Everything from everyday to academic preparation
I have prepared a lot of daily necessities and school supplies that I might use there, and of course, there are interesting academic questions.
My name is Han Li. I am very yearning for studying abroad. I have always wondered how academic and interactive academic exchanges in the world’s top schools are. How do they motivate students to learn and break through themselves?
I will bring clothes that I will wear in the Bay Area and some domestic books that will help me learn the course. Laptops or tablets that help us learn and live are essential. After all, learning abroad for the first time, I feel a little pressured. I will enjoy the development of local characteristics in the Bay Area and experience how it attracts talents. Of course, some of the special attractions will be missed, so I have to appreciate and record them.
From China University of Mining & Technology, SAF Summer Correspondent Han Li is chronicling his experience at University of California, Berkeley.
When it comes to study abroad stories and advice, who better to hear from than our students who are currently abroad, living out the experience in real time? That’s why we’re excited to have 10 SAF Scholar Correspondents sharing their writing, photography, and video with us in Summer 2019.
Carol Carmody finished her introduction by announcing the featured speaker, IES Abroad President, Mary Dywer.
Mary Dwyer Ph.D. touched on topics such as creating personal connections and cultural competency in a technology-focused world, as well as preparing students for a global business world.
Dwyer commented, "In order for our students to be successful, they must have highly sought-after professional skills including adaptability, communication, self-awareness, and confidence. These necessary skills are developed through living and learning abroad."
Dwyer continued to speak about the merger with SAF, “Since merging two years ago, SAF and IES Abroad combined have more than 80 years of experience in the field, offer more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, creates authentic global education opportunities for more than 10,000 students annually, and have provided more than 140,000 students overall with the opportunity to study and intern abroad."
Dwyer touched on a few other accomplishments and opportunities that SAF is working on:
Dong Zengchuan Ph.D. from Hohai University who lead the CEAIE delegation closed out the evening with a few words.
Additionally, Guests had private access to the four floors of museum galleries housing over 5,000 works of art.
Study abroad is what we do, and we take our responsibility to our student scholars and our university partners very seriously. We strive, and will continue to strive, to be your institutions’ most valuable and trusted study abroad partner. - Carol Carmody, Executive Director SAF
Reading about faraway lands or local gems can capture our imagination and spark us to explore. Seeking out cities where our favorite literary authors and characters lived, worked, or were inspired, is the best way to live your life through your favorite books. You can experience all that and more at these five universities. They’re sure to fuel your passion for literature while studying abroad.
San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University is a vibrant community where students are able to work closely with professors this provides SAF students the perfect opportunity to explore literature in the city.
Many generations of writers have been inspired by the City by the Bay. For book lovers, head to the City Lights, the iconic independent bookshop before exploring the neighborhood to find hangouts of popular literary writers. San Francisco also has a nine-day literary event known as Litquake, which is the largest festival of its kind on the West Coast.
Maximize your passion for books by studying abroad with SAF at San Francisco State University.
Lewis & Clark College
Located in a beautiful urban city while surrounded by natural beauty, Lewis & Clark College will get SAF students' literary imagination running.
Whether it’s the rain, or the amazing coffee, or perhaps the green landscape – whatever it is, Portland has borne many writers. Spend your time abroad at Wordstock, Portland’s ever-growing book festival or pop into the renowned Powell’s Books – the store stocks more than 1 million books!
For a literary adventure, join other SAF students at Lewis & Clark College.
University of Edinburgh
The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is home to one of the world’s most beautiful cities and the University of Edinburgh, where you can study abroad with SAF.
Named UNESCO’s first City of Literature, Edinburgh is a city for book lovers. With a long literary tradition, Edinburgh has inspired more than 500 novels. Explore Edinburgh where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dreamed up the eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes, or pop in The Elephant House for hot cocoa and a peek at the view that is said to have inspired Hogwarts from Harry Potter. If you’re in Edinburgh during the summer, plan a trip to the International Book Festival; it’s the largest in the world with hundreds of events.
Take advantage of all literary opportunities in Edinburgh by studying with SAF at the University of Edinburgh.
University of Washington
With a beautiful seaside setting, the University of Washington allows SAF students to work closely with professors on their language speaking and writing skills. Perfect for any bookworm!
Brimming with independent bookstores that will pleasure your imagination, Seattle was the second U.S. city to be named a UNESCO City of Literature. With many general bookshops with something for everyone, there are several specialty shops with a specific target group in mind. Readers visiting the Emerald City will find a variety of unique bookstores dealing in everything from mysteries to travel and much more. A book lover’s visit to Seattle would not be complete without stopping by the Elliot Bay Book Company, an iconic establishment featuring approximately 150,000 books.
