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Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Study Abroad, technology and travel, Travel |

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Tell Your Study Abroad Story

Social media provides dynamic spaces to share your study abroad story. That story begins the moment you decide to go and continues long after you return home. The idea is not to be glued to your computer all day but to thoughtfully use social media to engage your community throughout your study abroad experience.  1. Curate Your Study Abroad Story Curation means carefully choosing, creating, and sharing visually or conceptually interesting content via a distribution outlet, in this case, social media. People gravitate towards content that conveys particular themes, messages, or moods but tend to ignore an information dump. (A classic example of an info-dump is the rambling travelogue…. “Then I did this and went here and saw this and met so and so.”) Try one of the following or come up with your own idea (and share it with us below in the comments!) Take a photograph every day of a part of your daily routine (ie taking a bus to class, going to market, etc.) and put it...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Guest Post, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel |

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

Funding Study Abroad is Possible!

This is a guest post by Victoria Mita, Director of FundMyTravel. See her full bio at the end of her guest post! I’m not rich but I studied abroad. So can you, if you really want to! My family raised me with an interest in different cultures. My grandmother sent me to a French Language camp every summer and I was brought up with the attitude that if you want something enough you can put in the time and effort to make it happen. For most people, the question is no longer whether or not you can study abroad but where to find the funding? How badly do you want to study abroad? If you’re willing to make the commitment to yourself to see this thing through, there are many resources available for you. I’d like to make a case for fundraising, scholarships, and financial aid. Old School Fundraising Fundraising has been around for ages for good reason. It is an effective, efficient and beneficial way to raise funds and create...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Travel, Travel Planning |

6 Tips To Budget for International Travel

6 Tips To Budget for International Travel

Creating an international budget can seem like a real headache. There’s foreign currencies, first-time costs, and a heap of unknowns to contend with. Where do you begin? Create a customized budget for your international journey by downloading the Guide on Creating a Budget for International Travel and completing steps 1-6. Step 1: Identify costs. Write down estimated fixed and variable costs for your international travel experience (or download the international budget and walk through step by step). A fixed cost is a set cost that is known in advance, like round trip airfare or international health insurance. Variable costs change, like food, souvenirs and ground transportation. If traveling through a university or organization, they will often provide a budget with both fixed and variable costs. However, be sure you understand what is and is not included in any pre-published budget. A ‘program fee’, for example, may say that it includes ‘some meals.’ That means you need to budget for the meals that are not included. Step 2: Research to...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Culture, Feature, International Education, Interviews, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel, Travel Profiles, Volunteer Abroad |

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary Scholars on Travel, International Exchange, and Service

Rotary is an international service organization that has been sponsoring international exchanges since the 1940’s. The video above and the responses below are from Rotary scholars who are alumni of the Rotary High School Exchange (Shivaun and Ines), Ambassadorial Scholarship (Heather and Samantha), and Peace Fellowship (Chris). To learn more about Rotary and Rotary international exchanges, visit www.rotary.org. Why were you interested in studying in another country? Shivaun: Initially, when I signed up to be a youth ambassador with Rotary International, I didn’t know much about the rest of the World, but I knew I wanted to (part of me also didn’t want to be contained to my small Midwestern hometown anymore).  After being placed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for a year as a youth ambassador, I knew being interested in other cultures would always be an essential aspect of my life. Chris: It had been almost 10 years since my first experiences studying abroad as an undergraduate.  I was interested in having a graduate experience overseas, I...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Feature, International Education, Scholarships, Study Abroad, Travel |

Studying in the UK or Ireland on Scholarship

Studying in the UK or Ireland on Scholarship

Studying in the UK or Ireland is a pretty attractive prospect for current students, scholars, anglophiles, heritage students, and Harry Potter fans alike. There is something delightful about studying in a country where people speak your native tongue but in a surprisingly different fashion– it makes for reflections on the convergence and divergence of cultural, academic, and social norms and values. However, financing international opportunities is a big question for most and is even a make-it-or-break-it factor for some. The following scholarships and fellowships make study in the UK or Ireland possible for eligible candidates. Remember that scholarships and fellowships are only one component to funding international study and travel. For additional information on funding international studies and travel, see 9 Ways to Fund Travel and the Free Guide to Budgeting for International Travel. *Note: Some of the descriptions below have been copied and pasted directly from the scholarship provider’s websites. The George Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland, Graduate Studies) The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George...

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