eCollegeFinder Study Abroad Ambassadors Award

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Study Abroad programs have become increasingly popular in recent years, with over 223,000 US students partaking in programs during the 2005/2006 school year, and over 241,000 studying abroad during the 2006/2007 school year. Students typically find that when they make the decision to study abroad, they expand their view of life possibilities, experience a vibrant new culture, and meet exciting new people while seeing exciting new places. And all of this while earning credits towards their degree!

The Study Abroad Ambassadors award recognizes some of the best university study abroad programs, as well as travel websites that provide priceless information to students as they prepare to leave and plan return from their experiences. Read the stories and tips from the resources provided below, allow yourself to dream, and who knows, maybe you will find yourself inspired to go abroad!

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Abroad View

Abroad View's Advice to Students and Travelers: For those who have decided already to travel or study abroad, my best advice is to travel with an open mind; to remain flexible and patient; and, above all else, to respect the people you meet and their customs. I would advise students to learn as much as they can about the country, culture, and people before traveling so that they can deepen their knowledge and experience while there and be more present in each moment. The opportunity to have a living experience or extended travel experience abroad is often one of the most exhilarating and eye-opening in people's lives. The time goes fast and can be overwhelming with the volume of sensory experiences to adjust to and take in. Though one can never be "prepared" for the experience, the more knowledge one has ahead of time, the more he or she will get out of it and the more he or she will "connect." Time and again, we hear from students that it is their encounters with people, human exchanges, that make a lasting impression. My additional advice would be to take the time to get to know the people of your host country and to put your best foot forward. The Golden Rule should always apply wherever one travels. Lastly, I would advise travelers or study abroad students not to pass up ANY opportunities. For many, traveling to a particular place is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; make the most of it! For those who are contemplating studying or traveling abroad, I believe the Abroad View Foundation's tagline sums up well our advice: "Expand your horizons." There is no substitute for learning about a particular culture, country, or people than being there—and gaining an awareness of how other people live and think is fundamental for fostering global understanding and for broadening our sense of what is possible. To quote Mark Twain: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." And, to quote him again on the personal gratification of travel: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore…Dream…Discover."

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Academic Travel Weblog (part of www.academic-travel.com)

Academic Travel Weblog's Advice to Students and Travelers: Continue to broaden your horizons through academic travel abroad.

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AFS Blog

AFS Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad advice, visit AFS Blog's website.

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AmeriSpan Study Abroad

AmeriSpan Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Download our FREE e-report on the "19 Biggest Study Abroad Mistakes" here.

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Athena Study Abroad

Athena Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Always keep an open mind and see the world from your host country's perspective. You end up learning not only about a new place and new people, but the amazing thing is you end up learning things about yourself and your own country that you never could have if you hadn't traveled. You may learn there are some things out there that you agree with and there are some things you don't agree with - but you will ultimately learn tolerance. Tolerance is built through knowledge, and knowledge is gained most effectively through experience. Study abroad teaches students that knowledge has no borders.

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BBA Abroad Blog - The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

BBA Abroad Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: Studying abroad is one of the most fulfilling and personally-enriching opportunities one can have. Going during college is the perfect time to go! It is your chance to immerse yourself in a new culture, step outside of your comfort zone, and seek cross-cultural experiences that will not only open your eyes to the rich diversity around you, but will teach you so much more about yourself. It is life-changing experience. So remember to be open-minded, flexible, allow yourself to adapt to new cultural contexts, and don’t take yourself so seriously. Now go explore!

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Central College Abroad

Central College Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers:Travelers will grow through the challenges and triumphs faced while being abroad. Choosing to enroll in a study abroad program is also an intentional choice to: 1) Develop your personal value system; 2) Gain a better understanding of international affairs; 3) See yourself as a global citizen; 4) Improve foreign language proficiency; 5) Earn academic credit; and 6) Enhance your resume. Study abroad is an opportunity not to be missed!

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Discover France

Discover France's Advice to Students and Travelers:Study French language and culture in Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Tours, and throughout France. Choose from our list of 170+ academic year, semester or summer programs.

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DU Student's Blog

DU Student's Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad and travel advice, go to DU Student's Blog Online.

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Facultyled

Facultyled's Advice to Students and Travelers:Know before you go .

