Explore Patagonia! – Abroad101 Cool Program of the Week



Explore Patagonia, Chile with Round River.  Students spend most of a semester hiking, bushwhacking, and back-packing while conducting wildlife research and assisting the local partners with conservation projects in the stunning beauty of this South American region.

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The semester is spent exploring two national parks: Bernardo O’Higgins to the south and Patagonia National Park to the north. Round River partners with CONAF and Conservacion Patagonica to assist with local conservation and biodiversity monitoring projects in these two protected areas. This unique programs give students the opportunity to contribute to local conservation, while gaining valuable field skills and earning undergraduate course credits. Small group size (8-12 students) ensures you get to know other students and instructors well, and allows the group to access remote wilderness areas with minimal ecological impacts.

To find out more about this program, read returning student reviews and learn more or apply, please visit:


Cortona: Trip of a Lifetime – Abroad101 Cool Program of the Week

Italy-Univ of GeorgiaCOOL PROGRAM OF THE WEEK – Cortona, Italy with University of Georgia

For the serious art student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive studio and classroom experience, the University of Georgia Cortona Program continues a tradition of excellence unmatched by any other program in the nation.

Since 1970, the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy has been a leader in international arts education. This Program provides a challenging opportunity for the serious art student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive studio and classroom experience.  The medieval hill town of Cortona offers a rich historical environment where students can easily integrate with the lifestyle of a typical Italian community.

Read a full Student Review –Univ of Georgia Italy Review

Find out more about this program and apply at: https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/university-of-georgia-studies-abroad-program-in-cortona-italy

The One Thing Keeping You From Studying Abroad

Directional City SignsThere’s a single key difference that separates people who w​ant ​to study abroad from people who actually go.

The willingness to try again.

That’s it! Sound simple? It is.

Sadly, the unwillingness to try again keeps most of the people who want to study abroad from ever traveling.

If you ask them, people who didn’t study abroad will give you every answer in the book:

  • I couldn’t afford it.
  • My advisor said classes wouldn’t work out.
  • My parents said I couldn’t go.
  • I didn’t get my application in on time.

Notice that each of those (and every other excuse that people use regarding goals they have given up on) is a matter of being unwilling to try again. It’s not something to be ashamed of, and it’s not bad. It definitely happens.

Sometimes certain goals just aren’t worth the work success requires. If we don’t acknowledge that the real problem is our unwillingness to be persistent, we’ll never know how to fix it.

You won’t ever be spontaneously able to study abroad. If you’re persistent and you dedicate yourself to the idea of studying abroad, you will be more willing to try out many different avenues.

Eventually, there’s a good chance you’ll find a way if you keep trying.

Those who give up easily won’t find a way to get paid to study abroad, simply because they aren’t willing to try until they find what works.

Is it okay to give up? Sure. But acknowledge that studying abroad wasn’t worth the effort of trying again. Don’t say it was impossible.

I f  i t  i ​s  ​w o r t h  i t  f o r  y o u ,  k e e p  t r y i n g .  I  k n o w  y o u ‘ l l  f i n d  a  w a y .

If you liked this and you’d like a few more pep­ talks and some of the best resources in the world to help you study abroad, check out my online course: T​he World’s Best School: Travel​­​. There you’ll find everything you need to secure grants or scholarships and study abroad whether or not you think it’s possible now.

Guest Blogger –

Steve Moraco

Founder, StudyAbroadBook.com