Where should you go? For how long? How can you afford it.....?
These are just a few of the questions we discuss on The Study Abroadcast. If you're thinking about studying abroad this is a perfect podcast for you to listen to in order to motivate, and inspire your inner Indiana Jones or Carmen Sandiego.
Get ideas from others. Make plans for your own. And for Pete's sake, study abroad...smarter.
Stacie Berdan really hit it out of the park in our interview today. If you want to ready yourself after graduation and learn what to be prepared for upon job interviews after you graduate regarding your time abroad, you should definitely give it a listen.
Experience is an understatement with this best selling author, who tells us some travel stories of her own and gives great advice on the before, during and after of your trip.
The path Stacie took to get to where she is today [1:20]
Becoming an author [2:16]
When is the best time to study abroad? [4:31]
What's best for you?
What is the best way to prepare for your study abroad journey? [6:32]
Thinking about your objective
How to maximize your time studying abroad [8:36]
Missing a connecting bus but rallying to get on it [10:31]
A lesson in not really understanding or knowing your audience well enough [14:41]
The importance of finding someone to help you interpret the culture
Food Stacie has missed from her travels [19:36]
Southern Indian food takes the cake, so to speak
Making the most of your experience after you return home [22:44]
Job interview and resume strategy
Advice if you're on the fence about studying abroad [28:46
In another Study Abroadcast first, Michael Bittinger and Stefanie Walsh give a dual interview as advisor, and student, respectively. They both have stories, they both give encouragement, and they both agree that you should study abroad more than once, and give practical advice on how to do so in this episode.
Finding a program that was a perfect fit [1:30]
What Michael tells students about studying abroad [2:50]
Why your major doesn't need to dictate study abroad
Receiving multiple forms of financial aid [3:30]
The Purdue Moves Initiative [4:33]
Stefanies living and class situation [5:37]
Living in The Student Hotel
Faculty led programming [7:15]
Going to a new destination almost every other day
Understanding the differences
Visiting other countries [8:56]
Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Belgium, Spain, England, Rome
Over 70 Faculty Led programs at Purdue [9:51]
Going over spring or winter break
Almost missing a flight [12:42]
Vulture droppings! [15:40]
Dutch pancakes [19:00]
How studying abroad has changed Stefanie's view of the world [19:49]
The importance of community
People having your back
Adapting to different laws and values
How studying abroad affected Stefanie's major [23:15]
Thinking you're inter-culturally competent [24:44]
Encountering a wide range of experiences
Why Stefanie decided to go to Purdue [26:39]
Why Michael decided to work at Purdue [28:07]
A Higher Loyalty by James Comey
This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
We Need To Talk by Celeste Headlee
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Left, right, and center
99 Percent Invisible
Final Advice if you're thinking about studying abroad [32:35]
Sue's role at CSUMB [1:04]
Why Sue decided to study abroad [1:54]
Gilman award winner [3:14]
What a typical day looked like for Sue [3:35]
Landing a job right after graduation [4:42]
Japan, The Phillipines, and Hong Kong
Knowing when to clap [6:23]
Sue's classes in Spain [8:16]
A native speaker who had never taken a Spanish class [9:14]
Crouqetas and Korean BBQ [10:12]
How studying abroad affected Sue's career [11:48]
Working on an MPA [13:02]
Why Sue chose Cal State Monetary Bay [13:31]
“I got lost, I did not cry, it was honestly just like running a mile, I was just happy I made it back.” — Cierra Powell
Our first Gilman Scholarship award winner is on the show today, so yeah; kind of a big deal, and Cierra took advantage of it, in a big way. I haven't interviewed anyone yet, who innovated her study abroad experience the way she did.
Her passion lies in studying the inefficiencies of foreign aid to 3rd world countries. She's a true scientist, and a small country located on the Northeast side of South America by the name of Ecuador turned out to be her laboratory.
Listen to this interview if you want to receive a Gilman Scholarship.
Listen to this interview if you want to receive a Gilman Scholarship.
She was able to go because she received a Gilman Scholarship which we learn in the interview is more than mere funding given for education. It goes beyond the trip, and lasts a lifetime.
“One day you will be called upon to break a big law in the name of justice and rationality.” - James C. Scott
"It definitely opened my eyes to how spoiled we are in the U.S" — Che Moya
If you're thinking about living abroad, or teaching abroad, then this post is definitely for you.
Che Moya lived in Asia for 7 years and met his wife in Thailand. Che does a great job of articulating his journeys and you will get juiced if you're thinking about living, abroad.
"Once you're out in the real world, and working, you might have more money, but you won't have more time " — Kim Diehl de Yanes
Kim did great in this episode, and made me feel like I was still in school, contemplating whether or not to study abroad in her office. Her story is unique, too, as she ended up living in Honduras for three years because of who she married.
I'll let Kim explain...
