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

American and British Stereotypes: A Cultural Exchange

Coming into a new country from the United States was quite the culture shock. I came to Great Britain: a country that speaks the same language and just drinks much more tea, right? Wrong. My first week here was just a blur of back and forth questions between myself and my new British friends. I never realized how many difference there are in our cultures until I spent some time here. What was even more shocking was the fact that they thought things about the United States that I would never have expected. I’ve been asked three different times if high school is like High School Musical! I decided to ask around and find out what students from these countries really want to know about one another. I ended up sending five questions out to university students from each country to find out what exactly we think of each other.… More American and British Stereotypes: A Cultural Exchange

5 Ways to Live Like a Local on Study Abroad

Living in a new environment can be hard enough, but living in a foreign country is even more challenging. Though it can be easier for some people to make the transition, it’s not the same for everyone. However, the challenges we face in life cannot dictate our experiences. After all, isn’t the goal of studying abroad to become part of the local culture? Here are some tips to become culturally acclimated.… More 5 Ways to Live Like a Local on Study Abroad

Top 4 Differences Between American and Italian Cultures

I just came back from my spring break, and that means that more than half of this semester abroad is already over. It is making me realize how fast time goes, and anxiety is hitting me because I realize my experience is coming to an end. The positive aspect is that now I’ve seen many aspects of American culture. I’ve decided to stop for a while, look around, focus on the main differences between the United States and Italy and share them with you.… More Top 4 Differences Between American and Italian Cultures

3 Things I’ve Learned By Living in Sweden and Not Speaking Swedish

If someone had given me a dollar every time I heard “Oh, you’re studying abroad in Sweden? Do you speak Swedish?” before I left the United States for a semester in Stockholm, I would have been able to afford first-class airfare. My answer to this question: nej!… More 3 Things I’ve Learned By Living in Sweden and Not Speaking Swedish

What Happens When You Study Abroad in Germany

I am the type of person who loves routine. I like knowing exactly what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, where to do it and how to get it done. For me, that sense of certainty and security is what makes me feel at home. So when I got to Europe, I was really thrown off. Everything here is so different for me! No normalcy whatsoever, no chance of fading into a comfortable routine. There were a few specific times that really made me stop in my tracks, turn to my imaginary dog and say, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Arkansas anymore.”… More What Happens When You Study Abroad in Germany

6 Things to Do on a Budget in Washington, D.C.

One of the most exciting things about studying abroad in the United States is the fact that you can easily travel to nearby (or not-so-nearby) states over weekends or short breaks. For my spring break, I spent a day in Washington, D.C. and got to experience fun activities and see some really wonderful landmarks, all on a student’s budget!… More 6 Things to Do on a Budget in Washington, D.C.

The Ultimate Guide for a Week in Switzerland

Recently my friend from the United States came to visit for a week in Switzerland. As I was trying to plan our schedule for the week, a thought occurred to me. If I were studying abroad in Europe and had just one week to spend in Switzerland, what would my itinerary look like on a college student budget? Here’s what I came up with and accomplished, and some feedback to go along with it.… More The Ultimate Guide for a Week in Switzerland

7 Must-Have Items to Study Abroad in Chile

Preparing to embark on your study abroad endeavor is no easy task. Leading up to the days before leaving for Chile, I was researching everything. What do they wear there? What will I need? What should I leave behind? I found that there were several resources for those traveling to popular destinations, but I came across practically no articles or tips for those traveling to Chile. I began to feel a bit frustrated about the lack of information related to Chile or other South American countries. Now that I am here myself, I want to be able to share what I have learned thus far in order to minimize any stress or frustration future travelers to Chile may feel. Here are seven items that I am extremely thankful I brought with me on this trip!… More 7 Must-Have Items to Study Abroad in Chile

Murphy’s Law and My Trip to the United States

Murphy loves me. Before you think I have a new boyfriend, I will first explain something about Murphy. Murphy’s Law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I didn’t know him before, but when I started to plan my trip to America I got to know him pretty well.… More Murphy’s Law and My Trip to the United States

