A pair of flip-flops and walking boots – Australia

A very belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Australia! I left my last post on a not so good view of Australia note and the build up to Christmas didn’t help; it is my favourite holiday because of the decorations, the shopping and the family time. Decorations, here, do not bombard your every…

Looking forward to a year in Grenoble, France

To me, spending a year abroad is exactly what it means to ‘make most of your time at university’, and since I cannot think of a reason not to go abroad, I find it pretty hard to pin down what I am most looking forward to. But I have tried to do exactly that here….

Erasmus at the oldest university in Europe – Bologna, Italy

I spent my third year of university studying at the University of Bologna. As a history student, I was required to take history courses in Italy which were all taught in Italian. I took modules in Contemporary African History, Ancient Greek History. It was certainly interesting studying African history from an Italian paradigm. Italy’s frustrated…

The Canadian experience at UBC, Vancouver

I was a full-time student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from September 2014 to April 2015. I wanted to study abroad in Canada and Vancouver looked like a good city to spend a year in! I knew I wanted to do a year abroad from first year so I had a lot…

10 American Clichés (that are true!), by Yaiza Andres

Have you ever heard of the American dream? Well, I’m living it and it’s as clichéd as you can imagine, and then a little bit more… I am currently an exchange student at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, also known as the middle of no-where; it’s picture-perfect small-town America. However, don’t let that deter…

First impressions, by Lily Settari

So here I am, almost two weeks after I headed off to France, trying to put my first impressions into words. I’m taking a break from Edinburgh here in Grenoble, a city in the French Alps with about 100,000 inhabitants. I’m not a language student, so this was an entirely voluntary decision, because living abroad,…

Lund University, Sweden by Yusong Tian

Hi! My name is Yusong, 3rd year Physics student doing exchange in Lund University, Sweden. Actually before I came here I was thinking that there may not be so much difference except for some letters that don’t exist in English: it’s not very far away from Scotland, how different it can be? While once I…

Queen’s University, Canada by Izzy Davis

So, I arrive in Canada excited and nervous for my year abroad, and the weather isn’t exactly what I’ve been told to prepare for, it’s about 30 degrees with sunshine constantly. I started off the year in shorts, being very hot, and now in the middle of winter, it’s a question of how many layers…

Only the beginning – by Anna Boström

As I am walking down the wide busy streets of downtown Montréal I cannot help but feel small and insignificant. Who would really notice if I disappeared right this instance?  Then I meet the eyes of a stranger and we share a smile. Suddenly, everything seems different. The skyscrapers aren’t so daunting anymore; instead I…

One Country, Two Systems – Hong Kong, China

Despite being born in Korea, I spent most of my youth abroad in Kuala Lumpur where I have found myself deeply inclined towards Chinese culture as I was getting along with overseas Chinese in Malaysia. Now that my passion for working in a cross cultural context, stimulating cross-border activities between Korea and China has been…

Finding the true meaning of ‘joie du vivre’ in Montpellier

Why on earth would I want to spend my third year abroad in France. For the sun? For the Mediterranean beaches? For the french cuisine and wine? Hardly enough incentive for me to go, and this before we even think about the french culture and haute-couture. Is this enough to inspire? Surely not. The south of France…

Gaining Career Inspiration in the Peruvian Amazon

I have long been divided as to which area of biology I would like to work in. It is an incredibly vast field, and though there is much overlap (often the boundaries between “disciplines” seem quite artificial), academia often tries to box one into a subcategory. This summer, to help make the decision, I embarked on two very different kinds on…

Cultural Immersion – Grenoble, France

There is a common held theory amongst anthropologists that one must immerse oneself in another culture to truly be able to understand your own. In the small city of Grenoble, France, I began my cultural immersion.   Immersion; it’s a word that is used frequently when describing someone’s time abroad. But what does it really mean? To me,…

An Internship with the United Nations in NYC

Can you repeat that again?” I ask in disbelief. Did my boss, the Deputy Ambassador to the state of Palestine, just ask me to look over her Security Council speech? She did. How can I, an undergraduate, possibly begin to even look at the draft, now she is open to advice? I toil up the stairs back to my…