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By: Amanda Phillips, Capilano University, winner of the Spring 2023 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Austria

Saying, “I’m studying abroad in Vienna” was one thing. Physically being abroad was another. Now, sitting back home in my childhood bedroom in Vancouver is unbelievable. No amount of planning and dreaming about Vienna would have prepared me for the experience I had. Going home was a strange bittersweet mix of emotions. Of course I was excited to see family and friends, but I was also surprisingly upset at the realization that my European adventures are over. Since returning home, I cannot fathom all that I experienced.

Austria is a country that shares eight land boarders allowing me to visit mul...

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By: Amanda Phillips, Capilano University, winner of the Spring 2023 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Austria

Studying abroad is an experience that is hard to put into words. Studying and living in Vienna, Austria has given me a million reasons why everyone should study abroad, but there aren’t the words to convey it. Typing and deleting this blog for the last two weeks has brought me to this point where I can at least say that studying abroad makes me wish I had superpowers.

Writing this, lounging at Sigmund Freud Park marveling at the magnificent Votivkirche across the road feels surreal. I’ve been in Europe for 4 months now and I cannot stress the perpetual ‘awe’ I have walking past the beautiful ar...

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By: Alec Weinstein, North Island College, winner of the Fall 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: France

When one envisions the Alps, the mind often conjures images of towering giants like Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Yet, beyond these awe-inspiring mountains, the region offers a wealth of other treasures to discover, including emerald-coloured lakes, delectable cuisine, and a rich cultural tapestry. This year, I've been fortunate to study and intern in the Alpine town of Annecy, aptly dubbed the 'Venice of the Alps' due to its charming old town and picturesque canals. Situated less than 40 kilometers from Geneva, Switzerland, Annecy remains a hidden gem that boasts one of the highest qualities of life in...

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By: Tatu Meagher, Simon Fraser University, winner of the Fall 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Japan

Finally, my study abroad journey is starting to come to a close. I think a lot of people like to share their experience within the first couple months, or somewhere in the middle, as those tend to be the most exciting. However, I’ve realized that the last few months of exchange are even more meaningful. Compared to all the time I’ve spent here, it’s been the more recent experiences that have been the most rewarding, as well as the most difficult. They have been full of memorable moments of happiness and joy, along with plenty of intensely melancholic and emotional moment...

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By: Tatu Meagher, Simon Fraser University, winner of the Fall 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Japan

In the first few weeks of returning to my home country, I came to understand why it is said that returning is always harder than leaving. Living day-to-day can become more difficult: adapting to a new (yet familiar) environment might affect ability for mental adjustment (e.g., mood regulation or understanding identity), interpersonal communication (e.g., home relationships or old friendships), and even physical adjustment (jet lag can be really horrible as we know!).

Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity for an individual to develop their own person. The strides...

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By: Kyle Lee, Simon Fraser University, winner of the Spring 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Japan

Even though I’m more than halfway through my exchange semester in Tokyo, there are still moments when I can’t believe I’ve made it here. When I first found out I was able to go on exchange, after trying for two years throughout the pandemic, I was extremely grateful. I promised myself that I would take full advantage of this opportunity. However, despite all the planning I did prior to travelling to Japan, there were still many aspects of exchange that surprised me.

The first was the international community that I found among the rest of the exchange students. As I got to meet people and make new fr...

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By: Runming Gao, The University of Victoria, winner of the Spring 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: The United Kingdom

The half-year exchange study ended. I often thought of that precious experience after returning to Canada. I always felt lucky to study abroad before my graduation. During the half year, I received the famous higher education of the UK. I also learned the unique culture and history of the UK. What’s more, I made friends with people from all over the world, who I am missing now.

The University of Manchester is very famous and ranks high in QS rankings. I did find out that UMancheser is demanding. For example, full time students are required to take at least five courses in one seme...

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By: Sam Rae Harriss, University of Victoria, winner of the Spring 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Netherlands

Studying abroad creates so many new opportunities for exploring the world and its languages, cultures, and people, offering a great challenge but also great rewards. While when preparing for my exchange semester in the Netherlands I was beyond excited to meet new people and make new friends, and I also knew that I wanted to use this opportunity to take on some smaller solo trips of my own, too, as a challenge to myself. 

Solo travelling is amazing in its ability to help you grow and learn more about yourself but can also be very difficult. When I decided to take advantag...

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By: Sam Rae Harriss, University of Victoria, winner of the Spring 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Netherlands

I began my undergraduate university degree back in 2019, knowing that an exchange abroad was something I definitely wanted to do at some point in the coming years. Back in high school, I was lucky enough to participate in a two-week short-term exchange to Germany, an experience that made a huge impression on me. As I mapped out my degree, I decided I would apply for an exchange semester in my third year of school– until the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Changing the nature of travel in a heartbeat, the pandemic abruptly halted most international travel opportunities for almost...

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By: Anna Hawboldt, British Columbia Institute of Technology, winner of the Spring 2022 BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Austria

Vienna is a city mixed with calmness and liveliness. During the days, the cars, bikes and trams move quickly throughout the city. Simultaneously people will be enjoying their coffees at a street side café with no intent on leaving soon. 

As the night falls, the restaurants prepare for their evening rush and the bars down by the canal open their stalls. The roads, bike lanes and sidewalks stay busy as people make their way to meet their family and friends.

As you move down to the canals you will pass people sitting on the edge. Their feet overhanging the water as they l...

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