Getting her first international experience in high school through Michigan 4-H [1:19]
Going to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Living in Honduras for three years
Advice to students who are thinking about studying abroad [3:40]
FOMO (Fear Of Mission Out)
Xavier's study abroad programs
Semester program options
Regular Xavier tuition bill - costs dependent on the cost of living
Xavier specific study abroad programs [5:50]
Spending her entire summer savings in five days [8:00]
Homemade flour tortillas [8:55]
Tamales in banana leaves
Why Xavier? [9:56]
Free sports tickets
A student learning Russian [12:04]
Moon Handbooks [12:39]
Guidebook that tells you which side of the bus you should sit on
Figure out the apps that are best where you're going
Site Visits [15:30]
Advice for students thinking about studying abroad [17:33]
"Learning how to understand and be comfortable in uncomfortable situations helped me, and I learned from them" — Kirsten Queoff
In this interview we hear about Kirsten's "GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING IN SPAIN AND MOROCCO TO COMBAT SEX-TRAFFICKING" faculty led program.
The interview is different from any other interview I've conducted on The Study Abroadcast because of the subject matter. Kirsten does a great job of explaining her time, and what the program consisted of while she was moving between the two countries.
"Who Am I, what does it mean to be from where I'm from, and how do I explain that to people who are not from the U.S.?" — Kirsten Kohler
I think it's safe to say that Kirsten Kohler enjoys Germany, and learning German. You'd have to, to spend 11 months there.
Kirsten lived in the town of Freiburg where she was able to take day trips to France, and Switzerland. She taught, she interned, she learned, and she walks us through every step of the way in this detailed tale of a year in Freiburg, Germany...PROST!
"We're really fortunate to live in a time where it's so easy to keep in contact with everyone. I feel like 20 years ago none of that would have been possible." — John David (@johndavidmullins)
John David, a pre-med student, was the first person I've had on the show that studied abroad in Vigo, Spain. In this interview he introduces us to a language that most people don't know about called Galician.
Galician is an Indo-European language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch, according to Wikipedia. What that means is that it is a mix of Portuguese and Spanish according to John.
This interview is packed with stories, recommendations, and information. If you're thinking about Spain, living with a host family, or learning Spanish, this interview is definitely for you.
"It was what I needed to keep propelling me forward in the degree that I was pursuing" — Tara Efobi (@taraefobi)
Tara Efobi studied abroad and the process worked for her. She was studying fashion and now works, in, you guessed it; fashion.
The destination for the interview was Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, which is part of Scandinavia. Tara, however, (like most students) did her fair share of traveling during her time there.
This is the first time I've interviewed someone where something didn't go wrong, so it was a 'running on all cylinders, full speed ahead' journey. Tara was also the first student on the show that rented a bicycle during her time abroad, which I think is a terrific idea. Did I mention she's got a decent Instagram and Youtube following?
Fashion ✅ Influencing ✅ Time of your life...✅ I genuinely had a lot of fun on this interview, and I think you will, too.
The reason he went to Kenya is actually because of a class project. With out giving away too much detail; the project dealt with water supply trying and how to improve the current process that takes place.
You'll have to listen to figure out the how and why.
There are also two firsts in this episode:
First: The first time I've interviewed someone who studied abroad in Kenya and...
Second: The first time studying abroad affected the trajectory of someone's major
Henry laid it all out like a blueprint, and if you listen, you can probably get a few pointers so you can make your study abroad experience stick out from all the others.
Henry's logical explanation for choosing to study abroad in Kenya [1:39]
The philanthropic outcome of the water vests [4:07]
The intricacy of Henry's project and study abroad [5:21]
Getting a grant to help with the costs of the project [8:25]
The exact length of Henry's project [9:23]
Getting to know the ins & outs of Kenya [10:00]
Mixing and mingling on the project [12:01]
Ok, so on every episode I ask for an interesting story or something that went wrong. Henry; as luck would have it; kept a journal of his daily activities, so we got a great recollection of stories from this gnarly trip to Kenya [12:36]
A) Did they all speak english and B) Were they all black? [18:08]
"The Kenyan food was incredible" [20:28]
Drinking the tea in Kenya [23:32]
Why Henry changed his major because of study abroad [24:29]
Why Henry chose Wisconsin [27:17]
The Other Wes Moore
"I always tell students that studying abroad was the most defining thing of my college experience" — Julio Castro
I love when I have study abroad advisors on the show because they do a good job of getting students to take the plunge and study abroad. This episode is no different. Julio Castro did a great job of recollecting his time of Spain and Germany, respectively. He also reminisced about transitioning into his own job while he was still studying abroad, which is a very real concern for lots of students who study abroad towards the end of their college careers.
What was going through Julio's head prior to leaving for Spain [2:02]
Why Julio picked to study abroad in Spain and Germany [3:43]
The added travel that comes with Julio's position as a study abroad advisor [6:45]
What it's like to miss a flight while you study abroad [8:22]
Remembering the currywurst [9:20]
How studying abroad changed Julio's life [10:53]
Why Julio chose the college he did (this is as good of reason as any) [12:46]
Becoming and Instagram [14:08]
Advice to those who are thinking about studying abroad [15:25]
If everyone spent a semester overseas there would be now wars — Unkown
Marty Tillman (@tillman_marty) and I met at The IIE Global Summit in NYC at The Grand Hyatt Hotel* a few months ago and really hit it off. We were introduced by Amy Baker (@amybakerThePIE) from The PIE News, which is a media company for professionals within the international education industry...which is exactly what Mr. Tillman is.
Instead of the traditional Q&A we focused more on the value that comes from studying abroad in the area of employability after ones return home and beyond.
