For all you Spanish-speaking study abroad students (and wannabes) out there looking for a unique study abroad opportunity where you can hone your foreign language skills and really integrate into local university life, the International Semester at UDD is one great option for you! Located in beautiful Santiago, Chile, this semester program, which offers topics courses in English or Spanish, has a lot going for it. Here are our top four reasons to study at UDD in Santiago, Chile!
Someone just asked me the other day, “Why do you feel studying abroad should be valued while getting your Bachelors degree?”. I felt a flood of responses in my mind being triggered. How could it be anything but an asset to your education, and a treasured experience? Here was my response to their question:
As anyone who’s learned a foreign language knows, there’s (unfortunately!) no magic button to push to gain second language expertise. It can take a LOT of practice, and admittedly frustration, before you really start to feel comfortable with it. But because we know how important foreign language proficiency can be, we want to make this process as easy as possible. Here are a few good tips to boost your Spanish (or any other) language skills!
So, you’ve finally arrived in your host country for your semester abroad! You are so excited to be surrounded by a new culture! However, you are taking classes (in English), hanging out with your friends (who speak English), and watching movies (in English). Sound familiar? Many students studying abroad find themselves in this situation and have difficulty breaking out of this English bubble. Here are some tips for having more interaction with the local people where you are studying, and for learning more about their language and culture.
When it comes to learning a second language, people are usually full of advice. From living with a host family to dating someone who speaks the host language, there are a variety of suggestions you’ll hear to boost your language skills. But people rarely talk about what NOT to do when learning a new language, and these can be just as important to staying on track in your learning! So, what should you avoid?
It goes without saying that we encourage everyone to learn a foreign language (it’s right there in our tagline!), as each and every member of the BridgeAbroad team has been transformed by their experience as a second language learner in one way or another. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it! We took the time to scour the Internet to find for your five solid reasons to learn another language—some of them may surprise you!
Language and culture are in the international education spotlight this year and Bridge is looking forward to discussing this important aspect of education with you at The Forum Conference in Chicago.
Imagine two different scenarios. In the first, you walk into a room of your friends and immediately join into a conversation about the class you’re all taking and how you can’t wait for exams to be over so you can begin all the fun activities you have planned for break. In the second, you walk into that same room, only it’s filled with people you don’t know talking about something you don’t understand (astrophysics?) and you immediately feel like slinking backwards out the door. Sometimes, going to a foreign country can feel a little too much like Scenario # 2, but by learning the language before you go, you have an immediate advantage. One way to do this and avoid any anxiety? BridgeVirtual.
Would you consider yourself a non-traditional study abroad student? Sometimes it might seem like if you’re not a female, undergraduate, Caucasian, liberal arts major, you’re under-represented in the study abroad world. But that shouldn’t scare you away! Here’s some motivation to get you started planning your study abroad experience, no matter your background. To start, you need to clear your head of these assumptions!
Are you a math or science major that has every future semester planned out by the middle of your freshman year? Are you looking at your academic degree plan and stumped at how you’re possibly going to squeeze in a study abroad experience? It might seem daunting, but I assure you it’s possible, and these five tips can help!