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Molly in Cádiz, Spain: 36.527100, -6.288600
Sally in Budapest, Hungary: 47.497900, 19.040200
Harith in Aix-en-Provence, France: 43.528300, 5.449700
Ellen in Helsinki, Finland: 60.192100, 24.945800
Darya in St. Petersburg, Russia: 59.937400, 30.308550
Brian in Siena, Italy: 43.322200, 11.325900
Ho Yean in Paris, France: 48.858100, 2.294700
Kiana in Vienna, Austria: 48.216038, 16.378984
Benjamin in Oxford, England: 51.754800, -1.254400
Raizel in Madrid, Spain: 40.416800, -3.703800
Jonah in Prague, Czech Republic: 50.075540, 14.437800
Julia and Konso in Rome, Italy: 41.902800, 12.496400
Julia in Turin, Italy: 45.070300, 7.686900

  • What it is Like to Return

    What it is Like to Return

    Written by Ruth Manzanares ’18 The date is January 4th, 2017. It’s 4 in the morning and I can’t sleep. I don’t know if it’s from nervousness, excitement, or a combination of the two. All I know is that I’m about to embark on the journey of my life. In just a few hours I will be on a plane to Spain, a longtime dream of mine. I could not tell you when this dream began only that it was …Continue Reading »
  • Bordeaux, France: Home Away From Home

    Bordeaux, France: Home Away From Home

    By Lily Fang ’18Continue Reading »
  • Sherman Katz ’65

    Sherman Katz ’65

    Interviewed by Konso Mbakire ’18       On Tuesday, March 28th 2017, the Amherst College Global Education Office had the pleasure of welcoming Sherman Katz, Class of ’65, to our campus. In his day, Amherst looked very different; it had a core curriculum, no women, and no study abroad office. He found out about a year-long study abroad program in Sweden but there was no Study Abroad system in place to accommodate his desire. So he petitioned his program, …Continue Reading »
  • Julia in Malawi, Italy, and India

    Julia in Malawi, Italy, and India

    Hey everyone! My name is Julia Herion-Cruz and I am a junior from Taos, New Mexico. I study Environmental Studies at Amherst and have been involved in La Causa and La Casa Latinx Culture House on campus. This semester I will be studying Food Security issues in Malawi, India, and Italy through an International Honors Program (IHP) called Rethinking Food Security. Join me as I share my experiences navigating three completely different countries and some insights I gain along the …Continue Reading »
  • Jonah in Prague, Czech Republic

    Jonah in Prague, Czech Republic

      Dobrý den. Ahoj! My name is Jonah, class of 2019. I am an English major studying in Czech Republic and surrounding areas for the next few months. I’ll be in Prague for most of my stay living with a host family, immersed in Czech arts and culture.   I love literature and music probably more than most things. Swimming is always something that I am very attached to. My curiosity for people is like a fever and I am …Continue Reading »
  • Sally in Budapest, Hungary

    Sally in Budapest, Hungary

    Hi! I'm Sally. I'm a senior at Amherst College. Last spring, I studied abroad at AIT, a computer science program in Budapest, Hungary. This semester, I’m fortunate enough to come back to this city as a student of BSM, a small mathematics program. With this blog, I hope to document my personal growth, as I know my identity will be continuously shaped and defined by these future experiences. I hope other students will find some moment in my stories, no …Continue Reading »
  • Harith in Aix-en-Provence, France

    Harith in Aix-en-Provence, France

    Salut tout le monde! I’m Harith, class of 2019, and I study Computer Science and Philosophy. Over the next few months, I will share my struggles navigating the lovely south of France with my broken French. I hope to take you along with me as I bike around Aix-en-Provence, relish French culture, and bore you with my 0.02€ about how interesting it is to be a Pakistani in France and study abroad again! Harith’s PostsNever Say No to FromageNovember 8, …Continue Reading »
  • Molly in Cádiz, Spain

    Molly in Cádiz, Spain

    ¡Hola a todos! My name is Molly Pines and I'm a rising junior from outside of San Francisco. At Amherst, my majors are English and Spanish, my extracurriculars are swimming, tour guiding, and Amherst Dance, and my interests include food, poetry, exercise, all types of music, and taking long walks. This Fall, I'm excited to be studying abroad in Cádiz, Spain. Join me to hear my honest and hopefully interesting accounts of all things gaditano. From my day-to-day routines to my …Continue Reading »
  • Elusive Expectations: Finding My Bearings After a Split Year Abroad

