Academic Overview of AC’s Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program

Introduction Hello everyone, My name is Alex Tran, and I am currently a participant of American Councils Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) of 2019.  From what I have heard, TISIP is a relatively new program (established in 2016), so the things I talk about may change as the years go by.  This blog post …

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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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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Indigo Clingerman

Indigo Clingerman reflects on her internship during the Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. Sitting in D.C., a few a days before leaving for the Critical Language Scholarship program in Tbilisi, Georgia, I received an email from the volunteer coordinator at the GULAG History Museum …

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Language Immersion Will Teach You About Life

“Я сам” (“I am myself”). That’s what I said to my barista this morning when, after months of serving my coffee, he asked me my name. Did I mean to say this? No. Did he laugh? Yes, along with everyone who heard it. To be sure, it is a very laughable answer to a commonplace …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Eleanor Dunbar

Eleanor Dunbar reflects on her summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and learning languages from her host family. “Be khord, be khord,” my Tajik host mother orders in a shrill tone. In Farsi, this is a command to eat, and my Tajik host family takes eating …

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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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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: John Caves

John Caves reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and Tajikistan’s history of multilingualism. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V once remarked that he spoke “Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” In like fashion, the Mughals …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Lila Brooks

Lila Brooks reflects on her semester on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and the benefits of an immersive language program. My interest in the Russian language originated during my junior year of high school when, following a teachers suggestion, I read The Master and …

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How to Get the Most out of your Study Abroad Experience

Russian is an exceptionally difficult language, and in most cases cannot be learned in 3 or 4 years like French or German. Despite several years of intensive study, I am only now beginning to reach a threshold where I understand mostly everything, and feel confident my message will be understood in return. Along the way …

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