API’s Study Abroad Playlist

Okay, so everyone and their mother has a playlist (my 84 year-old grandmother does on her iPad… I don’t even have an iPad! :/ ), but let’s face it – playlists are fun! Here is one that we’ve come up with that is study abroad-themed. What do you think? What did we miss? What would you add?

We’ve tried to group these according to the three phases of study abroad – Pre-Departure, On-Site, and Reentry:

Pre-Departure Songs

  • See the WorldGomez – You have to get out there!
  • Around the WorldDaft Punk…. silly techo song but self-explanatory; plus they’re French I think…
  • Wide Open SpacesDixie Chicks – Just like leaving for college, leaving to study abroad is a big step (but a GREAT one)….
  • Never is EnoughBarenaked Ladies – From the “don’t be that guy” files… studying abroad is about trying to immerse in the host culture and make local friends… but this song talks about how they don’t want to go around the world just to get “drunk in a pub with some Australians”…
  • TwentysomethingJamie Cullum – “maybe I’ll go traveling for a year, finding myself, or start or career….” – It’s a good start…
  • I’m Afraid of AmericansDavid Bowie – Another example of what NOT to be (ugly American)…
  • Dream Life of Rand McNallyJason Mraz – This is an amusing travel song – Forrest Gump meets Carmen Sandiego…
  • How Soon is NowThe Smiths – I just like the music, but speaks to anxiousness you’ll feel before your trip!
  • Paper Planes M.I.A. – Try to get this song out of your head on the runway…

On-Site Songs

  • You Got MeThe Roots – There’s a part where they talk about meeting a girl at a show in Paris in Montmarte and she was taking classes abroad…. Even rappers are down with studying abroad dawg
  • Everything is Moving so FastGreat Lakes Swimmers – How you’ll feel when you arrive…
  • World Spins Madly OnThe Weepies – How you’ll feel re: culture shock…
  • HomeMichael Bublé – “Another sunny day, has come and gone away, in either Paris or Rome, but I want to go home…” – GET OVER IT! This can be the best time of your life! Yes, you will feel homesickness, but it will pass, and  ultimately you won’t want to leave 🙂
  • Let GoFrou Frou – “jump in, oh well what are you waiting for!” – Great words to get you to step out of your comfort zone!
  • The World at LargeModest Mouse – “If the world’s at large why should I remain…” The world is your oyster – explore it!
  • Ca Plane Pour MoiPlastic Bertrand – I LOVE the Louvre scene from European Vacation
  • Long Distance CallDavid Gray – Remember – long distance calls are free to you on your PicCell phone 😉
  • WorldFive for Fighting – “What kind of world do you want…”
  • Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the WorldU2 – Über student ambassador song…

Re-Entry Songs

  • You’ve Got the LoveFlorence & the Machine – soundtrack for a great London video we found on our YouTube and Vimeo pages. The person who made this video did it during his last days studying abroad in London… oh memories…
  • Everybody’s ChangingKeane – How you’ll feel upon reentry no doubt; reverse culture-shock song…
  • When I look at the WorldU2 – Your worldview may indeed be changed after time abroad… how will you look at it?

Want to try these out? Click below for the API iMix, or visit the iTunes store and search for APIstudyabroad1.

Let us know if what you think, and tell us how your study abroad playlist sounds!

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  1. OOOO I love Jamie Cullum + Keane!!!! Good suggestions! (;

  2. Rod Stewart – Every Beat Of My Heart

  3. A great idea to create this. Thanks for the effort. I look forward to broading my music horizons by listening to it all.

  4. Check out “Traveller’s Chant” by Rizzle Kicks!

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Apr 29, 2021 @ 18:30
👋 Hi everyone! I'm Eryn Fleener a senior at DePaul University in Chicago, studying Early Childhood Education. I studied abroad with API Summer 2019 in Florence, Italy! I will be taking over API Instagram tomorrow, make sure you follow along!
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