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17 October 2018

Keeping up with Kelsi #HogsAbroad in England

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog.
I am a 3rd year student at the University of Arkansas studying Economics. This fall I will be studying abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England! I am super thrilled to spend my fall here and meet new people.

I will try to update this blog as much as possible but life abroad doesn’t give you much free time, and if it does then you are out and about exploring the world. But feel free to browse around or check out my photos abroad on my VSCO ! If you want to know more about studying abroad or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by commenting below.

Hope you enjoy!! CHEERS xX and thanks for Keeping up with Kelsi

Business Economics major Kelsi Reyes is spending the Fall 2018 term in England with our U of A Exchange program at the University of Essex, Colchester.

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16 October 2018

Teach in China with CEAIE

IIE is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Round 2 of the CEAIE Teach in China Program. Program start dates are either February or August 2019. The deadline to apply is November 7, 2018.

Teach in China is looking for recent graduates with an interest in teaching, education and/or China for 12-month teaching placements in China. Successful grantees will be placed at a Chinese school, from elementary to the university level, in locations across China. Benefits for those selected for the program include:
  • Flights: Roundtrip international airfare 
  • Local transportation: Airport pick-up in Beijing; the first train ticket from Beijing to program school 
  • Monthly salary: comparable to Chinese teachers’ salaries 
  • Visa: work visa, the visa fee incurred overseas will be reimbursed up to 2,000RMB; the visa fees incurred in China will be covered by the program school 
  • Insurance: Comprehensive Medical Insurance for Foreigner and Countryman from Hong Kong and Macao no less than 2,000 RMB 
  • Housing: Free accommodation, including private bedroom, living room (shared), kitchen (independent or shared; if no kitchen, then access to canteen), furniture, television, water heater, refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioning and internet connection. 
  • TESOL Certification: Those without TEFL/TESOL certification will be required to go through a training leading to being certified TESOL/TEFL instructors. 
The program is open to citizens of the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia between the ages of 20 and 55. Chinese work permit policy requires that these teachers be native speakers of English. Applicants should have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by the time their program begins; applicants who have TESOL certification or 2 or more years of teaching experience are highly desired.

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15 October 2018

Visiting Norway #HogsAbroad in Sweden

So much has happened since I last posted in the beginning of September. I have found some great hiking trails, I went to Norway for a week, and have gotten sick for the first time.

For anyone coming to study at Jönköping University who likes to hike, I highly recommend going to a waterfall in Röttle. It's about 45 minutes from here and it is right by a 12th century mill. I’ll post some pictures below. I’ve already been twice because it has great hiking trails right beside it. I also went to an overlook called Vista Kulle that was pretty cool too.

I went on the school’s Norway trip last week. It was so unbelievable. I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about going. When I initially signed up I was pretty nervous because I only knew one other person from Montana who was going, but not really knowing anyone made me get out of my comfort zone and I met some super cool people. It allowed me to hang out with multiple different groups of people, compared to just one the whole time.

During the trip I went to Oslo, Jostedal, Gjerde, and Bergen, Norway. Jostedal was probably my favorite part of the trip because we stayed in these super cute cabins for 2 nights, did a camp fire, went glacier hiking, and kayaking through a fjord. The glacier hike was so unbelievable because it was like nothing I’d ever seen before. There was so much snow. I also got to see my first real life snow man. We got to take a 5 hour fjord ferry/cruise from Gjerde to Bergen which was also super cool. In Bergen there was a big fish market that had a fun vibe to it. I also met two American families from Georgia while I was eating lunch there and it made me home sick for the first time. One of the biggest differences between Sweden/Scandinavia and the US, especially the south, is how reserved people are here, so meeting the Americans was nice because even though I’d just met them they just came right out and started talking to me for like 20 minutes about where they were from, where I was from, how I was liking exchange, etc. It made me feel at home again. After they left the Austrian guy I was with couldn’t believe how friendly and talkative they were to a complete stranger. After we left Bergen we had a 13 hour bus ride, overnight back. That was the only part of the trip that was not so fun. Norway was so amazing though. I would really like to go back in the summer at some point in life.

