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Thursday, October 8th, 2009
12:38 am

Saturday, July 18th, 2009
4:37 pm
Master's program abroad

Just joined, and I'm SO glad I found this community! I'll be a Senior in college this Fall, so that means it's graduate school time. I studied abroad in Paris, and fell in love with the city! I'm hoping to go back for graduate school, and even found the school I want to attend. EICAR. I visited the campus, saw the facilities, met some professors and was even given a DVD of the movies some of the students had made. The school helps people find housing - though you have to start super early, - so that's not really an issue.

My question, however, is about finding a job. I speak french - it's my current major with a film minor - so that's not going to be a concern, but I wonder what sorts of french jobs I could do and/or how to go about looking for them. I'm also concerned about finances, and paying for the program, so I was wondering how any of it managed to make it work abroad.

I really want to live abroad, so I want to do as much as I can to make this work!

Thanks for your help!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
9:06 pm
I don't need any advice, this is just my introductory post... I hope that's okay. =]

Like my LJ says numerous times over:
My name is Loren.  I'm soon starting my senior year in high school, and I'm applying to the American University of Beirut (or WILL be as soon as they get their new applications up...).  It's been my dream to go there since I was thirteen.

My family lived in Beirut for 25 years, before they were forced to leave the country....  My father grew up there, my uncles grew up there, my grandmother still cooks Lebanese food and my grandparents still speak to each other in Arabic sometimes.  Even though I've never lived in Lebanon myself, I love it, as everyone does, and I do want to experience living there for myself.
I've made this journal specifically to chronicle my process of getting to Lebanon, and afterwards, living there, inshalla.  If that interests you at all, please do add me! 

x-post several places
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
11:42 am
Anyone in the know on the UK who might have some advice?
Hi everyone! I'm new here, nice to meet you. I'm Sugar (online handle, obviously), I'm 26, I live in Michigan, and I really feel like I missed out on study abroad as an undergrad. I want to get my Master's in folklore and have the bare bones of my thesis mapped out already, actually (hoping to publish a book).

Here's the thing. I really want to get out of the country. Specifically, I want very much to study in Scotland (England could be great also, but Scotland is choice numero uno). I want the experience, and I feel it can only help my future to have broadened my horizons that way. Well, okay, and I guess a small part of it is also every time I see a picture of Scotland I think "good heavens I want to be there." Beautiful place!

But, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed here at the starting gate. I have never left the US. I don't even have a passport yet. I've been to Hawaii once but that's the only time I've ever even been on a plane. So I'll probably really need some help to find out how to do this because I'm that flipping clueless about how one goes about finding a program, getting accepted, and then actually working out the details of going.

After some Google searching I found a folklore program I'm ten kinds of excited about at the University of Glascow (Dumfries campus). But shouldn't I find lots of schools I'm interested in and try for them all? How do I go about that? And what about financial aid? I've been using search terms like "graduate program folklore" and then either UK, Scotland, or England. Is that good enough? I feel like there should probably be a few others but I'm not coming up with much.

Thanks in advance, hope this post was easy enough to follow. Basically, I'm at the absolute starting point and I'm not entirely sure how to go about this. But I am determined and even if it's really challenging I know I can do it! Any and all suggestions, stories, or general encouraging words would be useful.

(Xposted to americansabroad, if it matters, sorry if you see this twice)


I totally got in to that Folklore program! I'm heading to Dumfries in the fall and fifty kinds of excited about it. Thanks everyone! :D

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
2:59 pm
Hello, my lovelies.  I am an American student about the start the process of applying to graduate school.  Most of the schools I'm looking at are in the United States, but one school I'm particularly interested in is Sotheby's.  They have campuses in New York, London, and Hong Kong, but the one I'm most interested in is London.  I'm very excited because unlike most colleges in London, the cost of attendance is the same no matter where you're from, as well as financial aid opportunities (most UK schools charge about three times as much for students not from the EU, and don't offer scholarships for these students either), and it costs the same to study at the London campus as it does to study on the NY campus.  I'm pretty stoked about this.

I'm not going to be applying for a few months yet, but as I don't have many opportunities to travel, I will hopefully be visiting their campus in June.  In the meantime, I can find almost no statistics.  Does anyone know what their acceptance rate is?  Also, I'm looking to get into their art business program, and I will have a BA in creative writing, but with a fairly extensive amount of experience in art history and theory.  Should I bulk this up at all?  I'm just looking for any information anyone might have on this program.  Thank you!
Friday, January 9th, 2009
10:16 am
Turkey-Ataturk University
I'm currently looking at studying abroad in Erzurum, Turkey, at Ataturk University.

