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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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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The Teacher Becomes the Student

One of the best opportunities afforded me by the Balkan Language Initiative, aside from studying Bulgarian language in-country, has been the chance to return to a place that is very near and dear to my heart. A few years back, I lived in Bulgaria and taught high school English language classes in the south-central region …

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You’re Going Where To Do What?!

That was the question my each and every member of my family asked when I told them I was participating in this program. They couldn't believe that I, a Belgrade-born native/heritage speaker of Serbian, was going to spend the summer in Belgrade taking language classes. They could not stop laughing. Naturally it sounded like a …

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A Rock Pilgrim’s Progress

Students doing foreign study generally don’t like to see themselves as tourists, and in my first week in Belgrade, I thought of myself as a pilgrim. Anyone who has ever drawn parallels between religion and rock music ought to appreciate the history of rock in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ). During the new …

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Every Day a New Adventure

I have had a wonderful time in Belgrade these past few weeks. Since the last time I wrote a blogpost for American Councils I took part in an academic conference, interviewed with a local newspaper, and began volunteering with a humanitarian organization for refugees in Belgrade. Though I could probably write a five thousand-word essay …

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