Last Minute Luggage

Preparing to head back to the States is a bittersweet moment. Buying souvenirs for loved ones along with something special for yourself to remember your time abroad can be fun-until you begin to pack.  Being ambitious at the beginning of the semester, I came to Florence with only a carry on and one checked bag. […]

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How To Prepare for a Weekend Trip in 8 Quick Steps

You’ve been in Europe now for a few weeks, and are starting to get a hang of this whole school during the week, travel during the weekend thing.  It’s amazing, but it can also be incredibly draining, and the last thing you want to do is pack another suitcase. So how to minimize the effort, […]

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3 Reasons to Live in a Homestay

Homestays are one of the most unique experiences any study abroad program can offer. The chance to live not only in a foreign country but with a foreign family is one offered in only a handful of universities. You might have cringed at the thought and blown it off because who wants to deal with […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Abroad Feel Like Home

Making the move to an entirely different country for a semester or year abroad is an exciting and captivating experience. However, as most will encounter, it can also be quite daunting. Not only are you adjusting to a new culture and lifestyle, you are also far from your family in more often than not a […]

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The Best of Moroccan Cuisine

Mint tea Mint tea, the Moroccan drink of choice, is a sign of hospitality and friendship. It is served any time of day and after every meal. Prepared with green tea bags and spearmint leaves, mint tea is quit a refreshing drink. It is also heavily sweetened with sugar chipped off a fresh sugar cone. […]

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Venice Carnevale

Venice Carnevale is the period before the start of Lent, ending on what Americans know as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Different versions of Carnevale take place all over the world. The festival in Italy is popular for its celebrations and elaborate masks. Celebrate Carnevale in Italy with masquerade balls, parades, fireworks, and entertainment. One […]

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Parisian Foods

Crepes – Crepes can now be found all around the world, but the best ones are found in France. Make it sweet, with nutella and bananas or have a savory ham and cheese version. Either way, crepes are a no fuss snack that you can find on almost any Parisian street. Baguette – Whether you […]

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Getting Settled Abroad

Once the jet lag wears off, it’s time to get settled in your new home. From my experience it is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable and start off this amazing semester the right way.If you start off organized and prepared, it will help you maintain your sanity in this foreign country. First, explore your […]

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What to Pack For Your Semester Abroad

Most organized and prepared students will have their luggage waiting at the front door 2 weeks before their departure to Italy. Everyone is always so excited that they keep themselves busy by packing anything and everything they can squeeze into a 50 pound duffle bag. What they dont think about is how much of it they probably will […]

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