QUIZ! What kind of Global Traveler are you?

Find out what kind of global traveler you are!

Although you’ll be faced with many big decisions in life, making the choice to study or intern abroad is definitely one you should say YES to!

Because we’ve helped so many students study and intern abroad, we know it can be an overwhelming process. There are academic considerations, financial aid to line up, as well as making sure the program offers the experiences and inclusions you’re looking for. Having access to an advisor (either through CISabroad or on your university campus) can be a big help as you narrow down your choices.


But let’s get to the real reason why you’re here: to find out just which kind of global traveler you are.

Which of the statements below sounds most like you? Don’t be surprised if the study or intern abroad program of your dreams is somewhere you never thought of going. A huge part of exploration is being open to where the journey takes you. Prepare to find the program of your dreams, future wanderer!

CISabroad Best Value ProgramsYou want the best bang for your buck.

And why wouldn’t you? Studying or interning abroad is a huge investment — in your future. That said, you still want to make sure you’re making the most of your experience.

CISabroad’s Best Value programs offer an incredible value and are packed with everything you could want to have an action-packed, transformative experience abroad and more, including a great cost of living, the most potential for credits, the most cultural immersion activities, the most travel, and the best excursions!


 CISabroad Hot Destinations programsYou have your pulse on the next big thing.

Forget being in the loop – you ARE the loop. Maybe people ask you where you found out about that cool new app or where you got those shoes.

CISabroad’s Hot Destinations programs offer some of the most exciting destinations around the globe. Programs make this list because they are among our most popular student favorites. In fact, if you’re looking for programs that offer more opportunities for interaction with CISabroad students, look no further!


CISabroad Hot Destination ProgramsYou want to take the “road less traveled.”

Not one to follow the crowd, you don’t want the “typical” study abroad experience – you feel the push of wanderlust and want to explore parts of the globe most unlike our own.

Maybe you want to study or intern abroad in a country you may not have considered at first. If you’re looking for tried and true programs that fly under the radar, CISabroad’s Off the Beaten Path programs are for you.


CISabroad.com Staff Picks programsYou like suggestions!

Open to just about anything, you’re curious what others would recommend and are looking for some ideas to get started.

Check out some of CISabroad’s Staff Picks programs — from our leadership to our University Relations team, we’re happy to give personal recommendations!

Now that you know what kind of global traveler you are, you have some ideas of where you can have a transformative study or intern abroad experience. So what’s stopping you? We want to hear your questions!

Take the next step – reach out to our helpful advisors over email, chat, or phone – 877.617.9090. Browse our newest catalog online. If you know which program you’re interested in, get ahead of the game and start your application at CISabroad.com.


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Traveling with Dietary Restrictions

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This summer Eden is studying in Limerick, Ireland with CISabroad, and doing an internship in Dublin, Ireland. Eden studies at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. Here are some tips on how to make traveling with dietary restrictions as smooth as butter!


Traveling to a foreign country and being surrounded by many new types of food is overwhelming, and when you have dietary restrictions as well it can become challenging. I am Vegan and I survived in Ireland (A meat and dairy heavy country) for almost a whole summer with little to no struggle at all. This post is for anyone with any type of dietary restriction from lactose intolerance to vegans and vegetarians alike. It is possible and easy to stay happy and healthy when it comes to your restrictions with food while traveling. Here are ways to make eating out easier while abroad.

Research. Research restaurants in the area you will be staying in that accommodate your restrictions before even leaving home. This will make you feel more at ease before travelling and make eating out a breeze once you get there. I have very many restrictions when it comes to eating out so I have learned that it is always best to research beforehand. It only takes a few minutes rather than popping in and out of different restaurants trying to find something on the menu.

Call Ahead. Even when I am in the U.S. I call ahead but while in a foreign country it is even more helpful. If you research a place and you do not find anything that accommodates your needs, call and tell the chef you would like to come in for a meal but have certain restrictions. I find that almost always chefs are excited for a challenge and love making new dishes. Whenever I call and let a chef know I would like a vegan meal even though there is not one on the menu, they always create something delicious for me.