I was tickled to find out that Marty had written an article that had been strongly recommended by one of my previous guests for anyone who is thinking about studying abroad.
Our government is actually quite bullish on international education as evidenced by the plenary speakers who were invited to speak at the event;
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs,
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Defense Language and National Security Education
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
were all in attendance.
and gave memorable speeches (and discussions) on how the global economy is changing and how the education system needs to change with it fast.
*The Grand Hyatt was actually Donald Trump's first hotel revitalization project in Manhattan and is actually slated to be torn down soon.
Decades of international education experience 📆 [2:36]
Getting a start at the SIT Institute and the issue of employability 🏫 [3:57]
The value of experiential learning 💪 [4:30]
The value study abroad brings to employment 😎 [5:53]
The importance of WHY 🌎 [9:15]
How to decide where to study abroad 🗺 [13:35]
Why internships are more highly valued than a traditional study abroad program 👨💻 [16:50]
The AIFS Guide To Student And Career Development 📘 [17:38]
Interning in India During Graduate School and Masala Dosa 🇮🇳🥙 [21:39]
Reading a book by an author from your home country 📚 [23:20]
Marty's advice to students who are on the bubble about studying abroad 🙌 [24:18]
Viewing studying abroad as a window that opens new opportunities 🧐 [25:36]
"You have to decide how big (or small) you want your world to be" — Phil Boltz (@PhilBoltz)
If you've ever wanted to learn about Kazakhstan, this interview is for you. Fresh off a recent a trip, Phil really gets into the nuts and Boltz 😂of what the country is like and how quickly they are developing.
I'm proud to say that this is another study abroadcast first and Phil really knocked it out of the park. Enjoy learning about Kazakhstan, I did.
Everything you needed to know about Kazakhstan [2:10]
Running smoothly while air born (again and again) [6:47]
Phil touches on the Kazakhstanean cuisine [10:40]
Growing up in Muncie, Indiana and coming back to Ball State [12:51]
The Intensive English Institute [12:11]
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Advice someone thinking about studying abroad 🙌 [19:12]
In this episode Claudia Gonzalez took a break from obtaining a Master's degree and sat down for a few minutes to discuss her faculty led programmed trips to China...both of them.
Claudia actually went to China twice. Listen to this episode, and you won't be afraid of getting lost, like Claudia and her friend did. This interview is perfect if you're thinking about taking a faculty led program, or studying abroad in China.
A big thank you Claudia Gonzalez for taking the time to do the interview.
Claudia's voyage into faculty led programming [1:11]
Doubts prior to leaving for China [3:03]
Life in post olympics China [3:56]
Experiencing The Temples in Beijing [4:37]
Why Claudia decided to go to Beijing twice [5:39]
Exploring the rest of China and getting lost in it [6:07]
Getting turned around in a red light district
Authentic, Chinese cuisine [9:01]
The Beijing Duck!
How Claudia's experiences have affected her since she returned [9:34]
Embarking on her Master's degree at Eastern Illinois [10:25]
Recommendations & Advice [11:19]
Catcher in The Rye
Living in Nigeria as a child 🧒 [1:59]
Learning a difficult language 🎓 [3:33]
Doubts before leaving 😕 [4:17]
Living in Nigeria after receiving the Boren Awards 🇳🇬💸 [5:23]
Exactly what Kelly did while she was in Nigeria 😇 [6:26]
Going on an African road trip 🚍 [10:10]
Visiting SOS Schools ✏️
What you see in Africa 👓 [12:32]
If you like spicy food... 🥘 [14:49]
How this trip affected the trajectory of Kelly's career 😎 [16:19]
Why Kelly decided to enroll at George Mason University 🎓 [18:08]
Kelly's recommendations 🙌 [19:55]
Wrapping up 🔚
The birth of SCHWARZMAN SCHOLARS [2:08]
The application process ✍ [4:10]
Eligibility requirements [5:16]
Defining and defying your version of leadership [7:37]
Collaborate and playing well with others [8:52]
Number of scholars currently selected annually through a competitive process [10:37]
Sharing stories and carrying out the mission through a steadily growing alumni network [12:16]
Duration of trips [12:50]
Recognizing the knowledge and network of China [14:32]
Going to the same university as current and past presidents of China [16:10]
Recruiting an eclectic group of students from around the world [16:52]
Application deadlines for both processes and what happens upon selection [18:57]
The role language plays in the process [21:40]
Doubts recipients face prior to their trip [24:21]
Learning from diverse backgrounds [27:50]
Schwarzman College [30:10]
The capstone project [34:15]
Excursions for the scholars [39:46]
Schwarman's Youtube channel [43:48]
The magic of the mundane [46:07]
When is the best time to apply for the Schwarzman [49:18]
Christian's Book Recommendations [53:10]
Media recommendations [56:42]
Re-applying for a Schwarzman Scholarship [59:00]
Getting an early start in high school with an exchange to Germany [1:43]
Obtaining an internship with the United Nations in Geneva as an undergrad [2:15]
Darla's dissertation which can be found in the NC State library [4:03]
She's written eight books to date
Looking at WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO GET ALONG TOGETHER AS HUMANS?
