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Semester in Thailand
Submitted by CRC - Chatham University | April 26, 2016
Studying abroad is something that I suggest for everyone, no matter his or her field of interest or past experience with travel (or lack thereof). I studied abroad last year with CISabroad Semester in Thailand. I had traveled quite a bit before that, but it truly provided me with a unique experience and taught me many lessons. Prior to that program, I had mainly traveled with family. Studying abroad with CISabroad provided the perfect mix of self-sufficiency and intensive support system. My experience abroad taught me to rely on myself in new ways, and I discovered how much I love to travel solo. This summer, I intend to do exactly that. While I learned this about myself, I also really appreciated the structure of the Semester Abroad program. There were multiple people from the program that were based in Thailand and they were always very friendly and helpful. They always offered advice and guidance when needed. The other participants in the program were also a major highlight. Not only did we enjoy having classes together, we also traveled together on the weekends. There were multiple excursions planned by CISabroad during the semester. These provided a great way to see more of Thailand, without having to worry about logistics because everything was taken care of. All in all, I suggest the program to anyone interested in visiting South East Asia. I am already wishing I could return!
Program: Semester in Thailand
"Czech" Out Prague!
Submitted by Galina F. - New York Institute of Technology | April 25, 2016
Growing up in the U.S., you get comfortable. You know the ins and outs of your country, the language, the people. Stepping into an entirely different country is shocking. You're put very far outside your comfort zone. But it's the most invigorating feeling. You have to learn the language, culture, currency, transportation, and much more to get around. I learned more about the Czech Republic and its enchanting way of life. Most importantly, I learned how to use my resources to explore something new and foreign. The journey was my greatest accomplishment more than the end.
As soon as you learn the norms and accepted cultural behavior, you'll do great. However, Czechs are not friendly towards outsiders. My caveat was that I'm Ukrainian so I fit in more. As long as you try to assimilate and adapt, they'll appreciate the effort. Learn a few phrases of the language!
Overall, Prague is a safe city. I never felt like I was in danger or had any threats. One friend got pick pocketed when he was drunk. Just be aware and be careful. Don't fall for the tourist street sellers!
Prague is a student's paradise! Food and transportation are very cheap. $1 beer anyone? You will get far on a small budget. The food portion sizes are huge, too. But don't go shopping for clothes. You'll end up paying the same as in the U.S. Go to Germany for clothes shopping.
Learn a few phrases. Use them when out and about. Learn a few more. Use them when on the town. Listen for common phrases, look them up, and memorize.
CISabroad prepares you well. We had an amazing site director, Leah. Although she grew up in Canada, she's an expat in Prague. Having a native English speaker was a huge relief. She understood us and our needs better and provided a more tailored guidance throughout the trip. Leah helped us find a few great American spots and pushed us to visit new places and events.
Semester on the Gold Coast via CISabroad
Submitted by Taylor - University of South Carolina | April 05, 2016
My semester would not have been the same had I not gone through CISAbroad. When we arrived in Sydney back in January, I knew two people from my school, but fortunately for me, CISAbroad was a smaller program of only 36 students and I would not have wanted it any other way. To be able to go through a program where you are able to get to know everyone on a personal level makes transitioning to a country much easier. Although we may not have necessarily been friends under other circumstances, everyone got along and joined together as a "family." Jackie Chapman who runs the Australian CIS program is also the most amazing host we could have asked for, she's fun and easy to talk to, and also very organized.
Bond University itself is amazing. With a travel agent right on campus, we are able to travel all over with a convenient airport just 20 minutes away if we want to go somewhere for the weekend to explore, which is the whole point of being abroad. The campus is beautiful and has a pool right next to my dorm which is nice to go to between classes if I don't have time to travel to one of the many beautiful beaches that are 20 minutes away via public transportation. The nightlife is crazy with clubs in Surfers Paradise, a bar right on campus that hosts parties, or simply going to a small bar over in Varsity Towers. Everyone is always willing to go out to have a good time. However, Bond is also an extremely difficult school. I have found myself in the library more often than I wish (I'm currently here right now) but I feel that I'm getting a great education for the money that I am paying.
All in all, I'm sad to see my semester at Bond coming to an end and I most certainly do not want to leave this amazing country. I am going to return home missing my friends, but more importantly Tim Tams, more than anything.
Studying abroad will be the best decision you will ever make, and regardless of whether you choose Bond or not, choose CISAbroad for the best program experience!
Program: Semester on the Gold Coast
Submitted by Bianca - University of Newcastle | April 05, 2016
I absolutely love Australia! The people, their morals, the scenery, food, etc. This trip really has opened up my eyes to make sure I see as much of this world as I can. CISAbroad helped me make an easy transition from the states to Aussie life. It was great we had an orientation starting in Sydney that allowed us to meet other students staying at other universities to give us opportunities for future visits and friendships. They had so many awesome activities planned for our orientation, so worth it. At first, I thought the program was so expensive, especially since I'm paying it all on my own through loans. Seeing where my money went towards though, I can definitely see where my money went towards and that I got a huge bargain. Staying in Newcastle though, wish we were placed in housing with roommates to help us meet people from the uni. When we got there, everyone already knew each other and it sucked living alone all the time. Other than that though, I completely love the experience I'm having here, and wouldn't change it for the world!!!
The Best Experience of My College Career
Submitted by Brittany Beens - San Jose | April 03, 2016
CISabroad hands down was absolutely amazing!!! If I could study abroad 1000 times with CIS I would absolutely do it. They were affordable, professional, and provides top notch programs. I studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica for a semester. CIS supported me the moment I applied to the moment I returned. They always answered my questions and we're constantly attentive to my needs. The transition from undergrad student to study abroad student was simple and life changing. Currently I am a alumni ambassador for CIS and I am able to continuously relive my amazing experience. They always ensure the safety and well being of students and offers pre departure help along with in country orientations. CIS ROCKS