In order to graduate with my bachelors degree I need to complete an internship, as such this program offers me the opportunity to intern and do a language immersion program.

The description of the program is as follows:
This is a two-part program involving language immersion and internship opportunities for undergraduate students in sustainability areas (agriculture, food, science, hospitality), social development and humanities. Participants can enroll in the language immersion component alone or in both the language immersion and internship components. Students earn 3 credits in Turkish language during the language study portion of the program and live on the university campus. During the internship segment of the program, students also live in institutional housing/apartments. Students participating in the two-part program can earn 12 to 15 credits.

I'm excited at the idea that I might be able to complete my dream of studying abroad, learning a new language, and completing my internship in one time frame, but I know nearly nothing about Turkey, it's culture and customs, and am very intimidated.

Has anyone here ever studied abroad in Turkey, if not, has anyone visited Erzurum, Turkey? What are the people like? What should I expect? If you know anything at all about Turkey pleaseeee dish! :)

Thank you in advance.


Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
8:11 pm
Study Abroad transfer credits - help!
TO EVERYONE WHO STUDIED ABROAD IN THE UK (and transferred the credits back to a US university):

I spent the last year at Goldsmiths College, in London. I used to be at Eugene Lang College at The New School, but I did my study abroad through CEA. It was my junior year. Now I am transferring schools here in the US and my Goldsmiths transcript needs to be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, or a similar organization and sent the the school I am transferring to. It will take forever to get another copy of my transcript since The New School lost the one CEA sent to them before I told them I was transferring.

My question is, how will the second year courses I took at Goldsmiths most likely transfer to a US school as 200 or 300 level credits? I was enrolled as a visiting student, it was my 3rd year of college (2 previous years in the US), I was in class with regular Goldsmiths students (not classes just for visiting students).

I Called Educational Credential Evaluators and they told me that it "depends on my enrollment status". Is that bullshit? Are they just not telling me because they think I won't pay them $125 to evaluate my credits if they tell me, since I have to do that anyway. I'm really nervous about it since if they transfer as 200 level credits I need to spend a whole extra semester, possibly more in school, if they transfer as 300 level credits I'll graduate in May.

Thanks for your help.
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
4:02 pm
I've spend the last month searching with no luck. I'm looking for language courses via universities on the Iberian Peninsula (specifically Portugal) taught in English in order to learn the language. Any recommendations/thoughts/feedback?

cross posted to americansabroad
Monday, August 25th, 2008
6:03 pm
External Education

Hello everybody! I need to get some advice, this is a matter:

I am from Moscow. I have BSc in Engineering (Telecom) and will defend MSc in Engineering in next May.  I’ve had a dream to get additional abroad education – Master in Management or something similar. However, I received job offer from Accenture Moscow during this summer (I work as a SAP Analyst). Certainly, I don’t want to quit my job after one year, so I can’t apply to full-time MS programs.

I’ve found external education system in University of London. It embraces two planned sessions in London, exams and finally thesis (round about 12000 words) - http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk (http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/prospective_students/postgraduate/holloway/int_manage/index.shtml). I’m considering only Master programs.

What do you think about this program? Is it useful or not? Will it improve my career? How will employer assess this degree?

Thanks for your consideration!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
4:17 pm
scholarships/grants for Graduate school abroad
I've been accepted to attend Graduate school in Milan, Italy for Product Design.  I am not affiliated with any U.S. institutions and applied on my own.  My problem is that I need financial assistance and can't find a scholarship or grant that fits my specific qualifications.  I have scoured the internet for weeks looking for something.  I do not speak Italian so I cannot apply for a Fulbright scholarship.  Most of the other scholarships and grants I have looked at require study in a specific area, or require that I be affiliated with a specific organization or school.  I know that its difficult to find funding for Graduate school, period, but there must be some kind of general scholarships out there for US citizens going to school abroad, right?  

Any pointers?  I have already checked collegeboard.com, finaid.com, among others.  There are no   HELP!

thanks :)

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
6:49 pm
Boston University in Brussels
I've been thinking a lot about going to grad school in Brussels through Boston University, but even more generally, my interest to go to grad school in Brussels has been sparked by this intense urge to study abroad at some point in my academic career, in Europe, or Australia, or possibly South America, but I'm leaning towards the first two. What most interests me in Brussels is that it is the 'capital' of the EU, and that would be fantastic if I choose to continue on to grad school for International Relations. I also think it'd be a fantastic opportunity to become fluent in another language, I took a total of five years of French in MS/HS, but I remember very little of it (I'm entering my Junior year.)

