Defining Home: A Reflection of Spring Break in Ireland

By Tea Preradovic, written in April 2019 FY@broad Ireland couldn’t have been at a better time, serving as a better reminder. The academic and personal events aligned and complemented each other with no initial intent of making it happen that way. As I write this reflection, I am at my home in the Northwest suburb…

Painting Moments Permanent

By Tea Preradovic Personal Permanence: An Introduction Ireland must be painted with acrylics, pastels, or oil in order for it to be accurately depicted. While it’s exciting to produce, it’s important to forgive ourselves, for even then, no picture is polished enough to mimic the sensation of observing with our own eyes. I’ve observed Ireland…

Postcards Con Palabras: Hablo español, tengo dos corazones

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I am currently typing the final Postcard con Palabras, whilst sitting aboard my flight back to the US. If I am being completely honest with you all, I did not feel like I had it in me to write this final installment for quite…

Exchange Student Life: Arrival, Adjustment, Experience

By Charlotte Pin. Originally published here. Studying abroad, as they say, is a life changing experience. We’re lucky! We’ll return with a variety of new insights, discovering new parts of ourselves and the world at large. A new culture involves new means of adjustment, each student navigating in their own way. But is it ever…

Postcards Con Palabras: I’m a Student First, and a Tour Guide Second

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I come writing to you once again later than usual. It is a common myth that students studying abroad rarely have homework, and lately, I have been pretty occupied with school assignments and program commitments. Speaking of school, I don’t believe I’ve officially mentioned…

Postcards Con Palabras: Halfway There, Could Use ALL Your Prayers

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! My apologies for writing this “Postcard con Palabras” a few days later than expected, in truth, things have been moving faster than I can possibly keep up with (I always have had an advanced natural talent for being a terrible endurance-keeper-upper), and in the…

Critical Language Scholarship- Alumni Q+A

By Clare VanSpeybroeck Tell us about your Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program in Jordan. What were the best features of the program? How did your language skills improve while you were there? CLS implements Arabic programs in three countries — Morocco, Jordan, and Oman. I was excited to find I was placed in Amman, Jordan…

Postcards con palabras: In Sickness AND in Health

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos! I hope that this “Postcard con Palabras” finds you well and settling into the fall weather – whatever that looks like where you are! It’s been just a little over two weeks since I last wrote to you all, and yet it feels…

Vienna Q&A on Studying German & Performing at Haus der Musik

By Fern Webber Tell us about your study abroad experience in Vienna, Austria. What are the best features of your program? What are you studying there? I came to Vienna through the Illinois in Vienna Program, or IiVP, which is hosted by the University of Illinois and also includes DePaul University. I decided on this…

US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient Reflects

By Linette Sanchez Every single day I spent at the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute, it never truly sank in that I had won this amazing opportunity to visit and explore a different part of the world. Through this opportunity, the US-UK Fulbright Commission paid for airfare, tuition, housing, and gave me a stipend for food…

Postcards Con Palabras: Oops I’m in Spain!

By Alex Anadiotis. Originally published as a newsletter– subscribe here. Hello everyone! ¡Hola a todos!  First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you for choosing to subscribe to my newsletter. Seeing so many names of people I hold near and dear to my heart under the subscriber list makes it difficult to translate…

5 Dates in Prague, Including Franz Kafka

By Irina Mezhybrotska. I fell in love with Prague on a Monday night as soon as we arrived. The foreign city felt like home. As someone who grew up in Ukraine, I was surprised to discover that Prague is very similar to the city where I spent my childhood. On a Monday night, the Old…