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15 April 2018

Learn about Research & Teaching English Abroad This Week! #HogsAbroad #Fulbright

ATTN: Graduate students and/or students who plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree prior to July 2019

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open!

Two meetings have been scheduled in April to talk through Fulbright grant opportunities for students and the campus application process:
(Pizza will be served!)

Tuesday, April 17 5:00-6:00pm GEARHART 206 (Graduate Student Lounge)
Topic: Awards available for 9-12 months of overseas study or research

Wednesday, April 18 5:00-6:00pm GEARHART 103 (Honors Student Lounge)
Topic: Awards available for 9-12 month placements Teaching English Abroad

The UA campus application deadline is Monday, September 10, 2018

DeDe Long
Director of Study Abroad and International Exchange
University of Arkansas
Study Abroad House (STAB)
520 N. Storer Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Tel. 479 575 7582

Interested in this experience?
Check out this blog from Amy, a recent U of A grad and Fulbright teaching assistant in Thailand, at:
For more information about the Fulbright Grant Opportunities and how to apply, visit

13 April 2018

#HogsAbroad Frequent Flyer

Hogs Abroad 101 Drop-In Sessions
EVERY WEEKDAY from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Study Abroad House.
Learn all the study abroad basics – program types, locations, housing options, scholarships, etc. Peer mentors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program.

Events/Info Meetings
Fulbright Scholarship Info Sessions
Tuesday, April 17, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM in Gearhart Hall 206 for Study/Research Abroad Grants
Wednesday, April 18, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM in Gearhart Hall 103 for Teaching English Abroad
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides fully funded grants for post-graduate individual study, research, or English Teaching Assistantships in over 150 countries worldwide. The 2019-2020 Fulbright U. S. student competition is now open. An info session will be held on Tuesday, April 17 in Gearhart Hall 206 for those interested in research and study abroad through the Fulbright Program. For those interested in English Teaching Assistantships, another info session will be held on Wednesday, April 18 in the Honors Lounge (Gearhart 103). Pizza will be served at both information sessions! For more details on the Fulbright Program or to start applying:

Rome Center Info Meeting
Where: Old Main 417
When: April 26, 2018, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Applications are now open for the Rome Center for Spring 2019! There will be an information session on the Spring 2019 semester at the University of Arkansas Rome Center on Thursday, April 26 in Old Main 417. Coursework is available in History, Art, Communication, Architecture and Humanities. The deadline to apply is September 15! Review program details, courses, and other opportunities on the Rome Center Website, or link here:

New Applications
Spring 2019 Study Abroad Applications are now open!
Interested in studying abroad during the spring of 2019? Applications are now open on Hogs Abroad! Now is a great time to start planning for a semester in another country.

To Do
Pending Applications:
If you currently have a pending study abroad program application in your Hogs Abroad Portal , please check to see what you need in order to complete the application and check off those boxes!

Apply for Your Passport:
If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to locate your birth certificate and submit a passport application. You can find instructions on how to apply using the following link:

You can also visit U of A Passport Services at

And, once you have your passport, be sure to log in to your Hogs Abroad Portal to upload your passport information to your application!

Get Connected! #HogsAbroad
Stay in the loop with U of A students while they’re abroad! Students who are studying abroad will be posting throughout the summer, so be sure to check-in and see what’s going on. Follow the blogs at:

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. You can also look for our hashtag, #HogsAbroad all over social media, to see more news and posts from students studying abroad!

We look forward to helping you go abroad!