Has anyone you know ever been involved with the BU Brussels school? Or any other 'American University' oversea? How was your/their experience?

I've also never been to Brussels, and don't have plans to go to Europe for another few years (after undergrad probably), what is the cost to live in Brussels? I've been looking at flats in Brussels and it looks like I could live in a decent studio flat for €500/month, does this sound accurate? How is the area, community, people, etc.? How hard is it to get a job in Brussels? How is the public transportation? 

Saturday, May 31st, 2008
8:54 pm
Help please!
Hey guys
I'm from Australia and Im going to uni for a session in the USA. I want to apply for a study visa, but I also want to go travelling before I start travelling. The visa requirements for a study visa are that you are only allowed into the country a maximum of 30 days before you start uni. However I was looking at arriving more than that before I start. I was hoping to get a tourist visa and then leave the country and come back in to start my student visa.

Has anybody else ever done something like this? If so, how do I go about applying for it?
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
5:41 pm
Want to be a KaosPilot...
(x-posted to a couple of places)


I'm Tiara, originally from Malaysia, now studying in Brisbane, Australia. I'm applying for a spot at the KaosPilots school in Aarhus - I'll know if I'm shortlisted for their admissions workshop in late April by next week or so, and if I pass that, I start the 3-year program in September. It'd be pretty big for the both of us (KaosPilots and myself) because I'd be the first Asian student ever. I'm keeping a blog of my progress - feel free to visit :)

I'd like some advice on a few things:

a) My biggest issue with getting into the KaosPilots is money. They don't yet have a scholarship fund available (they're working on it, but no guarantees), and due to my extremely tricky citizenship (long story short: born & raised in Malaysia, parents from Bangladesh, Malaysian government decides I am really a Bangladeshi citizen and only grant me permanent residency when I was 7 - no idea if I'll ever be properly Malaysian), and the fact that I am not a tax-deductible charity, I'm finding it hard to find scholarships/grants/sponsorships that I qualify for in the first place. I've applied for a couple that look promising (still waiting to hear from them), and I've written to nearly every relevant company, ministry, and organization that I could think of - but half haven't responded yet while the other half said No. I've even managed to piss off someone at CIRIUS because all my attempts to contact the different departments somehow get back to the same person and she has to keep fending me off :P

My main concern at the moment is getting a flight to Copenhagen from Brisbane. I've contacted airlines but I'm not getting anywhere. They cost about AUD$2300 (over DKK10000) and I'd rather not have to pay for the whole thing out of pocket. I've been seeking sponsorship from airlines and so far the best offer I have is a possible discount from Malaysian Airlines (SAS and SIA turned me down; Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, and Thai haven't gotten back to me). I've asked the KaosPilots if they could cover this cost for me, but again I have to wait till April 5th, which is when they announce their shortlist.

Where else could I look for funding, either for the Admissions workshop and/or the three-year program? Are there any foundations or organizations in Denmark/Scandinavia/Europe that would be helpful to my cause? I've asked some other foreign KaosPilots, and while one girl in the Rotterdam school has been sponsored by a women's aid organization (haven't managed to contact her though), the rest either were supported by family or had to work overtime and miss out on some opportunities. They're all looking for funding too (one from Mexico just quit because she couldn't afford it anymore - and KP is rather flexible with paying fees). Are there any philanthropists in Denmark I could chat with?

a.5) as a side thing to my fundraising - I'm considering writing a column about my life as an international student in Denmark for the press. I'm a youth journalist back in Malaysia and they said they'll welcome anything I send them, but I'd like to talk to some Danish papers and magazines and ask if they're interested. (It'd be a good way to earn money!) The only publication I know of is the Jyllands-Posten. Who else would be good?

b) How else can I prepare for life in Aarhus? I've been there once before (I applied for the Stockholm program last year and got shortlisted, but not admitted - and had to buy my ticket in TWO HOURS from my uni savings, hence me not wanting to do that again!) and it looks quite easygoing and nice. Currently I'm taking Danish lessons from a private tutor, and my Aussie boyfriend (who actually spent a year in Denmark in 2005 with Rotary, loves the country to death, and thinks he's half-Danish) is teaching me how to cycle. Anything else that would be helpful to know or learn about? Anything I should prepare before I go?

c) I've seen a few posts recently alluding to a lack of cultural sensitivity in Denmark, particularly with Muslims. I come from a Muslim background (I'm not religious myself) and I look obviously foreign, though when I was last in Denmark I didn't face any issues. People were friendly and helpful, and I saw lots of diversity (heck, I found it hard to find a Danish restaurant in Aarhus!). Would my race/heritage be a bigger issue once I move to Aarhus? I'm no stranger to racism, and I've learnt how to deal with it, but I'd like to be prepared too. Would knowing the basics of the language help? (Apparently in Germany people are tons more friendly to you if you speak German, for example.)