While in Norway I also got sick for the first time, probably because of the cold weather (it was like 25 degrees Fahrenheit there). It has been pretty bad having a cold in a place that doesn’t have DayQuil/NightQuil or Theraflu. If anyone is reading this that is planning on studying abroad here make sure you bring some from the US when you come. Their cough and cold meds just aren’t the same here. Luckily I am just now starting to get over being sick, after having it for 2 weeks.

My classes are going great too. I have about 2 and a half weeks until finals. I am looking forward to my next quarter classes even more. The school work is not as homework orientated here, it is more about group work and projects, which is really nice because you have most of the quarter to work with your group when it is convenient for everyone. I also have been very blessed with getting great groups for both of the classes I’m in this quarter.

My next update will probably be after finals. Here are some pics from some hikes and the Norway trip. Thanks for reading!!
Accounting major Arielle Amburn is spending the Fall 2018 semester in Sweden with our U of A Exchange program at Jonkoping University.

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11 October 2018

Come to Appy Hour to Finish Your Spring 2019 Study Abroad Application! #HogsAbroad

*snacks, juices, sodas, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Are you studying abroad in Spring 2019? Your application is due complete by by November 1!If you have not already met with your Study Abroad Advisor, or just need help finishing your application, please join us for this fun and productive event!

If you need assistance but are not able to attend, please call our office at (479)-575-7582 to schedule an appointment. The November 1 deadline will be here before you know it, and this year, all of our Study Abroad Advisors will be traveling the last week of October. This leaves two weeks for you to schedule and conduct your Phase 2 required meeting with your Study Abroad Advisor.

Please come see us soon with your questions - we look forward to helping you plan for your semester abroad!

It’s National Coming Out Day! A Master Post on LGBTQIA+ Study Abroad Resources from #CISabroad #HogsAbroad

Article courtesy of CISabroad

Hi, I’m Zoë on the CISabroad Marketing Team. In college, I majored in Gender Studies and my graduate research focused on supporting transgender folks. I’m a queer person myself and CISabroad’s efforts to support LGBTQIA+ students are very close to my heart. This post lists a lot of sexuality and gender identity focused resources to support LGBTQIA+ students’ on their study abroad journeys. We understand that these identities are not the whole picture into understanding or anticipating a student’s experience abroad. Everyone has multiple intersecting identities that will affect their experience. And identities like one’s religion, race, class, nationality, citizenship status and more may be more or less salient both before and during your time abroad. So take what is useful to you from this post and leave the rest. 🧡💛💚💙 💜

Today, in honor of National Coming Out Day, we present to you this video of CISabroad rocking it out at the 2018 Pride Parade in Northampton, MA and a bunch of LGBTQIA+ study abroad resources. CISabroad is committed to ensuring access & inclusion to education abroad for ALL students, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

WHY CELEBRATE?National Coming Out Day means a lot of things to a lot of different people. And, while there may be calls to end this yearly holiday to dispel the narrative that “coming out” is the most important thing in a queer person’s life, we think that LGBTQIA+ students should embark on their international programs with as much information as possible about what it might be like to be out (or not) in their destination country.

We recognize that going abroad as an LGBTQIA+ or gender nonconforming student brings an additional set of challenges and options to consider. That’s why for National Coming Out Day we’ve put together this master post of resources for LGBTQIA+ students looking to study or intern abroad.

There are some questions you may want to ask yourself, and research to be done, before choosing a study abroad location. Being safe and comfortable is important to any study abroad adventure, and CISabroad wants to ensure both of those for our students. As a proud supporter of Generation Study Abroad, we have focused on LGBTQIA+ students in an effort to not only increase students’ knowledge about and access to education abroad, but to also better serve those students as Ally Advisors.

Some questions to ask yourself before studying abroad:
  • How “out” do I want to be to my host family or roommates?
  • Is it important for me to participate in LGBTQIA+ activities and events while abroad?
  • Is discussing my sexual orientation or gender identity something that is important to me?
  • What are the social attitudes towards being LGBTQIA+ in my host country?
  • Are there resources for LGBTQIA+ students in my host country or at my place of study?
  • Are there any LGBTQIA+ groups or LGBTQIA+-friendly establishments in my area?
  • Are sexual orientation and gender identity openly discussed and accepted, or more taboo in my host country?
  • Will I be staying with a host family or roommates who will be accepting of me if I choose to come out?
  • Are there safety and legal issues for LGBTQIA+ individuals in this area?
Your safety is our first concern when you’re abroad. No matter where you study or intern with CISabroad you’ll have an on-site staff member dedicated to supporting you during your time abroad. That said, it is always good to be prepared with knowledge about how your identities could affect your experience in your host country. Check out these resources below for more info specific to your identities.

