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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!

Granada: Home Isn’t a Place, It’s a Feeling

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.

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Isn’t it crazy how we fight to get away from home, to be free, and find ourselves missing it once we finally escape? I have come to the conclusion that homesickness is unavoidable. After five months in a foreign country, I have succumbed to the fact that there are certain comforts that can not be replaced. Memories, mostly, but also long hot showers and dryers and my favorite local restaurants. Do not get me wrong, I love traveling! I would not want to live in another country and find it the same as mine; That lends no hand to growth and learning. Yet, I appreciate the fact that it is teaching me to love home as much as I love to travel. This is not my first time abroad, but it is certainly the longest. For those experiencing a new culture for the first time, or if this is the longest you have been away from your dog, here are some tips to cure your homesickness! Read more

Introducing the ISA Featured Bloggers for Spring 2014

We are thrilled to announce the ISA Featured Bloggers for Spring 2014. Meet next semester’s stellar storytellers:

Elamin Nadia Amman Chatham University Spring 4
Marrakchi Nadia Amman Colorado State University Spring 1
Abnos Dustin Barcelona Kansas State University Spring 3
Johnson Rain Barranquilla Northern Michigan University Spring 1
Tanner Elise Barranquilla University of Utah Spring 1
Angeloty Jeffrey Brussels Regis University Spring
Hartley Sarah Brussels University of Tulsa Spring
Lanfranchi Ana Buenos Aires The College of New Jersey Spring 3
Mehl Mikayla Buenos Aires Point Loma Nazarene University Spring 6
Stallbaumer Abbey Buenos Aires University of Central Missouri Spring 2
O’Keeffe Heather Cape Town Case Western Reserve University Year
Yarborough Eli Cape Town University of North Carolina, Charlotte Spring 1
Hulsey Sam Cusco Middle Tennessee State University Spring 2
Miller Michaela Cusco Metropolitan State University of Denver Spring 1
Migdali Danya Florence California Lutheran University Spring
Van Ert Colin Florianopolis University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Spring 1
Hatfield Lyndsy Galway College of Saint Rose Spring 1
Chernickey Julia Granada University of Pittsburgh Spring 2B
Tella Mary Granada Rider University Spring 2B
Woodhouse Allison London College of Charleston Spring 1
Pond Katie Madrid University of California, San Diego Spring 1A
Miller Leah Malaga Westminster College Spring 1
Barrera Celene Meknes Bennington College Spring 1
McFarland Cydney Meknes Arizona State University Spring 1
Hale Katie Paris Luther College Spring 2B
Mizell Daniel Paris Arizona State University Spring 2B
Vutech Anna Paris DePaul University Spring
Willoughby Russell Paris University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Year 1
Tracey Morgan Port Elizabeth Huntington University Spring
Anderson Sophia Prague Rhodes College Spring 2
Green Blythe Prague Washington State University Spring 2
Pelaez Manuela Salamanca University of Georgia Spring 3
Brooks Kelsi San Jose Georgia College and State University Winter 2
Llewellyn Sandra Santiago University of Massachusetts, Amherst Spring 2
LeeHong Katharine Seoul University of South Carolina Spring
Ruiz-Pineda Maria Seoul University of Texas at El Paso Spring
Ovian Maggie Sevilla James Madison University Year
Schulz Megan Sevilla Colorado State University Spring 5B
Sharon Amanda Sevilla Saint Anselm College Spring 2
Wasko Stephanie Sevilla Old Dominion University Spring 2
Reicks Mariah Valencia University of Nebraska, Lincoln Spring 1
McPherson Phoebe Valparaiso and Vina del Mar University of New Hampshire Spring 4
Slaymaker Reina Valparaiso and Vina del Mar College of Charleston Spring 1

Stellar Storytellers: Apply to be an Official ISA Blogger this Summer

ISA is looking for stellar storytellers to blog about their time abroad with ISA this summer! If sharing your study abroad experience through blog posts, photos and other media while receiving professional training and feedback from the ISA Communications team appeals to you, consider applying to be an ISA Featured Blogger!

Photo by Spring 2013 Featured Blogger Kylene Herr, currently abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from students that currently blog or are interested in building their writing portfolios prior to graduation. Stories from Featured Summer Bloggers will be published on the ISA Study Abroad Student Blog and through other social media channels throughout the summer.

Read the details below and then fill out the online application to apply. If you have any questions, please contact the ISA Communications team at

What are the minimum requirements?

  • Be accepted to an ISA Summer program
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • All majors encouraged to apply

What is expected of an ISA Featured Blogger?

  • Respond to writing prompts from ISA during the summer
  • Write at least 2 blog posts during the program
  • Submit posts through the ISA Student Blog platform

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Expand your writing portfolio
  • Gain writing experience and exposure
  • Build your resume

When are applications due?

