Current Blogs (Fall 2013)
"Buddy group" is the translation of fadderullan which is where my time, this past 5 days, has been consumed by. The first day of the group was just international students and the buddy leaders. They gave us a little tour of the school and showed us around a little bit. The next day we were told to meet at the school at 11:00am because we would be going to a park. I met Sara, my now friend, in our buddy group that day. We found out that we both live at Sogn so we took the train back together. We planned to meet the next day to meet with our group.
Exactly one month from tomorrow afternoon, I will be on my way to the airport and then boarding a plane to London. It's absolutely amazing how fast the time has gone this summer. It seems as though I just got home from school - half of my stuff still has yet to be unpacked. This only reminds me of how fast my semester abroad is undoubtedly going to go. I don't think it has actually hit me yet, how close it is to my departure date.
Recent Blogs (Summer 2013)
Well, today was my first day in Ávila and it was so wonderful! We took a bus from Madrid to Ávila and the scenery was just gorgeous along the way! It was so beautiful and I got some good pictures, but it was so hard to stay awake on that ride because I still hadn't gotten any sleep. I slept 45 mins on the plane, and that's all the sleep I got for Friday night. When we got to Ávila, we met up with our families (which I mentioned before) and then headed to our homes.
Studying abroad for a year has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Throughout my first semester, I have made incredible friends, seen amazing places, learned more about history than I ever knew I wanted to learn but more importantly, I became someone I never thought I'd be. London has truly and positively changed my life in more ways that are imaginable.
I had to say some of my "see you later" 's these last couple of weeks. It's still strange to think I won't be seeing everyone next semester; it's beginning to make this whole 'study abroad' thing more real. Up until now I've been dealing mostly with ideas, numbers, dates, and pictures. Now I'm dealing with the more personal side.
Semester at Sea
After four months of planning I can't believe the day has finally come. On the ship I'll be taking Global Studies, Leadership Development, Cross Cultural Psychology, and Comparative Politics. I'm going to try to post at least once every country so all my friends and family can keep up with my travels! Visit Sarah's Blog
Galway, Ireland Fall 2012
To begin this blog, I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior at the University of North Dakota with a double major in Anthropology and History. After spending the last three years at the University of North Dakota, and being introduced to many great friends who were International students from around the world, I found myself intrigued by the idea about possibly getting a chance to study abroad for a semester before I graduate. Read more of Joe's blog.
Buenos Aires, Argentina Summer 2012
My name is Kayla Yarusso and I will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for six weeks this summer. I will be a senior in the fall and am majoring in biology and Spanish. I have heard from many people that studying abroad is a rewarding and beneficial experience and I am very excited about the opportunity. Visit Kayla's Blog
Metz, France Summer 2012
The countdown is finally coming to an end! In two days I will be on a plane to Europe to start on my study abroad adventure of a lifetime! Visit Kyle's Blog
University of Stirling, Scotland Spring 2012
The date is looming, its coming closer Everyday the time grows nearer Time to Step Time to LeapTime to Bound forward and Reach the unknown. I'm coming, I'm growing, I'm gaining new ground.The Journey has just begun. Visit Stephanie's Blog
American College of Norway, Spring 2012
Application? Check. Scholarships? Check. Passport? Check. Visa? Check. Ticket? Check. Registration? Check. Textbooks? Check. Norway? I'm a To Do list person. There are very few things as fulfilling to me as checking off a box and having the confirmation that I am moving forward and making good use of my time. Come to think of it, I can't even remember being without a pad and pen for my ever-changing never-ending list. Never-ending until now. Visit Darcie's Blog
University of Limerick, Ireland Fall 2011
Hello readers! My name is Claire Larson and I am going to be studying abroad in Ireland in the upcoming fall semester! I am currently a student at the University of North Dakota studying political science, public administration, and international studies. Studying abroad fits in with the major that I don’t know what I want to do with it quite yet. I look forward to traveling throughout Ireland and across Europe and sharing my stories and pictures with you. Visit Claire's Blog
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway Fall 2011
Hey everyone! My name is Maggie and I’m studying abroad this semester in Oslo, Norway! I’m a junior at UND majoring in Air Traffic Control and minoring in Norwegian. While I’m here, I will be taking classes at the University of Oslo on the Norwegian language as well as Norwegian history and culture. I’m excited about my semester abroad and hope you enjoy my blog! Visit Maggie's Blog
Avila, Spain Summer 2011
First of all, I guess I owe you an introduction. My name is Allee, my roommate´s name is Kate, and my host mom´s name is María. I just finished my second year at UND and started my study abroad experience in Spain. I´m here for six weeks, taking four classes and earning six credits toward my Spanish major.I´m participating in a grammar, conversation/readings, culture, and dance class. We´re learning flamenco; how cool is that? Visit Allee's Blog
Beijing, China Spring 2011
Folks, hello. I'm an English/Chinese Studies double major, and I'm spending this semester in the Chinese capital, Beijing. I want to warn you that I don't plan on writing a conventional travel blog, but (undoubtedly, indubitably) I will end up doing so, not because I want to, but because I will slip into that writing style, and it will be comfortable and safe and easy. I promise to try to keep things fresh, to give you good reason to continue reading, following, commenting, and hitting refresh, and I sincerely hope that you'll find reason to do the aforementioned. I can't summarize life in China for you, and I would hate to even try to boil something so complex down to a simple lie, especially when I'm approaching this from a foreigner's perspective, so instead I will promise you interesting writing, and I hope that will suffice. Visit Joshua's blog.