07 April 2018

Las Fallas 2018 in Valencia #HogsAbroad in Spain

The second blog post of 2018 shall be my recent roundtrip to Valencia. The city is in the east of Spain located next to the Mediterranean sea. Once we’d arrived to the downtown city we noticed the traffic and also the Mascletà, the constant firework popping off, was a sign the party and celebration was on. My friends and I decided to first arrive to a very well visited place of Valencia, especially in the summer:
Arriving to the beach, it was best to admire the Mediterranean sea…
A little background to what exactly I’ve arrived for is because it is a traditional celebration in commemoration of Saint Joseph. In late 2016 it was added to the cultural humanity list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Below you’re about to witness is the celebration and the several monuments to be burned due to the term Falles refers both to them.
Now on-forth into our adventure, we needed to grab some food real quick. While in Valencia, it’s best to have Spanish cuisine, and we decided on the beach restaurants nearby.
At the first location we ordered Patatas Bravas con Allioli and doble cañas (potato with mild sauce and garlicky mayonnaise-like sauce).
The next place was next to the shoreline and we placed an order for for Valencia Paella con pollo, but decided to exclude rabbit.
After replenishing our energy and leaving our automobile at the designated parking lot, we headed into central Valencia.
Many streets were setup with the monuments as we encountered them. I wanted to also purchase some fireworks because a lot of people were out here having the time of their life.
The night goes on and the La Cremà (the Burning) was to commence. Furthermore I luckily photographed as many art monuments displaying the humorous character of Valencians. It is said these started in the Middle Ages as wood art and during the Spanish Civil War they were almost banned! The timing of the festival is between March 15-19 due to celebrate the spring equinox and burning of wood is for the end of winter, the feast day of Saint Joseph.
About midnight the burning i.e. La Cremà is to begin and is the main event because the torches on use for the falles huge bonfires begin. Above is the closest to the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, the center of Valencia, and tallest monument that I’ve seen, as my friends and I arrived for the last day of Las Fallas we were excited.
At last one of the few small bonfires is to be torched as midnight is approaching..
The preparation is beginning..
One of the Falleras is here for the hug for whom I think is who did the artwork and soon after that the burning began… (I was video chatting here but further below I have videos).
Once about it is decimated to no more than than ashes and rubber, people began to leave in search of the next burning. The decorations throughout the streets of Valencia are very beautiful.

Eventually we ran across one of the larger La Cremás and we got closer for a better view.
Large crowd of people awaited around here and with the street being closed off, no cars were to interrupt.
A BIG firework show was displayed (I’m jokingly foreshadowing here).
Then the fire commenced right after I captured the video and my friends and I enjoyed the bonfire and a few pictures below of the La Cremá.
According to the geolocation given by my cell phone of the photographs above and below, my friends and I were in the area of Valencia known as Eixample. The street they closed off was Aveneda del Regne de València and two blocks away we came across one of the smaller Fallas just about commence.
One of the Falleras came along right away and we were lucky to be in the frontline. She was given the torch and La Cremá began.
One of the staff helped with Las Fallas and gave a little boost to the burning.
At this point it was half past 12 A.M. and my friends and I were walking as the flock of people led us yet to another burning. The location we arrived is La Plaça del Baró de Cortés and I captured footage.
At this point it was nearing 1 A.M. and fireworks being shot into the sky and with no doubt its origin was from La plaça de l'Ajuntament. The plaza was about 1km away and we toiled towards the source of the screeching poppers blazing the night.
It went on for minutes and smoke with lights glazed everyone’s eyes.
Being at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento meant this is the gran finale of Las Fallas 2018 as well as the final La Cremá afterwards…
(below is footage of BIG fireworks; best video settings to be full HD and take caution of your sound volume).
The firework show above was very loud and spectacular. At last the final bonfire was further towards the crowd but from the distance you can witness the flames and ashes circulating in Plaça de l'Ajuntament.
I hope to return to the celebration and stay for more than just the last day of this festival. Much more is presented in the city of Valencia e.g. more Mascletà, daily fireworks in the evening or the La despertà, the wind instruments in the morning. Thank you for reading and for your time, have a blessed day.
-Luis F. Palafox

Biomedical Engineering major Luis Palafox is spending the 2017-2018 academic year in Spain with our U of A Exchange Program at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with the help of the Gilman Scholarship and our Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.

