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A Roman weekend

By Julia Kacmarek

March 5, 2012

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I feel as though I have just arrived in Barcelona, yet it has been over a month since I have moved in. I haven’t done an enormous amount of travelling like many study abroad student have, just a few day trips, and then one weekend excursion with API (Academic Programs Internationa...

Getting to a foreign country is only half the battle

By Emily McGovern

March 1, 2012

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Between the language barrier and living in a foreign city for the first time, I knew going into this semester that I would be facing challenging obstacles. Unfortunately, this had to begin at the height of my anxiety: the departu...

Fastnacht in Freiburg

By Mary Carmody

February 28, 2012

Filed under Archives, Blogs

One of my favorite parts about living in a foreign country is celebrating new holidays. In Baden Württemberg, Germany, Fastnacht is one of the biggest parties of the year. Although it’s not a national holiday, it is still ty...

Living the good life in Oviedo

By Stephen Small

February 27, 2012

Filed under Archives, Blogs, Study Abroad

As anyone who has visited the W.E.B. DuBois library during finals week can tell you, the life of a college student is not always easy. After countless papers and exams, another semester in Amherst was coming to an end and I found mysel...

Spontaneous in Brussels

By Lauren Fisher

February 16, 2012

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My Type A brain usually tells me that I have to plan absolutely everything. I’m the one who books the hostel, figures out all the sights to see, and brings a notebook with a list of all the important addresses and phone numb...

Buenos Aires is more than meets the eye

By Carolyn Tiernan

February 14, 2012

Filed under Blogs, Study Abroad

If there is one thing here that I have been pleasantly and constantly surprised by, it’s how amazing and fresh all the fruit in Buenos Aires is. Even in peak season at home, I buy some peaches and plums from the grocery store,...

Homesick in Bilbao

By Lauren Fisher

February 9, 2012

Filed under Blogs, Study Abroad

As of today, I have been away from home for exactly five months. This realization is very strange to me, as I have become accustomed to my life here in Bilbao, Spain. Five months feels simultaneously like forever and no time at...

Villa Gesell, a weekend escape

By Carolyn Tiernan

February 6, 2012

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After spending three weekends in Buenos Aires, our entire Early Start group was ready for a change of scenery.  The boys found a DJ Dash Berlin concert (yeah, I don’t know who he is either) at a venue in the beach town ...

Rich and relaxed lifestyle in Barcelona

By Julia Kacmarek

January 31, 2012

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I have been in Barcelona, or Barthelona as the locals pronounce it, for a few weeks now, and it has been anything but relaxing. When we first arrived at the BCN airport, it took about four buses to ship all of us studying with API (Academ...

No more sleeping in German class

By Mary Carmody

January 30, 2012

Filed under Blogs, Study Abroad

When I was a sophomore at UMass, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to study abroad. I was getting lazy and to be honest, the prospect of having an off-campus house for black-light parties was more appealing than going through the process of mo...

Buenos Aires provides food and fun

By Carolyn Tiernan

January 23, 2012

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For the month of January, I am taking an intensive language course with eleven other students. In February our regular classes start, and about 70 more students will arrive. This past Thursday, our Spanish professor, Jose Maria, came over for dinner. We have two professors, but Jose is by ...

Introducing our newest travel blogger: Derek Plante

By Chris Shores

June 9, 2011

Filed under Study Abroad

Last semester, we began a foray into study abroad travel blogging. Students traveled to Europe and Asia, from Paris to Istanbul and you got to follow along on This summer, the adventures continue! Dere...