Are you interested in blogging about your study abroad experience? Then consider becoming an official Study Abroad Blogger! Some of the benefits of becoming an official study abroad blogger include:

  • Enhancing your writing portfolio with published work online
  • Representing the UI while abroad and being the voice of UI students
  • Preserving your memories from study abroad in a meaningful way
  • Free Iowa Study Abroad tshirt

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.


  • Attend a mandatory blogger orientation prior to study abroad departure 
  • 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

*Student blog entries posted to this International Accents page may not reflect the opinions and recommendations of UI Study Abroad and International Programs.  The blog is intended to give students a forum for free expression of thoughts and experiences abroad in a respectful space.


If you are interested in applying to become a spring 2017 blogger, please complete this application form. The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

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?
  • Does being abroad make you think any differently about what it means to be "an American"?

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?