We did a survey of our LGBTQIA+ identified students in 2016 to ask them if they had any advice for LGBTQIA+ students looking to study or intern abroad. Here is some of their advice:

“Fortunately my identity did not impact my experience abroad, despite Ecuador having a notoriously negative view on homosexuality. For the month that I was abroad, I simply “re-closeted” myself, and only revealed my sexuality to those I trusted. As unfortunate as that may sound, it seemed necessary at the time and was probably the safest option when traveling to a new place. Because of this, I was not treated any differently in the country. To future students, I would recommend doing your research about the country you want to visit. And remember, even when traveling to an LGBT friendly place such at Canada or the U.S., always value safety above all else.”
– Carson P., Intern in Ecuador

“I identify as a gay/bisexual woman, and I studied in Reutlingen, Germany from January to May. It didn’t impact it at all really, I feel very comfortable with who I am and my friends and family support me, so I’ve been very fortunate that I haven’t run into any problems. I had such an amazing time abroad, and I would strongly encourage anybody who’s interested, to definitely spend some time abroad, you may discover something else about yourself!”
– Anonymous, Semester in Germany – Business, Engineering, & Culture at the University of Reutlingen

“I went abroad to Italy. It was perhaps the best experience of my life. The people were incredibly friendly and kind there. I learned a lot and traveled a lot, and made so many new friends. However, I never came out and told anyone that I am gay. I hid that fact from everyone there. I did not want to be judged based upon my sexual orientation. Also from what I learned in the first few weeks was that Italians were not the most accepting of being gay. I mean they were not outwardly hostile or prejudice toward people who were gay or lesbian. They had more of an attitude of if you are fine that is okay, just keep it to yourself and don’t show it around us. It is a little hard to describe how I felt about it or how it impacted me as I kept this to myself. Perhaps I was a little afraid that if I did come out abroad then I would have been alienated by some in the community and those in the abroad group as well. I just went about my days like I always would and lived life to the fullest while there.”
– Anonymous, Semester in Italy

London & Scotland
“I am a young bisexual woman who has been out to my friends and family for a couple of years now. Right at the end of my stay in London, America legalized gay marriage throughout the country. I was ecstatic and so were my new friends. We decided to all go out to the pub that night to celebrate the incredible news. I found London to be a pretty safe space for LGBT+ people, and I observed signs of support for my community through the city. London let me be proud of who I am, and supported me as I celebrated the amazing changes taking place in America.”
– Jennifer W., Summer in London

“Being in London for four months was great because I wasn’t just getting a small taste of gay life in London. I lived it the entire time I was there and loved every second. Being in such an accepting atmosphere helped me to realize that I’m more than some gay athlete(yeah, I play sports at college and that’s not always so accepted as we know). In general, it was such a great experience because if anything else it made me even prouder to be gay. Every last second was perfect to me and my sexual orientation did nothing to cause problems.”
– Nick M., Summer in London

“The summer I went to London, I came to terms with the fact that I was pansexual, not bisexual. That same summer, I went to my first pride parade in London. It was the typical rainy day and all the rainbow confetti and glitter was sticking to everything! I’ve never felt happier or more accepted. It was life-changing to attend such an incredible event after I had just come to better understand my own sexuality.”
– Sally S., Summer in London

“In London, my identity as a gay man did not affect how people treated me. Being Mexican-American definitely had an effect, but not being gay. It was surprising for me personally, being in a space where I did not fear being/coming out. It has helped me in being me. London is such an open city. Yes there is the rare homophobic slur, but it literally only happened once, The rest of the time people simply didn’t care. For future students I would say, do research on the country that you are going to. Find out how it treats its own LGBTQIA+ citizens. You will have to live in that space as either out or not. But it will help knowing what to expect in before going.”
– David O., Intern in London

“Advice to future LGBTQ+ students: If you’re out and going abroad and are shy to tell people like I usually am or if you’re not out but think abroad you want to be (I know a few people who came out abroad) I say just do you. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.”
– Marissa B., Semester in London – University of Roehampton

