Excursion to Novi Sad

As one of my cultural activities, I got the opportunity to travel to another city in Serbia called Novi Sad. My short trip to the city of Novi Sad is by far my favorite cultural activity so far. After a harsh winter in Eastern Europe, the warm weather, the blooming of the flowers, and the …

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Celebrating Sava in Serbia

The celebration of Sava, or Patron Saint Day, is the second most significant religious holiday after Christmas in Serbia. Unlike most holidays that are common to the entire country, the celebration of Sava is celebrated by each family separately. This is because each family has their own ‘Sava’, or Saint, that is said to watch …

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Belgrade Photo Blog – A Slice of Life

This photo above was taken during one of my cultural activities last month at a ‘посориште’ or theater in Belgrade, Serbia. I got the opportunity to attend this event with my host-mother and it was truly delightful; not only was it entertaining and a nice way to bond with my host-mom but it was also …

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The Importance of Letting Go – Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family back home while Abroad

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus Your decision to study an academic-year abroad will undoubtedly leave an impact on your loved ones back home. While communication and reassurance is important, I’m here to remind you how critical it is for you …

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Join Us on the #AbroadLessTraveled

We are celebrating IEW using the hashtags #AbroadLessTraveled and #IEW2018. If you haven’t already, share your photos of traveling off the beaten path with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To get you inspired, here are three blogs that embody #AbroadLessTraveled. Tajikistan's Unfettered Nature – Ellie was a participant on the Eurasian Regional Language Program …

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Happy International Education Week!

Happy International Education Week! International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate international exchange and education worldwide. Every year, the U.S Department of State and Department of Education highlight programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future participants from abroad to study, learn, and exchange life experiences. Here at American Councils …

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Could We Be Doing More to Minimize Our Use of Plastic?

Protecting Our Planet: From a Cultural Perspective It was the weekend before my departure to Belgrade, Serbia that I watched the documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean,' and couldn't believe how rapid our environment is degrading and how much effort was lacking towards its protection. The proliferation of plastic products is developing a "disposable" lifestyle and an …

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A Window into the Balkans

Are you studying Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, or Serbian? We offer an immersive language program in the Balkans that offers undergraduate and graduate credit. Learn more about the program from the blogs below, and when you’re ready you can check out our website (acstudyabroad.org) and start your application! Spring 2019 applications are due October 15th. …

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Reflecting on a Summer in Sarajevo

I stand atop Trebević in the midst of a lush green mountainside forest. Nearby is a raw concrete structure tagged heavily with graffiti- the luge track from the '84 Winter Olympics. One of the cities' most noted tourist attractions, this is amongst my favorite locations for the fantastic view it provides- all the while giving …

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