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 Fall 2018 blogger, please complete this application form. The application deadline is May 4th, 2018.

Blogging Ideas

Before leaving

  • 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"?

Upon returning

  • 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?