Ask. Although you may not find a meal for yourself on the menu, you can always ask the wait staff if the chef can make a specific meal that fits your needs. You may even simply be able to remove or add some items to a certain meal and make it perfect for you. I was lucky enough to have traveled to an English speaking country, but if you are somewhere English is not the first language learn how to say the things you cannot eat in the native language. It is as simple as printing those phrases out, or writing them down, or even downloading an app that explains your needs in many different languages. Before I left home for Europe this summer I downloaded the app “VCards” which explains what vegans do not eat in over one-hundred language. If I travel to Italy or Spain or wherever, I can just open the app at a restaurant and be all set. I am sure there are apps for other dietary restrictions as well.

Join an Online Group. Before I left for Ireland I joined a Facebook group for vegans in Ireland. People in the group post information about different vegan restaurants in their area of the country and restaurants that have vegan options on the menu. I have been able to ask questions and recommendations on these pages and it has been extremely helpful during my summer here. All I did was research “vegan in Ireland” and many pages came up. It is really that simple when you are traveling.

Lastly, no matter what your restrictions are do not ever feel like you are missing out on experiencing a culture because you have a food restriction. Before I left, many people asked me if I was going to “stay vegan” while I was in Ireland, and of course I was not going to put my beliefs on pause because I would be in a new culture. You may feel like you’re missing out on the full experience abroad because of your restrictions, but if you follow these tips you will find incredible food options that will make you feel a lot less left out knowing that there are many others in that country that lead the same lifestyle as you do.

CISabroad Alumnus to Teach in Italy

Anthony T., a recent graduate from University of Massachusetts-Amherst studied in Perugia, Italy for a semester with CISabroad. He is now headed back to teach in Italy with the SITE program through  Liceo Pacioli di Crema.


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Anthony (left), with his Italian friend

Congratulations on your recent graduation from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst! We heard you’re returning to Italy again this summer to teach Italian, what will you be doing?

“I’ll be teaching English for 10 months to Italian high school students. My study abroad experience in Perugia boosted my Italian language skills. I heard about the position from the Italian department (even though I’m not an Italian major). The department knew that I wanted to return to Italy, and when they heard about this opportunity they knew I would apply.”

Anthony celebrating his birthday with Italian friends

Anthony celebrating his birthday with Italian friends

How did your study abroad experience help you land the job?
“Studying abroad gave me the confidence to apply, I was all on board with the idea and I could envision myself working there – no reservations. I know this experience isn’t going to make me wealthy, it’s a minimal pay internship, but it’s the experience I wanted and I decided to go for it!”

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Venice, Italy

Where will you be living?
“I”ll be within 15 minutes of the high school, and will be living in an apartment or home-stay. I’ll receive a monthly stipend for room and board.”

Do you know anyone else going?
“Actually, there is another CISabroad alumnus that I met who has an internship in a different town, but close enough to see each other. We’re pretty excited that we’re both going back.”

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Tips for future wanderers and recent graduates?
“Don’t look at the money when looking to relocate, go for it! The biggest tip is to find something you enjoy.”

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Lago Trasimeno

CISabroad Alumna to Join the Peace Corps

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Elaina C., a student at Longwood University, studied for a semester in South Africa with CISabroad. Due to her time in South Africa she has decided to join the Peace Corps. Learn how her time abroad helped her grow as a person, and encouraged her to continue to explore and serve those around her.


1.Where and when did you study abroad?

I studied abroad in the Fall of 2015 and studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2.What is one of your favorite memories from your time abroad?

My favorite memories from abroad would have to be the service aspect of our trip. This included volunteering at an orphanage with the CISabroad site director, as well as other service opportunities found through a friend. We were truly able to give back to the wonderful community around us and not just be tourists but truly participate in the community.

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3.What is one of the biggest challenges you faced during your time abroad, and how did overcoming it help you to grow as an individual?