What does one do after getting as many diplomas as you can get? [7:47]
Darla's current role @ Duke (past & present) [9:24]
Working with Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) [10:43]
A focus on those who are leading internationalization efforts at their higher education institutions
Leaders In International Education
Receiving invitations to speak at different places around the world [12:23]
Darla's favorite food from her travels... [15:33]
I mentioned above she's written eight books [16:32]
Chimamanda Adichie [19:42]
Darla's advice to students thinking about studying abroad [20:45]
So just what is Virtual Internships? 👨💼 [2:11]
Where and when can you do it? 📆 [4:17]
Why choose Virtual Internships over a traditional internship 👩💼 [6:01]
Rachael's background and qualifications ✏️ [9:30]
What is the process that a student goes through in order to sign up 📝 [14:20]
Rachael recalls some of her favorite foods in the states (you're never going to guess what she misses most) 🔓 [17:28]
Rachael regales with some good ole' fashion travel stories (ostriches included) 🐦 [18:37]
Rachael's interaction with Texans in Germany 🗣[20:00]
Intern Nation, Slack, Interns On Fire 🙌
When you take all of your classes in a different language, it's pretty safe to say you're going to come out professionally fluent. That's exactly what happened for Sarah Eiden in this terrific interview I did from her time in Bologna, Italy.
“I’m definitely more open minded and patient with people who have a different world view than I do” — Sarah Eiden
"She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, bit because she continued on despite them.”
— Beau Taplin
Why Sarah chose Italy 🇮🇹 [1:34] (it went back to 2nd grade!)
How she chose Bologna, specifically 🧐 [3:54]
All her classes were in Italian
Scholarships and grants @ IU 💸 [5:45]
“They’re giving money away!”
A day in the life in Bologna 👩🏫 [7:41]
Seeing the rest of Italy, like a true Italian + Spain and Austria 🧳 [11:30]
Getting caught in a protest 👊 [12:09]
Learning how to make pasta from the masters of pasta making 🍝 [16:30]
Coming out ‘professionally proficient’ 🗣 [19:39]
How studying abroad made Sarah more comfortable 😇 [21:04]
Why Sarah decided to go to Indiana University 🎓 [25:46]
Duolingo, Memrise, and Cram 📱
"I think you build a lot of empathy and compassion for how others live and you can use that as a tool for the rest of your life" — Timmy Bishop
When the system 'just works' I get excited. That's exactly what happened for Timmy Bishop. This UW - Madison Alum decided to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand during the spring semester of his junior year.
He's since graduated, but he talks about his trip like he just got back yesterday.
If you're interested in Thailand, marketing, or a great story you should listen to this interview.
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire
Brandon Losh and Johnny Felsenthal are basically best friends who studied abroad at the same time, and had two vastly different experiences. After listening to the interview, if you listen to the interview in its entirety you walk away scratching your head wondering who had a better time.
It's packed with stories, life lessons, and tips that you can take on your own study abroad trip.
Berlin (but basically Europe), and Semester at Sea....Annnnddd Go!
“It’s so important to get out of what you know. It’s so important to try something new and have that fish-out-of-water experience while you’re young.” - Alison Healy
Alison Healy is our first guest on the podcast that didn't study abroad. And like any good teacher, she morphs her story into a learning experience for pretty any other student going through the same thing she did.
It wasn't her fault...really! She got shot; with cupid's arrow. It ended up working out for the best, but I'll let Alison tell you the rest, herself.
We also learn about Dominican University (@dominicanu), how they're a hispanic serving institution, and rival pretty much any school in the country as far as making study abroad accessible to their students.
“One week, being in another country, you’re going to forget about what everyone else is doing in the U.S., and you’re going to be having so many of your own adventures that you’re not going to be homesick at all.” — Lexa & Caroline (@sippin_sangria)
This interview couldn't have come at a better time ⏰.
Because I just wrote a post about making lifelong friends abroad and Lexa Muehlbauer and Caroline ZuHone have done exactly that.
It's really a great story, too:
They were at the same school and didn't know each other; they went abroad, and then they did. A website ensued, and the rest is history.
If you're looking to learn Spanish, get lost, make friends, or start a travel blog you should listen to what these two have to say. We also get into what you should do after you graduate.
I'm so glad I was able to get them on the show.
“I’m not lost, I’m just exploring”
Brielle (@briellesajz) is serious about fashion, and the breadcrumbs prove it. She's slowly making her way around Europe and determined to make a name for herself in the industry. She's interned at both PVH and LUCKY BRAND, has passion for art, travel, and food, and it all comes together in her interview.
*Point of fact: It costs exactly €17 to get into the Louvre which = $19.05. (We were trying to figure this out 😂)
Wine tasting, French politics, Portugal, riots, internships, and job searching are also covered.
“Lions do not lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.” - Anonymous
First Chile interview...on the board; thanks to Rachel! She's also are first finance major, too, so she's really checking off all the boxes. And honestly, in this interview this interview was pretty much cruise control. Rachel remembered her trip vividly, like she just got off the plane.
The Butler University alumnus is the current Study Abroadcast champion as far as length of time goes. I wish they were all this long.