“I identify as queer, and I went to Edinburgh with CISabroad. Everyone I met was very open and accepting, and most of the girls on both my football and rugby teams were out and proud lesbians. My decision to go the UK was based on that it was an English speaking country and that it was (relatively) liberal compared to the other countries I was looking at, such as Italy and Cuba. If you identify as a girl, I especially advise you to join a rugby team since girls’ rugby seems to attract a lot of queer people. I do wish that before I had gone abroad that someone had told me that the UK is NOT as conservative as I originally thought.”
– Anonymous, Semester in Edinburgh

“I went to Madrid, and I had no idea it was such a gay-friendly city. I wish I had known sooner I would have done a whole year rather than just a semester.”
– Anonymous, Semester in Madrid – Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

  • One of the missions of the Association of International Educators’ Rainbow special interest group is to provide resources for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).
  • The Diversity Abroad community inspires, connects, and assists you in reaching your academic and career potential in our increasingly interconnected world. Plus they have an AMAZING set of guides to help you leverage your intersectional set identities to get the most out of your time abroad.
  • Equaldex is a community-built database of laws affecting LGBTQIA+ individuals around the world.
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More Than a Classroom #HogsAbroad in Ireland #TBT

Hello, my name is Ashley Lorince and I went to the Ireland Business Seminar Study Abroad over the summer. I’m a Walton student studying Supply Chain Management with a minor in Finance. I’m blogging to tell you about my trip this summer! This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Dublin was our hub, we stayed on the UCD campus with amazing accommodations. We all had our own bathrooms and everyone we shared a hallway with was from the University of Arkansas. It made the transition easier because we were already familiar with each other. Another thing that made Dublin easy was the transit system. The bus system is extensive and takes you right were you need to go with little walking. Google maps were also a lifesaver but after a couple weeks I could navigate the city center without anything. The city seemed like an American city in most aspects but cleaner and no skyscrapers. Ireland makes cleanliness and beauty in their cities a high priority; they have yearly competitions for prettiest city.

We spent a total of 8 hours in a classroom over the month I was there. That may seem small or crazy, but our learning was much more than a classroom. We visited businesses and were able to ask future employers what they were looking for, what was causing change in their industry, and learned so much about Ireland as a whole. I would say I know more about Ireland history than I do about American history now and it only took me a month. Also we visited historical sites and went on tours that taught us even more.

Best Night
My all time favorite thing we did during this month was a Viking feast. First we walked around a park that had actors giving us the history of Ireland's past. They showed us huts they would have lived in, burial stones, and monk living. After a lot of walking it was time to feast. We dressed up in cloaks, got a glass of mead, and crowned a Viking King. The food was amazing I will never forget the soup in Ireland or the ribs we had that night.
All in all, I would relive this trip over and over if I could, the friends I made, and the experiences I had, I would never take back. Being back in regular school just can’t compare to Ireland and I look at pictures all the time to relive the best time of my life!

Ashley spent the Summer 2018 term in Ireland with our U of A Faculty-Led: International Business Seminar in Ireland.

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24 September 2018

VISINGSÖ! #HogsAbroad in Sweden

I just started my third week of classes and I am finally starting to get in the groove of things. It is kind of weird not having classes at the same time every week, but it is also kind of nice because it allows for a more open schedule. So far I like the 2 classes I am enrolled in. It is a lot more group work and project work than I am used to, but it is a nice change. The work is also a lot more independent, it is with groups, but the professors just give you your project and that’s about all until you turn it in at the end of the quarter. You also call your professors by their first name here, which is so hard for me to get used to.

On a different note, I went to the center island of the big lake that I mentioned in a previous blog post. We had to take an hour bus to get to Gränna and then take a ferry to the island (Visingsö). It was so beautiful. We rented bikes and rode around the island, ate lunch, and went on a hike. I also got to see a castle! When we took the ferry back we visited candy cane shops because they are what Gränna is known for. The candy canes were so good!

The weather is already starting to get chilly here. I am not prepared for winter at all. When I was talking about the weather with a Swede they told me “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” So I am definitely going to have to go clothes shopping soon!