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Forum Nexus Study Abroad Blog

Forum Nexus Study Abroad Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers:Studying abroad includes many obvious benefits such as cultural interaction, learning foreign languages, meeting new friends, and exploring the world; but, little is said about how studying abroad has also become the eclipse to self-discovery and self-righteousnesses. Learning more about the world is very important; learning more about yourself is priceless. When studying abroad, we want you to reach beyond your horizons to broaden not only your perception of the world, but also the perception you have of yourself. The world is what it is, but you are one of a kind!

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GO! Study Abroad

GO! Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers:Do it now! You won't regret it. After college you will soon be faced with so many other responsibilities that longterm travel will seem like a distant dream. Take this opportunity to really travel abroad and learn something new!

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Lexiophiles

Lexiophiles's Advice to Students and Travelers: Share a flat with a local - best way to learn the language, get to know local people and really experience the foreign culture

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NMU Study Abroad

NMU Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Traveling or studying abroad can change your life in many ways. When you go abroad: be open-minded, observe, learn, experience and then share your adventures with others back home. Know about the country you’re visiting, pack light and budget wisely.

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Study Abroad SUNY New Paltz

Study Abroad SUNY New Paltz's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad and travel advice, go to the Study Abroad SUNY New Paltz website.

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Study in Europe

Study in Europe's Advice to Students and Travelers: Always choose accredited institutions. In order for your studies to be officially recognized all over the world, you should always rely your education on accredited universities and colleges.

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The Badgers Abroad Blog

The Badgers Abroad Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad and travel advice, visit the The Badgers Abroad Blog.

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The International Student Recruiter

The International Student Recruiter's Advice to Students and Travelers: Be flexible and willing to go with the flow. Your travel plans won't always unfold as you'd like them to; when that happens the best thing you can do is be flexible and willing to change as the situation requires. Often that's when you have the most memorable experiences!

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The Study Abroad Blog

The Study Abroad Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: Leave with no regrets. You'll realistically only be able to do this once, so make the most of every opportunity you can.

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University of Florida Blogs from Abroad

University of Florida Blogs from Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Do your research, prepare for it appropriately, and have a great time abroad. Remember that you’re in another culture and an entirely new world: there are times when it will challenge you in unimaginable ways. Enjoy the experience and learn to laugh at your mistakes while learning from your challenges!

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University of Illinois Study Abroad

University of Illinois Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad and travel advice, go to the University of Illinois Study Abroad website.

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Wabash College Study Abroad

Wabash College Study Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: We have encouraged students to blog by noting the value of maintaining a journal. While they only write a handful of times, it allows their families to gain insight to the value of study abroad, it keeps fellow students and the college "community" informed on the individual students experience, and it will be a lifetime documentation of an often life-changing experience.

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Voices from Cornell Abroad

Voices from Cornell Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Try to be as much of a "local" as you can. Immerse yourself in their culture. Shop where they shop. Eat what they eat. Listen to them speak. The more a place becomes a home to you, the more lasting of an impact it will have on you.

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Wandering Educators

Wandering Educators's Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent study abroad and travel advice, go to the Wandering Educators website.

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100 Miles Highway

100 Miles Highway's Advice to Students and Travelers: Don't be afraid to take the big step. Uncertainty shouldn't be thought to be something scary. The best way to guarantee success on your time abroad is to simply follow your heart (without ignoring your gut, that is).

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A Little Adrift Travel Blog

A Little Adrift Travel Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: Find the program/country/language or experience that inspires you to study and travel. There is no "right" way to study abroad so find something that jives with your interests and go for it! Do what it takes to leave your country for a semester and it will transform your global perspective...and your job qualifications too :-)

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A Pinch of This, a Dash of That – Travel Experiences

A Pinch of This, a Dash of That's Advice to Students and Travelers: Try to learn as much of the local language as you can before travelling. Talk to locals: eat where they eat, shop where they shop, ask questions about the local culture and about their lives. Embrace the local culture, don’t judge it.

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A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad's Advice to Students and Travelers: If you are living in a country where the language is not familiar to you, make sure to take some time to learn basic vocabulary. 'Hello'. 'please' and 'thank you' will go a long way to showing locals that you care about their culture.The most important thing to remember when visiting a new country is that it will be different than what you're used to and sometimes those differences will feel frustrating and inconvenient. Be prepared for this and remember, if you wanted everything to remain the same you would never have decided to study abroad.

