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  • Brushstrokes Across Borders

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    Brushstrokes Across Borders

    Tristen Tate provides highlights of her first time traveling abroad and studying at SOAS, University of London with IFSA. She discusses how her arts classes, gallery visits, other European travels, as well as street art, helped to make her experience reflective and memorable. https://youtu.be/dRyqWQZ9sko Tristen Tate, a student at Claremont McKenna College, studied in England…

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  • A Journey Through Prague and Beyond

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    A Journey Through Prague and Beyond

    Embarking on an unforgettable semester abroad, Prague became not just a destination but a canvas painted with diverse experiences. Exploring the city’s unique charm and venturing beyond its borders unraveled moments that transcended mere education, enriching us with cultural treasures and lifelong friendships. What’s the best thing about Prague?Yiran: Strangely, my favorite aspect of Prague…

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  • Neurons and Neighborhoods: My Transformative Journey at UCL

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    Neurons and Neighborhoods: My Transformative Journey at UCL

    Studying abroad at University College London (UCL) as a Molecular Biosciences student was an adventure of a lifetime. It was not just an academic journey but a dive into a cultural melting pot, rich in history and diversity. London, a city that never sleeps, became not just a place I studied in but a home…

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  • A STEM Student Finds Perspective and Support in New Zealand

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    A STEM Student Finds Perspective and Support in New Zealand

    Studying in New Zealand at University of Otago has helped me focus on my major—exercise sports science—and realize my studies are part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) umbrella. Since I have been here, I have had time to focus on the science portion of my degree and discover all the amazing support…

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  • The Highs and Lows of Oxford University’s Tutorial System

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    The Highs and Lows of Oxford University’s Tutorial System

    Let’s start with some background information about the Oxford academic system, which follows a trimester calendar with eight-week terms.   Students attend tutorials, not classes.    Instead of fixed syllabi and a professor and classmates for each class, Oxford students have weekly and biweekly individual sessions with one tutor.  Tutors can hold tutorials with two or three…

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  • Four Ways American and English University Systems Differ

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    Four Ways American and English University Systems Differ

    As an American at University College London in England, I am learning all over again what it means to be a college student as I adjust to life at uni. In a month, here are the different ways I’ve noticed that English students are taught, treated, and assessed in the UK higher education system.   For starters,…

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  • You’re Not Who You Say You Are

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    You’re Not Who You Say You Are

    The Assumption We all make assumptions. Whether it be about foods we never tried, movies, people, or ourselves. And the assumption of ourselves can be the most dangerous assumption. Before going abroad to Glasgow I already had a list of assumptions about myself: I would find it hard to live in an apartment, cooking is…

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  • IFSA Adventures

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    IFSA Adventures

    One of my favorite parts of my abroad experience was the IFSA trips my advisor, Rachel planned and brought us on. During orientation, Rachel told us that we will be going on 3 mini trips before the semester ends, where we checked in with each other and enjoyed some impressive scenery or a nice meal.…

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  • My Time in Cork

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    My Time in Cork

    I was the only student from Providence College that attended University College Cork in Fall 2021, and I remember feeling intimidated yet excited. There were so many places to see, people to meet, and memories to make that I knew it would be exciting starting fresh. With only one other student in my IFSA program,…

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  • My Journey to Cork

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    My Journey to Cork

    I’ve always dreamed of visiting the country of my ancestors, and what is better than an opportunity to study there for five months. Ireland has always been appealing to me; the history, the music, the landmarks, the greenery, and the people. I knew for a fact that the students in Ireland would be extremely generous…

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