Trials and Tribulations Abroad

When studying abroad in a new culture, there are bound to be challenges and uncomfortable changes. In Italy, a big cultural challenge for me was adapting to the shorter hours of operation at stores and restaurants. In the U.S., I’m used to being able to eat at any time of the day or night, or…

Developing Global Competencies

Studying abroad has pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to develop new skills to succeed. It has also shown me that I am capable of more than I ever thought I was. Adjusting to a new culture and a different way of life can be challenging, especially when you are doing…

The Florence Survival Guide

Having been in Florence for over a month, I can say that one of the most challenging parts of culture to assimilate with is the language. Although many Italians speak proficient english, there are still many florentines that do not. This means that having a small amount of Italian is essential if you are out…

Adapting to Florence

After seven weeks of living in Italy, there have been many challenges living in another country we has student have had to adapt to. I think the first challenge I’ve been facing is managing my typical school routine while also being abroad. Living in Italy offers so many opportunities to travel, experience other cultures, and…

Transitioning to Australian Life

Hello everyone! It’s Andres back again with another blog post in Sydney Australia. It saddens me to say that I am now a little past halfway through this amazing program before I must return home (mom if you see this can I stay longer?). Having to assimilate to life here I have noticed that there…

Adapting to the Marseille Way

Time has flown here in Marseille, and I know it’s only going to speed up as the weather gets warmer. For some reason, I didn’t think winter existed in the south of France, and every day would be warm and sunny. I was surprised when I found out that in the winter Marseille is cool,…

Seoul, So Far

안녕하세요! My name is Macy, I am a third-year student at Pitt and I am currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I am a Marketing major and am also hoping to minor in both Music and Korean. My decision to come to Korea came somewhat hand in hand with my decision to learn the…

Adapting to the Italian culture

Studying abroad In Florence is a dream come true for many American students, including myself. The opportunity to immerse oneself in a new culture and explore a different way of life is an experience that is both exciting and challenging. While my time here has been extremely rewarding, there have certainly been some difficulties in…

Learning the Florentine Culture

We have officially reached the second half of the abroad program and it feels so bittersweet. I have already learned so much about both myself as well as Italy and Italian culture. While it feels like second nature now, there have been many different aspects of life in culture in Italy that took some getting…