When in Rome…

To put it simply, Rome was amazing. It’s also a city that you can see the majority of it/the hotspots in just a weekend which worked perfectly in my favor. We departed Barcelona at 4:30 am by a bus which brought us to the airport and from here we began our quick journey to Rome. […]

Smooth Landing in London

Amanda Everett and Campbell Cooksey just wrapped up their first week interning abroad in London through Academic Program International’s (API) 8-Week Fixed Date Internship Program. What a journey it has already been! Both students have been busy settling into their internships, making new friends, and exploring all this diverse and exciting city has to offer. […]

Why Take a Gap Year?

A question I get a lot (besides “what is a gap year?”) is, “why did you take a gap year?” For me, that decision came after I graduated from Oxford Academy, a small boarding high school on the Connecticut Shoreline. At first, it was just an idea that was tossed around within my family. Having […]

Five Things I Love About Berlin

Over the course of the past several weeks, I have moved to Berlin, adjusted to life with my wonderful Gastfamilie (host family), started both my intensive German language and general content courses at Freie Universität Berlin, learned how to navigate public transportation, and have only gotten lost twice. I have ventured out into the city both […]

Goal-Setting: Prepping for My Semester Abroad

At the time of this writing, I will be heading off to Paris, France to start what I predict will be the most life-changing and challenging semesters of my life in a mere ten (10?!) days.  Seeing that my departure date is coming clearer and clearer into view, it is about high time that I […]

What is Waitangi Day?!

Happy Waitangi Day! Wait, what? What is Waitangi Day?! Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which is a significant part of NZ history. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands on the 6th of Feb 1840. The treaty […]

Making Friends While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a big life decision–one that can be extremely exciting and frustrating at the same time. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned traveler or have never left your home town, you will surely leave the U.S. with expectations and be uncertain about aspects of living in another country. Of course you’ve thought […]