Start your next semester by studying at the University of Washington with SAF.
University college Dublin
Ireland’s largest university, the University College Dublin will instantly immerse SAF students in literature.
Soak up the atmosphere and follow in the steps of literary legends with a walking tour curated by James Joyce Centre, then stop in the Dublin Writers’ Museum or sneak a peek of The Book of Kells, housed at Trinity College, to celebrate the bookish history of the city. Prefer poetry to prose? Celebrate the life and works of W.B. Yeats at The National Library of Ireland's interactive exhibit.
Join SAF at the University College Dublin and be part of the story.
lWhether you love going to swim or play beach volleyball, the beach is always a great spot to hang out while studying abroad - don't forget your sunscreen. These beaches are world-class – the best of the best for surf, sand, and sun. Look no farther than these five top locations to study abroad for those who love the beach!
University of New South Wales
Nestled in the suburb of Sydney, UNSW provides students an outdoor lifestyle year-round thanks to the warm climate. Relax at a range of beautiful beaches in Sydney, from the Sydney Harbour to some of the world’s best surf beaches. There are the world-famous Bondi and Manly beaches, well-kept secret beaches, and secluded beaches in Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park.
Join SAF at the University of New South Wales for the perfect warm weather on Sydney’s beaches.
University of Hawaii, Hilo
The University of Hawaii, Hilo offers SAF students amazing opportunities to explore one of the most beautiful areas of Hawaii.
Hawaii can easily claim to have the most beautiful beaches in the world. Why is that? For starters, they come in every size, shape, and color which provide the ultimate photo-op. Best of all, you can access every single one of them, since all of Hawaii’s beaches are public.
Maximize your time outdoors with SAF at the University of Hawaii, Hilo.
University of California, San Diego
With nearly 263 sunny days a year, University of California, San Diego offers SAF students the perfect conditions to live an active lifestyle. Surfers and sun worshipers alike flock to San Diego for it breathtaking 70 miles of coastline. San Diego has no shortage of incredible beaches with plenty of fun things to do like boardwalks with shops and restaurants, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, and other unique diversions.
Take advantage of academic programs available to SAF students at the University of California, San Diego.
University of Queensland
Located in the neighborhood of St Lucia, the University of Queensland provides students with a 114-hectare campus and over 300 days of sunshine annually. The Brisbane area is home to a number of tucked away beaches, bayside, and nearby islands. Whether you’re after a surf beach, dog beach, no-wave beach, or a quiet spot to lie in the sun Brisbane’s got you covered.
Join SAF at the University of Queensland for an educational experience that will change your life.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, UC Santa Barbara offers world-class academics on an oceanfront campus.
One of the best parts about studying at Santa Barbara is its proximity to the ocean. With miles of sun-drenched and sandy coastline, you’ll have trouble picking which of its pristine beaches to visit first. From surf-friendly waves to a gentle ocean, a visit to Santa Barbara beaches makes even a perfect day that much better.
For an adventure in Santa Barbara, join other SAF Scholars at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The beginning of my trip to the United States started with a refreshing evening. I came to Los Angeles, the crowded international airport, the bustling crowd, the ground crew coming and going. I quickly found the shuttle bus to the hotel. The driver was very enthusiastic, his greetings made my original nervousness disappear. Not long after, I was at my hotel. I show to rest at a hotel because it would take 3 hours from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and it was already eight in the evening when I arrived in Los Angeles. Due to the time difference, I only took a nap at night. I woke up at six the next morning and finally got on the bus to Santa Barbara. I was excited and looking forward to seeing the coastline along the west coast. During the ride, I viewed the large expanse of fields, on the right side of the Loess Hill with sparse vegetation all the way to my dormitory.
I got off the bus and the fresh air of California's refreshing summer morning came. I arrived early and the dormitory was very quiet. The student assistant at the front desk checked my id and checked me in. Each dormitory have a bedroom with a large living room with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee table, several very comfortable sofas and a HD TV. There are three rooms A, B, and C. Room A is a single room, as well as B. There are many combinations of C, but no more than 3 people in each individual room. Each bedroom has a bathroom with a bath and a shower.
11/28 Unforgettable Hot Summer
The beginning of the trip to the United States was the refreshing evening. I came to Los Angeles, the crowded international airport, the bustling crowd, the ground crew coming and going. I quickly found the shuttle bus to the hotel. The driver was very enthusiastic, his greetings made my nervousness disappear.
