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Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 - 09:11 in Study Abroad, In the News

It was only a matter of time until someone created a GIF rundown of the study abroad experience; and the day has come. A few days ago, the Matador Network posted a 21-step GIF homage to the study abroad experience, start to finish. We'd be remiss if we didn't include it here for your enjoyment! Did your study abroad experience match up to this funny visual description? 

For those who are about to head abroad, we'd highly recommend supplementing this amusing GIF description with a few of our more informative explorations of the study abroad experience! See the links below. 

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Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 14:14 in In the News, Study Abroad

Here at MyWorld, we love hearing from students and young professionals who travel to unusual places, and travelers who are willing to go off the beaten path in order to have challenging and unique experiences.

When planning to study abroad, it's easy to select a country that's quite similar to your own. The vast majority of North American students choose to spend their semesters and years abroad in Asia and Western Europe. But just because these regions are the norm, doesn't mean they're the only options. Just think of how much you'd learn by taking a leap and going somewhere... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 13:15 in International Skills

Cross-cultural skills and a well-developed global outlook are valued highly in the new global economy. In fact, they are crucial for developing an international career. But a global perspective doesn't appear overnight! True understanding is developed step-by-step, over time, through research and engagement.

Whether you're currently based in North America, or spending time abroad, there are many ways to develop your cross-cultural experience.

If you're in the US or Canada, you can start building that all-important global perspective by getting involved with international... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 12:41 in In the News

Every day, somewhere in the world, a community is celebrating! And once in a while, we like to take a look at the official holidays and UN observances that are taking place. So, what's happening today?

The beautiful Dragon Boat Festival (also known as the Duanwu Festival) took place today across China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Every year, the festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, which is June 12 in this year's Gregorian calendar. While the specific origins of this ancient holiday are up for debate, the celebrations themselves are... Read the full article

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Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:51 in Teach Abroad

With the goal of helping people "gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world," the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) offers multiple programs for US citizens seeking international experiences. For students, summers and school or gap years abroad are offered both at the high school and college level. College students will also find multiple international internship opportunities, primarily in the field of international business, though it. For grads there are opportunities to teach English... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:56 in In the News

Even on a well-planned trip abroad, there is occasionally the possibility that you'll find yourself in the middle of unexpected political or civil unrest. Students and visitors in Turkey recently found themselves in this situation when a peaceful protest escalated into a violent multi-day clash with police and government officials.

Such concerns shouldn't keep you from venturing into area off-the-beaten path. Spending time in developing nations or somewhat volatile areas can be life-changing, perspective-altering and greatly enriching, so simply avoiding regions with perceived... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:02 in Study Abroad, Intern Abroad, Work Abroad

Before you make the decision to head abroad for an extended period of time, take the time to assess your personality. It's easy to envision yourself in a beautiful and exotic foreign country, having the time of your life -- but the reality of day-to-day life overseas can be different from what you imagine. A positive outlook, a sense of humor and a hefty dose of flexibility are the traits that will help you navigate your new environment comfortably and deal with the challenges of cross-cultural communication.

Are you the type of person who thrives on adventure and uncertainty? Do... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 - 15:00 in In the News, Study Abroad

Statistics tell us that students who are willing to travel to an out-of-state (or out-of-province) university are much more likely to head abroad during their time at school. What creates this adventurous spirit? What helps a student develop a willingness to encounter the unknown? The New York Times blog took a look at this issue in an interesting article, published Monday. If you are heading off to school, or are about to start your sophomore or junior year, we recommend that you take a moment to scan this article and consider where you fit in the model they describe.

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Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013 - 15:16 in Intern Abroad

Interning abroad is an ideal way to give your career an extra boost in its early stages. Not only will you be developing skills in your chosen field, you'll also be adding value to your internship by building adaptation and communication skills -- not to mention learning about another culture, and perhaps even learning a new language. 

Connect-123 is a company that develops and administers internship programs, as well as volunteer and study programs. Internships are available in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin and Shanghai. The programs are fee-based, but every once in a... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 13:20 in In the News

So, you've returned from your semester or year abroad and now you're ready to start hunting for work. You've created a killer resume and you've landed yourself an interview. But how should you go about discussing your time abroad with your potential employer?

Preparation and forethought are crucial to conducting a successful interview, particularly after being abroad. You'll be full of energy and stories about the many experiences you had while you were away, but remember that your employer will likely only be interested in your experiences as they relate to your professional skill... Read the full article

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