Foreign language Blog Posts

How to Get By in a Foreign Country When You Don't Speak the Language

How to Get By in a Foreign Country When You Don't Speak the Language

Posted by Emmet Pierce on July 25, 2016 in Travel

Traveling the globe can be the adventure of a lifetime, but sooner or later travelers are bound to run into some language barriers. It isn't always feasible for international travelers and students to learn the language of every country they visit, but there are strategies they can use to make sure they're understood. Here are some communication tips to make your overseas journeys more enjoyable.... Read More ...

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

Posted by Brianna Weidman on February 5, 2016 in Study Abroad

Planning for your study abroad experience can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming, and every decision you make should involve an assessment of both the positives and the negatives. While it’s only natural to imagine the glamorous aspects of your trip abroad, these expectations can cloud your judgment of the reality that awaits you. Studying abroad is a worthwhile and often life-changing experience, but be sure to check out these 5 disadvantages of study abroad- before you start planning.... Read More ...

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Common Travel Myths Exposed!

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on June 30, 2015 in Travel

Many reasons keep people from traveling internationally, and almost all involve a fear of the unknown. You might fear catching a disease, or language barriers, or the possibility of getting pickpocketed or kidnapped. With proper research and solid preparation, you can set aside your fears and feel comfortable about packing your bags and leaving your home countries for an international experience you won't soon forget!... Read More ...

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Improve Your Trip Abroad

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Improve Your Trip Abroad

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on May 7, 2015 in Travel

Excuses not to travel are easy to find. Here are nine international travel tips that can help you overcome your objections to leaving your home country.... Read More ...

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Interview: Studying German in Germany

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on May 5, 2015 in Study Abroad

We interviewed a Michigan State University Alumni, Elizabeth Kelley, who had recently studied abroad to study German in Germany. She graciously allowed us to share her thoughts on studying another language in another country for those who are curious about doing the same.... Read More ...

How to Study Abroad in Japan

How to Study Abroad in Japan

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on May 4, 2015 in Study Abroad

The decision to study abroad can be a life-altering one. Spending an extended period of time on your own in a foreign country changes your outlook on life and exposes you to things you would never see had you stayed home. If you have made that decision and are looking for a destination, consider Japan.... Read More ...

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Getting Prepared for College in a Foreign Country

Posted by Jarred Juett on April 22, 2015 in Study Abroad

Whether you are entering college right after graduating high school or you are enrolling after some time off, getting prepared for college can be tricky. It can be even trickier to prepare when your new school is in another country!... Read More ...

Five Tips for Your Missionary Travel Experience

Five Tips for Your Missionary Travel Experience

Posted by Shelby Walton on April 22, 2015 in Travel

Going on a mission trip is a huge decision and an even greater commitment. While some mission trips are short term, many can last anywhere from 1-2 years. Expectedly, leaving your home country for this extended period of time requires lots of careful preparation.... Read More ...

Studying Education Abroad

Studying Education Abroad

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2015 in Study Abroad

For many students, the thought of leaving their home, school, and friends behind to study abroad is a scary thought. For some students, what keeps them from studying abroad is the fact that their education may experience a slight setback.... Read More ...

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Coming to the U.S. for a Masters Program

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 23, 2015 in Study Abroad

Many decisions accompany the choice to get a graduate degree. One decision is picking the university to complete your master’s program. There are many graduate programs throughout the world, but many people decide to go to the United States. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll want to receive a quality education from a respected university.... Read More ...

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Posted by Abigail Pratt on December 18, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a major decision, and plenty of smaller decisions fall under its umbrella. Sure, it’s easy to decide you’ll study abroad. However, once you decide to go, you need to do some research. Where are you going to study? What are you going to study? Do you want a foreign-language program? How are you going to get there? How do you apply for the program? How much is it going to cost to study abroad? What options are there for financial aid? These questions can be overwhelming, but don’t let them deter you. After all, there are many great benefits to studying abroad.... Read More ...

