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…

One Month Left – McGill, Canada

Final Refrains: An Essay, as Written on the First Morning of my Last Month on my Year Abroad You know when you’re at the cinema, or a concert, or a play or musical and you’ve been there for long enough that you know the end must be coming sooner or later, and the music is…

Living The Dream – Queensland, Australia

I am a daydreamer to a fault. I am always chasing stronger emotions and richer experiences. I take life just as I do my tea – strong, with way too much sugar and in a mug full to the brim. I seldom have the patience to wait for it to cool and rarely do I…

Improving Debating Skills in Vienna

Think Vienna, think waltzes, romance and spiraling architecture. The classical sculptures along the tram line, the ornate fountain in the park and the wide, open streets all hint at the renaissance heyday that this city once enjoyed. But it isn’t all former glory- the city has had huge amounts of recent development and the university…

VIDEO: A Sense of Adventure, Vancouver

Robert’s video from his time on exchange in Vancouver won the best video edit category of the 2015 Go Abroad competition for beautifully depicting a sense of adventure. Check it out below!

Rwanda – The Land of a Thousand Hills (Go Abroad Fund)

I fell in love this summer; not with one particular person, but with a kind-hearted and welcoming nation. Not with one specific town, but a beautiful country of magnificent greenery, long, dusty roads and a thousand rolling hills. And I was inspired. In 1994, just twenty-one years ago, Rwanda experienced one of the worst genocides…

McGill University, Montreal

So I have been in Montreal for nearly 2 weeks, and I have only just about figured out what I am doing here. It has been such an emotional roller-coaster, and certainly not the dream experience of moving to a new city, country, and university. I had no accommodation when I moved here so I…