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Away She Goes

Away She Goes's Advice to Students and Travelers: The two biggest mistakes students make about studying abroad are doubting and missing deadlines. Seriously, if you meet the basic requirements, you'll probably get in so just apply already! Don't miss out because you couldn't fill out the paperwork. And I promise it won't be that scary or long, and you can make it work on any budget--just save, be on the lookout for scholarships, and talk to your study abroad adviser. Come on, get out there already!

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Backpacking Worldwide

Backpacking Worldwide's Advice to Students and Travelers: I'd say the #1 piece of advice that I can offer to people is this. If there is a will, there is a way. Many people view travel as something that is extremely expensive and very difficult to do. The reality is, not only can travel be very cheap, it can also be convenient, even for people in school or working. For instance, my dream trip is to go to Europe. This past summer I wanted to travel, but did not have enough saved up for a trip to Europe. Instead I spent less than $250 round trip on a ticket to Guatemala and spent a month and a half backpacking through Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. I spent a fraction of what I had saved for the trip by staying in the cheapest hostels and eating in local shops and restaurants. This upcoming summer, I'm finally taking my trip to Europe. But I am making sacrifices to make that happen. Instead of doing EXACTLY what I want and just freely backpacking to wherever I please, I'll be living in London and working part time. I'll have ample time off to take short trips to the surrounding countries and sights, and enough of an income to not go in the red while abroad. There are thousands of opportunities like this out there (you can teach English almost anywhere!), you just have to be willing to search and compromise. Happy travels to everyone!

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BE ON THE ROAD - Travel and Photography

BE ON THE ROAD's Advice to Students and Travelers: It is always good to plan all kinds of travels (pleasure, business or for study). It makes you prepared, but at the same time it brings in a certain amount of rigidity in your behavior. Such rigidity can make travel a bitter experience. In my experience, it is best to let yourself loose and be flexible in your thinking and in embracing the local life. That way, you quickly become one with the local, making for a glorious travel experience.

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Beachcomber Pete Travel Adventures

Beachcomber Pete's Advice to Students and Travelers: Like they say "The World is a open book", take the time to learn and see what the world has to offer. Explore new places and meet new people and most of all keep an open mind.

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C'est Christine

C'est Christine 's Advice to Students and Travelers: Do it while you're young! You'll always be able to find a job, but you won't always be able to travel. Before you get a lease, career, car, insurance, buy a backpack and a plane ticket. The real world will always be there, but the opportunity to see it won't.

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Chris in South Korea

Chris in South Korea's Advice to Students and Travelers: Let life happen. You can't always plan it, predict it, or know with certainty what tomorrow will bring. Stay loose, be prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they knock, and don't be afraid to make your own.

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Ciao, Urte!

Ciao, Urte!'s Advice to Students and Travelers: Travel light, journal, and keep your itinerary flexible.

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Diary of a laowai in England

Diary of a laowai in England's Advice to Students and Travelers: Make the most of your time in a foreign country. You have been lucky enough to experience a culture that may be extremely different from your own. Not so many people will ever get the opportunity to do what you are doing, so enjoy it, soak up the culture, integrate with the people and way of life, and most importantly of all have a bit of fun.

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Do It While You're Young

Do It While You're Young's Advice to Students and Travelers: Always sign-up for travel loyalty programs, especially airlines, when you travel or study abroad. Between getting to and from your destination and local flights, it is easy to start accruing miles towards a free ticket for your next holiday!

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Europe a La Carte Blog

Europe a La Carte Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: When you travel don't try to see to many cities/countries, visit fewer destinations but see them properly, giving yourself time to wander around to soak up the atmosphere.

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Europe Traveller

Europe Traveller's Advice to Students and Travelers: Enjoy every minute of it and try to go off the beaten track as much as possible. You will get a far richer experience and learn more about the country where you are staying.

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foXnoMad

foXnoMad's Advice to Students and Travelers: Travel, you won't regret it!

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GeoVisions

GeoVisions's Advice to Students and Travelers: There are two types of travelers. One is more interested in the destination. The other is more interested in the journey. The type of traveler you are determines the outcome of your trip.

