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University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Students Beyond Borders

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What does it mean to be part of a global classroom? How does studying abroad change your life, expand your horizons, and better prepare you for the career world? Learn all things study abroad from USAC's U.S. and international staff, students, and higher education professionals.
29 Episodes
Happy 39th Birthday USAC! As we wrap up September, we reflect on USAC's contribution to international education. In this episode, we chatted with some of our most cherished and long-standing members and asked them to reflect on how USAC has grown over the years.We also invited them to share the many qualities about USAC that allow us to stand out from the rest. From affordable study abroad options in unique locations to the personalized touch of our Resident Directors, there are so many characteristics that make USAC a special organization. Give a listen to celebrate with us! 
In this episode, hosts Nicole and Amber chat with Tyler Moye, USAC Shanghai & Global Perspectives Virtual Intern Alumn, and USAC Marketing Communications team member. Learn how study abroad and interning during COVID-19 changed Tyler's life direction and what lasting impacts these opportunities had on his career.  To learn more about Spring 2022 in-person study abroad opportunities, or virtual internships, visit 
In this episode, host Nicole  Duxbury is joined by Amber Aiton and Tyler Moye, USAC staffers and Season 3 podcast co-hosts,  as they all share their tips and tricks for studying abroad.  As students across the country begin studying abroad again, our hosts share their insights on how to best set a budget, what to include in your suitcase, the benefits of applying for USAC scholarships, ways to connect with USAC alumni, and more. Ready to start your study abroad adventure? Learn more about what programs are scheduled to run in 2022, USAC scholarships and budgeting, and chat with a Program Advisor to find out more about your dream program abroad! 
In this "Ask Me Anything" episode, hosts Kate and Nicole answer the most frequent, relevant, and popular study abroad questions sourced from social media, study abroad fairs, and virtual events. Ranging from dispelling common study abroad myths, to studying abroad affordably and during the pandemic, learn more about USAC programs, funding options, and how study abroad can work for your major, your schedule, and your pocketbook. To learn more about USAC program fees, visit the Money Matters section of our website. And,  if you're ready to dig into the total estimated costs of your dream program,  find the interactive budget sheets under the "Program & Deadlines" section of the program you're interested in. For more stories and study abroad tips, check out USAC's blog and if you've got questions not answered in this episode, contact us at 
In this episode, our hosts Kate and Nicole chat with Taylor Doyle about her virtual internship experience. While working for Socialab, Taylor was able to have hands-on experience with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and further her career in social entrepreneurship. Taylor shares the importance of time management, networking, and finding a mentor, and the massive impact these elements can have on your professional career.  Taylor's internship will be taking her to Uruguay, where she will be joining her team in Montevideo and continuing her internship in the Fall of 2021.   If you are interested in Taylor's work in social entrepreneurship, the United Nations SDGs, or her internship experience, feel free to email her at - To learn more about USAC's upcoming programs and deadlines, or if you want to learn more about our Global Perspectives Virtual Internships, then click the links to visit our website.  
Have you always been interested in the Peace Corps? Wonder what it's like to dedicate a couple of years to an international service volunteer opportunity? Want to know what to do after your study abroad program is done?Join hosts Kate and Nicole as they ask these questions and more to Student Beyond Borders' guests and USAC University Relations Coordinators Kaitie Brown and Courtney Bauman. Then, learn more about applying, planning, and preparing for the Peace Corps from Laura Pell, Appalachian State University's Assistant Director/Career Coach, College of Arts and Sciences and Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator.To learn more about the Peace Corps and current volunteer experiences, visit their website and if you're a student, be sure to talk to your career center on campus for additional information and resources.  
In this week's episode, join hosts Kate and Nicole as they chat with Megan Sattler, a Global Perspectives Virtual Internship alumna.  Megan, a math major at the University of Arkansas, interned with the Play and Learn Foundation in Accra, Ghana during the summer of 2020. Find out more about her internship experience, her biggest takeaways and why she recommends students intern with international businesses through USAC's virtual internship program. Interested in participating in international internships this summer? Check out USAC's Global Perspectives Virtual Internship Program and find out how easy it is to add international experience to your resume!  
In this episode, hosts Kate and Nicole chat with Adam Melamed, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo senior and USAC Torino, Italy Alumnus and Ambassador. He shares the lasting impact study abroad had on his life, what he brought back from his time in Torino, and how his experiences abroad led him to create The Pursuit, a podcast geared toward creating inspiring and motivational content aimed at helping young adults lead more fulfilling and purpose-driven lives.  If you're ready to study abroad in Italy, or any of USAC's 50+ locations, this summer or fall, apply now (deadlines are nearing for upcoming summer sessions). Keep in mind, if you apply for any USAC Specialty Summer program, you will receive a $500 discount per session.