    Elusive Expectations: Finding My Bearings After a Split Year Abroad

    Written by Lily Fang ’18 Before I left, I wrote myself a letter. It was my final night on-campus before my junior year abroad. After hauling my remaining clutter to storage, I plopped down at my desk in my now-bare room. It felt unsettlingly empty. I was sad that day. A full year abroad was my longtime dream, but it also meant leaving close friends behind—friends who would graduate and disperse across the world before my return. I never knew …Continue Reading »
  • Ellen in Helsinki, Finland

    Ellen in Helsinki, Finland

    Moi! My name is Ellen and I am studying in Finland at the University of Helsinki. I am a mathematics major at Amherst but at the University of Helsinki I am a student in the Faculty of Arts. I have come to Finland hoping to explore Nordic life and to experience a more self-guided education system. While I am attending school in Helsinki, Suvisaaristo (translated as summer islands) will be my home, and I look forward to writing about my …Continue Reading »
  • Only one? – Making Friends with French Natives

    Only one? – Making Friends with French Natives

    “A realistic goal for the semester is to make one good French friend.” I scoffed then. It was early September, during orientation for my study abroad program in Bordeaux. Confined to the stuffy university classroom, I was antsy. I longed to begin the experience already, to be free from the long hours of powerpoint presentations and overwhelming logistics. I had grand visions for the semester. Only one good French friend? I assumed it was a given–I was positive that things …Continue Reading »
  • Darya in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Darya in St. Petersburg, Russia

    My name is Darya Bor – Class of 2018, Film & Media Studies major, studying abroad with the Bard-Smolny Program in St. Petersburg. I was born in Minsk, Belarus, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and decided to return to my Russian roots for my study abroad experience. At Amherst, I worked in the Mead Art Museum as an Education Intern and in the Career Center as a Public Relations Intern, and in my spare time, acted as a managing arts …Continue Reading »
  • Brian in Siena, Italy

    Brian in Siena, Italy

    Ciao, readers! My name is Brian, I'm a 2018 Black Studies major from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This fall, I'll be studying sustainability at the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy, in the hopes of learning a food anthropology framework to apply to the racialization of American food systems. I'm excited to challenge myself with this journey outside my previously Massachusetts-centered existence, and to share with you my experiences along the way. Stay tuned! Brian’s PostsUncharted TerritorySeptember 8, 2016CW: …Continue Reading »
  • Ho Yean in Paris, France

    Ho Yean in Paris, France

      Hello everyone! My name is Ho Yean Choi, class of 2018 double majoring in Political Science and French. This fall I will attend l’Université Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, looking forward to see the differences between discourses and pedagogy in Paris and that of Amherst. As coming to Amherst from Seoul was the first journey of my life, living in Paris will be my second journey which excites me a lot. I am happy to share my daily adventures here. …Continue Reading »
  • Konso in Rome, Italy

    Konso in Rome, Italy

    Salve! My name is Konso Mbakire. I am a Mathematics and Economics double major spending my sophomore spring in Rome with the IES Rome program. Interestingly, I’m already an international student at Amherst College, so I’m studying abroad from my study abroad, which is extremely thrilling. I recently joined Amherst Dance and have been involved with the Amherst Christian Fellowship from my first year. I am truly excited, and honored, to be able to share my experience with you. Recent …Continue Reading »
  • Benjamin in Oxford, England

    Benjamin in Oxford, England

    As an English major focusing on colonial literature, I chose to study in the United Kingdom in order to better understand the imperialism of the world's largest empire in history and the culture of some of the greatest literature in the English language. At Amherst, I run for the varsity track (indoor and outdoor) and cross country teams. I am studying English and History at the University of Oxford through IFSA-Butler for the complete 2015-2016 academic year. Benjamin’s PostsDiversity and Culture Shock in the …Continue Reading »
  • Kiana in Vienna, Austria

    Kiana in Vienna, Austria

    Grüß Gott! My name is Kiana Herold and I'm a junior LJST major at Amherst hailing from California. Back on campus I'm an editor for the Amherst Student and a runner on the Track & Field team. For the fall semester I'm studying with IES in Vienna, Austria and am excited to share some of my adventures and observations with you. Kiana’s PostsArriving in a City Where the Past is Ever-PresentAugust 27, 2015After arriving in Austria, the first thing I …Continue Reading »
  • Raizel in Madrid, Spain

    Raizel in Madrid, Spain

    Raizel in Madrid, Spain   Hi everyone! My name is Raizel. I’m an English major at Amherst, also completing a certificate in Culture, Health and Science. At school I’m a Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect and a member of Women’s Chorus and Mindfulness Club. Currently, I’m studying abroad in Madrid with Syracuse University. Click the links below to read about my trip! Raizel’s PostsOn Cafes and Just SittingMarch 9, 2015Back in the States I never drink coffee. Maybe it’s the …Continue Reading »