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Studying Abroad in Costa Rica: Newbie Jitters

Kelsi Brooks is a student at Georgia College & State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Kelsi just finished studying abroad with ISA in San José, Costa Rica.


You have arrived at your destination, please undo you seat belt and go have an amazing adventure in Costa Rica! Walking out of the airport and boarding a bus or car, you are kind of nervous and relieved to finally have landed. You have messaged all of your friends and family that you have made it safely, and are eager to explore your new home. Read more

Florence: Gelato 101

Danya Migdali is a student at California Lutheran University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Danya is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

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Flavors for the Hungry

When I first talked about going to Italy, my friends and family mentioned that I would probably end up at a gelateria once or twice. Due to my excessive love of ice cream, I guessed it would be a bit more. Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some news to announce. I have become a gelato addict! It has turned into an almost daily habit for me, although I attempt to try new flavors and gelaterias each time I go! Read more

6 Things You Say to Yourself Before You Leave For Your Study Abroad Program

Colin Van Ert is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and an ISA Featured Blogger. Colin is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florianópolis, Brazil.


The time leading up to your first study abroad adventure is full of excitement and anxiety.  A million thoughts go racing through your mind as you mull over all the potentially great experiences that lie ahead while at the same time trying to account for all contingencies and potential for ruin.  As you get closer and closer to your departure date thoughts only become more frantic.  I describe it like being on a roller coaster.  The few days just before your trip is like riding the cart to the top of the track and the day you leave is when you drop and the ride begins.  Here are some of the things you’re thinking on the way up:  Read more

Naked Eye: Comparing Spanish Culture & Stretching Your Mind

Julia Chernicky is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and an ISA Featured Blogger. Julia is currently studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.


Some of my favorite things about studying abroad are the moments of enlightenment when I suddenly understand a little more about the Spanish culture. This post is lengthier and much more serious than my last, concerning tapas, but I hope you enjoy it and absorb some of my passion for the topic! I am also straight up and honest, so feel free to leave comments agreeing or disagreeing with my observations. Everyone has different experiences and I would love to hear about yours! Without further delay, here are a couple of things I have noticed in my time in Spain, and have became fully acquainted with this week: Read more

Sevilla Excursion: The Underrated City of Lisbon

Megan Schulz is a student at Colorado State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Megan is currently studying abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

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A beautiful view of Lisbon

One of the first excursions we took outside of Sevilla this semester was to Lisbon, Portugal. Before traveling to Lisbon, I didn’t really have any expectations but soon enough, I fell in love with the city. Here are 7 reasons why Lisbon may be one of the most underrated cities in Europe: Read more

Apply Now for the Summer 2014 ISA Featured Blogger and Video Correspondent Programs


Photo courtesy of current ISA Featured Blogger, Lynsy Hatfield.

The ISA Featured Blogger and Video Correspondent program is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 session! Share your stories, photos and videos from abroad with the rest of the world on the ISA Student Blog!

Apply today to be an ISA Featured Blogger or an ISA Video Correspondent during your ISA summer 2014 program!

Applications are due by May 9th, 2014, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

A Daily Dose of Culture: An Inside Look into Public Transportation in Cusco

Sam Hulsey is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Sam is currently studying abroad with ISA in Cusco, Peru.

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After a month in Cusco, I have my daily routine down. I wake around 7:00 a.m., sit down to a breakfast of Ciabatta, fresh fruit juice, and Mate de Coca, and am on my way out the door. As I walk down the sidewalk I feel a sense of anxious excitement. However, this excitement does not come from the fact that I’m about to visit ancient Inca ruins, attend Quechua language class, or go teach guitar lessons at an after-school program. I am always looking forward to these events, but I find nothing quite as interesting as riding the bus. Read more

Las Fallas in Valencia

Mariah Reicks is a student at University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mariah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valencia, Spain.


Light Show in Rusafa

Last night marked the end of Las Fallas in Valencia, the holiday that triples the amount of people making their way to daily Mascletas, light shows, parades, and more. Read more

Exploring Ireland’s Aran Islands

Lyndsy Hatfield is a student at The College of St. Rose and an ISA Featured Blogger. Lyndsy is currently studying abroad with ISA in Galway, Ireland.


My adventure that began on a turbulent Sunday was arduous, rainy, draining, but also highly rewarding. I walked with my ISA Galway group down to Eyre Square and waited for the bus in the rain. Then we boarded the bus, rode to the docks, and boarded the ferry. We hunkered down for the 40 minute-ride, battled sea-sickness, and then enjoyed being on the water. Read more

Trabajar a Vivir: The Spanish Lifestyle in Málaga

Leah Miller is a student at the Westminster College and an ISA Featured Blogger. Leah is currently studying abroad with ISA in Málaga, Spain.


Enjoying the view and a calm evening in Malaga, Spain.

Many times it can feel like we are constantly running around checking things off our never ending to-do lists. I mean, its common, we all have stuff we have to get done. However, one of the main differences I have realized between my home in the U.S. and my home in Spain are the levels of stress and happiness. Read more


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