Not long after, I was at my hotel to rest, because it took 3 hours to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and it was already 8 o'clock in the evening when I arrived in Los Angeles. Due to the time difference, I only took a nap at night. I woke up at 6 o'clock the next morning and got on the bus to Santa Barbara. I was excited and looking forward to the coastline along the west coast of the United States. A large expanse of fields, on the right side of the Loess Hill with sparse vegetation, arrived all the way to my dormitory.
The dormitory was still very quiet. I arrived earlier. I got off the bus and the fresh air of California's refreshing summer morning came. The student assistant at the front desk checked my identity very seriously and stayed. The dormitory layout is that each bedroom has a large living room with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee table, several very comfortable sofas and a HD TV. There are three rooms A, B and C. Room A is a single room, B and There are many combinations of C, but no more than 3 people in each individual room. Each bedroom has a bathroom, a bath and a shower.
11/28 Unforgettable Hot Summer
I still remember the hot summer a year ago. Like most students, I am busy practicing English during summer vacation and preparing my passport and visa information. Time flies unconsciously, like when I was at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the United States, my time there seemed very long, but soon I returned home, and my heart is dark. I became determined to go to the United States to study for graduate students because I saw the infinite vitality of computers in American universities. I saw the curiosity of American college students; they asked the professors for their kindness and rigorousness. That year in the United States was busy and fulfilling, and it was hard yet made me happy. From this, I have seen my gaps and my future.
In an American culture class, I made a good friend named Davy. He invited me to a small party at his place. I think it was a valuable experience because I got to see what goes on at an American party. Also, I made a friend from France named Victoria, and she always invited me to grab a tea or boba. Sometimes international students are quite lonely, by making friends with others our lives will not be so dry and full of only homework. Another “perk” of making friends is that we may gain more academic insights. For instance, I know this guy named Patrick in a Literature class about music, and we often walked on Telegraph together and chatted a lot. Before the essays were due, we would exchange papers to see if we were on the right track. Also, before the final, we would exchange notes and further discuss the meter pattern of a specific poem, its significance, and so on.
I think my way of making friends is a bit brave, but it is definitely worth a try and rewarding.
Host: University of California, Berkeley
Home: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Major: English (Advanced Translation and Interpreting)
1. Do you think semester abroad, summer school, or exchange can be a good way for a prospective international student to test out grad school in the United States?
YES! Study abroad provides the ideal low-stakes environment for international students to test the realities of studying abroad while developing their readiness for a graduate studies application. When facilitated through a nonprofit organization such as The Study Abroad Foundation (SAF), students also benefit from a team of support personnel during this phase of learning.
2. What may be some of the potential benefits?
Last year, we learned from our SAF program evaluations that:
SAF Scholars Improve Their Language Skills
SAF Scholars Obtain Letters of Recommendation
One of the most frequently cited benefits for study abroad students aspiring to graduate studies is the opportunity to develop personal relationships with professors and academics in their field of study. Our students aspire to develop mentorship relationships to guide them forward in their study and career pursuits, and benefit immensely from personal letters of recommendation during the graduate admission process.
SAF Scholars Fast-Track Their Transition to U.S. Graduate Studies
A proper comprehension of the nature of U.S. teaching and learning through an undergraduate study abroad program can help to fast-track a student’s transition into graduate studies. SAF Scholars gain insight into assessment methodologies in U.S. curricula, and a more evenly weighted workload over the course of a study period compared to the style they expect from their home university undergraduate experience.
SAF Scholars Gain Intercultural Fluency
Outside of the classroom, SAF Scholars receive a sampler of culture that can reduce the shock-factors of first time arrival at a graduate level. This ranges from factors of time and place, to city, climate, and culture. For example, students are often surprised at their need to adjust to U.S. housing standards, the popularity of twin, triple and quad shared rooms, and the nature of meal plans and cuisine options available here.
Edited by Erika Woodward
SAF Alumni Xiang Li is among a new generation of women in science. While studying abroad, she opened up about the challenges of being a female in a male-dominated field.
"Taking risks, choosing growth, challenging ourselves and asking for promotions—with smiles on our faces, of course— are all important elements of managing a career. Do not wait for power to be offered.”
Whether you’re preparing to study abroad for the first time or beginning another semester overseas, maximize your experience with these tips from SAF American University Alumna Rebecca Yan.