Let’s face it. Native English speakers tend to be lazy about learning foreign languages. But just because you can rely on speaking English in some countries doesn’t mean that you should. Speaking the language of your host culture brings opportunities, experiences, relationships, and fun that you would not have access to otherwise. While studying abroad makes you a more attractive job candidate after graduation, language ability can bump you up another tier. Studying abroad shows that a person can be independent, adaptable, understanding, and adventurous. Add foreign language…

In Prague, I attend the Anglo American University, located about a 15 minute tram ride or 30 minute walk away from my apartment. The school itself is incredibly beautiful, and I tried to capture that in this video! The school itself is an old palace, and the Cafe Des Taxis, I’ve heard, is an old horse stable. The classrooms have beautiful ornate wall designs, chandeliers, and windows. I wish I could have shown y’all one, but the classrooms are often locked. I’m often in awe of the school,…

My typical day might be very different from other people’s you follow on social media. I put together pictures and short clips of how I start my morning to how I typically end my night. I included my favorite places where I normally grab food two or three times a week and of course a ton of gelato. I hope this gives you insight into how I live my daily life in this beautiful city called Firenze. Haley H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer and international intern in…

When I was first looking into going abroad, there were several programs that offered places I wanted to go. I had a difficult time narrowing down the specific city I wanted to study in, solely because there are so many incredible places in the world to go. How does someone choose just one? But I came to the conclusion that my goals for going abroad (improving my Spanish Language) could be greatly achieved by studying and living in Spain. I also loved the idea of the opportunity to…

Studying abroad is a pretty crazy experience, but studying abroad in a country with a different language… wow. Coming into this year, I knew I had a solid Spanish foundation, but I had no clue what my day to day interactions would look like here when it came to the language. Would I speak Spanish with my host family? Would I understand people speaking? Would those people understand me? (*Yes, usually, and most of the time) I’ve realized it takes time to get comfortable with your new language,…

No one really wants to grow up. We want the benefits and independence that comes with adulthood, but none of the drawbacks. Studying abroad is very much the same. We all want to see the Eiffel Tower, swim in the Mediterranean, eat pizza and gelato in Italy with reckless abandon, walk the Great Wall of China, and hike in the Andes without worrying about logistics, financing, and risk management. But, as in life, studying abroad requires us to put on our big girl/boy panties and grow up a…

While studying abroad in Germany, you will be confronted with both the efficiencies and quirks of a new society and culture. No matter how much you read and prepare before you leave, there will always be a learning curve when adjusting to life in another country, but hopefully the following tips will help you to avoid some uncomfortable situations when going about your everyday life in Germany. Language Don’t rely on speaking English. You may just be a beginner, but using whatever German language skills you have will get…

While abroad, I encountered surely one of the greatest challenges that could have come up for a study abroad student. I thought everything would run smoothly during my time here in Madrid, but life always throws curve balls when you least expect it. In short, I got appendicitis. I remember walking to the private hospital nearby because the pain wouldn’t go away and I knew something was really wrong. I walked in and immediately felt culture shock because I could only speak a little Spanish. How on earth…

There are so many great opportunities to enhance your study abroad experience in Barcelona. You can do an internship, volunteer, or take a career development seminar, just to name a few. Maria Mateu, who is part of the CEA team in Barcelona, oversees all of these programs! I conducted a short Q&A session with Maria to have her explain a bit about some of these amazing opportunities. Sarah H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a Junior studying Graphic Design at Champlain…

Choosing where to live for my first time in an entirely new city (and country!) prompted me to do some soul-searching. Did I want the expected comforts of an apartment and the responsibility that’s attached to it? Or did I want the bustling student population just across the hall? And would I have to sacrifice one to get the other? I chose the guarantee of students as neighbors and didn’t have to sacrifice much. Sure, I don’t have a private kitchen, bathroom, or living area. What I do…