Rules for a German Sauna

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As Americans, when we hear the word “sauna” we generally think of those small, wooden rooms attached to the locker room of our local gym, with barely enough space to fit three of your closest friends, and where a swimsuit and a towel are required.  I don’t know about anyone else, but saunas in the States generally cultivate feelings of claustrophobia and are reminiscent of fish markets and fraternity bathrooms.  I tend to avoid them at all costs. Read More

Traveling With No Money

iStock_000018254025MediumWhen it comes to traveling, some people simply can’t afford it. However, they still want to travel. Who wouldn’t? Traveling to different places is a lot of fun and you can learn about the different cultures. Although you might not have much money or no money at all, you can still travel at no cost or at a much lower cost than you would have thought. There are websites that will help you plan your free or low cost trip around the world or country. Read More

Cheap College Cuisine: Making a Meal Plan

iStock_000014871272MediumMuch like how carefully planning an itinerary will help reduce the costs of travel, carefully planning meals will help reduce living expenses while in college. You can find many excellent meal plans on the Internet that feature inexpensive and healthy recipes (I particularly enjoy the ones from Clean Eating magazine which change weekly), but the best way to find a meal plan tailored to your tastes is to make one yourself. Spending half an hour each week to outline what you will eat for the next few days can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

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International Programs in Sweden

7-30-2013 1-20-42 PMSweden is becoming one of the fastest growing countries for study abroad. Unlike other more tried-and-true study abroad locations like the UK and Australia, Sweden offers the foreign experience without the stress of having to know the language right when you get there. Most programs offer college-level or even graduate-level courses in English in addition to giving their students the opportunity to study the Swedish language. However, should a student come to their study abroad program with an advanced knowledge of Swedish in place, they are usually able to take courses along with native Swedish speakers. Read More

Boston: Must-sees & Activities #happyplace

7-29-2013 3-01-42 PMBoston is a walking city!  Unless there is a blizzard or it is ridiculously humid outside nobody should be using public transport.  It is also a great city for students – both local and international alike.  Most sites and attractions offer student discounts while some shops will also give a discount to ISIC cardholders (see ISIC for details).

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Roadtrips & Sunsets

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

Driving through Montana. Peter behind the wheels

“Is it true that Montana has more cows than people”?  Our Chinese friend, Qiong, was testing our knowledge of the state that we were travelling through. We were 5 international students in the car, from all over the world, on a roadtrip across the US. We hadn’t known each other before this trip. Peter, from Austria, had posted a forum for people to join in him on his road trip. The rest of us were people who had jumped in at the chance. Read More

5 Cheap Things To Do When Visiting A New Country

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So you randomly threw a thumbtack at that world map hanging on your wall, and decided to visit the first country it hit. Now that you’re in a place you know almost nothing about, what can you do here? Travel is a journey; a journey to find adventure and culture and depth in the far foreign reaches of our world. I believe that the best way to do this is by experiencing as much of the local culture as you can during your short visit, something that doesn’t require a lot of money. Here’s my checklist of the activities you should do when you go to a country for the first time.

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Not Sure You Want to Study Abroad? (Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should!)

Spain - Madrid TouristPicking up your life for an extended stay abroad can be scary and, at times, traveling can feel extremely lonely. Once you fight your way through the bouts of homesickness and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) of friends’ shenanigans at home, studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Whether it’s a master’s program in London or a summer class in Buenos Aires, here are five reasons why you should definitely take the leap to study abroad Read More

London on a Budget

60-london-englandIn terms of world cities, it doesn’t get more cosmopolitan than London. It is the world’s most visited city and is home to dozens of famous landmarks, museums, and heritage sites. However, you don’t have to be financially rich in order to enjoy this culturally rich metropolis. By carefully planning your itinerary, you too can enjoy London for less.

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Life After Undergraduate Study Abroad: Leaving Home for Graduate School

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So your semester abroad left you bitten by the travel bug, yearning for the day when you would return to the cobbled alleys of Prague, the grand boulevards of Paris, or the colorful Gaudi-infested streets of Barcelona. Perhaps you swore to yourself and your acquaintances that, after graduation, you would return to live permanently in Europe. But as the reality set in, upon returning to America, that oath may have seemed less and less practical. If you find yourself conflicted between this idealist notion of being an American expat, and the realities of relocating and establishing a career post-graduation, attending graduate school abroad may be the right path for you.
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