Spain: Mid Program: “A day in the life” by Olivia Esparza

  Mid Program: A Walk Around Seville  The neighborhood I live in is a residential community full of apartment complexes with parks and cafes on every corner. Every morning I walk out of my building to see the locals starting… Continue Reading →

Scholarships: 8 Tips for Making Your Gilman Scholarship Essays Stronger – By Kyra Bruce

8 Tips for Making Your Gilman Scholarship Essays Stronger As part of your Gilman Scholarship application, you will write two essays. The first is a statement of purpose where you have the chance to explain why you need the scholarship… Continue Reading →

Scholarships: Making Study Abroad a Reality: The Gilman Scholarship & Advice – by Kyra Bruce

Make Studying Abroad a Reality: The Gilman Scholarship and Some Personal Advice I think I annoyed almost all my friends into reviewing my Gilman Scholarship essays before I finally submitted my application. Like the other 68 percent of Gilman Scholars,… Continue Reading →

2018 Video Contest Winner: Adam Hudak “Archeology on the Edge” Scotland

The video was filmed during the archaeological excavation and field school at the endangered site of Swandro-Orkney, Scotland. Working with some of the UK’s top archaeological professionals, the program aids the excavation racing against time and tide to preserve Orkney’s… Continue Reading →

2018 Video Contest Winner: Isaac Day, “The Great Canadian North” Canada

This video is a collection of shots I got during my internship with Young Life’s Malibu Club Camp. Located on the Jervis Inlet in British Columbia Canada this camp is completely off the grid, using a waterfall high in the… Continue Reading →

Czech Republic: Student Videos “My Time in Prague” by Kyra Bruce

In 2017 I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is a federal grant program that helps lower-income students study abroad. https://www.iie.org/gilman/ 

Czech Republic: Mid Program: “A day in the life” by Sarah Zinda

Mid Program: “A day in the life” I live in the neighborhood of Žižkov in Prague 3. I love all the things that are near us, but in regard to school the location is a bit of a hassle. There are… Continue Reading →

Thailand: “Internship Final Essay” by Spiridon Pappas

Internship Final Essay The First of Many As this semester abroad approaches the final curtain call, I look back and reflect on the 97 hours I spent at my internship with great fondness. It was an honor to have been… Continue Reading →

Thailand: “Internship Mid-Term Essay” by Spiridon Pappas

  Internship Mid-Term Essay The First Foreigner If someone had asked me at the beginning of the USAC semester abroad, “what would be your ideal internship?” “If you could create the perfect internship for yourself, what would it be?” “Try… Continue Reading →

Spain: “Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion” by Olivia Esparza

Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion After 6 months living in Spain my favorite part remains the slow paced Andalusian life. Every day I wander the winding cobblestone streets of Seville and watch Spanish life unfold as it has for… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “Post Program: A reflection” by Ellis Thomson

POST PROGRAM: A REFLECTION “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”- Jerzy Gregorek It’s been two weeks since I arrived home to the cozy embrace of the PNW, fifteen days since I was in Europe, and three-hundred and sixty… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “Mid Program: Strupwaffles” by Ellis Thomson

MID PROGRAM: STRUPWAFFLES thomsoe2 on January 18, 2018 The Strupwaffle is the best snack ever to be gifted to mere mortals in my opinion. But then again whole blog is my opinion.. The first Strupwaffle was flown down from Valahala by a chorus of… Continue Reading →

The Netherlands: “End of Program/WWOOFing in España” by Ellis Thomson

End of Program/WWOOFing in España I left the Hague for the final, and last moment ever in the history of time. It was raining, a slight drizzle agains the window pane…of my train. I am not sure if the true… Continue Reading →

Czech Republic: “Arrival” by: Sarah Zinda

Arrival “Arrival: Host Country & Cultural Immersion (post #2 of TWP) What are your favorite things about your host location thus far? Tell us about the university, academic experience, the classes, student life, and clubs or activities you are involved with? How… Continue Reading →

Spain: Pre-Departure “Heading Back to Spain” by Olivia Esparza

Pre-Departure: Heading Back to Spain Since September I have been studying Spanish for my Spanish major in Seville Spain. After finishing the first semester and going home for Christmas break I’m now preparing to return to Seville for my last… Continue Reading →

Italy: Post Program: “Study Abroad Takeaways & Reflection” by Carissa Loft

Post Program: Study Abroad Takeaways & Post Program Reflection Some of the biggest takeaways from this experience were visiting so many cities in Europe, making new friends, growing as a person, being out of my comfort zone and learning from… Continue Reading →

Czech Republic: “Pre-Departure” by Sarah Zinda

Pre-Departure This posting will be the first of five required for the TWP (discussed in my first posting) through WWU EdAbroad. For a more detailed account of the TWP you can visit https://wp.wwu.edu/westernabroadblogs/travel-writing-program/. “Pre-Departure: What are your goals for your international… Continue Reading →

France: Post Program Reflection: “After France… Now What?” by Brenna Roach

After France… Now What? Winter quarter has officially started at Western, and it has been 17 days since I said goodbye to Lyon. While I’m really excited to be back with my friends, and living the university life again; I’m… Continue Reading →

Italy: End of Program: “Ciao Reggio Emilia” by Carissa Loft

End of Program: Ciao Reggio Emilia, Italy! “Change is the only constant in life” – Unknown It comes to the day that I’m packing up my bags and saying goodbye to the people I call my friends. The people who… Continue Reading →

France: End of Program: “Until Next Time, Grenoble” by Libby Babb

Until Next Time, Grenoble At this time, three days from now, my plane will be landing in Seattle, and I’ll be home. In all honesty, it doesn’t even seem real yet. It’s hard to imagine not waking up in my cozy… Continue Reading →

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