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
- Give future study abroad students real insight to the program and country
- Free Iowa Study Abroad t-shirt
We will handle the online publishing 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 (we will never turn down more!)
- Blogs should be 300-500 words each
- Include a title for each entry
- Include at least one photo with captions 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 2018 blogger, please complete this application form. The application deadline is December 9, 2017.
- Why did you choose to study abroad?
- Why did you choose your study abroad program/destination?
- What are you doing to learn more about your host country?
- What are you most looking forward to?
- What are you most nervous about?
- Do you have anything you want to accomplish while abroad?
While in the host country
- Paint a picture of what your morning ritual is like in your new country.
- What do you hear/see/smell in the morning and on your way to class?
- Describe your new home/apartment and roommates or host family.
- What did you pack that you wish you'd left behind?
- What do you wish you'd packed?
- Does your host culture have a different concept of time or space than you're used to?
- Tell us about the food. What do you like? Anything interesting? Shocked about liking?
- How do you spend your free time?
- Are you picking up the local language? How is that going?
- What did you find valuable about your new learning environment/academic culture? Classes? Professor? University life?
- What tips would you give a student who wants to meet the locals and get out of the “American bubble”?
- 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?
- Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give a student heading out on the same program/to the same host country?
- Did traveling/studying abroad make you think any differently about your identity or your place in the world?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- Was there anything that you accomplished while abroad that makes you proud?
- What do you miss most about your host country?