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University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Students Beyond Borders
18 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Season 3, Ep. 5 - Special Edition: USAC Turns 39!
Happy 39th Birthday USAC! As we wrap up September, we reflect on USAC's contribution to international education. In this episode, we chatted with some of our most cherished and long-standing members and asked them to reflect on how USAC has grown over the years.We also invited them to share the many qualities about USAC that allow us to stand out from the rest. From affordable study abroad options in unique locations to the personalized touch of our Resident Directors, there are so many characteristics that make USAC a special organization. Give a listen to celebrate with us!
37 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Season 3, Ep. 4 - Debunking Common Study Abroad Myths
In this episode, hosts Amber, Nicole, and Tyler chat common study abroad myths and share their international experiences. Do you really know what really happens during a study abroad term? Maybe, you think it's too expensive and not possible for you? Or, maybe you're scared to leave your hometown, campus events, or friends? Learn more about study abroad during this candid, personal chat, and then discover your dream study abroad by checking out USAC's programs and scholarships.
35 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Season 3, Ep. 3 - Studying Abroad, Forming Lifelong Connections, and Moving to Spain
From Boise to Bilbao, Lindsay Woycheck is an amazing example of the life-changing effect that study abroad can have on your life. While studying Spanish in Bilbao Spain, Lindsay met her future husband, and now lives and works as a freelancer in Bilbao! In this episode, you'll learn tips for studying abroad in the Basque region, how to leverage your professional skills learned from study abroad, and also learn the importance of making friends on the metro! Join us for another exciting episode.
33 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Season 3, Ep. 2 - Alumni Reflection: International Experiences Lead to Career Opportunities
In this episode, hosts Nicole and Amber chat with Tyler Moye, USAC Shanghai & Global Perspectives Virtual Intern Alumn, and USAC Marketing Communications team member. Learn how study abroad and interning during COVID-19 changed Tyler's life direction and what lasting impacts these opportunities had on his career. To learn more about Spring 2022 in-person study abroad opportunities, or virtual internships, visit usac.edu.
39 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Season 3, Ep. 1 - 2021 Study Abroad Tips & Tricks
In this episode, host Nicole Duxbury is joined by Amber Aiton and Tyler Moye, USAC staffers and Season 3 podcast co-hosts, as they all share their tips and tricks for studying abroad. As students across the country begin studying abroad again, our hosts share their insights on how to best set a budget, what to include in your suitcase, the benefits of applying for USAC scholarships, ways to connect with USAC alumni, and more. Ready to start your study abroad adventure? Learn more about what programs are scheduled to run in 2022, USAC scholarships and budgeting, and chat with a Program Advisor to find out more about your dream program abroad!
33 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Season 2 - #10 - Studying Abroad as an LGBTQ+ Student
Join host Nicole as she chats with Christopher Knight, a USAC Alicante, Spain Alumn, who shares his experience studying abroad as a queer, trans student. Christopher discusses how identity can be viewed in global cultures, primarily Alicante, what his experience was being a queer, trans student abroad, and how language and authenticity played a part in opening doors to his current academic and personal endeavors. To learn more about studying abroad as an LGBTQ+ student, check out USAC's Equity and Inclusion resources, and explore more student reflections on the USAC blog. Thank you for listening to Season 2 of Students Beyond Borders. We will be back in July with Season 3 and even more episodes surrounding all things study abroad. Stay tuned!
52 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Season 2 - #9: Packing Pride, Identity & Diversity in Your Study Abroad Suitcase
In this special Pride Month episode, host Nicole Duxbury chats with Courtney Bauman, USAC University Relations Coordinator, and Jeremy Doughty, USAC England Resident Director, about studying abroad as an LGBTQ+ student. Courtney and Jeremy share personal stories and keen insights surrounding self-discovery from their international and study abroad experiences, and provide valuable reflections on the impact international education can have on one's authenticity and identity. For equity and inclusion resources, visit the USAC website and check out the USAC blog for student reflections on studying abroad as a diverse, LGBTQ+ or first-generation student.