If you have any advice, tips, ideas; if you know a KaosPilot or ARE/WAS a KaosPilot; or if you just want to chat and let me practice my very basic dansk (I could tell you what's in a leglijhed) feel free to reply, I'd love to hear from you :)

Vi ses!
Friday, February 29th, 2008
6:35 pm
Applying through any of the SUNY schools.
I just sent the last of my application to the SUNY Brockport program today. The deadline for the school I want to go to(Portsmouth University in England) is actually April 12th, so I'm a tad bit early. Just a tad.

But anyway, has anyone ever applied for any country through SUNY Brockport, or any SUNY school? How was the program you went through? Judging on my experience with the application process, I know that they've been very on top of all my emails for whenever I needed a question answered, and I've sent a LOT over the past 2 months.

I'm kinda just anxious to know when I'll be able to find out if I'm accepted or not. Even if you didn't apply through any SUNY, how long did you wait from the moment you sent in your app until you found out about your acceptance?

Saturday, January 26th, 2008
9:31 pm
Hey everyone! I have a quick question (I hope so anyway). I'm looking at doing a year or so, and maybe grad school in Sweden. I was looking at Gothenburg for the biology programs (I'm a medical student). Has anyone had experience with this school? I'm going over in late June/early July to check some schools out. My school doesn't have a program with them and the one my universities connected to that does, has only economic programs in Sweden. My university is being useless with helping me with this process but has anyone here gone to that school?

Current Mood: anxious
Friday, January 25th, 2008
10:51 am
workin on a story
Hi Guys!
Im a journalist working for a management mag.
Doing a story on MBA - Global...basically multi-country programs - curriculum being taught in diff countries @ diff univ - Dual degrees n sorts.
Would appreciate if anyone who is currently studyin / has finished any MBA program on similar lines / alumni, to share views / experience

Any input like the course details, projects & assignments, different nationalities you interacted with, and the exposure you got
Also how it has changed you as a person - the value added
Career growth / oppurtunities
Any kinda input is welcome

Pls don forget to mention the name of ur university & the year

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
10:14 pm
Majors/Area(s) of Study
Just curious about those who study/are studying/will study abroad--What's your major/what do you study? And where are you going?

I'm planning to go to Portsmouth in the fall. I'm a math major and I'm intrigued at how little of us math students go abroad. Maybe it's just those at my uni, i don't know.

Sorry for the multiple forward slashes, haha.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
10:58 pm
Uni in Sydney
Hi everyone. I am a Canadian currently attending college in Toronto but in three years (I am done my school in 2009, and then I want to travel a bit) I am really thinking of going to University in Australia.

So I have a couple of questions:

1. The University of Western Sydney. Thoughts? I think I want to take the Bachlor of Social Science and major in Criminology, has anyone done this before.

2. I have a boyfriend, and I'd want him to come with me. IF we got married (not saying we are, but who knows in three years, we've been going out awhile) would he be able to also live in Australia as my spouse if I am under a student visa or would he have to get a work visa? or something else?

3. Anyone know of any grants for Canadians or international students wanting to attend school in Australia.

4. Is it cheaper to live on campus or rent an apartment with other people?

Thanks. VERY early stages of planning, just want an idea of what I am getting into...hopefully.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
8:15 pm
Bristol, Hull, and Swansea
Hello everyone!

I'm a student in San Francisco applying to study abroad in the UK next year.

The three schools available for my major are Bristol, Hull, and Swansea. I need to decide which school I'm applying for ASAP, but I really don't know where to start in figuring out which one is best for me.

Please help!

Thanks :]
6:44 pm
I have just joined and I am looking into spending 6 months studying in Australia, I am from the UK.

I want to know about YOUR study abroad experience!

Please tell me everything, and I'd especially like to know...
Did you go on your own?
How did you settle in?
Were you lonely?
Are you a confident or shy person?
Do you generally fit in and make friends easily anyway?

Also, are then any Aussies who can tell me about the univesity of Ballarat, Victoria, in Australia?

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