around me, and made me realize how much I still have yet to see. These travels have also helped me figure out who I am, and what kind of person I want to be.… More How Studying Abroad Helps You Find the New You

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day Around the World

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in an environmentally friendly activity with some of the other international students. The activity consisted of using indigo to tie-dye some handkerchiefs. The event was organized by GreenSOS. This organization focuses on raising awareness and helping educate people on the importance of being environmentally friendly.… More How You Can Celebrate Earth Day Around the World

Why I Prefer to Travel by Train

Many of you who are preparing to study abroad might also be thinking about what other countries to visit while abroad. How will you get there, and what is the most cost-efficient way? For those traveling throughout Europe, it’s extremely easy to get from country to country by any form of transportation. However, life is all about the journey, not the destination. My advice is that where you may be abroad, you choose traveling by train over traveling by plane.… More Why I Prefer to Travel by Train

Studying Abroad As a Female African American

Growing up in Kansas, I was not a stranger to being the only one that looked like me in my classes or activities. If you know what it is like being a minority, you know that it isn’t easy and it is a constant personal battle of trial and triumph. Before studying abroad, I knew that it would be really important to consider how confident I was in my personal journey of racial and cultural acceptance before jumping into the Italian culture.… More Studying Abroad As a Female African American

How to Maximize Your Time Abroad Through Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a concept that is still very new to me, but I have already benefited a great amount from simply knowing about it and I am slowly beginning to practice it myself. Mindfulness, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” Basically, this means instead of letting your mind wander or worry, you stay fixated on what is currently happening and processing those thoughts. Essentially, you are working toward fixating on the present, not the past or future. By being mindful abroad, you will maximize what you take away from your experience! … More How to Maximize Your Time Abroad Through Mindfulness

Top 10 Answers to the Questions You Want to Know Most About Studying in France

When you’re getting ready to study abroad, you might have some questions about what to expect. Where will you live, what is there to do and how do you get around town? ISEP Program Officer Lindsay talked with current ISEP students at Aix-Marseille Université to share their advice and help you know what to expect! What additional… More Top 10 Answers to the Questions You Want to Know Most About Studying in France

5 Things to Know About Teaching English Abroad

Many people decide to pursue a teaching career abroad after graduating college to gain experience and assimilate into a different culture. Teaching abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I encourage people to take advantage of it. This semester, I have been teaching at Colegio Montfort in Loeches in Madrid. Here are some tips from what I’ve learned!… More 5 Things to Know About Teaching English Abroad

Cultural Limbo: Studying Abroad as a Mexican-American

With time, learning about your own country’s culture comes natural. Learning about another culture starts to take a little bit more work. When two cultures are your first culture and you have to be able to balance it out, things get difficult. When you have two distinct cultures that you try to learn at the same time as you grow up along with learning your host country’s culture and be able to clearly articulate what makes you, YOU, it is a whole new world of complicated!… More Cultural Limbo: Studying Abroad as a Mexican-American

How to Make Studying Abroad a Food Adventure

I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea last semester and while I was there, I tried some interesting foods. I was a little apprehensive about Korean food at first, but I grew to love it. In some ways, I found Korean food to be very different from food in the United States. Most foods are spicy like kimchi (김치) and tteokbokki (똑볶이), but it makes the flavor pop that much more. Korean food seems to incorporate the same flavor and yet there are subtle differences that make each dish unique.… More How to Make Studying Abroad a Food Adventure

How to Study Abroad in France in 3 Easy Steps

Let’s be honest: figuring out how to study abroad isn’t always easy. When you think about what type of program type you want, what courses you need to take, what logistics need to be figured out, it can start to feel intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help. In this three-part webinar series, ISEP Program Officer Lindsay discusses program types, course information, logistics and more. … More How to Study Abroad in France in 3 Easy Steps

What Not to Do When Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is amazing and I would honestly recommend it to anyone. It changes your life in ways you couldn’t ever imagine. However, that also means there are some things you should keep in mind for your study abroad trip. While traveling to far off lands for months at a time is an experience to be treasured, it is also an experience you should be approaching in a smart manner. Not to say it is a dangerous experience, but it is up to you to determine how that experience goes and that can involve a lot of responsibility. The following advice comes from both personal experiences and the many stories I have gathered from friends. I hope that the following list will help in your travels!… More What Not to Do When Studying Abroad

4 Things to Expect When Studying Abroad in the United Kingdom

You might be wondering how you need to prepare for studying abroad in the United Kingdom. Many aspects of life here are different than what you might be used to. I have now been studying abroad in England for over two months and have compiled a list of things that came as a shock to me a an American student. Different areas around the U.K. will vary in their characteristics and quirks, but here are some general items of information.… More 4 Things to Expect When Studying Abroad in the United Kingdom

7 Photos That’ll Convince You to Study in Florida

We spent the whole day kayaking to complete the five and a half miles of picturesque natural beauty and clean waters of the river. It was so much fun! The water was so clean that I had the chance to see and touch two turtles, manatees and a lot of different kinds of birds.The mangrove trees were so tall that you felt so small in comparison with them. Florida is my place, and I want to live here forever!… More 7 Photos That’ll Convince You to Study in Florida

Top 6 Photos From My Trip to the Bamboo Sea

After being in Chengdu for almost three weeks, I figured it was time for me to leave the city and go explore. Since I am still new around here, I don’t know what the cool places are so I left it up to faith. I went to the bus station on a Wednesday afternoon, closed my eyes and picked a random spot on the map. I guess the universe just wanted me to see the beauty bamboo has to offer.… More Top 6 Photos From My Trip to the Bamboo Sea

Study Abroad: The Best Way to do Spring Break on a Budget

One of the perks of studying abroad during the spring semester is, of course, you get to have a spring break abroad! As a farm girl going to college in Minnesota, the only real option to have a fun, warm exotic Spring Break is to either catch a flight or drive to a warmer place (warmness being several states away from my frozen tundra of a home). As a student, even one who works two jobs, I’ve never had the kind of money to travel very far on my break week. However, from my place here in Morocco, getting to see exotic locales suddenly became much more accessible.… More Study Abroad: The Best Way to do Spring Break on a Budget

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a huge, life-changing decision. So how do you start? How do you know you’re actually ready for this big step? Being ready for something isn’t restricted to ‘being old enough,’ being ready is strictly in your own personal mentality and position in life. You could be ready to study abroad when you’re a freshman at 18 or when you’re a fifth year at 22. It’s all up to you and where you find yourself in life. These questions should help give you some guidance on whether or not you’re ready for the big step of leaving your country for four to five months.… More 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Studying Abroad

The Best Perk of Studying in the Center of Europe

The best part of studying abroad in Switzerland is undoubtedly its central location. It’s smack dab in the middle of Europe and so easy to get to the mountains. Everything is close to everything else. Because of this, all of the international students studying in Bern are able to take countless inexpensive weekend trips to anywhere we want!… More The Best Perk of Studying in the Center of Europe