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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.
11 Episodes
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
Whether you’re just starting to explore study abroad or have already applied for a program, it’s never too early to start financially planning for your journey. This week, hosts Sara East and Nicole Duxbury are back with USAC’s scholarship coordinator, Sonia Meza with tips on how to financially plan for your study abroad. From finding a program that fits your budget to being prepared for unexpected expenses abroad, we offer up our top tips to help you pay for study abroad.For more information on funding your study abroad journey, visit
How do you pick the perfect study abroad program for you? On this episode, hosts Sara East and Nicole Duxbury ask USAC alumni to weigh in on what factors they took into consideration when choosing their study abroad program. From considering your budget and academic requirements to picking somewhere you wouldn’t vacation and the type of food you love, there are tips for every student to help determine where in the world they should study abroad. Nicole and Sara also go through USAC’s top five tips for finding a USAC program that fits your needs.Resources mentioned in this episode:USAC YouTube Channel: program search tool: to Study Abroad Based on Your Personality: Your Study Abroad Podcast Episode:
Hosts Sara East and Nicole Duxbury are back with the help of USAC’s Scholarship Coordinator, Sonia Meza, to answer the burning question, “How do you put together a great scholarship application?”Sonia deep dives into the different components of study abroad scholarship applications and how you can make your application stand out from your peers. Here are just a few key takeaways you’ll find in this episode:How to find scholarship offerings that fit your financial situationThe key to writing a successful application essayTips for asking for a letter of recommendationInsight into USAC and third-party resources available to help you with your scholarship applicationTo learn more about scholarships available through USAC and third-parties, visit the USAC website:
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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