Lady Gaga Concert in Brisbane!

-Submitted by Meg Bauer, Abroad101’s Global Ambassador in the Gold Coast
So, if you didn’t know I am obsessed with Lady Gaga! When she came to Pittsburgh, I tried so hard to get tickets. Tickets went on sale at 10:00 and I called at 10:03, and they were SOLD-OUT!! I was so depressed.
Before I left for Australia, I knew Lady Gaga was going to start her “Born This Way” tour in Asia and knew she’d be in Australia around the time I was getting ready to leave. Her tour dates weren’t announced yet when I first got here. So she announced her concert dates for Australia, and one was Brisbane. She would be in Brisbane while I was still here! When I found that out, I just HAD to get tickets!! My friend, Trevor, and I decided we would go together! Yay! I bought my ticket in March, so all I could think about for 3 months was the Lady Gaga concert. Continue reading

What is there to do in Chengdu, China?

Chengdu is one of the big cities in China so there is a lot to do. In my short five weeks, I found several must-see sights you have to do when you visit Chengdu.


Chengdu, China

Hangin' at the park in Chengdu!

1) Parks: Chengdu has so many parks!!!! And every park is so unique and amazing.

I went to 2 parks while at my stay in Chengdu.

My favorite by far was Ren Min Park. First off it is completely free to get in and there is so much to do there. It was so good that I went back twice more. The first time I went I actually joined in a Chinese flash mob to the song…Milkshake by Kelis as the intro song.




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Maggie in Tanzania!

Ngorongoro Crater Safari - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tanzania, Africa

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The below was submitted by our Global Ambassador, Maggie, in Tanzania. Maggie has been in Tanzania since June 9th and this post was written before she left about her hopes and desires for the program.

Hey All, My name is Maggie Rodney. I’m nineteen years old and I’m about to be a Junior at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, but currently, when I’m not in school, I live in Boulder, Colorado.

Now, on to the interesting stuff – my trip abroad! On Saturday, June 9th, I’m headed off to Tanzania for a thirty day wildlife conservation program with the School for Field Studies.

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11 Steps to Teaching Abroad

Everyone knows finding a job post-graduation these days can be challenging, especially if you’re looking for something that will really help with your professional development.  Before you fall back into that comfortable bartending or waitressing summer gig that you’ve had the past three years, use this time in your life to explore more of the world (and yourself) by teaching English abroad. It is estimated that a BILLION people in the world are currently English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. That means, the demand for ESL teachers is at its highest it’s ever been! Continue reading

First Friday Photo of the Week!

This week, and today especially, the country of Greece has been in the news. Another general election is coming up and it’s set to determine much of Greece’s immediate fate. From a study abroad perspective, this means a lot for what an experience in this country will be like. Yet difficult circumstances within the country, does not mean a study abroad experience will be difficult. To read more about this, see a guest post from a student who spent her spring semester in Greece. And for a beautiful shot of Greece, see below! This shot was taken during a College Year in Athens program. The photo was taken in Nafpaktos, Greece.

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Nafpaktos, Greece!

Our Summer Global Ambassador, Allyce, in Viterbo, Italy!

Submitted by Allyce Morino, Abroad101 Global Ambassador in Viterbo, Italy

Ciao! My name is Allyce Morino, and I will be studying with USAC’s 5-week summer session in Viterbo, Italy! I was born and raised in Modesto, California, which is about an hour and a half east of San Francisco. I am in my final year of college at California State University, Stanislaus, where I am majoring in English with a minor in Journalism. I am so excited to travel to Italy and share my experiences with the world and provide advice for students planning to study abroad in the future!

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If I Had a Study Abroad Do-Over

Angie Orth

Angie Orth, courtesy of

Today we have a very special guest on our blog. We are honored to feature the lovely and VERY well travelled Angie Orth, who studied abroad in Paris back in 2003. Today Angie has a successful travel blog that documents her jaunts through the slums in Kenya to gelato in Rome and everything in between. We asked Angie if she could reflect a bit on her own study abroad experience and how it’s shaped who she is today. Here’s what she had to say.

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Side Trip to Sydney, Australia!

Submitted by Meg Bauer, Global Ambassador in Brisbane, Australia.

My dream of visiting Sydney, Australia came true!

Ever since I watched Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s movie “Our Lips Are Sealed,” I’ve always wanted to go to Sydney, Australia! I’ve dreamed of seeing the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney, Australia

Meg in Sydney, Australia!

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The Most Interesting Facts About Singapore

Submitted by Alexandra Markus, Global Ambassador in Singapore: Spring 2012

Singapore MILO

Yummy treats, Singapore style!

It’s been a month since I returned from Singapore and I still miss it a ton. Studying abroad has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Although my grades are unlikely to be as good as expected due to the strict bell-curve and the high caliber of students, I met some amazing people whom I will never forget and hope to see again. Below are the most interesting facts about Singapore that I’ve learned during my time abroad. Take the opportunity to study in Singapore!

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