Semester in France

Name: Cassidy Myers

Major: Economics

Year: Junior

Program: Studying at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France

 

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I chose to study abroad because I have always loved traveling and seeing places different from where I have always lived. I try to take every opportunity that I am given to get outside my comfort zone and do something new. Studying abroad seemed like the perfect way to accomplish all of these goals at once.

 

Why did you choose to go to this location?

Bordeaux is a beautiful city with a lot of cool things to see and do. It was also a very affordable program compared to many other Study Abroad programs out there. It allowed me to take a lot of classes that I couldn’t take at my home institution in English, so I didn’t have to worry about taking any language proficiency exams.

 

What’s the best part about studying abroad? Favorite experience?

The best part of studying abroad is being able to see a whole new part of the world. In Europe, it’s not super expensive or difficult to explore other countries on long weekends. During a week off of classes I was able to take a solo trip around Italy and even got to see some friends from the States who were studying there for the semester.

 

What did you struggle with? How have you overcome it?

The biggest struggle for me personally was not knowing the language. When I got to France, the only French word I knew was “croissant.” Not everyone speaks English, so there is a lot of guesswork involved in getting around. My hosts also do not speak any English, so there are often communication issues. The only real way to overcome it is just through not being afraid to embarrass yourself and keeping a translator on your phone. I have my Netflix subtitles in French, look up words all the time, and even enrolled in a French class to help me pick the language up quicker. Within a few weeks I could pretty easily get through my everyday interactions- buying breakfast, getting groceries, taking public transport, etc.

 

What advice do you have for those who want to study abroad?

Just do it if you can. You have a whole semester (or year) where you can jump head-first into everything that makes you nervous. You have a chance to make lifetime connections, but it’s very freeing to be ok with embarrassing yourself in front of people you will never see again. Try local food, learn as much of the language as you can, and get to know the area- both the city where you live and those surrounding you!

 

What would you suggest to someone with study abroad doubts?

You are significantly more likely to regret not going than you are to regret going. The paperwork and the thought of being away for so long is definitely going to be daunting, but the stories and experiences that you will return with will make everything beyond worth it.Bordeaux 1

International Education Month!

We are celebrating International Education Month with new events! Come see what Study Abroad is all about! The question is where in the world will you go? Follow us on social media!

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Study Abroad Workshops

Join us for one of our four fall Study Abroad Workshops!  No sign-up needed!

 

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Scholarships and Grants Available for Study Abroad

There are a lot of opportunities to help fund your study abroad experience!

Please visit the website: https://www.uwgb.edu/study-abroad/grants-scholarships/  to learn more about the options offered by both the OIE and other campus departments.  Some scholarships or grants include:

Travel Grant

Wochinske Scholarship

Karen Dalke Memorial Global Citizen Scholarship

Arendt Family Scholarship

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

and MANY more!!

Look to see which ones you are eligible for and apply now!  Deadlines are coming up quickly!

 

 

 

Fall Study Abroad Fair!

The Fall Study Abroad Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11th from 10:00 – 2:00 & 4:00-6:00, in Phoenix Rooms B/C.

Students will have the opportunity to attend the Fall Study Abroad Fair and learn about all of the domestic and international study programs available.

Study abroad advisors and program representatives as well as various campus & community resources will be on site to answer questions and assists students in learning about these amazing opportunities!  Whether you wish to study abroad for a few weeks, a semester, or a full year we have a program that will fit your needs.  Also, we have new, exciting programs to CHILE, & LONDON beginning this fall semester – come check it out!

Visit the Study Abroad Fair and find out more about how YOU can study abroad!

Applications OPEN for Winter & Spring 2020 programs!

Start thinking about starting your application for a winter or spring 2020 study abroad program!  Begin your application right from our website – simply click on the individual program link and click “Apply Now”!

 

DEADLINES:

September 1st:  Denmark

September 20th:  Osaka, International Student Teaching, London Internship, some faculty-led travel courses

October 1st: all other programs

 

(But earlier is always better!)

**Make sure you look for our NEW programs in London & Chile as well as our NEW combined faculty-led (travel course) & student teaching in Cuernavaca!

http://uwgb.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ListAll

 

Summer in Alicante, Spain!

Navatnie Etchin recently returned from a month in Alicante, Spain!  She participated in the Spain: UWGB in Alicante faculty-led program, hosted by CEA (a study abroad provider).  While abroad she wrote two blogs for CEA, check out the links below!

 

https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/blog/mojo/2019/06/13/my-arrival-in-alicante-first-impressions

https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/blog/mojo/2019/07/08/12-best-places-in-alicante-spain

 

Navatnie also is a photographer, check out her Spain photos by searching for @uwgb_oie or #uwgbstudyabroad on Instagram!

 

Navatnie

Spring 2019 applications will be open soon!

We are in the process of updating our full website (content, budgets, attachments, etc.) and will have applications ready and open for spring 2019 study abroad programs very soon!

Please keep an eye on our websites and social media for updates and our announcement when applications are open.  If you have questions in the meantime, please let us know!

We are open all summer, so stop in, email or give us a call.

Thanks!

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Connect with us this summer!

 

We are OPEN this summer!  Find our office in Cofrin Library 108 (by the Garden Cafe)

We are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.  Stop in, call, or make an appointment to meet with one of our advisors.

You can call us at 920-465-2190 or email oie@uwgb.edu- also find us on social media (@UWGB_oie or #UWGBstudyabroad)

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