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Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
March 10, 2015
Filed under Study Abroad, Top Five, Travel

Whether you're thinking about studying abroad or have simply caught the travel bug, Eastern Australia should be on your list of places to visit. Australia is home to many hidden and natural wonders, and especially an array of beautiful beaches.

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What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

Sarah Robertson, Writer
November 21, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Are you Italian?” my friends would ask. “Not that I know of, but my dad was adopted so I might be.” “You could be, you’re kind of tan so you look Italian.” My spirit would fly a bit higher every time I heard someone would suggest I was Italian. Maybe this is why when I decided...

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

Kerry O'Connor, Writer
October 14, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Right after college is the best time to do something like this,” Robinson said, “It’s a time where you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your life. Going far outside your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with a completely new culture and language is a great way to reflect on the past 4 years of college. It’s a time where you have the most freedom you will probably ever have in life.”

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Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Joe Callagy, Writer
October 3, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

But, on Friday, Sept. 19, the people of Scotland could have seen the sun rise over an independent Scotland for the first time in over 300 years. The day before on Thursday, Sept. 18, over four million voters, aged 16 and up, took to the polling stations deep to answer one simple question: Should Scotland become an independent country?

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A farewell to Ireland

A farewell to Ireland

May 5, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Katie McKenna I finished packing minutes before we drove to the airport because I hoped, in that same irrational way that most college students do, that if I put it off for long enough, it just might go away. Weeks before, and especially the day before I left to go abroad, I had no desire to lea...

Interning abroad

Interning abroad

May 5, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Daniel Rodriguez As a journalism major, I knew London was the perfect place to study abroad. London is an international hub for news and media, and when I discovered that the CAPA program offered internships based on a student’s specific major, I immediately signed up. I spent this past semest...

Finding your faith in Birthright

Finding your faith in Birthright

May 5, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Dan Peltier Sitting in Hebrew school can only teach students so much about their religion and their culture. Sitting in a restaurant in Jerusalem ordering dinner? That’s an educational moment. A Birthright trip to Israel during college years helps students deepen their Jewish faith and have the tim...

Surreality in Sicily

Surreality in Sicily

May 5, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Molly Boushell and Taylor Gilmore For the past 17 years, Professor Richard Newton has led UMass Journalism students to the sun-drenched Italian island of Sicily. Students in the three credit Journalism 391R course, otherwise known as the “Sicily class,” have the opportunity to travel to the isla...

An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

April 14, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Kristina Kulyabina A Bumpy Start I'm paddling in the front, my cohort Mikaela is in the back. The Lang River's current gains speed as we approach the vast opening of Tham Lod Cave. The tip of the inflatable red kayak is heading straight towards a rock masked by branches as I try to recall our t...

What’s “in” for fashion writers

What’s “in” for fashion writers

Emma Sandler, Contributor
April 14, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I spent the entire month of February checking the British Vogue website every day, waiting for one particular announcement: the release of tickets to the third Vogue Fashion Festival in association with Harrods in London on March 29 and 30. The extravaganza promised to be a Mecca for the fashionabl...

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Vincenza Parella, Writer
March 31, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I’ve been in England for almost two months and have completely fallen in love with this country of rolling green pastures, endless rain, and tea. And I’ve taken advantage of the fact that my university in Norwich is only about an hour and a half outside of London, making visiting the city easy to...

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

Katie McKenna, Writer
March 31, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

For my entire K-12 schooling career I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch – no jelly.  Just a peanut-butter sandwich, every single Monday through Friday, for thirteen years. Most people found this to be pretty ludicrous behavior.  And then there were others, like my friend Nat, who also happened...

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