Travel without Tourists: Four Underrated European Destinations

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An unfortunate part of being a tourist in Europe is the fact that you are one tourist amongst a crowd of hundreds of thousands of others, who usually seem to have identical itineraries to yours. When tourism takes over so much of a city, you lose the honesty and reality of the city’s culture. The following list of cities offers some suggestions of places to give you an authentic and diverse taste of European culture. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

London on a Budget

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In 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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5 Great Places to Visit in Dresden

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I have to be honest–Dresden and Leipzig were not cities that were on my radar to visit. In fact, I’d only heard of these two places in passing. I’m not entirely familiar with the history of Germany, which is probably something I need to look into. I mean, I know about the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification and all that jazz, but as far as the nitty, gritty nuances, nada. Zip. Zilch. Definitely looking into books I can read when I get back home. (more…)