From the beginning the culture shock was much more of a challenge than I thought it would be originally. At first, I was convinced I would adapt easily and learn to adjust. I did on many levels, but I also learned that South Africa and the city I was in was just different and I would have to adjust. I think this overall helped me discover who I am as a person and adjust to the hurdles life has thrown at me. It motivated me to seek out adventure outside of my comfort zone.

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4.How did studying abroad impact your future goals, and did it affect your decision to join the Peace Corps?

Studying abroad taught me that sometimes the hardest challenges produce the greatest rewards. While in South Africa I learned so much about who I am as a person and found a part of me I had been missing. In addition the love for service and being abroad taught me that I would not be happy if I did not seek out further adventure. I learned from my time abroad that when we step out of our comfort zones we make ourselves and the world a better place to live in.

5.Where will you be serving in the Peace Corps? What are you most excited for, and what are you most nervous about?

I will be serving in the Dominican Republic and I am very excited to experience a new country and new community. I am excited to be immersed into a new culture, and embark on a new journey. I am nervous about the language immersion aspect of the position and the country. I am nervous about going through the culture shock again but I know because of my experience abroad I will make it through and find the life changing experience that study abroad proved to be for me.

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6.What advice do you have for students thinking about studying abroad?

My advice to those thinking of studying abroad is stop thinking and do it. Never in your life will you have the opportunity to explore the world, study what you love and get to know yourself like you never have before. Studying abroad seems like it is impossible to afford or to make it through. But there are so many opportunities for funding, assistance and so many other routes available. My advice is don’t make excuses, do what will make you happy. Before you know it this experience will have an impact on your life, career opportunity, and so much more.

7 Ways to Travel Europe on a Budget

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is spending a Semester in London with CISabroad. Learn more about her studies and travels here, and stay tuned for more great posts from Erin!


Traveling around Europe doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, if you budget your money well, it really isn’t that expensive. Here are some tips for saving money I have learned this semester.

1. Stay in a hostel or Airbnb– You definitely don’t need to stay in a 5 star hotel when trying to save money in Europe. Hostels are great because you can find multiple in any city you are traveling to. They provide a bed, bathroom, and sometimes kitchen and breakfast- everything you need. They can be very inexpensive and are usually located in prime locations. Airbnbs are another very inexpensive option, especially when traveling with multiple people. With this you can rent a room in an apartment or the whole thing for one set price. They often include a kitchen as well. Sometimes you are staying in the apartment with the owner and other times you are with other travelers. And even better, sometimes you get it to yourself.

2. Cook your own food- eating out can be very expensive. 9 times out of 10 it will save you money to buy food at the grocery store and prepare it yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the famous local cuisine, you just get to see it truly as the locals would. Shopping in foreign grocery stores gives you a really good idea of what locals eat and it is actually a really fun experience. In Switzerland I opted to buy a make-your-own fondue kit from the grocery for six Frank rather than spend 30 Frank per person at a restaurant. It was still delicious and so fun to make! I know that you won’t always have access to a kitchen, so when you do eat out, stick with the local places out of the touristy center. They always have better prices and more authentic food.

3. Eurail pass- The Eurail pass is a pass you can buy to use on any train in Europe. There are many options that work for a specific time or in specific countries, so you can choose the one that works best for you. I chose the 8 days of unlimited travel in 1 month. This means that I can take as many trains, busses, or boats in a day that I want for eight days in one month. The pass may seem expensive, but it saves you money when you add up the individual cost of each ticket you would have had to buy. It is also really flexible because you can hop on any train at any time as long as it doesn’t require a reservation.

4. Walk everywhere- Public transportation is expensive and hard to navigate in foreign countries. Walking is good exercise and it allows you to explore and see things that you would have otherwise missed, so try to walk as many places as you can.

5. Avoid expensive tourist attractions- These may look fun, but often times they are extremely crowded and overpriced. Try to do things that the locals would do and search for alternatives to the busy tourist attractions. Some places, however, shouldn’t be missed. If there is a certain museum or historical site you have been dying to see, don’t let the price stop you. This may be your only chance to see it and you don’t want to give it up just for money. Look online in advance and see if there are any discounts you can use.

