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Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Studying in Romania?

I want to study abroad in Romania, but none of the organisations I know about (e.g ISA, CEA, IES) have programs in Romania. Are there any programs out there? [more inside]
posted by acthelight on Oct 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Does this costly MScEd abroad sound reasonable, given my circumstances?

I'll be soon getting my 2nd undergraduate degree in education. I live in a relatively large city in South America where I have been teaching at secondary school level for a few years now. I've long been interested in analyzing how certain societies succeed in terms of human development, educational attainment, and other aspects related to quality of life. I would love to be more involved in higher education, and if possible in educational policy design here. [more inside]
posted by Basque13 on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Studying abroad at the London College of Fashion , what not to miss?

My interests include historical fashion (BBC dramas!), bird watching, music. I'll be there from late-August thru November 2013. More info inside: [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

I'm having serial crushes. What should I do about them?

I used to be happily single. I hardly ever got crushes on anyone and wasn't really bothered by my lack of a dating life. For the last six months, however, I've been in a new and unusual situation where I'm meeting lots of great guys, and I've been getting serial crushes - something totally new to me. Even though they aren't particularly deep crushes, it's gotten to the point where "must. date. guy. now." seems to be constantly buzzing around in the back (or front) of my mind. Unfortunately, circumstances are such that it seems that 1) I am unlikely to actually get a date, and 2) even if I could get the dating life I want, pursuing it at this point might not be advisable. How can I stop being so hung up on my desire to be dating someone? Alternatively, are my concerns unwarranted and should I try pursuing dates more actively? Details/complications within. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Apr 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Worldly, broad achievement, internships, extracurriculars, or GPA?

Given the choice between study abroad/double major/impressive GPA/internships/impressive extracurriculars, what would the best combination of choices? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

What kind of visa do I need to study and telecommute in the U.K. for three months?

American going to UK for 3 months, in need some immigration help. Any specialists here? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 17, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm studying abroad at Kangwon National University in about a month. Any interesting stories?

I'm studying abroad at Kangwon National University in about a month. Any interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on May 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Studying Abroad in Cairo!

I'll be abroad in Cairo for this coming year -- what do I need to know? What should I pack? Leave at home? Be sure not to miss? What's overrated? [more inside]
posted by femmegrrr on May 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there a testAS study guide?

Are there any study guides available for the TestAS? [more inside]
posted by bonczkowski on Mar 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Oceans never listen to us anyways.

My SO and I are going to be on different sides of the Atlantic from March to September. Should we break up? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on Feb 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Had enough!

How I effectively complain to my university administration/international program about a totally incompetent study abroad adviser? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Tips for China?

I'm going to China for a year to teach English. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

iPhone in Japan?

I'll be studying abroad in Japan for a year, and I'd like to use my (unlocked) iPhone as my cell phone while I'm there. This presents two problems. What do I do with my current plan and phone number, and what plan do I get once I'm in Japan? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jul 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Medical Insurance confusion!

Help me figure out study abroad medical and travel insurance! Thoroughly confused by all the insurance jargon [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jul 15, 2011 - 4 answers

What's a relatively inexpensive gift for a girl studying abroad in London?

My girlfriend is studying abroad in London for the fall, and our 3 month is coming up soon. I wanted to give her a gift (no more than $40ish because we put a limit on them) that was relevant but not too personal/emotional because I'll be getting her some nice jewelry as a momento for our 4th month - which is right before she leaves. [more inside]
posted by Vexir on Jun 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Rape in Cape Town?

Single young woman living alone in Cape Town? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 25, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I use mixi?

How do I use mixi? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on May 29, 2011 - 1 answer

Student Loans for Foreigners in China?

I'm from the US and I've gotten into a degree seeking program at a university in China. Student loans from the US, whether private or otherwise, are not available. Does anyone know how to get loans for studying in China as a foreign citizen? [more inside]
posted by ignorantguru on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I study in London, even if I can't afford it?

Should I study abroad when finances and my gut are telling me no, but everyone else is telling me yes? (Lots inside. Yes, I'm going to talk to the financial aid office and a therapist.) [more inside]
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad on Apr 22, 2011 - 33 answers

Student looking to settle debts so he can study abroad

I am a US citizen enrolled in a California State University and am signed up to spend the next year studying abroad in Europe. Before this happens I need to settle about $10,000 worth of debts and deal with a car payment. The foreign university needs me to show a bank balance of about $15000 to cover expenses for the year and I am wondering what kind of student loan options are available to settle debts and show proof. [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Apr 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Life in Okayama?

Tell me about living in Okayama, Japan. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 10, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm already excited about soup dumplings

I'm studying abroad in Beijing in a month! What do I need to bring, and what do I need to know? (I've never even left the US before!) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 6, 2010 - 30 answers

Oh, the places I'll go...

Travel-filter: I'm leaving for Europe in less than a month, and I feel wildly unprepared. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Aug 3, 2010 - 18 answers

I forgot to study abroad.

I'm about to graduate and I never studied abroad. I'd like to change that. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I make the best of a trip to France?

