France: It’s okay to be Homesick

During my first week in Angers, I was spoke with a woman named Sue who coordinated study abroad for the University of Oregon, and she mentioned to me that homesickness usually hits everyone around week 3 or 4. That absolutely baffled me! How could anyone get homesick in such a beautiful place while they are…

Spain: The EAIE Conference

Every September, there is a conference hosted in Europe that is called EAIE. The purpose is for international educators to get together, meet with partners, and learn about the best practices in international education. As the advisor to our international exchange students, I was afforded the opportunity to travel alongside Blair McElroy to Spain! Neither…

Angers, France: The Beginning

Dear reader, I’m finally in France! After 12 hours of flying, 6 hours of layovers, and a 2 hour train ride, I arrived in Angers, France. I already knew I had overpacked, as I dragged my two suitcases four blocks to where I would be living for the semester. A former Croft student had recommended…

Angers, France : Arrival and Settling In

Bonjour! Things are going fairly well here in Angers, France. I arrived a few days ago and have finally settled in. The first few days were hectic, but this weekend has been a short reprieve before classes commence next week. My week began with a nine-hour flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Paris followed by a…

Life in Oxford, Mississippi

Hotty Toddy! My name is Franz and I’m from Germany. I’m doing one exchange semester at Ole Miss. And I can tell you: IT IS AWESOME! If just been for 4 weeks now, but the days fly by really fast! The campus is great and people are so friendly around here. As I’m from a…

All good things must come to an end

Made it back home after almost 24 hours of airport travel!  I really did not want to leave.  It was difficult to say bye to my friends and my new life.  If you had told me at the two month mark (whenever I felt that although I had met people, I really didn’t have any…

Tokyo, Japan: My Top 5 Favorites

I am leaving Tokyo in less than a month and after a year of living in the center of Tokyo mayhem I’ve had plenty of chances to discover my favorite (and least favorite) things about Tokyo and Japan. So let’s get to it ~ 1. Tokyo is the safest city in the world. Tokyo is…

Picnic at the Han

In South Korea, a popular past time includes relaxing at one of the many parks near the Han River. All the parks are so well kept and have all the facilities you need to enjoy an outing. From my experiences shared with the Korean students I befriended, purchasing mats and having chicken delivered is the…

Classes in South Korea

Starting my semester, I felt a lot of pressure from the stereotype of receiving an “Asian education.” I was warned that I may struggle with my professors; that they may not all speak English. It is common knowledge that school in South Korea is very competitive. From what I have been told, it is extremely…