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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.
40 Episodes
Julia Ratti — USAC San Sebastián alumna, former Girl Scouts CEO and Nevada State Senator (D-Sparks), and current Director of Programs and Projects at the Washoe County Health District — chats about the impact study abroad had on her career and worldview.  Julia shares her perspective on women in leadership, inequality and systemic issues, health and wellness impacts, and why she thinks study abroad should be accessible to all students.  Learn more about our study abroad programs and scholarships. 
In this episode, hosts Amber and Nicole chat with Jade Wright and Brendan Henry, Haifa alumni about their study abroad experiences, including common Middle East misconceptions, studying Arabic, how studying abroad contributed to their careers, and the Discover Middle East Scholarship Jade founded. Find out more about USAC's Haifa program and learn about the Discover Middle East Scholarship. 
During Black History Month, Amber Aiton, Students Beyond Borders co-host and Alumni Relations Officer, sat down with three USAC alumni to discuss their experiences as Black students abroad. With a spotlight on racial identity, overcoming barriers, and personal growth, our USAC alumni panelists share their honest reflections of their study abroad experiences in Korea, Thailand, and India and how their worldviews evolved. This panel was offered as part of our Global Perspectives Program panel series. Stay up-to-date on upcoming USAC events by subscribing to our newsletter. 
Alumni, this podcast is for you!As a USAC alum, you will benefit from your life-changing study abroad experience AND from joining our diverse 61,000 alumni strong network! Our alumni have exclusive access to global job postings, webinars, panel discussions, and more! In this episode, we have our fantastic  Alumni Donations Officer, Amber Aiton, who will be sharing all of the incredible resources USAC shares with our Alumni. 
In this special spooktacular episode, we will be showing you how Halloween is celebrated in other parts of the world! Spoiler Alert - most cultures don't celebrate Halloween the way we do in the United Staes, but they do have some very beautiful and spooky traditions of their own.From "Dia De Los Mortes" (Day of the Dead) in Latin America, "All Souls Day" in the Czech Republic, to the "Hungry Ghost Festival" in China, we will be taking you on quite an interesting journey with this podcast.
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
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