First person: financing my study abroad experience

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

As an out–of-state student from Illinois, I was concerned about the difference in cost for studying abroad via the CIMBA Program. I had heard from other students and faculty that it is comparable to out-of-state tuition per semester; however, I still made an effort to apply for as many scholarships as I could.

First person: studying while abroad

Friday, March 8, 2019

While planning for study abroad, I not only had to think about what clothes I was going to bring but also materials I would need for school.

First person: time to celebrate

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I spent my 21st birthday in Venice, Italy. Before leaving for my study abroad program, many of my friends and family asked me if I was sad I wouldn’t be spending my 21st in the U.S. considering turning 21 is celebrated much differently in America than in Europe. I appreciated their thought; however, I was more than happy to be celebrating by exploring and immersing myself in a new culture.

First person: week one at CIMBA

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I arrived in Paderno del Grappa, the town where CIMBA is located, around 4:30PM on Monday. Immediately after getting off the bus, we were instructed to pick up our welcome packets, drop off our things in our rooms, and attend our first welcome orientation meeting.

First person: preparation

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Preparing to go abroad has been an ongoing process. After making the decision to study abroad, choosing a program, and planning my course schedule with my advisor, I was ready to apply to the CIMBA Program. The application process was straightforward: my transcripts, answering a number of short essay questions about how I could benefit from the experience, and a faculty reference letter.

First person: the decision to study abroad

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Before my college career began, I knew I wanted to study abroad. No one in my family, not even extended relatives, had ventured outside North America. I wanted to be the first and I made sure my advisor knew this when we met at orientation.