6. Make a budget- Know how much money you have to spend and create a budget. Give yourself a certain amount to live off of each day and really try to stick with it. This can be a challenge, but it is fun to see how far you can stretch your dollar. Allot a set amount to leisure each month and spend it wisely!

7. Do your research- Know the currency of the country you are traveling in and the exchange. Over time it is easy to see that certain things are very expensive in certain countries and relatively cheap in others. This is when it is best to plan ahead and buy the things you will need while you are in a country that is less expensive before traveling somewhere like London, where everything is very expensive. It is also best to research discounts for whatever it is you want to do. The Eurail Pass offers many discounts on attractions, transportation, etc. It is also good to know student discounts and two for one discounts. There are so many, it is just up to you to know them before you need them!

Study Abroad: An Educational Experience in and out of the Classroom

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is doing a Semester in London with CISabroad. Learn more about her studies and travels here, and stay tuned for more great posts from Erin!


My study abroad experience has given me so many opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. In fact, I have definitely spent more time studying things other than my classes.

The classes are set up much differently here than in the United States. Instead of going to each class two to three times a week with endless assignments, each class meets once a week and only has two to three assignments for the entire semester. This much free time gave me the opportunity to get out and learn about London’s culture, history, food, geography, and more. I have also been able to travel many places outside of London and learn about many different European countries.

In addition to learning about the culture in the UK and Europe, I have also learned a lot about myself. I have learned that I am not a city person. I absolutely love London, but sometimes the crowds and traffic are just too much. I often long for the peaceful solitude of sitting on top of a mountain. I have also learned that I really like to keep busy. There is hardly a moment that I am not doing anything, which makes London an ideal city to be in.

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Big Ben, London, England.

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Place Massena, Nice, France

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Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Schlosspark, Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy.

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Venice, Italy.

5 Reasons CISabroad Has the Best London Site Directors

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is doing a Semester in London with CISabroad. Learn more about her studies and travels here, and stay tuned for more great posts from Erin!


This one goes out to my amazing site directors here in London. Here are five reasons Regina and Anna are the absolute best!

1)They are always there to make us feel like we are at home and help us with anything we need.
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2)They take us out to DELICOUS pub dinners!
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3)They lead us on some fun outings such as Portobello market and Brighton!
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4)They keep us updated with things going on in the city, so we don’t miss a beat!
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5)They do all that they can to make sure we are safe. Now my mom doesn’t have to worry so much 😉
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Regina and Anna have been a tremendous help and I am so thankful to have them as site directors. They have made my time in London so much more comfortable and fun. I don’t know what I would do here without them!

Livin’ La Vida Local: London Edition

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is spending a Semester in London with CISabroad. Read on to learn about some of her favorite spots to explore in London! Follow Erin’s personal blog here for more great inside tips.


If you are planning to spend some time in London and want to avoid the traditional tourist sites like Big Ben and the London Eye, here is a list of some of my favorite local things to do:

La vida local London 11) Primrose Hill- This is a hill in central London located across the street from Regent’s Park. After a small climb to the top, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the whole city. On a nice day, take a picnic and enjoy the cityscape.

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2) Little Venice- If you feel like you have seen enough of the busy London streets, take a break and stroll through Little Venice along Regent’s canal. This is a beautiful walk with incredible scenery that will actually make you feel like you are strolling through Italy. If you need a snack, there are a few cafes located in boats on the canal.

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3) T2- While you are in London, chances are you will walk down Oxford Street. If you get cold and need a break inside, T2 is the store to hit. They have a selection of hundreds of teas, and the best part, you can try any one. They usually have about 8 teas brewed and ready to taste, but if you want another flavor, they will brew it for you. FOR FREE!

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4) Draughts- This café, located in the hipster part of London (Shoreditch), is not your typical café. When you walk in to the relaxed atmosphere, you help yourself to one of their many board games and play with your friends while sipping coffee or cocktails. It is like being at home when you are not. This is the best place for a rainy day, but watch out, as it can be busy on the weekends.


