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IAGE Student Stories

Read about Illini, whose study abroad experiences enriched their global perspective.

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  • Australia: Studying Abroad Oceans Away

    Studying abroad with people you are familiar with can make experiencing another country less intimidating. But Tom Hartney, a senior majoring in English and minoring in Business, felt that studying abroad in a country that had no familiar faces would be more beneficial to his experience.

  • Studying Abroad: Where to Start

    Studying abroad has the potential to be one of the most meaningful experiences of your college career. That being said, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. We’re here to guide you to some of the most helpful resources.

  • A Year in Hong Kong

    Not only does Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange offer programs during the semester, but we also offer students the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad on select programs. Anita Kwan, a senior studying East Asian Languages and Cultures as well as Economics, took this opportunity to study at the University of Hong Kong for the 2016-2017 academic term.

  • Program Assistants: A Go-To Resource

    Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange offers a variety of resources to help students explore and select the program that is right for them. One of those many resources include our student staff, called Program Assistants.

  • Host Families: The Best Housing in Bilbao

    Studying abroad is an experience that allows you to learn more about yourself as well as the different cultures you’ll interact with. But living with a host family during your time abroad, like Roberto Estrada Lobo did while studying at the Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao, allows you to be immersed in a culture each and every day.   

  • My Study Abroad in Four Minutes or Less

    Some students know they want to study abroad, but are unsure where to start looking for program information. Others don’t know if studying abroad is for them and want to explore their options. Either way, visiting the My Study Abroad program search is one of the best places to start.  

  • A Spring Spent at VU Amsterdam

    Many students would view an extra semester of school as disappointing, but Alejandro saw it as an opportunity to study abroad.

  • The U.S. From an Italian's Perspective

    There is so much to learn from Illini that have studied abroad, but there is just as much to learn from students that are currently studying abroad at U of I. 

  • Friends and Family: Talking to Them About Studying Abroad

    You’ve decided to study abroad, that’s awesome! Now it’s time to talk to your parents about your plans.

  • Cape Town in Four Weeks or Less

    Many students believe they won't have time to study abroad during their college career but there are plenty of programs available during the Summer term as well as during Winter and Spring breaks. Natalie Szot spent three weeks at Arcadia University in Cape Town, South Africa during the Summer 2017 term.