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Study Abroad Student Stories


Are you curious about what it's like to be an international student? Read stories from students who are studying, or have studied across the world. They talk about student life, differences in academics, overcoming culture shock, and give their best advice for students who are thinking about studying abroad.

Last update: 08 Feb 2018

Studying Abroad in South Africa: Karel

Published: 10/23/2017

Karel has dual nationality in South Africa and Switzerland, but spent most of his upbringing at international schools in Switzerland and returned to South Africa for his university studies. Read about his experiences studying at Stellenbosch University.

Studying Abroad in Scotland: Tirra

Published: 10/23/2017

Are you considering studying abroad in Edinburgh? Read about Tirra's experiences of studying abroad in Scotland from the U.S. She shares her best tips for making friends, describes the differences of the grading system, and gives some advice about what you can't miss if you study abroad in Edinburgh.

Studying Abroad in Sweden: Reuben

Published: 9/7/2017

Reuben was ready to leave Australia to fulfill his lifelong dream of studying abroad. Read about why he chose Stockholm, Sweden and how he chose his Master's program.

Studying Abroad in Sweden: Niloofar

Published: 9/1/2017

Read about Niloofar's experience studying abroad at Stockholm University in Sweden. Her dream was to live in a safe country with nice and helpful people, as well as experiencing a new lifestyle and culture. 

Studying Abroad in Sweden: Ivanna

Published: 6/28/2017

Ivanna, from the Dominican Republic, studied Strategic Communication at Lund University in Sweden. Read about her favorite experiences as an international student in Sweden, and how the Swedish academic system is unique.

Studying Abroad in the UK: Chiara

Published: 6/21/2017

Read about Chiara's experience studying abroad at Aston University in England. Chiara always knew she wanted to go abroad due to the limited options for further study in Oman. Read about her experiences studying in Birmingham, England.

Studying Abroad in the UK: Andrew

Published: 3/20/2017

Andrew from New Zealand took charge of his own destiny and made his own path, moving to the UK to study at one of the leading music conservatoires in its field. Read more about Andrew's adventure here.

Studying Abroad in the UK: Ilaria

Published: 2/24/2017

Read more about Ilaria from Italy and her experience studying art and design abroad in the United Kingdom.

Studying Abroad in Spain: Stephanie

Published: 2/22/2017

Stephanie from Sweden chose Spain because she wanted to go someplace warmer and with a different and vibrant culture. Read more about Stephanie's experiences.

Studying Abroad in Switzerland: Sherry

Published: 2/3/2017

Read about Sherry from China's experience studying abroad in a summer life sciences program in Basel, Switzerland. 

Studying Abroad in China: Timothy

Published: 1/25/2017

Timothy from Sweden moved to Beijing to complete his studies in Theatre Arts. Read about what makes China a unique study abroad destination for the arts.

Studying Abroad in the United States: John

Published: 12/15/2016

John from the City of Sunderland in the UK shares his story about studying literature abroad in Georgia, U.S.A.

Studying Abroad in Jordan: Anna

Published: 12/8/2016

Anna studied abroad in Amman, Jordan from 2013-2014. Anna shares why international students choose Jordan, her tips for learning a language abroad and what students should consider before studying abroad.

Studying Abroad in Egypt: Robin

Published: 12/7/2016

Looking for a location to study abroad for the summer, Robin chose Egypt. Read her account of learning Arabic in Cairo and what she learned from the city.

Studying Abroad in Scotland: Cecilia Razelli

Published: 12/2/2016

Cecilia heard about the University of Edinburgh at a student fair in Italy. Learn how she decided on the university, and her perspective on what makes Scotland a rewarding study abroad locale.

Studying Abroad in Turkey: Abby Guthrie

Published: 11/30/2016

Abby studied English Literature and took classes in Turkish language while studying abroad in Istanbul. Read her take on what makes being an international student in Turkey special.

Studying Abroad in the Netherlands: Anastasija Timoseva

Published: 11/30/2016

Curious about what it's like to study in the Netherlands? Read Anastasija's story about studying international communications in the Netherlands and getting the most out of Dutch social life.

Studying Abroad in Belgium: Aspasia Chysopoulou

Published: 11/15/2016

Aspasia dreamed of leaving her home country of Greece since she was a high school student. Learn why she chose Belgium as her study abroad destination and why she thinks Belgium is an ideal European study-abroad destination.

Studying Abroad in Sweden: Shin-Yu Ho

Published: 11/15/2016

Shin Yo-Hu describes the moment she decided to leave Taiwan to study abroad, and shares her experiences studying abroad in Sweden.