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…)
Sweden 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…)
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.
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.
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…)
Well we did it! My current travel companion and I made it to Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) and were rewarded with this stunning view of Schloss Neuschwanstein. The castle is located in Southern Germany in the Schwangau region of the country and is nestled among the hills at the foot of the Alps. After taking a morning tour of Schloss Hohenschwangau (the summer residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria), we made the trek up to Neuschwanstein on foot. The frustrations that might surface when walking up such a steep incline in the summer heat are quickly abated by the surrounding views of the Bavarian landscape.
No tuition fees
Germany is famous for granting the students, native and foreign the right to free undergraduate education. However, as an exchange student, especially if you come from one of the developed countries in EU, there is an application process. Once the university has selected you, you must pay the mandatory fees each semester. Fees include: Enrollment/Confirmation fee, Semester Contribution fee, and Administrative fees. (more…)
Rule of studying abroad #1: Don’t panic! You are not alone. The first feeling you’ll face is depression. It felt like my dog died or something. When it comes to living alone for the first time you’ll know what I mean. The only cure – start working. What else do you think you came here for? I’m joking. The best cure is “party time” – and if you are in Budapest, that’s the right place for it. Hungarians are crazy. They can party all night long and in the morning they go to WORK! There are night clubs all over Budapest. There are even some in abandoned factories. (more…)
Europe is an amazing place; everyone should make an effort to visit at least one place there in their lifetime. It is also one of the most popular continents to study in for college students. It offers a wide variety of cultures and exotic destinations. For students, it offers easy travel, accommodation, and enough history to span many many lectures. (more…)