Awaiting the Journey to Japan
Aug28

Awaiting the Journey to Japan

アラバマの大学生へ、 Dear Students of the University of Alabama, My name is Maja. I am a sophomore at UA, majoring in English and minoring in Japanese. And through the Capstone International Program, I am about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. On August 24, I will depart America and take flight to Japan, where I will spend 8 months studying at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City. I am so excited, as living in Japan for such an...

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A Tokyo Tale: Predeparture Pros and Predicaments
Aug28

A Tokyo Tale: Predeparture Pros and Predicaments

Hello readers and study abroad hopefuls! This is Ashley Haugland, a current senior at our very own beloved Bama. I’m majoring in International Relations (relations track) with a minor in Japanese and in an astounding, anxiety-inducing time frame of 1o days I will be departing the good ol’ US of A for Tokyo, Japan. This is my first excursion abroad so I’m not exactly a fount of wisdom, but I wanted to lay out some of...

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Berlin or Bust!
Aug27

Berlin or Bust!

Hello Everyone! My name is Natalie, and I am a Senior majoring in Elementary Education. I will be graduating from UA in December and have decided to complete my final semester abroad! As an education major, my last semester is known as my teaching internship, where teacher interns teach two different grades, one higher (4-6) and one lower (K-3), pretty much on their own. The College of Education provides the opportunity for teacher...

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Sweet Home Australia
Aug27

Sweet Home Australia

My study abroad pre-departure story is a little different. I have been in Australia since February, and I chose to study abroad here during this past spring semester of my junior year. I decided to continue my study abroad experience for a second semester. I picked Australia because it was a place I wanted to see since I was young. The only things I knew about Australia were the typical stereotypes we know of, thanks to Steve Irwin...

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Getting settled in to Santiago
Aug26

Getting settled in to Santiago

As our plane descended over the Andes mountains, the sun rose over the their jagged peaks, painting the blue sky deep purple, red, orange and pink. I woke up the passenger next to me, and we spent the remainder of our descent gawking at the ever-changing silhouetted mountains. The picturesque view wasn’t something I wanted to experience alone. After landing the thirteen other students in my program and I spent the next three days...

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