Summer in Hawaii
Submitted by AD - Framingham State University | April 25, 2017
Overall, the experience was great. I really enjoyed my 6 weeks there and the friends I made there. Forever friends! I do, however, feel that the overall experience was expensive. Don't get me wrong, I would't trade that experience for a thing! I just wish I knew how expensive this trip would have been- though I made it through with he money I had. The beaches were amazing - Waikiki is great if you can find the right spot to sit day after day. Lanikai beach is my favorite beach that I found on the island, as well as the north shore. It was so amazing to go from the city to the north shore and see how different the other side of the island was. The hikes and views are also so amazing here. Diamond Head, though very touristy, it a must see!!
Program: Summer in Hawaii
Once in a lifetime opportunity!
Submitted by Ashley L. - University of Massachusetts Amherst | April 25, 2017
I absolutely loved living in Edinburgh for the 4 months I was there! The city is magical with a beautiful castle right in the center of the city. There are many lovely cafes and bakeries to explore and try throughout the city, as well as over 700 different pubs to experience. The history of the city and all it's been through over the many years is very interesting to learn about and they are very passionate about their past. I loved the city's architecture and the new and old town parts of the city and how they are very different! The city itself is very charming and safe, with excellent and easy public transportation, which makes getting around a breeze!
My living situation was perfect, I lived with 7 other roommates but we all had our own room and bathroom which was great! The school was pretty small but was a great way to meet people!
CISabroad was a perfect program to go through because everyone was so helpful at home and abroad, always looking out for you and making sure everything was going smoothly. Jeanna, is the site director for this program and she is amazing, so nice and a wonderful tour guide! She was your mom away from home, always there for you when you needed some assistance!
Overall the city was an amazing place to be! Traveling outside of Scotland was easy too! 10/10 would recommend!
Program: Semester in Edinburgh
Semester at University of Westminster
Submitted by Lex - Hofstra University | April 24, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The Onsite Directors were resourceful, helpful, and super friendly. It was comforting to have them as I lived in this foreign city. The university has a great study abroad office as well, so they were available for any questions I had regarding academics. Speaking of, academically I remained on track. I even had thee chance to take a class geared towards study abroad students: Modern Art in London. 10/10 recommend.
I also had the freedom to explore and make new friends. My flatmates were all international and remain some of my best friends today (a year later!) I honestly fell in love with London and I could speak on it forever.
If you're considering this program, don't forget to mind the gap!
Photography in the edge of the outback is a must!
Submitted by Grace DeRidder - Columbia College Chicago | April 21, 2017
My first impression of the program was that it was a course on photography in the outback. Seems very self explanatory right, I mean it is in the title. But the course is so much more than that. For your first week you are in the class room and dive in to the history of Australia and the Aboriginal culture. It is an amazing, rich and heartbreaking history that I felt so ashamed that we did not cover back in the States. The second week you spend out in the backpack going to different reserves with an Aboriginal Guide and he explains the history of the land and all of the significant meanings behind each place. This is where all of the amazing photography in the outback comes in. And then you get to spend your last week editing and printing your photographs to display them in a gallery in Mildura.
It is honestly an experience that brings you and everyone in your group close together making bonds that last a lifetime.
Submitted by Jake - University of Massachusetts Lowell | April 14, 2017
I truly felt like an alien visiting a new planet where I did not speak their language well nor did I understand the culture. After only a month of living in this foreign place, my Spanish speaking ability and love for my host country skyrocketed. Costa Rica is the most beautiful place I have ever been exposed to and I have CIS to thank for that. The host family that took me into their home accepted me, a random American, almost as a son. The home-stay experience is so important since this is where you learn about your new country. CIS made sure I had a place I could truly call home. I really became more immersed in the culture because of them.
Program: Semester in Costa Rica