Learning a second language is a daunting task! Everyone says the best way to really learn is to immerse yourself, and visit or live in a place where the language is spoken. If you don’t use it, you’ll never learn it! Semester abroad programs are often taught in English, and the language portion is not as emphasized. This is why Summer Language programs are so awesome! A summer abroad gives you the opportunity to focus on your new language without the distractions of other subjects. We interviewed Charlie, a Sophomore at George Mason University to learn about his experience on the GMU Summer Language Study in Buenos Aires.
Abroad101 is happy to introduce Gap year opportunities to our readers! Robin, from Thinking Beyond Borders, and Kathy, from Dynamy Internship Year, got together to direct USA Gap Year Fair and wrote a series of articles to introduce the concept of a “Gap year”. It’s a growing trend among high school graduates. Take a minute to learn about it whether it is right for you…
It’s no secret that an opportunity to study abroad will inevitably lead to catching the travel bug. Traveling can easily be considered one of the best parts of studying abroad, where you will collect many memorable experiences that you are sure to never forget. Different destinations each weekend, numerous new cultures to experience, historic landmarks to visit…honestly, who can disagree!? But deciding who to spend those mini-vacations with can be difficult, especially if you have different goals or opinions about how you want to spend your weekends away. Continue reading
You will hear time and again how important it is to Network, we’ve all heard, “it’s not what you know but who you know!” Although it’s important to have the what to get the job, it’s often the who that will get you the interview!
The important thing about networking is that it requires time. You’ll never know if someone you meet today will be helpful to you in your career search down the line, so always get contact information and stay in touch! Remember, it’s not only older people who will have the power of connection, your peers will be valuable assets as well! If you’re looking for an international career, it is especially important that you stay in touch with the contacts (friends, teachers, etc.) that you made while studying abroad. Having international contacts doesn’t only sound impressive, but could be very useful!
In 2007, three best friends fresh out of college turned down corporate jobs to pursue their dream venture: building the first study abroad review website. 4 years, and 10,000 program evaluations later, our inner data junkies are ecstatic. We are so proud to reveal findings across such a large collection of program data from the true experts: the students themselves!
So, how exactly were these rankings formulated? Our algorithm weighs both quantitative averages as well as total review count, to ensure that our rankings are statistically significant. Our mission is to maintain a transparent and unbiased community, and while we do not endorse any specific programs, we thank our committed students and university partners, and congratulate these exemplary programs for making the cut. Without further ado, enjoy the “Study Abroad Student’s Choice Awards!”
What is the most valuable tool I gained from my incredible semester abroad? CONFIDENCE in myself to venture out and experience more incredible things the world has to offer!
After a semester in Auckland, New Zealand and challenging myself to do wild things that I never imagined myself doing (i.e. flipping off a ledge 400 meters over the idyllic backdrop of Queenstown…attached to a bungee, of course), I gained a sense of independence and confidence that opened the door to an experience of a lifetime: teaching English in South Korea.
So you’ve chosen to study abroad and you’ve been accepted. Now what? Don’t think that just because you’ve signed up that everything else will fall in place and you will have a great semester. You have to put an effort in to make the most of your study abroad experience!
I’ve put together some steps for the study abroad novice to follow to ensure you have the time of your life!
Kelly Lewis and Go! Girl Guides
Abroad101′s Featured Blogs promotes leading blogs in the international education and travel space that showcase stories, news, or advice that help others to gain a global perspective. Here are some featured questions taken from an interview conducted with a blog that does just that!
1. Who are you, and what makes your blog unique?
My name is Kelly Lewis, and my blog, Go! Girl Guides, is dedicated to empowering women to travel the world. To do this, we have started the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made just for women. We focus on safety, affordability and being awesome.
Kamaria Gboro is the newest member to the gtrot community team. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri and manages gtrot’s social media accounts. She loves fashion, cupcakes and technology. Connect with her on gtrot’s Facebook or Twitter. Follow her @kamariagboro.
Studying abroad automatically puts you in the globetrotting category! gtrot (short for globetrotting), is a social travel site that encourages sharing your trips with friends and finding friends in your destination. You login with Facebook (we don’t bite or spam) and we take the data you’ve provided to Facebook as a basis for your profile. gtrot is perfect for student travelers! It gives students a chance to share their trips with their family and friends. Most of us have more friends on Facebook than in our immediate friendship circles. Once you share your trip with your Facebook friends, they can offer advice. What’s great about this is that you get advice and recommendations from the people you know and trust, rather than complete strangers from travel review sites. Continue reading