A challenge that I did not think about before coming here was having to use the metric system and temperature in Celsius. It has been one of the most confusing transitions. When someone asks me what the weather is like where I’m from and I say “around 80 degrees” they look at me like I’m crazy. Sierra and I also made homemade cookies last week and had to convert all the ingredients to deciliters and milliliters. It has been a struggle, but I guess if a change in measurements has been the worst thing I’ve had to adapt to, then it’s been a pretty good trip.

Here are some pictures of Visingsö. Thanks for reading!!

Accounting major Arielle Amburn is spending the Fall 2018 semester in Sweden with our U of A Exchange program at Jonkoping University.

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19 September 2018

Everything Went Wrong (But Then it Went Right!) #HogsAbroad in Denmark

Stepping out of your comfort zone is really a challenge and I think I’m starting to learn how to master it. 1996, I was born and lived for 18 years in the same area: Chiriqui, Panama. Back then, I used to think my dad wanted his daughter to have the hardest to pronounce-Hispanic name that could have ever existed: Arantxa. Seriously, how do you make the tx sound? Oh boy, but I love its uniqueness and how once people get it, they can’t forget.
I am a Senior Electrical Engineering student at the University of Arkansas currently studying abroad at Aarhus University. It is amazing how life can turn from one day to another. I swear I never imagined myself coming to Europe to participate in an exchange program, nor getting my Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the United States. I consider myself a pro-procrastinator with masters in not knowing how and when to make decisions unless I find myself under stress and panic.

To illustrate this statement, I successfully submitted the study abroad application for the Aarhus University Exchange Program minutes before the due date and gathered all the application requirements in less than 3 hours. Before coming to Denmark, the whole world seemed to be conspiring against me, and I will explain why. There are tons of things to get together (documentation, applications, documents and more documents) before leaving your residence country. First, I had to apply to the University to receive a confirmation of nomination or “acceptance letter” so that I could then apply for housing, the Danish residence permit for students, and thus get my “CPR number” which is the “Danish SSN”. Back to the letter of acceptance: the Aarhus University application form always asks for a contact to confirm you have been nominated as a student to participate in their exchange program or something like that where you list the name of the Assistant Director of Study Abroad: Brian Poepsel, but instead, I wrote Bryan Hill, the International Director in the Engineering College. For that reason, my letter of acceptance got delayed so I had to wait 3x more than my other study-abroad-mates to receive every document I listed before. 

Once I got my letter of acceptance (years later), I immediately started my application for the Danish residence permit which is an “in person” application, and it’s located only at some of the biggest cities of the US. The closest to Arkansas is located at Houston, Texas, so I got my appointment there somewhere between the first weeks of July. The day of the appointment came, I was sitting there in the waiting area since really early in the morning, it was past noon when they called my name; I went in and guess what? The biometric system broke, and they told the rest of the group (including myself) that if they didn't get it fixed before their closing hour which was at 4 pm, we would have to come on another day. That also implied that I had to pay another $100 to get a new appointment, and a $300 roundtrip flight ticket because I didn’t know anyone from Arkansas or Texas that could offer me transportation. I was so discouraged by then; at that moment, El Padre Nuestro was my only option so I started praying. They called my name like three times to get my biometrics done with none of them being a success. My patience was at its limits until I heard my name one more time, I went in, fingers crossed and wallaaaah! It worked and I could finish all the process to get the residence permit document. 

Minutes before departing to Fayetteville, Arkansas, I dropped my phone and the screen went dark. I couldn't see anything, I started receiving calls, text messages, etc., but I was not able to see any of it. At that point, I was so used to all the bad things happening at the same time, that I just turned off my phone and slept through the whole trip. I managed to talk to a stranger who was sitting next to me, told him what happened and borrowed his phone so that I could contact my friend who was picking me up and taking me home. Back in Fayetteville, three days had passed, and I still had no cell phone. I did not want to spend money on a new phone since I had more priorities at that moment (the study abroad money), so I just got it fixed. After I got it, I called my mom, talked to her for an hour or so, told her what happened almost crying.

Yes! Life is tough, the things you want the most are the hardest to get, and when one doesn’t get these things, we start to feel bad, have negative thoughts which let us feel even worse. For what? Everything comes back to place at its own timing, and if one works hard, greatest rewards start to show as we go on.
Aarhus, Denmark: Apartment Backyard
Electrical Engineering major Arantxa Morales is spending the Fall 2018 semester in Denmark with our U of A Exchange program at Aarhus University.

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