It's a great interview, too:
Chile turns into South America
South America turns into earthquakes
Earthquakes turn into food
Next we're talking about entering the workforce
And finally she talks about her return trip to the exquisite continent
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" —Neale Donald Walsch
Why Chile? 🇨🇱 [1:32]
Where specifically in Chile? 🗺 [3:24]
Moving around (and abroad) a lot as child 🚚 [5:07]
Living in Australia from age seven to age nine 🇦🇺 [5:30]
Going first semester, junior year 📆 [6:13]
Scholarships, grants received 💸 [6:30]
Setting up a direct exchange 💱 [7:15]
What classes Rachel was taking 👩🎓 [8:05]
Living situation and 'a day in the life' in Valparaíso 🏘 [11:45]
Seeing the rest of South America 🦜 [18:02]
Being grounded because of an earthquake 🛬 [23:10]
Chilean cuisine 🥘 [27:42]
Reineta fish & pisco sour 🐠 [28:53]
Chilean wine and touring a vineyard 🍷🍷🍷 [34:03]
Life after graduation 🎓 [35:38]
How studying abroad helped rachel get gain employment 👩🔧 [36:27]
Lonely Planet Chile & Easter Island 📚 [41:10]
The EVERYGIRL 💻 [42:50]
Rachel advice to perspective study abroad students 🙌 [44:19]
Her recent trip to Ecuador 🇪🇨 [48:45]
Revisiting Chile with her brother 👫 [51:56]
“Every aspect of our program is designed to immerse the student culturally, not only by staying with a home-stay, but also with all of our cultural activities and excursions.” - Monica Guajardo
Spanish language immersion in Argentina through SOL 📓 [1:36]
Learning the city through public transportation 🚍 [3:54]
Classes and weekly museum visits 🏫 [5:10]
Vineyard tours and hiking in the Andes in Mendoza 🗻 [6:14]
How SOL offers a high-quality, unique Spanish learning experience 🙏 [7:00]
Yearning for empanadas and dulce de leche 🍮 [10:40]
How to get started with SOL 📝 [11:24]
Gaining confidence in speaking a different language because of studying abroad 💬 [12:52]
Final advice for studying abroad and applying for scholarships 💰 [15:10]
“To be in a country where you don’t speak fluently and you struggle to express yourself [. . . ], it made me so sympathetic, empathetic for people who are in countries where they’re not a native speaker but they’re trying, because I never really knew how difficult it is to represent yourself in a natural way.” — Tiffany Ferguson (@tferg__)
Tiffany Ferguson is hustling. She's got a wildly successful Instagram page (linked☝️),Youtube channel (linked👇), and Twitter account (linked right here) 👈
Tiffany hasn't graduated yet, but it seems like she has. She is a great example of blending your interests with your major, and how to have fun while you're doing it. If you want to graduate and have more than a piece of paper to show for it you should listen to this interview.
I transferred (twice) and so did Tiffany. She addresses the moving pains in her interview, but is happy she made the switch.
Oh, I almost forgot...she studied abroad in France 🇫🇷, which is where her "mandatory baguette" picture above is from.
Deciding to study in France through ISEP ✈ [1:30]
Immersing in French Studies with the SUFLE program 📝 [7:19]
Sightseeing in and around France via Flixbus 🚌 [11:29]
Living out of a backpack while traveling 🎒[14:56]
Eating vegan in a culinary capital 🍞 [18:44]
Gaining respect for non-native speakers living in different countries 🙌 [20:43]
The troubles of transferring schools while studying abroad 😧 [22:47]
Future studies and the impact of studying abroad on her Youtube channel (166K subscribers and climbing) 💲[25:35]
Media recommendations and final quote 📖 [29:15]
The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 📚
The Purple Palace 📺
Previously Gifted (Tiffany's Podcast) 🎙🎙🎙(Hooray for podcasts!)
The first interview I had with a student who studied abroad with Global Experiences was wildly popular.
"Man, I wish I could get more interviews like that," I thought. As luck would have it, a few weeks later I ran into Melissa Buerkett at the annual IIE Summit in NYC, and we decided to get an interview on the books.
Melissa's above quote is what Global Experiences (@globalexperiences) does. She explains it in greater detail in the interview, but I'll come out and tell you: "almost anywhere can set up an internship for you abroad, but not everywhere can match you with one that'll align with your strengths." — Chris Carlton
I don't know if you're aloud to quote yourself, but I just did 😊.
The bonus is that the interview is peppered with Melissa's own global experiences that truly live up to the name of the company she now works for.
Nick Trifelos (@nick.triff) understood his international internship better than anyone I've interviewed to date.
He went against the grain and traveled to Europe with a friend. (Why not, right?!)
Him and his accomplice strategically selected their study abroad location as if they were setting out to conquer Europe.
Mic drop 🎤
“We’re all about pushing people outside their comfort zones and really inspiring people to get out there and see the world, because we’re so passionate that travel can completely change your mindset and completely reinvigorate your life.” — Meg Jerrard
Given that this a website that focuses on study abroad, it is only natural that you get students who are rather bullish on the subject. Many have studied abroad twice, I interviewed one student who studied abroad four times and is actually planning a fifth trip.
Meg Jerrard studied abroad three times. But as we learn in her interview, that was just the beginning. Meg has been fortunate enough turn her passion for travel into a career, and we actually hear how (and why) she was able to do it.
