The "Have you studied abroad" Forum

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    Jun 05, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    Hello, I thought I'd start a forum about studying abroad.

    I live in Miami but I've been studying/vacationing in Quito, Ecuador since May 4th.

    I wanted to study/travel to London but it's 'hella' expensive...for now.

    I've been taking Spanish lessons here, partying with people from all over the world, and just having an incredible experience. I leave on June 16th.

    So, who else has studied abroad and where did you go/are you?

    :-)
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    Jun 05, 2013 3:31 PM GMT
    I studied at a small town in Bavaria and we (my classmates and I) traveled all over Germany. Learning German was difficult for several reasons:

    1. The majority of the country's residents that I encountered wanted to practice their English. I had to force them to speak German to me.

    2. Imagine a person from another country spending time learning English in the South of the US. Then goes to NYC and then LA where the accents are completely different. This is what it was like learning German in Bavaria. The accent in Munich was different from Frankfurt and Berlin. It was a challenge for sure!

    But, we had a lot of fun! The highlight of our trip was going to Amsterdam. That was fun!
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    Jun 05, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    Wow that's awesome, I plan to visit Germany in a year or two actually.

    I'm originally from South Carolina, so I understand the whole accent thing. I've been in Miami for about four years now.

    I'm glad you had a lot of fun. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    I did a study abroad program during a summer at Oxford while in college - awesome experience!
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    Nope, I never studied a broad. I always studied dudes.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    Awesome! That's like a really great school.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:17 AM GMT
    I studied abroad in Australia. Spent my time between Sydney and Melbourne.

    Friggin beautiful....Can't wait to go back.
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    Studied abroad in Madrid icon_smile.gif ...wound up staying there for awhile! Now I'm at 36 countries and counting! Australia and New Zealand in three weeks!
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    Studied in Leeds, Yorkshire England for MA.

    I fell in love with the northerners
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    spent a summer traveling around europe - france, switzerland, england, germany before doing a study program traveling around italy. rome is definitely a sight if you're into architecture. otherwise, london and berlin are worth checking out!
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Spent a month in Florence with trips to Rome and Venice.

    Gorgeous place all around. I do want to go back - this time with someone to actually be around. I unfortunately was very isolated there. Even from the other American students. :-/
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    Studied abroad in London. I love that city so much.. I'm dying to go back.
    Visited Italy, Germany, France, and Spain while I was over there.
    Super awesome experience! : )
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    Jun 06, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidI studied at a small town in Bavaria and we (my classmates and I) traveled all over Germany. Learning German was difficult for several reasons:

    1. The majority of the country's residents that I encountered wanted to practice their English. I had to force them to speak German to me.

    2. Imagine a person from another country spending time learning English in the South of the US. Then goes to NYC and then LA where the accents are completely different. This is what it was like learning German in Bavaria. The accent in Munich was different from Frankfurt and Berlin. It was a challenge for sure!

    Exactly my own experience in Germany! Not to study, but stationed there with the US Army in 1978 for a few years. I learned German off the streets, never formally studied it, and I know the problem with accents and slang. My Berliner German was not well understood elsewhere (of course my speaking skills weren't great, either).

    But also true the Germans all wanted to try their English on me! And expected me to compliment them, when some were really quite bad. But lovely people, I found the stereotypes we Americans have of them to be mostly wrong, and I enjoyed my time there immensely.

    The only things that did seem to be true was their passion for precision, order & discipline. But then these are among the same people who helped populate the US, and so I always felt at home in many ways, never really strangers to me.
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    Jun 06, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    Wow, thanks guys for all the responses. You all are total jet-setters :-D

    I'll be next. lol
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    Jun 06, 2013 11:48 PM GMT
    Studied abroad in Australia (Brisbane) and in South Korea (Seoul). By far, one the best things that have happened to me in my short life.
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    Jun 06, 2013 11:54 PM GMT

    I did Semester At Sea my sophomore year and it was the experience of a lifetime! I got to travel the world earning credits with peers that became my best friends.

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    Jun 07, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    I met a couple of people who taught in South Korea and they told me I should do it. m
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    yep

    once in japan

    once in qatar

    once in india
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    I did five years of university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Wonderful, beautiful place, if depressing because of the climate...
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    discowriter saidI met a couple of people who taught in South Korea and they told me I should do it. m


    Fascinating country but, just like Soju, it's not for everyone, lol.
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Yes, extensively...Joan Rivers.
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    I spent a year at the University of Tubingen in Germany. (At the time it was still West Germany.)

    Deciding to study there was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    My brother and his wife are both in the Air Force, stationed in Qatar and they've been begging me to visit them. I'm afraid though...its like near the danger zone of the world.

    They said to just let them know and they will send me the flight ticket lol

    yikes...
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    I spent a year in Bologna, Italy during undergrad and did my masters at University of Edinburgh. Both were pretty epic experiences and can't wait to go back!
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    Jun 07, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    I want to go to Italy but the flight alone is crazy-expensive.