Natalie Heaman - Germany

Study Abroad Spring 2018 - Darmstadt Germany 

Darmstadt is a nice small city, it’s vey easy to get around in and close to Frankfurt for that big city fix. Between the Darmstadt main train station and the Frankfurt airport it’s a really good location to travel from. When I first arrived it was so cold and we even had snow! Thankfully the temperatures have started to warm now. Language is actually not a huge problem, I’ve been learning German but once it’s clear that your German is poor people will generally switch to near perfect English. Though the biggest test of language will be when my design classes start, as those will be in German!

Aside from language, one of the biggest shocks to the system here is having so much free time. Our regular design classes don’t begin until April, so March has mainly been orientation events, school organized day trips, and German language classes. I’ve met many other international students from around the world, Korea, China, Ireland, Spain, and Hungar…

Savannah Nathaus: Scotland

Study Abroad Spring 2019 - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Studying abroad has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The opportunities I have had this far have far exceeded anything I would have been able to do if I would have stayed in Canada for this semester. Moving to Scotland to study had been a dream of mine as soon as I was accepted to go to university. So you can easily imagine the excitement I had when I got accepted.
If I had to tell you one thing about going and studying abroad, it would be just to do it. I know it sounds easier said than done, but do anything in your power to make it happen. I sold my car and sold a variety of other things that I knew I didn’t need anymore and just had sitting around. I have no regrets.
Explore anything and everything that you can when you are here. Do your research and make a list of all the things you want to see in the country you are in. Compare your timetable to a calendar and write out all your long weekends an…

London Field School Blog Post

"London is an extremely multicultural city"- Samantha Holmes 
Borough Market From the moment we walked into the Borough Market we were flooded with smells of the wonderful food and drinks each booth had to offer. Even if you weren't hungry going into the market, the incredible produce and fresh baked goods were bound to change that. No matter what you had a craving for, this market could satisfy it. One highlight was the 20 plus booths selling different types of cheeses that would make anyone excited to take a bite. If you did your rounds at the market and could not eat more but still want to do a little shopping, just outside the market are a few boutique shops. Here you can purchase anything from clothes and accessories to naturally made skin care products. 

Soho's Secret Tea Room After the Borough Market, we trekked to an adorable secret tearoom in SoHo. The room itself was perched above a small pub and contained roughly 10 tables. Our massive group filled 8 of them. …

Studying Abroad: Fastest Five Months!

I recommend that every student go on a study abroad if they have the opportunity!
Where to begin? This has been the fastest five months of my life! A few people have already left for home, but the core group of the exchange students are still here and we are all rushing to see things that we wish we had seen earlier. I've also been trying to travel as much as possible with the remaining time in Helsinki. I caught up with a few other study abroad students from Cap for the weekend in Prague. It was tons of fun and Prague is also a very cheap place (having said that though, anywhere is cheap compared to Helsinki). It was really cool to catch up with the other students and hear how their experiences are also going. It was nice to hear that everyone loves it and everyone is experiencing lots! I also spent a weekend in Dublin, Ireland and also a couple weekend trips to surrounds cities in Finland, Pori and Tampere. The best part though was a weekend trip to Russia! Myself and two friends…

London Field School 2018 - Maryam, Larissa, and Lauren

Maryam, Larissa and Lauren: In This Place Where We All Belong
Song of the day: The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors

We started off the day with a walking tour of Shoreditch. To get to Shoreditch, we boarded the Tube around 9:30 AM. This was our first time taking the Tube during the morning rush hour and we ended up having to split up and take two different trains. We regrouped at Liverpool station and after experiencing a little bit of confusion with Google Maps, we made our way to the Old Spitalfields Market. We met our tour guide, Emilie Houldsworth (you can follow her on Instagram) underneath the “Goat Statue” which we later learned symbolizes strength and independence of the British people. Emilie guided us through the streets of Shoreditch such as Brick Lane and explained the symbolism and inspiration for numerous art pieces by famous street artists such as Banksy, Stik, and Invader. She also touched on the history of Shoreditch and ho…

Michelle Santos: The End is Just the Beginning

As I sit here, at home, I look back at the experience of Studying Abroad and I cannot believe all the things I have learned about myself, my career, and about Disney. The experience of studying abroad was not even on my radar but thanks to one of my teachers, I became aware and ended up applying. Only 3 months later, I found out that I got into the program and at that moment I knew the rest of 2016 was going to be filled with a lot of firsts and an experience that was going to change my life forever. There were so many emotions going through me when I arrived in Florida, but I knew I had to have an open mind and an open heart to the people, the environment and the lifestyle I was about to enter.

It took some time but I finally found my grove working for Disney, taking courses through UCR and also my Disney course. I was blessed that I was able to make some very good friends while spending the first 2 weeks of the program in California. They became my family and before I met other peopl…

Arianne Liu: A Sky Full Of Stars, Studying Abroad In China

PRE DEPARTURE You probably know by now, that in my blogs I'll go into my usually jab about my challenges and how you should consider doing whatever it is I am preaching because if I didn't see value in the experience, then I wouldn't suggest it or do it myself. That's the motto! Why did I want to study abroad? If you can get academic credits and travel at the same time, then that's just gravy.

I almost applied in September 2012 (I couldn't get a second reference...), actually applied for the Spring 2016 semester in November of 2014 and again in August 2015. They rejected me both times because of my GPA and told me to reapply for 2017 meaning I would graduate a whole year late. I still pushed for 2016. I tried to sell them everything in the book about why I was the best candidate, references, my business, being marketing president, brought my grades up, went on as a full time student and seriously, none of it worked. I was so choked because I knew no other stud…