Transforming travels from a gap year in the UK to a full time career blogging 🛫✒️ [1:42]
Post-graduation life while traveling and trying to keep a blog afloat 🎓 [5:21]
Standing out by sharing accessible adventures 🧗♀️ [6:38]
Planning for hobby vs business blogging 🗺 [8:10]
Marketing and social media strategies for a successful online identity 👩💻 [9:54]
Best food in the world in Italy with pizza, gelato, and wine all day 🍕🍨🍷 [13:49]
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“I’m not going to say that every single day was easy during my time abroad . . . but looking back, the fact that I was able to persevere through those times is priceless to me.” — Erica Biagini
I've interviewed many a student who studied abroad in Spain, but none that lived in Bilbao; a city with a population of 345,000 that's nestled in the north of the water surrounded country.
"Cozy up with a good book" is how I'd describe Erica's interview. Only in this case, the book is your headphones and it's Erica on tape. She does a great job of telling multiple stories inside of her own story and we had a lot of fun doing this one.
My favorite part was her unsuccessful attempt to have a traditional Thanksgiving in Spain. 🦃not so much, so she had to settle for 🐓.
I'm excited about the graphic 🎨that goes along with this interview, too. I've been weaving this theme into the interviews and articles and it deals with the selection process.
“Everything that you need is already within you.” (“Todo lo que necesitas, ya esta dentro”)
I've been waiting a long time for this because I have heard only good things about this country and can't wait to go myself. Martina Mazzei studied abroad in Vietnam because her school actually has a satellite campus there.
Her dorm came with a cleaning service, she was able to hop on the back of a motorcycle to get to class, and she got to see the entire country in all its beauty on the cheap. Thailand and Cambodia? ✔️
Sometimes schools just get it and it sounds like Loyola is one of those schools. After factoring in scholarships and cost of living Vietnam, Martina actually saved money by taking her trip. I know most schools won't have satellite campuses set up like this in Vietnam, if anything, listening to this interview will help you pick up a few pointers as you craft your own journey.
“Go forth and set the world on fire” - Loyola quote
“I’ve never had a student come back saying they regret studying abroad, but I have met with multiple students saying that they regret not studying abroad.” - Corinne Kinney
Currently a graduate assistant at UW - Lacrosse, Corinne studied abroad in Grenada, Spain; one of the many hidden, beautiful cities in Europe that you've never heard of, and she absolutely loved it.
How much ❤️you ask?
After she returned from her trip and graduated, she actually returned to Spain to work in Madrid for 11 months. This is something I regret not doing myself...It's the story everyone yearns for, but you rarely see play out. But in Corinnes, case we actually get to hear what transpired.
The first time around, Corinne studied abroad through a program called Sol Education Abroad, which focuses on Spanish language immersion. So if you're serious about learning Spanish, I'd recommend checking them out.
If you're reading this I'm imploring you to listen to this one in its entirety as it may very well change the trajectory of your career, and ultimately your life.
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” - Mary Anne Radmacher
This is now the third interview I've done with a student who studied abroad in this part of the continent, so they must be doing something right down there.
The dollar stretches a lot further in Africa, which means you can do a lot more with less. What you want to do is up to you if you decide to go, but Lauren's interview is a pretty good example of what you can do.
You'll also find out why it's a bonus of if enjoy KFC. But that's just me digressing. Seriously though, The University of Botswana sounds amazing and so do the stories that Lauren tells in her interview.
If you've come this far you now know where Botswana is. You can learn more about the country in the infographic below.
A BIG thank you to Lauren for taking the time from her busy schedule at Drake to do the interview. Give her website a look to see what she's up to now.
"It always seems impossible until its done" — Nelson Mandela
Lindsay Vallance is the first student on The Study Abroadcast who studied abroad in Bangkok, hell...she is our first student who studied abroad in Thailand. As you guys know I love welcoming firsts and Lindsay fits the bill here.
Her interview checks off all the boxes of what makes a great show. She's got great stories, vivid memories of the food, and does a great job of painting a picture of life in Bangkok 🎨. Its winter right now, and talking to her was an escape into the gorgeous scenery of Thailand (see rolling hills link below).
“It’s going to push you to see the world a different way and make you a better person” - Zoey Hoffman
Davenport University undergraduate Zoey Hoffman is the first student on the show that went abroad specifically to volunteer, and I'm surprised it took so long to get someone on that went this route, as it is an increasingly popular option.
Zoey is the second cheerleader we've had on the show, but is the first student that was actually recruited to do it. Yes, they recruit cheerleaders (I did not know this)! So in addition to discussing her time volunteering, Zoey also gives us a glimpse into the life of competitive of cheerleading.
“If you don’t see it for yourself, it doesn’t really happen.” - Mason Nagima
In this dual interview Mason Najima and Brittney Rosiles tells us about their trips to Spain and India, respectively. They did it through an organization called USAC, which stands for University Studies Abroad Consortium. They had an amazing time and their interview reflects that.
As far as firsts go, they're the first University of Nevada - Reno students we've had on the show.
If you want to hear about monkey attacks, missing an alarm, and getting out of your comfort zone this interview is for you, and in my opinion, encompasses what I wanted other students to hear when I decided to start the podcast.
Brittney was kind enough to send me some great pics below and is the current Study Abroadcast leader in terms of donated study abroad pictures 😋. I'm bringing this up because I wrote a blog post about how guys don't take enough pictures on their study abroad trips.
