Groundbreaking Initiative Announces First Study Abroad Program in Space

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After decades of anticipation, the Center Of Space Management’s Intergalactic College (COSMIC) has announced today that, beginning in 2016, college students will be able to choose between destinations like Cape Town, Shanghai, and… Mars. Continue reading

ThisWorldMusic: Not Your Typical Study Abroad in Ghana Program

This World Music

Jeremy Cohen is a Boston-based musician, educator and arts entrepreneur. In his dual role as founder/director of ThisWorldMusic® and adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, he leads the top-rated UMass Study Abroad in Ghana program. We caught up with Jeremy recently to find out more about what is unique about studying in Africa in general, and about the ThisWorldMusic/UMass Music, Arts & Culture course in particular.



Tell us about ThisWorldMusic
ThisWorldMusic was founded to provide professional development opportunities and curriculum resources to educators interested in teaching world music, with a special focus on West African drumming. Through partnerships with organizations like The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Memphis City Schools, we have been helping to lead the (still nascent) effort to develop best practices in the field of world music education. After I began teaching at UMass Amherst in 2008, we decided to expand the scope of TWM by creating the Ghana study abroad program.

Study Abroad Poland: The Best of Eastern Europe


Today Poland stands as a strong and sturdy country who’s successfully emerged out of a difficult period as a socialist society.  It’s shown tremendous change over the last 10-15 years, developing into the modern cultural center it is today. It’s continually attracting more visitors and students to study in Poland as people uncover this gem in the middle of Central Europe.

Today we are highlighting the fabulous Study Abroad Poland Program which boasts marvelous academic opportunities to study in Poland, coupled with the best cultural experiences available. Choosing to study abroad in Poland will give the typical student an invaluable opportunity to learn about Poland’s past, present and the role it’s played in our world. No other country can boast such a success story as rebuilding after its damaged past. The burgeoning cities and gorgeous landscapes will draw in visitors to the lakes, rivers, mountains and even beaches.

Warsaw, Poland’s capital for the last 400 years is just one location for Study Abroad Poland. It’s a thriving metropolis with a strong economy and the city boasts both old and new architecture as students will notice as they walk through the neighborhoods of today and the “old town” which has been reconstructed after past destruction.

Warsaw, Poland

Exploring Warsaw

If you’re considering studying in this beautiful country, Study Abroad Poland maintains fabulous programs that will provide the experience of a lifetime. The variety of programs available will allow for a deep understanding of this wonderful country, its place in society and of course, the beautiful Polish language. Students can choose from semester, summer or full-year academic sessions and programs in business, international relations, Polish cultural studies, electrical/computer engineering and more. There are also internship and volunteer placements available while you study in Poland. In addition to programs in Poland, Study Abroad Poland is a division of Study Abroad Compass which  also provides programs in in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Study Abroad Poland ensures that students receive not only the highest quality classroom education, but a packed schedule of cultural excursions such as city tours, BBQ’s, bowling and museum visits. There will also be free weekends available for students to explore neighboring countries so they can get to know more of Central and Eastern Europe during their time abroad.

Poland classroom

Students and Faculty in Polish Classroom

A student who recently returned from one of their programs had this to say “I thought this program was amazing! I have no complaints about it at all. It was the best time of my life. The program administration were beyond helpful. I met the most wonderful people through this program that I am still friends with. I learned a great deal of Polish and was able to earn 5 credits at my university! The best part of this program, is the helpfulness of the administration. They are there for you through the whole process, even throughout your stay in Poland.”

Another student from a summer program in Wroclaw, Poland said “Wroclaw is an amazing city to go to in Poland. It is so beautiful and charming and everyone that I met there was friendly and caring. If you want to actually learn Polish, this is the program for you.” Read even more from this review here.

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland from above

Still looking for more information on Study Abroad Poland? They have a fantastic website with answers to all of your questions as well as great resources and tips. Get in touch with them to find out more and apply today.

Want to read insider reviews from fellow study abroad students? Click here to find your perfect program!


Forum on Education Abroad’s 8th Annual Forum Conference

Greetings abroad101 fans! We are back from the Forum conference in Denver, where we had a fabulous time seeing old friends, making new connections and most importantly learning more about our incredibly thought-providing field of international education. Below you can see some pics from our week in Denver!

Oh, hello Denver!


Looks a little bit different from the Boston skyline, doesn’t it?






Red Rocks!


Mike and Jason get the chance to explore Red Rocks after the conference!





More Red Rocks fun!


Mike’s ubiquitous self photo while sight seeing!





Jason and Rachel, our champion networkers!


Beautiful Denver sunset

We talked to A LOT of people while we were there!






Goodnight, Denver!

Check out Forum-Nexus for great summer abroad program options!



One of the most difficult tasks of studying abroad is making a decision on where to go! There are SO many program options available, especially in Europe. If you’ve been dreaming of backpacking through the Swiss Alps, indulging in local cuisine in Italy, learning about the historical and cultural remnants in Berlin, or visiting multinational companies in Barcelona, then keep reading to learn more about Forum-Nexus and their multi-country summer programs! Continue reading

Do you have your passport ready? National Passport Day is Sat, March 10th!


Is your departure date for international travel fast approaching? If you’re procrastinating the application or renewal process for your passport, you’re in luck. This Saturday, March 10th, the U.S. Dept. of State is hosting a National Passport Day! Area post offices and regional passport agencies are opening their doors to the public for this very reason.  Continue reading

*Scholarship Alert* Learn More About Connect-123!

If you’re planning on studying abroad this year, we want you to be aware of some of the great scholarship opportunities that are out there! We recently connected with Brian Carlsen, of Connect-123, which is an organization started in Cape Town, and offers internship, volunteer, and study abroad options in 5 different international locations (Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Cape Town, Barcelona, and Dublin).  Brian was excited to inform us about  three incredible scholarship opportunities on their website, and we wanted to share them with you!  Continue reading

gtrot For Study Abroad Students: Since You’re Globetrotting Anyway

Kamaria Gboro is the newest member to the gtrot community team. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri and manages gtrot’s social media accounts. She loves fashion, cupcakes and technology. Connect with her on gtrot’s Facebook or Twitter. Follow her @kamariagboro.

Studying abroad automatically puts you in the globetrotting category! gtrot (short for globetrotting), is a social travel site that encourages sharing your trips with friends and finding friends in your destination. You login with Facebook (we don’t bite or spam) and we take the data you’ve provided to Facebook as a basis for your profile. gtrot is perfect for student travelers! It gives students a chance to share their trips with their family and friends. Most of us have more friends on Facebook than in our immediate friendship circles. Once you share your trip with your Facebook friends, they can offer advice. What’s great about this is that you get advice and recommendations from the people you know and trust, rather than complete strangers from travel review sites. Continue reading