If you ask someone why they came to Penn State or their favorite thing about Penn State, you can expect some of them to say THON. If you know what THON is, then you will understand why. However, so many people outside of THON haven’t even begun to grasp the idea.
Welcome to Valley Overseas. We’ll hear from students exploring new lands full of strange customs, seemingly impenetrable language barriers, and Euro-trash. They’ll dish out the good, bad and the ugly of living in a home-stay, and the tales of discount airlines. From mixed-up vocab to drool-worthy people in fantastic fashions, let us show you the experiences of a lifetime.
Whether it’s you taking a leap of faith in Italy or your best friend shipping off to Spain, the harsh reality is that studying abroad can take a possible toll on your friendship. But have no fear, studying abroad does not mean you need to put your relationships on hold.
So you finally committed to spending a semester of college abroad. You have been through months of applications, paperwork, and deadlines and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel! But there are still some things you have not taken care of yet, like considering budget or packing. There is something else you need to consider: where you are going to live.
As a Penn State student living abroad, there are plenty of things I miss about State College. I long for the beautiful green campus, rowdy Saturday nights and of course my friends.
It’s officially been a month since I arrived in Florence. The first week was pretty laid back – getting to know my roommates and attending orientation was pretty fun. Then came the second week, with the start of classes and a little bit of homesickness.
I arrived in Rome three days ago jetlagged and delirious, but unbelievably excited to finally begin my semester abroad. Over winter break, I endured endless questions from family and friends wondering if I felt ready and if I was scared of anything I’d have to face.
The costs of studying abroad are adding up quickly. After a 16-hour journey from Philadelphia, I have finally arrived in Florence. And with that comes a hefty price on pizza, pasta, wine and even water.
With many friends of yours – or yourself – embarking on an adventure of their lifetime, here, I, a study abroad returnee myself, will introduce 13 of the most typical categories of people one may encounter while being out of the country. Bon voyage!
There are many reasons why people choose to study abroad. Most of us go in hopes of finding something we’ve been looking for— adventure, passion, nightlife, education or history. In the short week that I’ve already spent here in London, I’ve noticed that what we actually find is a bit more unexpected—that is, ourselves.
Life is beautiful in that we’re constantly given the gift of starting over. For some of us, this means the start of a new relationship, or even, the end of a toxic one. It means changing our lives to adjust or adapt to something new, sometimes unknown. And every so often we’re lucky enough for it to mean finding a gift behind a door, finally opened.
Studying abroad is one the most life-changing opportunities you will receive during your college career. Due to the massive amount of preparations, the months leading up to your departure are stressful.
As the school year comes to a close, graduation caps are flung into the air and plans are made with friends for the coming months, the summer will bring about many opportunities for students.
Taking a break from our weekend-long traveling expeditions, my roommates and I went on a day trip to Verona, Italy. This town is said to be the set of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, “Romeo and Juliet”.
Milan is said to be the one Italian city where its population is obsessed with working. However, my experiences have given me the opposite impression.
While abroad, weekends are pretty much synonymous with country hopping. First off my checklist? Switzerland.
The months leading up to studying abroad can be absolutely hectic, exciting, overwhelming and nerve wrecking all at the same time. Living in another country for four months is a big transformation – knowing what to pack is essential.
Apparently, “I want to go to Sweden” isn’t a valid excuse for missing a final.
“It’s nice we have this room to ourselves,” said my friend Alex mere seconds before a group of Hungarian teenagers entered.
“Oh,” he whispered. “I spoke too soon.”
I’m in week 14 of my study abroad experience—you’d think I’d have figured that out by now. But it began innocently enough in a bar in Brussels when a British guy at a nearby table overhead me chatting with my friend Krista.
Yesterday, I’m blowing my nose in the library’s bathroom when a man walks in. Then another. Weird, I think.