Discover your own favorite spots explore in London with a CISabroad Summer or Semester in London Program.

 

London Through Shakespeare-Filled Glasses

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If you’re a theatre major, London is definitely the place to go if you plan on studying abroad. Learn about some of the theatre themed adventures you can go on from Miranda, theatre enthusiast and current CISabroad student author. Read more about Miranda’s awesome adventures here!


For those who know me, it can be very clear that I am a bit of a theatre nerd (and that would be considered a drastic understatement). For those who don’t know me, hi! I’m Miranda, a Theatre Performance and Arts Administration major from New York.

Naturally when I came to London, I was very adamant about submersing myself in the local theatre culture. The adventure that I want to tell you about did just this as it plunged me into the wonderful world of Shakespeare.

My week of Shakespeare began with a tour of The Globe, the geologic remains of The Rose and the site of the original Globe. We started this tour by walking through the exhibition within The Globe. From there, we walked over to the geologic remains of The Rose, and here things got interesting. Apparently, the coordinators of The Rose made a bit of a mistake; they had double booked the space for us as well as a rehearsal. As most of the space is rocky and unearthed, there only remains a small platform to use as a playing space. Since the rehearsal was using the playing space, our tour guide called the World Heritage Foundation and got a special license for us to tread upon the actual remains that were used to help with the reconstruction of The Globe. And wow, was it incredible! According to my professor, in her 10 years of doing this tour, she had never heard of this happening!

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The view from the remains across the uncovered foundation of The Rose. The red lights show where the walls and the stage were laid.

From The Rose we walked by the original site of The Globe, which is, wonderfully, now covered with apartment buildings. And then FINALLY, we got to go into the Globe! The architecture was absolutely incredible and beautiful. I just wanted to sit there for days and examine every inch of the building, but alas we had to leave eventually.

My Shakespeare adventure continued the following Saturday when I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon with CISabroad! We arrived in the little city and did a brief walking tour of Shakespeare’s grave, his retirement home, and a bit of the historic city. And then, we entered Shakespeare’s actual home. Like, literally, where he was born and where he lived. Basically, I spent the entire time either short of words or spewing monologues. I walked away feeling incredibly inspired with a need to dive into a new piece of work.

 

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Shakespeare’s Home

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Shakespeare’s Home

I ended my week with a trip to the Lyric Hammersmith to see their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Let’s just say it was the most un-Shakespearean Shakespeare I have ever seen in my life. And it was an incredible, attention grabbing performance. Their production really exemplified that Shakespeare can be brought into any time and is always relevant and evolving. I don’t want to give anything away (because if you can, definitely go see it), but I thoroughly enjoyed the food fight and the trap doors. I won’t say anything more, but it made me laugh harder than I had in a long time.

Overall, my week of Shakespeare just reinforced my love for his work and made me realize that I am going into an industry that I love. Seeing this city through Shakespearean glasses also fortified my adoration and awe of this city. Because I mean, when you’re living in a place with so much history, it’s pretty hard to feel like you won’t make history yourself.

With love,

Miranda

Meet Roehampton’s Rooster

Erin K

Erin K. studies Media Arts and Design at James Madison University, and is doing a Semester in London with CISabroad. Read on to see that it’s the simple things that keep studying abroad sweet! Follow Erin’s personal blog here.


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This is our campus rooster. At the University or Roehampton, there is a sustainability program called Growhampton that focuses on food. We have joined the urban chicken movement and keep a flock of 8 chickens to provide eggs and fertilized soil. This rooster is new to the flock and seems to have a run of the roost. He walks around proudly and isn’t afraid to chase the chickens or let them know if they are in his way. He is very talkative, especially early in the morning. If I could understand what he was saying, I imagine it would be something like, “Excuse me ladies, but you are in the way of something I would like to eat. Oh, were you going into the coop? Not anymore, I was here first.”


Want to meet the Roehampton Rooster for yourself? Learn how with CISabroad’s The London Semester.