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Student to Student Articles
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The Student-to-Student section features articles in which currently enrolled or recently graduated students share information and experience with other students contemplating an educational experience abroad, whether formal study abroad, volunteering, or work abroad. Students write articles that emphasize essential practical information such as: how they selected a program or arranged their own independent study or job or internship.

 Student-to-Student Articles
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 Study Abroad Student to Student Advice
How to Select the Right International Program: 10 Key Steps
Rachel Rueckert, the winner of the Student Travel Writing Contest, describes how to choose the right international program for your needs while still a student.
Study Abroad Advising 101
Isabel Eva Bohrer describes the study abroad advising process from the student's perspective — how to plan, get advice, and select the right program for you, complete with a worksheet to bring to your advisor.
Learning Abroad: Anyone (and Anything) Can Teach You a Lesson
Olivia Victoria Andrzejczak describes her endless desire to learn, which has resulted in multiple study abroad experiences at top universities across Europe.
Before, During and After: How to Prepare for your Departure and Return...and Find a Dream Job in the Field of International Education
Student Writer's Contest 2nd place winner Jennifer Hare provides advice for those who have studied abroad and wish to stay in a related field.
Real or Virtual Study Abroad?
Isabel Eva Bohrer offers her advice on how to strike a balance between cultural immersion with locals and staying connected back home.
Study Abroad: The Benefits of Waiting 
Michael Kay describes the many advantages of study abroad after graduation, citing his own experience learning Spanish in Mexico.
Planning for Study Abroad in Developing Countries
Student Writer's Contest winner Meridith Alt on options for study abroad in developing countries worldwide.
Gap Year Essentials: A Student Persective
Isabel Eva Bohrer offers practical tips and advice as a student experienced in a variety of gap year programs.
International Fellowships and Scholarships
Erin Alisa Guntly provides insider advice and resources on the opportunities for international Fellowships and Scholarships. Such sponsored forms of study abroad are often the path for a student to an international career.
Winning a Grant to Work Overseas: A Step-by-Step Guide
Preethi Burkholder provides practical information about what you need to know and do to obtain a grant to work overseas.
Beyond the Comfort Zone: "I Would Do It All Again in a Second"
Kate Gustafson reports on her decision as a student to venture into unknown territory in Nepal and then the more familiar Western land of Scotland. She developed new perspectives studying and living in each country. But given a choice, she would opt for the less "comfortable" world she found in Nepal where her initial fears were transformed into enchantment.
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 Study Abroad Country Reports
What You Should Know About Studying and Living in Istanbul, Turkey
David Joshua Jennings, winner of's 2011 Student Writing Contest, offers his experience and many practical inside tips for studying and living in Istanbul — a unique city immersed in culture and history.
What to Know About Studying Abroad in Madrid
Alexei Koseff, winner of's 2010 Student Writing Contest, provides some excellent advice about what you need to know when you are studying abroad in Madrid, including tips on living in and traveling through Spain.
Travel, Study, and Work in Scotland: Finding a Way to Extend Your Stay
Robert Lovik describes how he managed to study, travel, and work in Scotland as well describing the visa process required to extend his time in a land which enchanted him.
Study in Canada
Heidi Schmaltz provides an excellent overview of the academic, cultural, and legal issues involved in studying in Canada.
Study Abroad in Chile: Learning Acceptance of New Ideas
Tamara Smith shares the mind-opening experiences and insights gained while studying and living abroad in Chile.
Study Abroad in Tanzania: On Borders, Bananas, and Being Back
Danae Roumis reflects on the transformative power of study abroad based upon on own her experience studying and living in Tanzania.
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 Work, Volunteer and Intern Abroad as a Student
Study Abroad Increases Your Professional Job Prospects
Isabel Eva Bohrer, explains why study abroad increases your international career and job prospects while using the data gathered by IES Abroad to substantiate her analysis.
How to Work Abroad After College
Katie Kreuger describes her transition from college study to work abroad, and provides helpful tips for graduating students who are contemplating taking the plunge overseas.
How to Live and Work Abroad
Rob Atchison, with only a degree and a desire to travel, describes his job experience in Italy and provides resources for other college students to do the same.
Finding Business Internships Abroad 
Mike Kerlin describes in practical terms how to use cold calling and networking to find prime business internship jobs abroad in the private sector - as he did in Mexico and Brazil.
English Teaching Programs Sponsored by Governments Abroad
Isabel Eva Bohrer describes a variety of government organizations abroad where students may teach in customized English programs and contrasts this way of teaching with standard TEFL.
Volunteer Work at an Archeological Dig in Greece
Josiah Ramsay Johnston describes exciting and inspiring volunteer summer work at an archeological dig in Greece.
Studying and Interning in Bavaria: The Keys to a Successful Experience Abroad
Alison LaRose uses her experience studying and interning in Germany to provide practical inside tips on how to get the most out of your experience abroad.
IAESTE Exchange in Spain: Technical Experience and Cultural Immersion
Chad Brewer reports on his internship with IAESTE in the aerospace department of an engineering company located outside Madrid.
Internship Opportunities in China
Christopher Moore lays out the internship opportunities available in China and provides resources for students to do so.
Volunteer Workcamps: An Inexpensive and Rewarding Way to Go
Angelica Leone describes her rewarding experience volunteering in France at a workcamp after being a language student in Aix-en-Provence.
Volunteer Service Programs
Russell Carlock describes volunteer service programs abroad in which students and people of all ages can make a difference.
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 Student Travel Abroad
Solo Backpacking Through Europe
Sarah Protzman provides practical tips on solo backpacking in Europe.
In-Between Cultures: Cultural Immersion in Bangalore, India
Diana Jue on how her experience while studying abroad in Bangalore, India led her to insights gained from cultural immersion in a city full of unexpected contrasts.
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 Living Abroad as a Student
A Journey of Self Discovery: Understanding Differences Through Studying Abroad
Kristen Clark takes us on her journey of self-discovery in Rome, Italy, where she found that study abroad led to understanding cultural differences and resulted in great personal growth.
A Practical Guide for Students in Australia
Christian Thorkildsen provides practical tips to prepare a prospective student for life in Australia.
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