  • Application deadline for the summer program is Friday, May 10th


  • Not all applicants will be selected to contribute to the ISA Student Blog. Participation in the ISA Student blog is voluntary and no monetary compensation will be provided for participants. ISA reserves the right to edit any/all submissions to the ISA Student Blog, including text, images, video, and any/all types of media and to use any/all submissions on its websites, social media and promotional materials.

The Limits of Preparing to Study Abroad for a semester in Chile!

Molly Sorensen is a student at The College of New Jersey and an ISA Featured Blogger. Molly is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valparaiso, Chile.

If you are reading this for departure/arrival advice, you’ve come to the wrong place!  I’m still here in small town Lawrenceville, New Jersey, but I do think I have something valuable to offer.  Right now i’m in a position that I think most go through before studying abroad or even making the final decision.  For the past couple of weeks, I have been stuck in a strange limbo before my adventure to Valparaiso, Chile.


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In Spain Do As The Spaniards Do: A Comparison of Cultures

Adrienne Prillaman is a student at University of North Texas and an an ISA Classmates Connecting Cultures  blogger corresponding with a high school student leadership class in Keller, Texas. Adrienne is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain on an ISA Fall 4 program.

One of the main concerns people have when studying abroad is experiencing culture shock. It’s inevitable – every culture has differences. However, it’s important to not look these differences as hindrances, but as a way to broaden your cultural horizon. It’s about learning to appreciate and tolerate another way of life, even if you disagree with it. That being said, here are the 10 biggest cultural differences I have encountered while living in Spain – some of them are a little strange, and some are things I prefer over my own culture!

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Experience of a Lifetime: Zip-lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Brandi Gallaher is a student at Oklahoma State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Brandi is currently studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica on an ISA Fall 4 program.

Upon coming to Costa Rica, I knew the one thing I had to do here was go zip-lining. Costa Rica is famous for zip-lining through its gorgeous rainforests, and I knew there was no better place in the world to go than here in Costa Rica. One of the best zip-lining places here is in a place called Monteverde, which is in the heart of the cloud rainforest in the province of Puntarenas. Most of my other weekends here have been filled with visits to the different beaches here, so I was ready for a good change of pace, since Monteverde is a more mountainous region and the climate is much cooler than the beach regions. So, on Friday after classes, three of my girlfriends and I caught a bus from San Jose to Monteverde.

Ziplining in Monteverde, Costa Rica

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A Year Abroad in Valencia

Rachel Wadsworth is a student at the College of Charleston and an ISA Featured Blogger. Rachel is currently studying abroad in Valencia, Spain on an ISA Year 1 program.

So, this is it…well, for most of us. The semester is winding down, final exams are upon us, and everyone is packing up to head back to the states. I, however, have a whole semester left here in Valencia. When I left Newark Airport on September 7th, I had a moment of panic–I must be crazy, I thought. Eight months in a foreign country? Well, I still have the occasional have-you-lost-your-mind moment, but Valencia is home now. I chose the academic year program so that I could (mostly) complete my Spanish major, improve my language skills, and have an authentic Spanish experience. But in just three and a half months I have gotten so much more than that.

my lovely neighbors at our family Thanksgiving dinner

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The Alhambra: The Best of Spain at My Fingertips

Mary Diduch is a student at Lawrence University and an ISA Featured Blogger. Mary is currently studying abroad in Granada, Spain, on an ISA Fall 2A program.

The Alhambra at night

I didn’t just visit the Alhambra once…nor twice. I visited the Alhambra 3 times, and each time continued to be breathtaking. The first time I went was September 25 when ISA provided a tour for us. Sunny, clear blue sky — it was the perfect day. The second and third times were the week of November 19. My mom and sister visited me for a week, and I knew they couldn’t miss this fantastic place. I made the mistake of not buying the correct tickets the first time with my family. They excluded the Nasrid Palaces, so the second time I made sure we bought the tickets where we could see every part of the complex. I am going to take you on a tour of my favorite places of the Alhambra. Each day was different and unique in its own way, so I’ll go day by day. And I really hope someday you are able to visit this monument. It is something you will never forget.

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Making History in Valencia

Rachel Wadsworth is a student at the College of Charleston and an ISA Featured Blogger. Rachel is currently studying abroad in Valencia, Spain on an ISA Year 1 program.

Today marks exactly two months that I have been living in Valencia. I’ve traversed the city on foot and on valenbisi, by metro and by bus, and have explored many of the 4,000 streets of this beautiful city. I’ve been to all of the touristy spots and many local favorites, too. I could go on for days about how beautiful this place is! El Centro has the most beautiful medieval architecture and narrow winding streets; the City of Arts and Sciences is modern and gorgeous (especially at night from its lounge/discoteca L’umbracle); the beach sands stretch from gorgeous restaurants and hotels to the incredible Mediterranean Sea.

La plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain

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