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Globetrottergirls

Globetrottergirls' Advice to Students and Travelers: Our best advice is not to 'just do it' - do it the most amazing way you can within your means. If you are studying abroad or travelling on a limited budget, make room for adventurous experiences you would never do at home. The world is full of these experiences - from swimming with sharks to climbing an ever-erupting volcano! The other piece of advice is perhaps even more important - go local as much as possible. Eat local food, take local buses and hang with locals as much as you can. There is a huge ex-pat community out there, and as much as that can be a comfort zone and safety net, it should not be the only circle you travel in. What is the point of going abroad if you don't really absorb the local community. Plus, just eating that local food or taking that local bus can be an adventure all in itself! Most importantly - JUST GO! Go abroad, change your life!

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GloboTreks Travels

GloboTreks Travels' Advice to Students and Travelers: "Keeping an open mentality always makes traveling a learning experience. It doesn't matter when or where you go, there’s always something new to learn, absorb, and explore; whether it is a new culture, it's interesting history, or just experiencing a different lifestyle. "

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Healthy Travel Blog

Healthy Travel Blog's Advice to Students and Travelers: For many students, travel is the best part of college or graduate school and living in a different country can have a profound impact on their outlook and plans. We always advise students to prepare for a safe and healthy trip so they are not taken off guard if something goes wrong.

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J The Travel Authority

J The Travel Authority's Advice to Students and Travelers: Mingle with and chat up with as many locals (in all walks of life ) as possible to get a handle on the treasures that go beyond the obvious that all tourists flock to. When I'm traveling, I talk to just about everyone -- my friends are always asking why I talk to strangers -- from the waitress who serves me coffee to the person working at a bookstore.

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La Expatriada

La Expatriada's Advice to Students and Travelers: Do things that scare you! I was totally amazed by the number of students who lived in Spain, but spent all their time in American bars, with their American friends, discussing American things (in English, of course). Challenge yourself to speak another language, to go to local hang-outs, and to make new friends abroad. It can be awkward, embarrassing and uncomfortable. But in the process, you'll embrace another culture -- and another side of yourself.

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Lauren's Road Less Traveled

Lauren's Road Less Traveled's Advice to Students and Travelers: Studying abroad, even travel in general, can be intimidating. However, I’m a huge proponent for doing things that scare you. Uncomfortable situations, new surroundings and unfamiliar routines all play a part in helping you grow. Forcing yourself to step out of your comfort zone is one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever give yourself. If you can, find a way to go abroad and I guarantee you won't regret it!

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Life in a Sack

Life in a Sack's Advice to Students and Travelers: Don't go traveling with a rigid plan. Things change quickly on the road and it's best to have a flexible mind and plan.

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LLWorldTour.com

LLWorldTour.com's Advice to Students and Travelers: Immerse yourself! There is nothing more rewarding than being more than just a tourist. Scratch beneath the surface. Get to know the locals. You will be overwhelmed with kindness and the feeling that the world is a great place full of warm and friendly people!

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Melibee Global Education Consulting

Melibee Global Education Consulting's Advice to Students and Travelers: My favorite quote is by Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world." We all have experiences in life that move us to our core - act on those experiences that truly resonate with you and trust in your ability to be your truly powerful and capable self. If we think about Gandhi's movement and his quote we will be that change, and therefore, all will benefit from a more understanding and compassionate world. Traveling and studying abroad are essential to this statement; I encourage you to see the world regardless of the barriers that may stand in your way.

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Migrationology Travel

Migrationology Travel's Advice to Students and Travelers: Things are going to be different and may not make sense, but have a positive attitude through everything. Be flexible and adaptive to your travel environment and things will run a lot smoother!

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My Beautiful Adventure

My Beautiful Adventure's Advice to Students and Travelers: Changes in life are inevitable, especially when traveling. I named my site “My Beautiful Adventures,” because while most adventures have trying moments that are filled with change, in the end each of them are simply beautiful, since change enriches our lives and teaches us about our true selves. Change is an undertaking usually involving unknown risks and challenges that lead to unforgettable experiences. My life is filled with one beautiful adventure after another since I have now learned to embrace change.

