“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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Four ways to find comfort in your home away from home – Tainan Edition

The first few days I spent in Tainan were overwhelming, every taste, sound, and smell were new and overwhelming. The singing garbage trucks combined with the scents of sweet pastry items and street food I encountered during my walks around town were initially a lot to take in. I wondered if I’d ever find comfort …

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Host Mom

I have been blessed over these past few months with a wonderful host family experience. My host mom, Natasha, is not only great at keeping me fed and safe, but she has shown me kindness and friendship in ways that I would have never expected from her. Before I left for Russia, my professor in …

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