Saying “yes” to New Opportunities

This summer in Moscow is my second trip to Russia. Being my second time to Russia, I stepped off the plan with a very different mindset than I during my first stay in Russia. I am striving to be a “yes” man. That is, any opportunity or invitation that comes my way, I accept. It …

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“When in Taiwan… do as the Taiwanese do.”

Since arriving here in Taiwan, I've had a myriad of new and exciting experiences. We arrived on Saturday night and had orientation the following day. At orientation, we met our program directors and student helpers. I think it took a while for me to comprehend that I was still in Taiwan as I was still …

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First Impressions

Coming to Taiwan to study Chinese has been such a wonderful experience! People from all over the globe know Taiwanese people to be exceptionally friendly and lead very hardworking lives, and my experience in Taiwan would definitely confirm that people in this country are exceptionally nice and committed to those around them. The people in …

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“Russia? It’s cold there” and Other Packing Tips

Every time I told someone I was going to be studying abroad in Russia the response was always “Oh wow really? It’s cold there.” So, when I was packing for Russia all I knew was that it would be cold especially because I was going to Russia in the middle of winter. In doing research …

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How to Ride the Russian Overnight Train

If you are a student of Russian reading this blog post, either having already applied to AC Study Abroad or still considering (do it!), then you will likely find yourself on a very long train ride in Russia. Do not be deceived—Russia is an enormous country. Its classification as the biggest on earth does not …

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4 Ways to Improve Your Study Abroad Experience

After studying for a full academic year in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I’m ready to return home and share my experiences with family and friends. Studying abroad has forced me to ponder realities about myself and society. I feel more mature as a result. I’ll think about my experiences for many years to come. However, studying abroad …

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Visually Impaired and a Year in Kazakhstan

Individuals with disabilities are often hesitant to study abroad because of the lack of infrastructure in less developed countries along with the fear of not getting support. As a person who is visually impaired and understands these challenges, I would like to share my experience studying abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Along with linguistic and cultural …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Sanam Analouei

Sanam Analouei reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and life in Tajikistan. “Tajikistan...where is that?” “Oh...you mean Kazakhstan?” “Next to Afghanistan! That doesn’t sound safe…” These were a few of the comments and questions I got when I told people I was going …

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How to Keep Yourself Happy While Studying Abroad

The study abroad experience is one of academia’s most rewarding. However, it can be harder on your body and your mental state than you might expect. It is important to prepare mentally and physically for your extended trip, and to understand that things are going to be different, and that you will face challenges. However, …

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