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“…I never thought about how much the people of Juan Dolio could possibly teach me and the impact they would make on my life.”

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This past winter, I participated in The Dominican Republic: Community Health Service Learning Program in Juan Dolio. This program aligned with both my personal and career goals. In addition, for the first time, I was able to combine my passions in health, education, service, and international relations. I was able to work with a team of current and aspiring nurses.

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Reflections of My Time in Japan

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My name is Caleb, I’m a student at Binghamton who is here in Japan studying at Kokugakuin University in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. For starters, I’m not going to bore you with the (long) plane ride, or the first magical moments I had of seeing the Japanese seaside through a 777’s greasy window. Those are things you’ll experience for yourself, things that can’t really be quantified; they’ll be different every time they happen. Likewise, the people you experience them with will all be different. They are intrinsically unique: that’s what makes them so special. No, let’s talk about something more direct and practical: What do you think about Japan? Or, more accurately: How do you think about Japan?

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“Morocco has taught me about the importance of community and family. Morocco taught me about cultural preservation. Morocco taught me about respect, peace, and dignity.”

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Studying abroad through Binghamton University gave me the traditional experience I was looking for. I spent the spring semester at Al Akhawayn University in the Middle Atlas Mountain region of Morocco.

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“Never stop talking about your experiences abroad…” and Other Tips for Studying Abroad

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Studying abroad twice during the Summer of 2018 was the best decision of my life.  I studying first in Florence, Italy and then in London, England. While I was abroad for 75 days, I went to fifteen different countries and countless cities.  I learned so much about myself, traveling, and the world. Here are my ten tips to studying abroad!

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“These 3 weeks in Italy have been nothing short of amazing. This whole trip has been pretty surreal.”

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Studying abroad is an experience that I will never regret and I am so glad that I was able to travel to a foreign country before graduating. This past winter break, I participated in the Lorenzo de Medici Winter in Florence, Italy. These 3 weeks in Italy have been nothing short of amazing. This whole trip has been pretty surreal.

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Semester in Thailand: “I was happy with myself because I actually did it. I took the steps and made it happen.”

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Studying abroad is something that I think everyone should consider throughout their college experience. It’s wordly impact is something to look forward to and enjoy.  I participated in SUNY Brockport’s Mahidol University Program in Thailand because I wanted to go somewhere different. I wanted a conversation starter. The “Oh, you studied in Thailand?” personally sounds at least somewhat interesting to start a conversation.

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I got to live in the best ‘Dam place!

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For four months, I was fortunate enough to live and study in Amsterdam. Even within the first few hours of walking around the city, I quickly fell in love with its canals, bridges, and historical background embedded in the streets. Even more so, I made connections with people I can call my friends for a lifetime.

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Study Abroad in Japan

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I came to Binghamton University my sophomore year to begin studying Japanese language and society. Early on at Binghamton, I realized that because of the requirements I needed before studying abroad, the only way I could would be during my senior year. So when I finally applied during my junior year, the answer was going to make-or-break my final year in college. By the fate of the kami, or perhaps just thanks to the International Education and Global Initiatives office, I was accepted into the study abroad program at Kokugakuin University in Shibuya, Japan from September 2018 – July 2019.

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The Things I Learned My First Weeks in Graz, Austria

I recommend the program in Graz with Binghamton University! I am so glad that I was given this opportunity and I had a lot of great help along the way. Both Carson Downs at Binghamton University and Christa Grassauer at Karl Franz University were extremely helpful during my time here. I am excited to say I extended my stay from one semester to a full year. Here is some insider knowledge that I wish someone had told me before I left for Graz:

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