Resources for Students Studying Abroad

Resources for Students Studying Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on September 24, 2014 in Study Abroad

No matter your home country or where you will study, studying abroad may be a challenging experience. As you transition from your home into a new culture, you will experience culture shock. One of the best ways to deal this transition period is to know what resources are available to you and how to best use those resources. International student resources come in various forms: critical information, programs that can help you get connected to school and make living abroad easier, and where to find these resources.... Read More ...

7 Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers While Traveling

7 Tips for Overcoming Language Barriers While Traveling

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

Traveling around the world can be some of life’s greatest experiences. By visiting new countries and sampling different types of foods and cultures, you gain a greater understanding of our collective global consciousness. In the course of your adventures, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to occasionally feel intimidated by language and communication barriers. To... Read More ...

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Top 5 International Travel Apps

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 9, 2014 in Travel

All travel requires a certain amount of planning. But you want to ensure you’re especially prepared when heading to a different country, where language and cultural barriers may be harder to overcome. Having a full range of mobile tools at your disposal can significantly improve your experience. With smartphones, managing your trip is a more... Read More ...

Say What? Phrases Every International Traveler Should Know

Say What? Phrases Every International Traveler Should Know

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Traveling the world is undoubtedly fun and exciting, but it also can be a little problematic at times. Knowing what, how and when to say a phrase in a foreign language is necessary for avoiding problems, conflicts or hazardous situations that may not be possible to resolve in English. Provided below is a list of five phrases every international traveler should know when they venture abroad.... Read More ...

5 Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad

5 Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

As a student, the opportunity to study abroad offers you the ability to expand your horizons in new and exciting ways. You’ll be introduced to a new culture and confronted with new ideas and ways of life. Most of all, you will learn an entirely new way of communicating with others. This is a simple task for those who choose to study abroad in English speaking countries.... Read More ...

10 Tips for Experiencing the Culture While Studying Abroad

10 Tips for Experiencing the Culture While Studying Abroad

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is not always easy. Language barriers can leave foreign students feeling isolated on occasions, and home sickness is common among young travelers. Studying abroad can be made easier and more enjoyable if students do not think of themselves as visitors, but instead immerse themselves in a region’s culture. Provided below are 10 tips for experiencing the culture while studying abroad.... Read More ...

Study Abroad in Spain

Study Abroad in Spain

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an exciting time for any student who takes advantage of the opportunity to learn and travel in a different country. However, one of the most difficult decisions you have to make before studying abroad is deciding where you actually want to go. Many students choose to study in countries like England and... Read More ...

Study Business Abroad

Study Business Abroad

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Study Abroad

In today’s economic market and job climate, it really helps to have a little something extra on your resume. In fact, many employers look for potential hires that not only have relevant experience, but who can also provide a competitive advantage. Whether you are currently studying business, management, or international business, going to study business abroad will not only improve your resume, but also provide a wonderful educational and cultural experience. Studying business and management abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to advance your skills and gain practical and applicable experiences on an international level.... Read More ...

Cultural Awareness Tips for Working Abroad

Cultural Awareness Tips for Working Abroad

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Working abroad can be not only a great occupational opportunity, but also a great way to learn about the cultures of other countries. But in order to have a successful overseas working experience, expats must prepare for the possibility of culture shock, or just the challenges that can sometimes accompany living in a new place.... Read More ...

Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on January 29, 2014 in Study Abroad

As a student, you may have heard talk about studying abroad. Perhaps your friends are considering it or maybe your school even requires some degree of off-campus study. You may be hesitant. You ask, “Why study abroad?” You might love to see the world, but your education has to come first. Or maybe you have avoided the experience because you are not sure you would like being on your own for so long in a foreign country. While those are certainly understandable reasons for never having seriously considered studying abroad, here is an opportunity to reconsider.... Read More ...