I'm studying abroad in France this fall. I want to learn the language. How do I prepare so that I can make the very best of it? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 30, 2010 - 16 answers

What fun facts should I know about studying abroad?

So I'm doing the old study abroad thing and I'm starting to plan for it now, because I already know the counsellors at my soon-to-be 4-year school are going to screw it up, just because counsellors do that. So how should I start? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Mar 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Masters or not?

I'm a philosophy major in my junior year. Should I spend my fourth year of school enjoying myself or working on a masters degree in a more practical field? Life advice desperately needed! (long, but tl;dr can be found at the bottom.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Moscow or St. Petersburg?

I'm applying to study abroad in Russia. Problem is, I'm torn between studying in Moscow or St. Petersburg. [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath on Feb 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Too much choice!

I want to study abroad. I have absolutely no idea where. Help me narrow it down! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 14, 2009 - 31 answers

Study Abroad Prep

What do I need to do/know/remember before studying abroad? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL on Aug 29, 2009 - 12 answers

I know enough not to say, "Bork bork bork!"

I am going to be studying in Sweden for five months! What do I need to know to make it as beneficial an experience as possible? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jul 6, 2009 - 11 answers

MBA Wanted: Help me get to Spain!

How do I fulfill my dream of getting my MBA in Spain? (Argentina is on the menu too). My main goal is to get my MBA, and I am currently a United States Citizen, however I have family in Spain. [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Apr 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Foreign language prep.

I'm in a humanities field and I will likely need to learn multiple languages. As a Master's student, I'm scheduled to take around 3-4 courses each semester, with much of my second year devoted to research and writing a master's dissertation. My question concerns foreign language prep....when is the optimal time to do that? Do I travel abroad this summer and shore up on what I know? Or do I take care of the problem during my first few semesters? What are the pros and cons of traveling abroad vis a vis taking care of the problem domestically (e.g., either at my school or some other program in the states, unaffiliated with my school)? [more inside]
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

University of Salamanca Housing

Help me choose living accomodations while studying abroad in Spain! [more inside]
posted by PaulingL on Mar 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Preemptive tongue untying

Finding pronunciation-intensive courses abroad for French or German. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Mar 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Reference me that recommendation, please.

How should I approach my professors for recommendation/reference letters for a job that doesn't yet exist? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Feb 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Alone again or do you have any fiction recommendations?

Stories of life abroad w/r/t aloneness and the inscrutability of culture. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Jan 3, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me pick a fun yet handy gift for my good friend.

What going-away gift should I give to my 21-year-old friend who will be spending the next seven months in Egypt/Germany? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Dec 13, 2008 - 6 answers

I'm 26 and am very confused about whether or not I should extend my study abroad trip

My mother thinks I should stay home. I'm having an internal conflict about what I want to do. Whenever I tell myself I want to return to Copenhagen, I immediately doubt it and think I should return home. If I say I want to go home, I feel like I will regret not returning to Copenhagen forever. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Nov 25, 2008 - 35 answers

How to buy & send an English book within Chile, but pay from the U.S.?

How to send an English book to Santiago, Chile, from within Chile, but paid for from the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Nov 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Rules for remaining in UK while new visa is processing

Need info on applying for a Tier-1 (Post-Study work) Visa in the UK while holding a soon-to-expire student visa. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Oct 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Zürich ist zu reich...

What do I do in Zürich for five months, and which websites can eliminate the need for this question? (Especially if I'm on a relative budget) [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Aug 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Work Hard and Hope for the Best, or Stay Safe and Lose It All?

Am I making a huge mistake? I'm deciding whether I should take a term off from my beloved college in order to work in the "real world", scraping together money for a study abroad program (Semester at Sea). My instincts say to do it, but I'm suddenly hesitant and wonder if others might have suggestions. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Aug 7, 2008 - 39 answers

Study Abroad: Nantes/Paris

I'm a French major (a sophomore) at an American university weighing my options for study abroad and I'd like some input, especially about Nantes, France. [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Saving money in Lyon.

How can I save money and still have fun while in Lyon for a month? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 13, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I survive in my third language?

Please help me survive a whole year of school in my third language! [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Mar 13, 2008 - 6 answers

How difficult would it be to transfer to a North American university?

I'm half-way through my second semester at Winchester School of Art and I'm thinking about transferring. I'd really like to study in Canada or the US but I'm worried that it would be prohibitively expensive or horribly complicated to set up. Exactly how difficult would it be? Would I have to pay full tuition without any financial aid? Would the different education system cause a lot of problems? What other hurdles would I have to overcome?
posted by Andy Harwood on Mar 7, 2008 - 4 answers

British student wants to study in North America

I'm half way through my first year at Winchester School of Art and I'm already getting a little bored with Winchester. I've always wanted to spend some time studying in Canada or the US but I'm not sure how to go about it. I've looked into WSA's student exchange program but it looks like the only link they have in America is for fashion students (I'm doing graphics). Do I have any other options?
posted by Andy Harwood on Feb 29, 2008 - 4 answers

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