Pitt Global Experiences Students' Blog

  • For me, food has always provided a way to immerse myself in a culture and truly experience the authenticity of the traditional cuisine. I think for a lot of people it is quite literally “the window to the soul,” as many people express themselves through cooking. During these past two weeks in Costa Rica, we always ate out since we stayed in hotels and were not really given the accommodations to cook our own meals. However, eating... Read More

  • Before studying abroad, one of my main goals was to travel and learn about different cultures. With this program, I was, fortunately, able to do just that and it further motivated me to continue traveling and experiencing new countries. This experience was extremely valuable to me in a  number of ways as it allowed me to learn and practice my academics in a real environment with various variables as well as explore the beauties of a new culture through nature, cuisine, and the people themselves. Through this program, I really got to think about what I want to do with my future career... Read More

  • I am living in an apartment in the east of London.  The neighborhood is in between The City of London and Whitechapel, part of the Tower Hamlets postal code and technically called Aldgate.  The apartment building itself is inconspicuous, sitting in a street that contains a pub, a grocery store, other businesses, and other apartment buildings as well.  My apartment itself is a great size.  We have a kitchen, living room, and dining area that is all open.  There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as the apartment fits seven students.  A common feature in European bathrooms is heated... Read More

  • I have two pieces of advice for anyone thinking about this program in the future.  Firstly, this is a study abroad, it is meant to be fun.  That does not mean, however, that there is not work to be done and stressful situations.  You will have to balance classes and an internship, or a full semester’s worth of classes if you elect to not complete an internship.  I had an internship, so I can speak to this balance.  Twenty hours (which is the required hours of the internship in this project) takes up a lot more of your time than you would think.  You will likely have to work three or four... Read More

  • One of my biggest worries about going to live abroad was did I had the self-discipline to not waste my money and end up broke in a foreign country. I was in Florence Italy, and my program made me have at least 1,000 euros a month. So, I looked up the prices of food and other things not provided (like shampoo). Then I made a very rough estimate of a weekly budget in euros. For me my target was to spend less than 100 euros a week. If I did that, I could save the extra and take little trips on the weekend. The first few weeks I exceeded my budget. I forgot to add my school supplies into my... Read More

  • Aside from the expected British accent that all professors obtain, there are many other factors that differentiate a classroom environment at Pitt to the one I experienced during my study abroad program. First of all, my course schedule was completely different as opposed to the one I had at Pitt. Classes would take place once a week, each being three and a half hours long aside from the internship course which would only go for an hour and a half. Most of my classes were in the afternoon from 2:00-5:30 however, I did have one class in the morning from 9:30-1:00. Classes would also take... Read More

  • You might be thinking to yourself right now how does one even establish, a quotidian routine as a foreign student, well allow me to explain. Moving to an unknown city may seem like a stressful and intense experience, let alone an unknown city that is also known to be as one of the world’s largest megapolises. I like to consider myself a pretty adaptable individual, but I will admit that it took me a while to achieve a so called “routine”. For myself, every day was consisted of unexpected new experiences and was filled with a multitude of new memories however, certain days I did have an... Read More

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    One question friends and family kept asking me before I went to study abroad was, “What do they eat in Australia?”

    Countless Google searches led to the same lists of foods: Vegemite (a dark brown spread made from yeast extract), meat pies (a literal pie with meat filling), fairy bread (white bread smeared with butter and topped with rainbow sprinkles), fish and chips (fried fish with a side of fries), and even chicken parmigiana. These lists, consisting mostly of traditionally Australian desserts and meals that did not seem traditionally Australian in the slightest, led me no closer... Read More

  • computer_Dublin

    Although there are many study abroad guides and checklists out there, there are some bits of advice I’d like to share with those who are planning to study abroad in Sydney, Australia based off of my own experience studying abroad there this past semester.

    Bring a Book

    You may think you’re really never going to read that book that you’ve been carrying around each time you travel for the past three years, but you might be surprised that you actually reach for it out of your carry on this time around. The trip to Sydney is just so long. From waiting at... Read More

  • computer_Dublin

    I studied abroad in Cergy, France at the Global E3 University ENSEA. While I did not find the academic program itself appealing, I enjoyed the hustle-and-bustle Parisian lifestyle that accommodates nearly 2.2 million people in the capital city. The high-speed trains and modern department stores that lined the cobble-stoned streets of Paris really amazed me. I loved having access to one of the oldest cities in the world that preserves its rich history, architecture, and cultural image while continually innovating, adopting technology, and keeping up with the latest global trends... Read More