I regret not documenting more of my trip, and gentlemen, I don't want you to make the same mistake I did!
“When I have kids, it is literally going to be mandatory for them to study abroad.” — Luke Bambrick
"A once in a lifetime opportunity within a once in a lifetime opportunity" is how I'd describe the start of Luke Bambrick's summer trip to London. Why? Because he was actually able to attend the Prince Harry and Meghan Markel's wedding festivities.
Luke approaches the interview with optimism, it's one of those shows that makes you just want to get up and go...
In this interview we learn about life in London, tracking down family in Europe (something that other Study Abroadcast guests have done as well), and exploring exploring other countries on the weekends.
“It will put you out of your comfort zone, and that might be hard, but it will definitely be worth it.” — Meghan Haddy
Meghan Haddy is the first student on the show who studied abroad in Greece. I'm surprised more people don't study abroad here given the climate, exchange rate, and available cuisine.
In my opinion, Greece is the world's best kept secret as far as a potential study abroad destination goes.
With Athens as her home base, Meghan was able to visit several other Islands and countries in between her classes at The American College of Greece.
Michelle Andersen (First name IG, last name FB) was one of the most well spoken guests I've had on the show to date. She went on a journey to the southern part of Africa and was kind enough to take us along for the ride here, today.
When you hear Namibia it probably doesn't register, but this southern African country has adventure written all over it. And Michelle tells us how it's done, here.
Before we started the interview I asked Maria what her major was. Then when we started the interview she told me what study abroad program she chose...you can hear my reaction and then Maria is like: "yeah, I know!"
She truly found the perfect study abroad program, and I'm hoping that she can be an inspiration for you to do the same. In my opinion the coolest part of the interview is how she didn't really even have to pay for it, either.
Yes folks, yet another product of the system that just worked; another satisfied customer so to speak.
It's interesting to hear how she was able to do so much in such a short amount of time and what it was like to do a program that was so niched.
"I feel like I've grown so much in these past five months that I'm still me, just a better version" — Corey Miller
Exercise science major, Corey Miller couldn't decide where to study abroad so she decided to study abroad everywhere. Yes, that is an option, and it comes in the form a ship.
That ship is called the M.V. Odyssey, and it comes in the form of a program known as Semester at Sea. You could honestly break this interview up into 11 parts, or at the very least least four different continents.
Buckle up for this 30 minute adventure around the world, and don't forget your life jacket!
Some people study abroad and they never really stop. Dalia Lourenço is a perfect example of this. She studied abroad 3 times and hasn't lived in her home country of Canada since. Spain, Russia, and London...plus many more countries after she got her MA.
If you listen to this interview you will become more productive, I promise.
Muggings, excursions, yoga classes, safaris, and more! If you're at all interested in Africa, social work, or an internship at a Magazine, this interview is definitely for you. Great work, thanks Maddie.
Studying abroad is supposed to help you. It's supposed to help your career, your network, and it's supposed to make you a more well rounded individual. Megan Luedke is evidence of the system working. She learned, she laughed, and she got the experience of a lifetime during her academic year in Germany.
Maintaining friendships you develop while abroad, a glimpse into the life of an international educator, great stories, and of course the food. It's all here in Ben's interview as he talks about his time in Germany and Copenhagen. Enjoy!
Anyone working in international education probably studied abroad at one point or another, and Andria is no exception. She tells about her time in Seville, Japan, and graduate school. Great insight here from the education abroad coordinator at UW - Stout.
Aaron Horwath of 12HourDifference.co talks about touches on a number of different topics in this interview' specifically how to stand out once you graduate and why living and working abroad might not be such a bad idea.
Nubia and Frantzces from chroniclesabroad.com share their travel stories. But it's so much more than that. If you're getting ready to study abroad this interview is sure to put you in the mindset you need to be in to make sure you savor every minute of your trip.
Not only did Philip Baites win the 2018 IES Film Competition, he was also the first student on our show that studied abroad for an entire year. Philip's demeanor and personality bleed through in this interview and you can see why he won the competition.
Luci Bessinger studied abroad in Spain because she wanted to sharpen her Spanish skills. If you're interested in Barcelona or Spain tune in. I know you'll like this episode because I had a lot of fun when we were making it.
This interview is broken down into two parts. First, Matt talks about WESLI and helping international students transition into the classroom in the United States. Second, he tells some great stories and gives advice based on his world travels.
Karime Diaz is our first interview who went abroad solely for the internship and didn't take any classes. She currently serves as an alumni ambassador for CEA and specializes in internships. If that's what you're looking for, I'd definitely recommend listening to this interview.
Newcastle is a gorgeous city in Australia which is located about 2 hours north of Sydney. Caroline recalls her time there, her living situation, and everything she had to do in order to set up her trip.
This was a really fun interview to do.
Abby Haley is studying abroad in Paris, France and she is absolutely loving it. This is my first interview with someone living in the city of love and it is also one of my favorite. Enjoy this interview whether you're thinking about studying abroad in France, or not.
Andrea got a full scholarship to study abroad and she tells us exactly how she did it. This interview is perfect if you're interested in scholarships, France, or language learning. We dive into great detail with all three.
Jonathan Mennecke talks about applying for and recieving multiple scholarships to study abroad in Auckland. We learn about his living situation, plans he has for the future, and even get into different foods that New Zealand does better than most.
