Blog Guidelines and Rules

If you want to submit a blog post (and we hope you do!), make sure you meet the following guidelines:

  • You are currently studying abroad with ISEP, have studied abroad with ISEP in the past, or are getting ready to study abroad on an ISEP program.
  • Please limit your submission to 500 words.
  • Please submit your entry in English.
  • Include at least one accompanying high-resolution photo with a caption.

For ALL blog post submissions, please do your best to adhere to the following:

  • Please refrain from mentioning or displaying excessive use of alcohol. While a glass of wine over dinner is acceptable and encouraged in numerous cultures, binge drinking is not.
  • This one’s obvious, but please do not mention or display illegal drugs or associated paraphernalia.
  • Keep it rated G — please avoid including sexually suggestive content.
  • While we encourage you to express yourself authentically and creatively, please refrain from using four letter words and other expletives. Keep your post profanity-free and use a thesaurus if you’re at a loss for words.
  • Play nice! Please do not write any slanderous or libelous content against university professors, university staff members, or other students… or anyone, really.
  • Show us how creative you are and use your own content. Please do not plagiarize your blog post and do not use copyrighted images that do not belong to you. If you’re in doubt, ask permission! And always give credit where credit is due.
  • If you’re still not sure, pretend you’re writing this blog post for your (conservative!) grandparents — use your best judgment to determine what’s appropriate.
  • Lastly, we (ISEP) reserve the right to edit your submissions as we see fit before we publish them.

Finally, here are a few blogging tips:

  • Keep your posts brief, conversational, and fun!
  • If you’re stuck, try writing a list — they are helpful ways to organize your ideas and share them with others.
  • Be honest and authentic.
  • Try to write about a single experience (trying a new dish, going to a concert or festival, encounters with locals, or any of the topics found here) instead of cramming your entire study abroad adventure into 500 words.
  • Need inspiration? You can find some example blog posts here, here, and here.
  • And remember, HAVE FUN!

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