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My Several Worlds

My Several Worlds' Advice to Students and Travelers: For excellent travel advice, visit My Several Worlds' website.

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Living with the Travel Bug

Living with the Travel Bug' Advice to Students and Travelers:Traveling and seeing the world is to open your eyes to life; it is an opportunity to discover new cultures and people and to see how life is lived outside of your world. Travel is an education in itself and a chance to travel or study abroad should not to be missed. The more you travel, the more you learn about life, the world, and yourself.

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Nancy Under the Stars

Nancy Under the Stars's Advice to Students and Travelers: If you're jumping feet first into backpacking or traveling, do some reading first. Reliable resources such as Lonely Planet or Ok Go are great places to start. Plan, but don't over plan. Be sure to get fitted for your backpack; make the monkey work for you!

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No Onions Extra Pickles

No Onions Extra Pickles' Advice to Students and Travelers: Just go! Travel is an experience like no other, and studying abroad is the first step in becoming a hopelessly addicted traveler. As cliché as it sounds, it will change your perspective on the world and I can't encourage you to travel enough.

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One Step 4 Ward

One Step 4 Ward's Advice to Students and Travelers: Swallow your fear and embrace the unknown - change always brings new opportunities, all you need to do is be brave enough to take that one step forward and you're life will be richer for it.

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Past and Future Wanderings of a Travelbug

Past and Future Wanderings of a Travelbug's Advice to Students and Travelers: Take some time to research your destination. Knowing what you want to do/see/eat will help you to make the most out of your trip. Also research health concerns--do you need vaccinations and is it safe to drink the water? Do you need a visa to visit/study/work? And even try to learn a few words of the local language--it will certainly come in handy during your travels.

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Runaway Juno

Runaway Juno's Advice to Students and Travelers: Be true to yourself. That's the best method.

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Seen the Elephant: About Adventurers Who Set Off to See the World, and Come Back Philosophers

Seen the Elephant's Advice to Students and Travelers: I imagine most of you are traveling in hopes of broadening your horizons to include sights as exotic as an elephant. My advice is for you to not to be surprised when you find out the elephant has wrinkles, and not to be afraid of getting to know your elephant "wrinkles and all." It's when you learn to take the good with the not-so-good that the experience of studying abroad starts to pay off. You develop a keener sense of adventure, as well as becoming more open to, and tolerant of, new people and ideas. One last piece of advice to you elephant seekers: however long you stay abroad, don't forget to come back and rejoin the herd! It's important for our country to have citizens who understand the ways in which the grass is greener (or not) elsewhere in the world.

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She's in Love with the World

She's in Love with the World's Advice to Students and Travelers: You can only learn from doing. Take every opportunity that comes your way and conquer it head on. No one ever learned a language just by listening to others speak it. Dive in, have fun and really immerse yourself in the the local culture -- from food to friends to transportation -- your experiences abroad will be that much bettered by it.

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Sleeping on Buses

Sleeping on Buses' Advice to Students and Travelers: If you're studying in Australia, enroll the moment classes are open. When I was studying, despite a full class load and attending guest lectures and seminars I was only ever at uni 3 days a week. I organized my classes so that I had Thursdays and Fridays off, giving me a four day weekend- more then enough time for weekend trips. This gives you the opportunity to visit the cities on your weekends off so at the end of your studies you can see the space in between and revisit places you have already seen and loved. Remember, when studying you often have strict visa conditions and need to leave the country within a month of completing the academic. Take advantage of the time you have.

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The 9 to 5 Alternative

The 9 to 5 Alternative's Advice to Students and Travelers: Did you know that only 10% of people who study abroad go back and visit the country they lived in? Remarkable. My advice to students studying abroad: have fun, party, live it up, but more importantly, try hard to form genuine, lasting relationships. Explore the ethos of the city. Walk around. Breath. Stay flexible and say "yes" as much as you can.

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The Bucketlist, Ecuador

The Bucketlist, Ecuador's Advice to Students and Travelers: Take some time to find some locals when travelling and studying abroad. Everyone who lives abroad does so for the same reasons that you are travelling and are happy to point you towards the places and people that they know to be good and worthwhile. It can make the difference if your travelling, studying, or thinking about making a move!

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The Circumference - Inspired Travel!

