Photo Contest 2019 Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2019* Photo Contest! Thanks to everyone who submitted! We hope these photos brighten your day! *We know we are delayed in announcing these results, please accept our sincere apologies! Winners will be contacted by email!

Japan: One Final Look Back

My time in Japan has come to an end. It’s bittersweet: I’m ready to get back to the US and get to work since I now have my degree, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and how much I’ve grown as a person while abroad. I gained a ton of perspective about the world and…

Japan: You Can’t Do Tokyo In Just Three Days

My time in Japan has been winding down, so I decided to end my time in Japan with just a few days of relaxation and enjoyment by visiting Tokyo and Yokohama before heading home to the good ‘ole US of A. I even roped in one of my newfound friends from Ritsumeikan to come along…

An Accidental Side Trip to Taiwan

Funny story: I accidentally put myself on a trip to Taiwan over Christmas. It wasn’t exactly anything I expected to do, and it sure wasn’t cheap, but I’ll be darned if it wasn’t one of the most memorable experiences I had here during my study abroad. Here’s how it happened: students at Ritsumeikan University as…

Study Spanish in Cádiz!

Are you interested in earning 6 hours of Spanish language credit in Summer 2020? Join the Spanish in Cádiz program from May 26 – June 24, 2020. Sweeping ocean vistas, beautiful architecture, and narrow streets characterize palm-studded Cádiz – one of the most ancient continually-inhabited cities in the western hemisphere. You’ll live with a great…

Japan: Food Heaven

Let’s talk food in Japan, because holy mother of God…the food here is just as good as you would expect. Now, before I continue, keep in mind that I’m not here on vacation, so the really expensive stuff is very much out of reach for me. (I’m saving the Kobe/Wagyu beef and Michelin Guide restaurants…

South Korea: Trip to Busan!

Hello! This weekend I was in Busan, so for this blog post, I will write about my first day in Busan! My friend and I took the KTX train to Busan. At first, we were nervous because we read that we had to print out our passes for the train and had no idea where…

My Trip to Mykonos!!

I knew that if I were to ever go to Italy, I would also have to make a stop in Greece. For our last weekend abroad, my roommates and I decided to travel to Greece. We chose Mykonos- a beautiful island located in the Cyclades group. I arrived in Greece at 5 am. You’re probably thinking…

England: The Amazing Month of June II

As my time in England was ending, I spent time with friends that I would miss when I left. I also went to the sister store of the bakery I loved, called Bakery 164. (Well, it’s more of a cafe that serves delicious sandwiches.) As I walked through the city streets, I took pictures of…

Trip to Malta!!

After finals, my friend and I traveled to Malta! Malta is beautiful country made up of a group of islands under Sicily. We only stayed in Malta for a short time, but it was great! The first day we were there, we explored the capital city, Valletta. Valletta has a lot of tourist shops, a…

Spanish Adventure 2: Salto del Nervion y Vitoria-Gasteiz

The second trip that I went on this semester was to go see the Salto del Nervion and the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Both are staple sites of the Basque Country. We (I went with a group) left Bilbao and traveled for about and hour and a half from Bizkaia to Castilla y Leon. When we…

England: The Beautiful Month of March Part II

The latter half of March had its ups and downs but it was overall amazing. I had to write essays for my linguistics class and it was stressful, but I learned so much from writing them. The grading system and social life are so different that it is intriguing to me. Since the linguistics department…