Studying Abroad in Belize is a great opportunity if you want international experience, but don't want to be that far away from home. Rhondine Petrof of Toucan Education Programs does a great job of educating us on the process and opens our eyes to this beautiful, Belizian culture.
There are three things you need to take away from this interview:
1. Deciding where to go is easier than you think
2. You're going to make lifelong friends
3. Studying abroad HELPS with finding a job
Tune in to hear Liam Krodel explain...
Alison Ryncarz talks about her time studying abroad in Copenhagen and what it is like to go through the program, DIS, where she now works. We also learn about Woofing which is something every student (no matter where you are) should take at least one weekend to do.
If you're thinking about studying abroad in Rome or anywhere for that matter, and are interested in doing even MORE traveling while you're there this interview is definitely for you. Tiera does a great job of talking about budgeting for short term, European travel.
David Carlton studied abroad early, and stumbled on to something that he loves; studying abroad. In this episode we find out why not being ready for a semester and already having plans during the summer did not stop David Carlton from studying abroad, smarter.
In this episode Amanda Hackney tells us about her amazing time in Dublin and the rest of Europe. It's interviews like these that make me wish I would've studied abroad twice, or was still in college. A great episode.
Morgan Kistler did everything right. She found a program, applied for (and received) scholarships, and now she is having the time of her life in Ireland. She is at the University of Limerick and absolutely loving it. Tune in to hear Morgan's story.
Brent Blahnik is the Director of International Education at UW - Green Bay. He studied abroad in London and talks about what it is like to matriculate to a different part of the world, make new friends, and share new memories. https://bit.ly/2Sz7UB1
Gillian Reinhard has been taking Mandarin Chinese for the past 6 years and she thought Shanghai would be the perfect location for her to study abroad. Gillian teaches us a lot about Shanghai in the interview and we actually learn that there is a little reverse culture shock.
This is a great interview if you're thinking about Shanghai or China.
In this interview I talk with Brad, who is the Director of the International Student and Scholars Office UW-Stevens Point, about how teaching English in China for a year spawned his passion for international education. Brad is also a bit of a political junkie and we link some of his favorite personalities in the show notes.
This interview is perfect if you're in the medical field or thinking about Australia. Jerrica does a great job of explaining what it was like to live down under and explains how she set up a clinical rotation her last semester before graduating to hit the ground running on job interviews.
UT - Austin's Mattison Gotcher wanted to learn Spanish so she decided to study abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica. In this interview Mattison talks about her time there (she also did some volunteer work), and find out exactly why having your finances in order before you go is important. https://bit.ly/2CYxevQ
Jason Kouba is the Senior Regional Director for Institutional Relations and Outreach at API so there are two avenues to this episode. First, he tells the story of his study abroad experience in Seville. Second, he gives great advice for students who are thinking about studying abroad because he sees and talks with so many on a daily basis. https://bit.ly/2CkuCae
Fresh off a trip to Melbourne, Martyn Megaloudis talks about going to school and interning in Sydney. We learn about school specific scholarships, no tipping down under, and how Martyn listened to Spotify for 6,000 hours last year.
In our first interview with someone who studied abroad in Seoul, Minel Cannucciari talks about how she was able to set up a work study with her college in Philadelphia to help pay for her trip. She does a great job of making you feel like you were on the trip with her.
In this interview, UW-Superior's Callie Ronstrom talks about the driving force behind her first study abroad experience, why the opportunity to obtain scholarships and grants is very real, and the fresh Guatemalan food she misses so much. We also hear an entertaining rat story as well.
After listening to this interview, I wish I was still in college and able to study abroad again. Jessica does a great job of painting a picture of life in Dublin, telling great travel stories, and giving phenomenal travel advice. www.studyabroadsmarter.com
Most students think they know what study abroad is but what they don't know is the amount of options they have or how it relates to their major and career focus. In this interview, Lacy answers the question: why should one study abroad?
Lorenzo Corrazin is an Italian who goes to college in the United States that needed to 'study abroad' in order to fulfill an international credit requirement. So now he's interning in Australia. Check this episode out to hear Lorenzo's story.
In our first international student interview, Connor McGlone from The University of Pittsburgh talks about transitioning to life in Italy and discusses his future plans for the rest of the semester...a must listen if you're thinking about Florence as a possible study abroad destination.
St. Norbert College's Jeremy Doughty talks about his study abroad experience and work, why getting involved with international education early on is important, and the international opportunities St. Norbert College grants to it's students.
In this episode I get recommendations from UW-Eau Claire's Colleen Marchwick on study abroad articles to read, taking your trip during winter break, faculty-led programming, and much more. Dig in, and enjoy.
How do you take ownership of study abroad and not use a traditional study abroad program? You can do one of two things: Enroll at Beloit College or listen to this interview, which is full of insight and perspective of the entire study abroad process.
As our first student interview, Taylor Ambrosius of UW-Oshkosh tells us about her summer trip to France and the fears she had to overcome in order to go. This interview is perfect if you're thinking about studying abroad but harbor some fears or doubts. Enjoy!
In his second language, Bing Liang talks about what it means to study abroad and the factors that go into scholarship awards and UW-Platteville. I couldn't imagine giving an interview this succinct in a second language.