The Circumference - Inspired Travel!'s Advice to Students and Travelers: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. St. Augustine.

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The Gaijin With the Koto and the Bike

The Gaijin With the Koto and the Bike's Advice to Students and Travelers: Experience. Be adventurous. Take a random train, it will drop you off somewhere and you'll discover something. Talk to people. Accept them. Be you.

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The India Tube

The India Tube's Advice to Students and Travelers: Traveling begins where guidebooks end: local insight and firsthand experience are essential in really knowing a place.

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The Travelling Editor

The Travelling Editor's Advice to Students and Travelers: Embrace unpredictability: it may occasionally sweep you off your feet, but serendipity and unexpected pleasures are what make travelling exciting. Keep an open mind to all aspects when abroad: this is how you gain new friends, new experiences, new perspectives to life.

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Thrilling Heroics

Thrilling Heroics's Advice to Students and Travelers: Do it while you can! I've found that traveling and having real-world experience with diverse people and cultures around the world will give you the best education you can find. Travel forces you to become more resourceful and creative, you'll build an international network of friendships and professional connections, and stretch beyond your comfort zone to look at the world in new and different ways.

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Todd's Wanderings- Lifestyle advice, travel, adventures

Todd's Wanderings' Advice to Students and Travelers: Immerse yourself in the culture and place you find yourself. It can be easy to fall into the safety of hanging out with other study abroad students, and those from your own country. Don't forget to make friendships with people from the country your visiting. Joing a club or get involved in a project. This is how you'll get to know the place, and let it become a part of who you are.

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Traveling Canucks

Traveling Canucks's Advice to Students and Travelers: Our best advice to study abroad students is to not let fear or money worries prevent you from pulling the trigger. Life is about conquering fears and there is always time to make money after school. There are plenty of great resources out there to help with planning and funding, you just need to make the extra effort. Try to show up to the country a few weeks early and stay a few weeks later so that you can explore and take advantage of your unique situation. Try to learn the local language and spend as much time as you can learning about the culture. Meeting new people and learning about cultures is what the international student experience is all about, so dive right in and get dirty!

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Travelogged.com

Travelogged.com's Advice to Students and Travelers: My advice to students traveling abroad is to explore as much as possible. Some of my best travel experiences have come from day trips, so make sure not to limit yourself to the town or city where you're based. Seek out those hidden gems!

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Travels of Adam

Travels of Adam's Advice to Students and Travelers: Study abroad as much as you can. And use Couchsurfing or other resources online to meet up with locals, not just the other abroad students.

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Tripbase

Tripbase's Advice to Students and Travelers: Be forward thinking with your travels. Bumming on a beach won’t impress future employers but experiencing new cultures, volunteering and learning new skills and languages will all earn you valuable CV points. Seek out experiences that can be used to demonstrate initiative, leadership, teamwork and organization and you'll greatly enhance your future employment prospects after you get home!

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Two Backpackers

Two Backpackers's Advice to Students and Travelers: Flexibility has been our greatest behavior while traveling long term. Flexibility gives us the ability to spend extra time with new friends we suddenly met. We can venture out to a new city or a new hike that we just learned of from other backpackers in the hostel. Flexibility allows us to relax and wind down in a single place and put our travels on hold. Great experiences and friendships would have been missed had we not been flexible during our journeys.

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Unearthing Asia

Unearthing Asia's Advice to Students and Travelers: When in doubt, take the leap! Things have a funny way of turning out for the better in the end.

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Wandersugar

Wandersugar's Advice to Students and Travelers: My advice would be to really think about what you want from your study abroad experience: is nightlife important? Do you want to get involved with additional volunteer work? What sort of climate and scenery do you like? Do you need luxury or are you happy to rough it a bit? Research all the opportunities available to you then read around the different countries and the cultural experiences they would offer you. You should choose somewhere that really resonates with you, somewhere where you can embrace the culture and truly immerse yourself in the experience. Gourmets and art lovers may thrive on the elegant delights that Italy can offer, whereas environmentalists who like a heady atmosphere and numerous outdoor activities may instead prefer a stint at a Spanish language school in Costa Rica. Remember that your study abroad experience should be perfect for you and with a wealth of different options there is no reason why it shouldn't feel like it was designed especially for you.

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