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Hear from IES Abroad Correspondents on how their identities intersect with their study abroad experience. Many of these students are IDEA Correspondents, named for our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad, and are students of diverse background, in regards to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, gender identity/expression, non-traditional major, physical/mental health/learning ability, socio-economic status, and/or as first-generation in their family to attend college

Explore more blog posts on specific diversity categories: First Generation, LGBTQ+, Mental Health / Learning Disability, Physical Disability, Race / Ethnicity, Religion.


Pre-Departure Post!

January 17, 2019

Hello, beautiful people!

I hope life is treating you well!

An Asian-American in France

January 8, 2019

Some jumbled thoughts and reflections from my experiences this semester as an Taiwanese-American woman in Europe

Transatlantic Marriage - from Indy to Dublin

January 7, 2019

As a recently married woman, I've gotten some questions about travelling abroad. Here are some answers, and some musings on how there's never a wrong time for adventure.

A Semester Abroad: From Brooklyn, New York to Freiburg, Germany

January 6, 2019

Hi! My name is Brianna Logan, and I am a junior at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I am majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Business Management. In less than 24 hours, I will board my plane to study in Freiburg, Germany for the spring semester. Away from the comfort of Skidmore’s campus, my family, and friends. Considering I live on my home university’s campus, being away from my family and friends is not an unfamiliar experience. However, going to Freiburg has caused me to develop a mixture of emotions.

Black Girl's Guide to Solo Traveling

December 29, 2018

Tldr; Going somewhere new alone is different when you're female and Black, a concept parts of Europe are still being introduced to.

Mental Wellness in Quito: The Month I Spent In Bed

December 26, 2018

If you’ve been following my blog this semester, you know that towards the end of October, I experienced a personal tragedy: my grandmother passed away. It was the first personal loss I’d really ever experienced, and it hit me hard. For the next month, everything was just harder. It was harder for me to wake up in the morning, to get out of bed, to pay attention in class, or even just to think clearly. I was existing in a haze, going through the motions for the sake of appearances even as I let everything in my life slip.

A Latin-American guide to Buenos Aires

December 15, 2018

As a latino male, I didn’t expect the type of culture shock I would experience in Buenos Aires. While the pasta and pizza joints on every block are a wonderful representation of Argentina’s Italian influence, I’ve seen and met a lot of people that lead me to believe that Argentina is evolving into an even more culturally rich country. There are new and old incomers from South American neighbors like Colombia, Ecuador, and other Latin American countries. To offer a glimpse into this, I want to tell you about some of my favorite go-to joints, where I feel at home.

Bite-Sized Spoken Word

November 30, 2018

At my home institution, some know me as a writer or performer, mostly through slam poetry. I knew I wanted to continue it in some capacity while abroad and I actually found a slam team at the local college but unfortunately, they only spoke German. After that, I decided that the best way to keep writing was to do just that, keep writing, and confine my spoken words to a sheet of paper. This is the mini series of short poems that I have crafted this semsester along with photo accompaniment. Less is truly more. 


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