Blogging

Are you interested in blogging about your study abroad experience? Then consider becoming an official Study Abroad Blogger!

No need to create your own blog; we will provide the tools you need so that all you have to do is supply us with your thoughts, comments, stories and pictures/videos! Blogs will be shared on our online journal, International Accents, as well as through our newsletters and social media.

Requirements

  • Send us at least two blog entries each month (more often for short-term programs)
  • Blogs should be 300-500 words each
  • Include a title for each entry
  • Include at least one photo or video with each entry

Apply

Fill out the application form here for spring 2015 bloggers. Applications are due Dec. 12. Bloggers will be notified by Dec. 19 if they have been accepted.

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Blogging Ideas

Before leaving

  • Why did you choose to study abroad?
  • Why did you choose your study abroad program/destination?
  • How are you preparing for your study abroad experience?
  • What do you want to get out of this experience?
  • How do you plan to make friends in the host culture?
  • What are you most looking forward to?
  • What are you most nervous about?
  • What are your goals?  What do you want to do with your time abroad?

While in the host country

  • What's your commute like from home to class? What do you hear/see/smell on the way?
  • What's your living space like? Who do you live with? How is your home abroad different from your home in the US?
  • What did you pack that you wish you'd left behind? What do you wish you'd packed?
  • How do people dress in your study abroad location? How did you expect people to dress? Have you changed the way you dress?
  • Does your host culture have a different concept of time or space than you're used to?
  • What's your favorite food you've tried so far?
  • What have you accomplished while abroad that makes you proud?
  • How do you spend your free time? Is it different from what you would do in the US?
  • Are you making progress with the language? Any funny stories of language gaffes?
  • What are you learning in class? What are you learning outside of class?
  • Have you discovered new music while abroad?
  • What have you done abroad that you don't do at home? What do you do differently?
  • Who do you spend your time with? Are you meeting new people? Have you seen people from UI while studying abroad?
  • What does your school/classroom look like?
  • Who’s your favorite person to travel with, and why?
  • What are your favorite sights, smells and sounds of your study abroad neighborhood?
  • What tips would you give a student who wants to meet the locals and get out of the “American bubble”?
  • What are your favorite words from your host language?
  • Who inspired you to go abroad? Who helped you get abroad?  Who do you want to thank?

Upon returning

  • What's the best thing about being home?  What's the hardest?
  • How was your experience different from what you expected?  In what ways was it the same?
  • What stereotypes did you have about your study abroad destination? Were those confirmed or destroyed?
  • What do you wish you'd done differently?
  • What's your favorite souvenir from abroad?
  • Have you changed the way you live as a result of your experience abroad?
  • Did traveling/studying abroad make you think any differently about your identity or your place in the world? What did you learn about yourself?
  • What do you miss most from abroad?
  • What does "reverse culture shock" mean to you?
  • Do you think of America any differently now that you have returned?
  • How do you plan to get involved in other international activities?
  • What's your general advice for students preparing to go abroad?  How about for students going on your study abroad program?