Expectation vs Reality: Rome Edition

It’s hard not to have any presumptions about what a semester abroad in Rome could be like before you actually go. For me, a lot of my presumptions centered around the proximity of my apartment to the Vatican: how close would I be?! I thought that I would see the Vatican and Pope Francis all…

Strolling to School, Trying to Learn Italian

School: the ‘study’ part of ‘study abroad.’ I walk to school every day. The walk is enjoyable and takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on whether or not the crosswalks are in my favor. To get to the IES center where I take all of my classes, I walk down a busy shopping street for about…

Arrived in China!

大家好!I’m finally in China!! While everyone at home was planning out their spring break, I was excitedly attending all my orientation and meeting all my new classmates. After having such a long winter break, I’m ready for the semester to start! I will be spending this spring at East China Normal University in the Putuo…

Modern Living in Ancient Rome

I thought that I had city living down after five semesters in Oakland, but I was in for a whole new adventure when I got to Rome. My beautiful apartment in the Prati neighborhood of Rome is located off a very busy street, Via Cola di Rienzo, which has a lot of good shopping. The…

Studying in Shanghai

大家好! Hi everyone! I’m Lauren Weber and I’m very excited to say I will be spending next spring in Shanghai, China with CIEE’s Business, Culture, and Language program. I’m a junior originally from the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh, so I’ve grown up with Pitt my whole life. In high school, I originally didn’t want to…

Liv(ing) Far From Home

Ciao ragazzi! My name is Livia Molinaro (Liv is my nickname), and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying finance. Outside of finance, my interests include writing, photography, film, history, language, traveling, swimming, amateur baking and cooking, and spending time with my family and friends. I have a lot of academic pursuits,…

Living and Loving Study Abroad

Welcome back to my blog again! In this post I am going to share my experiences as a CIEE Global Scholar and what it entails to be in a program that allows students to choose three countries to study in, focusing on the living situations in each country. In Madrid my first location I lived…

Living like a Madrileño

Adapting to the Spanish lifestyle and living like a local in Madrid is anything but difficult. Madrid is ranked to be one of the world’s most livable cities both by Business Insider and Deutsche Bank economists, and every day going about life in Madrid I am reminded by this. Before our classes started, students at…

Arriving in Shanghai

Hey Everybody! My semester in Shanghai has begun. I am going to school at East China Normal University (ECNU). This school is one of the top schools in China known for their teaching program. I decided to do the Business Language and Culture program because it allows me to take a wide range of classes…