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04 April 2018

Go All in for Study Abroad Scholarships! #Allin4Arkansas #HogsAbroad

Learning extends beyond the classroom at the University of Arkansas. Our students study with U of A faculty who are experts in their field, interview Tibetan refugees in India, study a range of U of A core classes at our U of A Rome Center, engage in community development in Belize, Mozambique and Vietnam, and make lasting connections at partner universities all over the world.

The Office of Study Abroad hopes that you will go #Allin4Arkansas with us today and tomorrow during the 3rd annual All in for Arkansas fundraising drive and help grow our scholarship funds for deserving U of A students to study around the world.

Our students often need a little extra financial support to participate in a life-changing, international education experience. We’d love to have your help adding more scholarship opportunities to our deserving group of #HogsAbroad! Your donation, no matter the amount, can help make all the difference to students in need.

The online giving day kicks off at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4th and concludes at 1:11 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th. Why the odd time? The event runs for 1,871 minutes in honor of the U of A’s founding year.

  • GIVE to grow study abroad scholarships!
  • SHARE your own study abroad experiences on social media with a link to our GSIE giving page. Be sure to set your posts to public and use the hashtags #HogsAbroad and #Allin4Arkansas so we can see it!

03 April 2018

Applying for a Passport for International Travel: Workshop, Pointers, Tips and Tricks

David Reimer, passport specialist from Arkansas Passport Center in Hot Springs, will be presenting information about Passport Services and international travel including flyers specific to students, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and applications (first time and renewal).

Also covered will be the process to apply for a passport if traveling in less than 10 days from the day of application. The session will be 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Arkansas Union room 308 SW (food court).

Registration is not required. Doug Norwood, operations manager for passport services at the University, will also be on hand to answer questions regarding the application acceptance facility conveniently located on level one in the Arkansas Union. University Passport Services are available to all U.S. citizens and open weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

02 April 2018

New Lifestyles & Learning Styles #HogsAbroad in Italy

As I have been living abroad for over one month now, I have begun to settle in and fully adjust to the Italin lifestyle. I attend four different course lectures and laboratory sessions every week at Politecnico di Torino which occupies most of my time throughout the week. But, in what free time I do have, I have been planning various trips as well as traveling throughout the local region of Italy. So far, I have been on a weekend trip to Milan, Bardonecchia, and Sant’Ambrogio. I have mostly done sightseeing and tourist activities in these cities such as watching a football game, skiing, and hiking. I also signed up for a weekend trip to Prague, Czech Republic with the staff at my dormatory, Collegio Einaudi, during March 15th through 20th. This trip has been the highlight of my travels so far, as I spent five days in the Prague city center. Most of my time spent in Prague was sightseeing and visiting various museums. I have been recently planning many trips for future weekends throughout the semester. Some of my future travel plans include the following cities and activites
  • Bologna/Modena – Ferrari/Lamborghini museum
  • Nice/Monaco – Formula One Grand Prix
  • Venice - Sightseeing
  • Rome - Sightseeing
As I am writing this blog post, I am preparing to leave for my week-long Easter Break trip. Me and six other American students are traveling to Zurich, Switzerland for two days, then to Munich, Germany for another two days, and finally to Amsterdam, Netherlands for three days. We have many activities planned that will keep us very busy for the seven days we are gone.

After Easter break I will return to school with a fresh mindset ready to learn new material. So far school has been a slight challenge to adjust to, as the entire experience is different than what I am used to in Western culture. For example, going to school is very relaxed since attending the lectures is not mandatory and there are no regular homework assignments. The teaching style is also much different than the style in the United States because it focuses on a more abstract, theoretical thinking mindset opposed to the analytical problem solving techniques that I am used to. Because of this, I have had to change my approach to learn new material. I have begun to enjoy this style of teaching because I believe it allows me to have a deeper understanding of the material which translates into long term retention of the material.

Mechanical Engineering major Kody Piccirilli is spending the spring 2018 semester in Italy with our U of A Exchange Program at Politecnico di Torino with the help of our Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.

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