How to Cope With The Excitement and Fears of Study Abroad

As I sit here realizing I’ll be all the way on the other side of the world in less than three weeks, I cannot help but ask myself if I’ll be able to shake off the nerves and anxiety. A part of me is not scared – it’s not like this is my first time living in another country. Living in Mexico obviously meant differences in language and culture, but at the same time, it was still MY language and culture. China is a whole different continent, language and lifestyle. Unlike when I lived in Mexico, I know absolutely nothing about the locals and the flow of things. I am excited to experience new things, but I can’t sit here and pretend like I have no fears.… More How to Cope With The Excitement and Fears of Study Abroad

Valparaiso to Valparaíso: Preparing for Study Abroad

I’m still wrapping up my time at home before heading abroad, but I only have a week. I’m basically trying to gather all of my things and mentally prepare myself for the trip, all while seeing everyone that I can before I go. Here’s a little video blog I put together about some of my preparations and plans!… More Valparaiso to Valparaíso: Preparing for Study Abroad

Getting Lost In Language While Studying Abroad

As all college language students know, learning a language in the classroom does not come with DJ Khaled explaining the keys to success for language competency. Quite frankly, there are many components to just speaking and understanding any given language. Each language construction is unique and special to the area it is from.… More Getting Lost In Language While Studying Abroad

5 Ways I Have Found Convenience in Inconvenience Abroad

Let me be frank. I have taken far too much advantage of the things readily available in the United States. I came from a country where waffles are available at all hours of the day and cookies can be delivered to your doorstep in the middle of the night. Suddenly I’m in a country where I can’t even go to the grocery store after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.… More 5 Ways I Have Found Convenience in Inconvenience Abroad

10 Things to Do While You Wait to Study Abroad

You have received your acceptance letter and departure date, and have begun your countdown until the day you leave for the adventure of a lifetime. But now what? Depending on your program type, you may be waiting up to two months in between semesters due to a different academic schedule where you are studying abroad. Regardless of your departure date, there is bound to be time before you leave when you are left wondering what you should be doing with this precious time. Here are 10 things to do to occupy your time before you leave for studying abroad.… More 10 Things to Do While You Wait to Study Abroad

Pushing the Limits: Moroccan Study Abroad

There are still times that being this far away from home is incredibly difficult and I miss it so much, but that’s natural. The push on the limits of a person’s comfort zone is one of the main reasons people choose not to study abroad. I will agree that it isn’t easy, but as author John Green once said, “I encourage all of you to study broadly, and without fear.”… More Pushing the Limits: Moroccan Study Abroad

10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Study Abroad

There’s nothing like a photo of a beautiful new spot to make you wish you were traveling. If you’re considering studying abroad, a quick look at these photos is all the convincing you’ll need to see that studying abroad is the right step. These photos were all submitted in the Spring 2016 ISEP Photo Contest, and were taken by ISEP students and alumni during their study abroad experience. They offer a little travel inspiration, and a fun look in to what your own experience could be like!… More 10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Study Abroad

How to Leave for Study Abroad in 3 Simple Steps

What does departure day feel like? Well, after we get past the emotional goodbye with parents and significant others, it feels like a comic book or a video game. Taking those first steps on the plane are the beginning of the mission. I have goals that I have to accomplish and I have to take the steps necessary in order to achieve them.… More How to Leave for Study Abroad in 3 Simple Steps

Starting a legacy: Thoughts on studying abroad in Uruguay

Being a “first” has become a theme in my 21 year old life. From my family… I was the first to graduate from high school. I was the first to go to a 4-year college. I was the first to become a NCAA athlete. Now with my airline ticket bought, host family chosen, and the famous Facebook announcement made, I will be the first in my family to study abroad. As of February 19, 2016, I have 8 days before I hop on a plane to begin my 5 month journey to study abroad in the beautiful city of Montevideo, Uruguay.… More Starting a legacy: Thoughts on studying abroad in Uruguay