Welcome to Season 2 of the Students Beyond Borders Podcast!In this episode, our new host Kate Armbruster joins host Nicole Duxbury and USAC CEO and President Alyssa Nota in a discussion about study abroad in 2021. Find out what's happening with our in-person programs this year and learn more about USAC's newest Fall 2021 program (Hint: It's a gorgeous, temperate, and historical European port city ideal for exploring by tram, studying near the sea, and features ornate art and architecture). We're accepting applications now in our programs across the world and are offering a $500 Summer Specialty Program discount to help you get abroad this year. Learn more at
What does Christmas on the beach, the Chinese New Year and Women's Christmas have in common? Well, USAC's international Resident Directors, naturally! Join Nicole and our RDs from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India and Ireland as they share their holiday celebrations in this second installment of World Holiday Traditions. 
Where does Nicholas fill shoes with candy? Do you know where peasants first sang a popular European 18th-century song? Where do they celebrate Fiesta de los Reyes and La Festividad de Santo Tomás?  Join Nicole and USAC's Resident Directors from the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, and Spain as they share their favorite holiday celebrations in this first installment of World Holiday Traditions. 
Alicante and Prague Alumna Kalista Ganser shares her reflections from her year studying abroad including how she got ahead on her language credits and skills; what it's like immersing in two countries' cultures; the impact of study abroad friendships; and the magic of exploring the Christmas markets in Prague. For more information on how you can study abroad for 2021, visit 
USAC Chiang Mai, Thailand Alumna Aminah King joins hosts Sara and Nicole to share her reflections on studying abroad as an underrepresented student. Learn how she got started, the unique challenges she faced abroad as a first-generation, black woman,  and how her experiences opened the door for her to take the leap to live abroad in Ecuador today. You can find more about Aminah on the USAC blog and can connect with her on Instagram @aminahs_adventure or follow her journey abroad on YouTube at Aminah's Adventures. 
International Education Week (IEW), from Nov. 16-20, 2020, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education worldwide.  Join host Nicole Duxbury and learn what makes international education and studying abroad so impactful and life-changing from USAC alumni and staff. Find out more about IEW and USAC events at
Two-time USAC alumna Mary Alice Haas shares her remarkable study abroad journey with hosts Sara East and Nicole Duxbury. In this episode, learn how Mary Alice's experiences in South Africa and India connected with her values, academics, and passions and ultimately, led her to a career in international education. To learn more about our programs and what locations are best for you,  visit
USAC University Relations Coordinators Rachel Hardison and Kate Armbruster talk study abroad fairs with hosts Sara East and Nicole Duxbury. In this episode, learn more about the best questions to ask at a fair, how to find the information you need to get started studying abroad and find out how you can connect with a USAC representative and your home campus's supporting faculty members.If you're ready to start your study abroad journey or want to learn what study abroad can do for you, join us in a live info session, held daily. Register here:
USAC CEO and President Dr. Alyssa Nota discusses the future of international education in a COVID-19 world with USAC Marketing Communications professionals, Sara East and Nicole Duxbury. She also shares her experience of studying abroad during a global crisis and how it helped shape and prepare her to lead USAC through the current pandemic. Learn how USAC is creating new, flexible opportunities for students to continue gaining a global perspective, and what's to come as we look at the future of study abroad. Find USAC's current study abroad offerings:
USAC Marketing Communications Coordinator, Nicole Duxbury chats with alumna Dalia Vongpanya, a University of Nevada, Reno student, about her experience participating in a virtual internship for a language learning app called Latudio, based out of the Czech Republic. Learn more about USAC's virtual internship programs:
USAC Marketing Communications Coordinator, Nicole Duxbury chats with USAC Director of Academic Affairs Kara Bingham and Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator Justus Watt about the new Global Perspectives Program featuring online international courses and internships. Learn more about these programs:
Do you dream about living and studying abroad in another country? Thought about it but not sure how to get started or how you're going to pay for it? USAC's Students Beyond Borders podcast will be your gateway to the world where everything study abroad will be delved into.   In this first episode, meet USAC Marketing Communications professionals and hosts, Sara East and Nicole Duxbury, and find out more about USAC, upcoming episodes, and what's happening in study abroad today.   Learn more about USAC:
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