Challenges of exchange

Canada Alessandre Alonso

Alessandre – Semester Exchange to Seattle University, USA Semester 2, 2016 Challenges I have faced while overseas and how I’ve overcome them The two biggest challenges I have faced while overseas have been homesickness and doubting that I was able to tackle all the little challenges on the way by myself. While travelling solo and […]

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My time at West Virginia University so far

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Nicholas – Semester Exchange to West Virginia University, USA Semester 1, 2017 So I’ve finally made it to West Virginia University, USA. Rewind the clock back 6 weeks to one day before I was supposed to leave Australia just prior to New Year.  No visa and no passport, the whereabouts of which were unknown.  Luckily a […]

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Language Barrier Tips

Lyon Charlotte Linehan

Charlotte – Semester Exchange to Catholic University of Lyon, France Semester 1, 2017 Yesterday (February 6) marked my 1-month-anniversary since arriving in Lyon. I chose France because it was predominantly important for me to improve my French during this opportunity! I have a few close friends who have completed an exchange before but they all […]

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Exchange on a Budget

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Chloe – Semester Exchange to St John’s University, NY, USA Semester 2, 2016 Exchange on a Shoe String: Budget Tips Before you depart, over budget for what you think you’ll need. It’s always better to come home with money then be too short of money when you’re overseas. Try not to make a habit of […]

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Canadians ARE really friendly!

Canada Georgia Ramacciotti

Georgia – Semester Exchange to University of the Fraser Valley, Canada Semester 1, 2017 The stereotype is true… Canadians are really friendly Somehow it has already been one month since I arrived here at the University of the Fraser Valley and in all honesty not once has it been a let-down.  Before arriving at my university […]

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Arriving in my host country


Mikayla – Semester Exchange to Catholic University of America, USA Semester 1, 2017 Hey! My name is Mikayla, I’m a Brisbane ACU student and I’m currently studying nursing at the Catholic University of America! If you are reading this you are probably anticipating your trip to America for the same program, right? Well get keen because […]

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Fika Time

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Taminka – Semester Exchange to Malmo University , Sweden Semester 2, 2016 My favourite Swedish Meal There were 200 exchange and international students seated in the lecture theatre. It was my second day in Sweden. We were being briefed on the fundamentals of Swedish life. In regards to food we were to expect ‘köttbullar’ (meat balls), […]

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