36 minutes | May 26, 2021
Season 2 - #8: Ask Me Anything! Your Study Abroad Questions Answered
In this "Ask Me Anything" episode, hosts Kate and Nicole answer the most frequent, relevant, and popular study abroad questions sourced from social media, study abroad fairs, and virtual events. Ranging from dispelling common study abroad myths, to studying abroad affordably and during the pandemic, learn more about USAC programs, funding options, and how study abroad can work for your major, your schedule, and your pocketbook. To learn more about USAC program fees, visit the Money Matters section of our website. And, if you're ready to dig into the total estimated costs of your dream program, find the interactive budget sheets under the "Program & Deadlines" section of the program you're interested in. For more stories and study abroad tips, check out USAC's blog and if you've got questions not answered in this episode, contact us at email@example.com.
46 minutes | May 20, 2021
Season 2 - #7: Virtual Internship Spotlight - Montevideo, Uruguay
In this episode, our hosts Kate and Nicole chat with Taylor Doyle about her virtual internship experience. While working for Socialab, Taylor was able to have hands-on experience with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and further her career in social entrepreneurship. Taylor shares the importance of time management, networking, and finding a mentor, and the massive impact these elements can have on your professional career. Taylor's internship will be taking her to Uruguay, where she will be joining her team in Montevideo and continuing her internship in the Fall of 2021. If you are interested in Taylor's work in social entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, or her internship experience, feel free to email her at - firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about USAC's upcoming programs and deadlines, or if you want to learn more about our Global Perspectives Virtual Internships, then click the links to visit our website.
25 minutes | May 13, 2021
Season 2 - #6: What's It Like Studying Abroad During COVID-19?
In this episode, hosts Kate and Nicole chat with USAC Chile and England Alumna Anna Shoultz as she shares her experience studying abroad during the pandemic in Spring 2020 and Spring 2021. Curious about what it's like to live abroad now? Want to know what to expect? Anna shares her insights on traveling, quarantine, COVID restrictions abroad, and why she pushed forward on her dreams despite the challenges. You can also learn more about her London experience in her blog, "London in Lockdown – Studying Abroad During COVID" and her viewpoints on sustainability. Ready to go abroad? Find upcoming program statuses and deadlines here.
60 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Season 2 - #5: Internationalize Your Education Through a Peace Corps Volunteer Experience
Have you always been interested in the Peace Corps? Wonder what it's like to dedicate a couple of years to an international service volunteer opportunity? Want to know what to do after your study abroad program is done?Join hosts Kate and Nicole as they ask these questions and more to Student Beyond Borders' guests and USAC University Relations Coordinators Kaitie Brown and Courtney Bauman. Then, learn more about applying, planning, and preparing for the Peace Corps from Laura Pell, Appalachian State University's Assistant Director/Career Coach, College of Arts and Sciences and Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator.To learn more about the Peace Corps and current volunteer experiences, visit their website and if you're a student, be sure to talk to your career center on campus for additional information and resources.
28 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Season 2 - #4: Virtual Internship Spotlight & Intern Reflection
In this week's episode, join hosts Kate and Nicole as they chat with Megan Sattler, a Global Perspectives Virtual Internship alumna. Megan, a math major at the University of Arkansas, interned with the Play and Learn Foundation in Accra, Ghana during the summer of 2020. Find out more about her internship experience, her biggest takeaways and why she recommends students intern with international businesses through USAC's virtual internship program. Interested in participating in international internships this summer? Check out USAC's Global Perspectives Virtual Internship Program and find out how easy it is to add international experience to your resume!
