The London Life

Hi! My name is Siya Patel and I am from Fairfax, Virginia which is about 20 minutes outside of DC. I am a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration majoring in accounting and pursuing a certificate in international business and data analytics. At Pitt I am a member of Chi…

Landed in London

Hi everyone! My name is Avni Nangia and I am a rising junior at the College of Business Administration. I am originally from New Jersey which is about 6 hours away from Pitt. At Pitt, I am majoring in Finance and Business Information Systems and I am also an active member in the professional business…

London Calling… To The Faraway Towns

Hi! I am Alex Cattabiani and I am going to be a senior at the University of Pittsburgh next year. I am double majoring in both Marketing and Finance and I have a certificate in Digital Media. I am currently studying abroad this summer in London! I am in the Pitt Global Business Institute (GBI)…

Adios Madrid

I would have never guessed that my abroad experience would be cut short because of a pandemic. When we first got sent home I was so angry and sad, I really didn’t understand the extent of this virus. But I now know that it was a decision that had to be made and I am…

Au Revoir, Paris

Although I’m extremely disappointed that my semester abroad was cancelled after only six weeks, I’m very grateful for those few weeks I got to spend studying and living in Paris. In my time there, I had the opportunity to improve my French language skills while learning about French culture and making lots of new friends….

Adios For Now Madrid

Although it is unfortunate I had to return to the United States early due to the effects of coronavirus, I still had the most incredible five weeks in Madrid. I am very grateful that I had a chance to experience this and hope to return to Europe again sometime in the future. Apart from the…

Settling In

Before arriving in Spain, I had attempted to prepare myself in numerous ways for how I was going to adjust to my new life, but nothing can fully prepare you for a huge change such as this. Adjusting to the Madrid lifestyle went surprisingly smoothly. I had many apprehensions about my living situation, how I…

Homestay 101

When I was first applying to study abroad I was not planning on being in a homestay. I really wanted to be in an apartment, but Pitt and ISA’s application timelines don’t work well together, which made it impossible to be in an apartment. I was super nervous to be living with a random family…

Living in Paris 101

Over these past few weeks, it’s become clear that living in Paris means getting comfortable with small spaces and little privacy. This semester, I’m living in a three bedroom apartment with four other girls. My housing was assigned by CEA (my program provider). It’s located in one of the outer arrondissements (neighborhoods) on the left…