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.
- 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"?
- 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?