Semester at Sea Spring 2011
I'M ON A BOAT...no really, I am. Follow me as I spend Spring semester 2011 traveling world on the Semester at Sea, MV Explorer. The ocean will be my back yard, and no worries but the wind in my hair. I will be stopping in at least 12 different countries on my 110 day journey. I will share the ups and downs, and even the sea sickness with you. I'm a Junior from Maple Grove, MN studying Criminal Justice, ready to live the simple life. I hope my blog inspires you to take the chance to experience the same things I will. :) Visit Katherine's blog.
American College of Norway, Fall 2010
Brian is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, he is a Communication major and Sociology minor. For the Fall 2010 semester Brian will be studying at the American College of Norway in Moss. Brian's travels to Norway will be the first time he has left North America, he will be sharing his experiences via his video blog. Follow along to find out what life is like at the American College of Norway. Visit Brian's blog.
University of Brighton, England Fall 2010
Hey all! I am just a few short weeks away from a red eye to Heathrow International Airport from which I will embark on a 3 month adventure in Brighton, England and hopefully other European cities. I have no idea what to expect but I have heard the city of Brighton is nothing short of amazing! I am also very fortunate to have friends living throughout England and Wales and hope to explore many of their hometowns and experience typical British life. I am most excited for English breakfast, the Brighton Pier, traveling Europe, and studying in a quintessential college town. Visit Sabrina's blog.
Bilbao, Spain Spring 2010
Tomorrow I will embark upon the longest journey of my life to date. I will get on a plane just a few hours from my home, but when I land I will be 4,500 miles away. In a different time zone. A different world. I have told many of my friends and family in recent days that the stress and nervousness has been outweighing the excitement, but that is soon to change. What’s packed is packed, what’s done is done. Now I just have to get on the plane and begin to soak up each moment. Visit Megan's blog.
Costa Rica Spring 2010
So I’m beginning my blog with the same attitude that I have toward this trip. I am jumping in head first, with excitement and a bit of nervous anticipation. I currently am sitting in the Phoenix International Airport, awaiting to board my plane to Costa Rica. The whole week leading up to my departure as been a rollercoaster of emotions. I would like to consider myself a fairly independent person, with a burning desire to soak in everything the world has to offer me, but even for me this is a leap. Visit Alisha's blog.
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie Spring 2010
Kelli is a "SuperSenior" at the University of North Dakota where she got the opportunity to exchange with some lucky, cold-resistant student at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie. She is studying French in Caen for 4.5 months and will be blogging quite frequently about her giggle sessions, meltdowns, jet lag and language barriers via amusing and linguistic skillz.Back home in Minnesota, she has a dysfunctionally functional nuclear family, a fish named Beta Betta and boatloads of fantastically hysterical friends who drink entirely too much coffee and make her life spicy. Visit Kelli's blog.
American College of Thessaloniki, Greece Fall 2009
This will be my first time traveling to Europe and I plan on taking advantage of every learning opportunity. I know there is just a ton of blogs out there; I would like to make this fun and innovative with stories, pictures, and videos. I’ve asked family and friends what they would like to know about while abroad, I’d like to hear from you too, so the more comments and suggestions the better. I hope you enjoy the adventure as well! Visit Andrew's blog.
University of Sunshine Coast, Australia Spring 2009
Arrived at about 5 am and reception was not open until 6:30. Hung out in McDonalds, took a walk, and got some fresh air. Katie and I were delirious and bouncing off the walls. The others probably hated us! Oh well that’s what happens when I don’t sleep. After a while Katie, Wes, and I claimed the car and passed out. Britt and Pat experienced a beautiful sunrise over the harbor. Soon enough reception at the hostel opened and we all went and took over the couches in their common area…at least we were able to get a good couple hours of sleep in us! Visit Chelsey's blog.
Prague, Czech Republic Fall 2009
Hello! My name is Vanessa Watson and I am excited to be able to share my study abroad experience with all of you. A little about me… I am from Minot, ND and am entering my senior year at the University of North Dakota double majoring in History and International Studies. I have always had a great interest in other cultures and this will be my second time studying abroad. (I spent summer 2008 studying Spanish in Valencia, Spain) Studying abroad is one of the best things I have ever done in my college career. I am excited to start another exciting adventure this fall in Prague, Czech Republic!!! Visit Vanessa's blog.