28 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Season 2 - #3: Ciao, USAC! Alumni's Study Abroad Experience in Torino Inspires The Pursuit of Purpose
In this episode, hosts Kate and Nicole chat with Adam Melamed, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo senior and USAC Torino, Italy Alumnus and Ambassador. He shares the lasting impact study abroad had on his life, what he brought back from his time in Torino, and how his experiences abroad led him to create The Pursuit, a podcast geared toward creating inspiring and motivational content aimed at helping young adults lead more fulfilling and purpose-driven lives. If you're ready to study abroad in Italy, or any of USAC's 50+ locations, this summer or fall, apply now (deadlines are nearing for upcoming summer sessions). Keep in mind, if you apply for any USAC Specialty Summer program, you will receive a $500 discount per session.
35 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Season 2 - #2: How We Met: Alumni Share Their Study Abroad Love Stories
Join hosts Kate and Nicole in this love-filled episode as they learn how two couples met and fell in love while studying abroad. Hear from Costa Rica Alumns Russ and Melissa Whipple and Italy Alumns Shay and Kurt Hoseley as they share their magical and heartwarming tales of meeting one another during their programs. Ready for a life-changing experience abroad but not sure where to start? Visit our Virtual Advising Hub to get started! From Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2021 we will be hosting a virtual live event and giving away study abroad prizes. It's time to turn your dream of studying abroad into a reality!
39 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Season 2 - #1: Looking Ahead With USAC CEO: Study Abroad in 2021
Welcome to Season 2 of the Students Beyond Borders Podcast!In this episode, our new host Kate Armbruster joins host Nicole Duxbury and USAC CEO and President Alyssa Nota in a discussion about study abroad in 2021. Find out what's happening with our in-person programs this year and learn more about USAC's newest Fall 2021 program (Hint: It's a gorgeous, temperate, and historical European port city ideal for exploring by tram, studying near the sea, and features ornate art and architecture). We're accepting applications now in our programs across the world and are offering a $500 Summer Specialty Program discount to help you get abroad this year. Learn more at usac.edu.
11 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
#13: World Holiday Traditions: Bullfighting, Beaches, and Dragon Dancing - Oh, My!
What does Christmas on the beach, the Chinese New Year and Women's Christmas have in common? Well, USAC's international Resident Directors, naturally! Join Nicole and our RDs from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India and Ireland as they share their holiday celebrations in this second installment of World Holiday Traditions.
14 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
#12: World Holiday Traditions: Feast, Be Merry & Don't Forget to Put Out Your Shoes!
Where does Nicholas fill shoes with candy? Do you know where peasants first sang a popular European 18th-century song? Where do they celebrate Fiesta de los Reyes and La Festividad de Santo Tomás? Join Nicole and USAC's Resident Directors from the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain as they share their favorite holiday celebrations in this first installment of World Holiday Traditions.
34 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
#11: Student Reflection: My Magical Year Abroad (Including Prague's Christmas Markets!)
Alicante and Prague Alumna Kalista Ganser shares her reflections from her year studying abroad including how she got ahead on her language credits and skills; what it's like immersing in two countries' cultures; the impact of study abroad friendships; and the magic of exploring the Christmas markets in Prague. For more information on how you can study abroad for 2021, visit usac.edu.
35 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
#10: Student Reflection: Taking A Leap As An Underrepresented Student
USAC Chiang Mai, Thailand Alumna Aminah King joins hosts Sara and Nicole to share her reflections on studying abroad as an underrepresented student. Learn how she got started, the unique challenges she faced abroad as a first-generation, black woman, and how her experiences opened the door for her to take the leap to live abroad in Ecuador today. You can find more about Aminah on the USAC blog and can connect with her on Instagram @aminahs_adventure or follow her journey abroad on YouTube at Aminah's Adventures.
12 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
#9: International Education: It'll Change Your Life!
International Education Week (IEW), from Nov. 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education worldwide. Join host Nicole Duxbury and learn what makes international education and studying abroad so impactful and life-changing from USAC alumni and staff. Find out more about IEW and USAC events at https://blog.usac.edu/international-education-week/.
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