Claudia Gonzalez Talks About Her Faculty Led Programs in China

Claudia Gonzalez Beijing China

“What is there to think about? What are you fearing?” — Claudia Gonzalez

In this episode Claudia Gonzalez took a break from obtaining a Master’s degree and sat down for a few minutes to discuss her faculty led programmed trips to China…both of them.

That’s right!

Claudia actually went to China twice. Listen to this episode, and you won’t be afraid of getting lost, like Claudia and her friend did. This interview is perfect if you’re thinking about taking a faculty led program, or studying abroad in China.

A big thank you Claudia Gonzalez for taking the time to do the interview.


  • Claudia’s voyage into faculty led programming [1:11]
  • Doubts prior to leaving for China [3:03]
  • Life in post olympics China [3:56]
  • Experiencing The Temples in Beijing [4:37]
  • Why Claudia decided to go to Beijing twice [5:39]
  • Exploring the rest of China and getting lost in it [6:07]
    • Getting turned around in a red light district
  • Authentic, Chinese cuisine [9:01]
    • The Beijing Duck!
  • How Claudia’s experiences have affected her since she returned [9:34]
  • Embarking on her Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois [10:25]
  • Recommendations & Advice [11:19]

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.
You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” — Cesare Pavese 

Claudia Gonzalez Beijing China

Year of the Pig [Infographic]

2019 is the year of the pig

Kelly Burello Discusses Scholarships and Studying Abroad in Nigeria

Kelly Burello Nigeria

“The premise was teaching them skills in western style mediation and negotiation so it would be easier to communicate with Nigeria in the Future” Kelly Burello


  • Living in Nigeria as a child 🧒 [1:59]
  • Learning a difficult language 🎓 [3:33]
  • Doubts before leaving 😕 [4:17]
  • Living in Nigeria after receiving the Boren Award 🇳🇬💸 [5:23]
  • Exactly what Kelly did while she was in Nigeria 😇 [6:26]
  • Going on an African road trip 🚍 [10:10]
    • Visiting SOS Schools ✏️
  • What you see in Africa 👓 [12:32]
  • If you like spicy food… 🥘 [14:49]
  • How the trip affected the trajectory of Kelly’s career 😎 [16:19]
  • Why Kelly decided to enroll at George Mason University 🎓 [18:08]
  • Kelly’s  recommendations 🙌 [19:55]
  • Wrapping up 🔚

7 Types of Managers in The Lion King [Infographic]


Darla Deardorff on Intercultural Competence

Darla Deardorff Intercultrual Competance

“Don’t just look at this as leaving the country, but look at it as ‘what do you want to learn about yourself?'” — Darla Deardorff 


  • Getting an early start in high school with an exchange to Germany 🇩🇪 [1:43]
  • Obtaining an internship with the United Nations in Geneva as an undergrad 👩‍💼 [2:15]
  • Darla’s dissertation which can be found in the NC State library 📝 [4:03]
    • She’s written eight books to date 📚
  • What does one do after getting as many diplomas as you can get? 🎓 [7:47]
  • Darla’s current role @ Duke (past & present) 👩‍💻 [9:24]
  • Working with Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) 👩‍🎓 [10:43]
    • A focus on those who are leading internationalization efforts at their higher education institutions 🌎
      • Leaders in International Education
  • Receiving invitations to speak at different places around the world 🗺 [12:23]
  • Darla’s favorite food from her travels… 🍢 [15:33]
  • I mentioned above, she’s written eight books 📘 [16:32]
  • Chimamanda Adichie [19:42]
  • Darla’s advice to students thinking about studying abroad [20:45] 🙌

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools  — MLK

Diving Into Virtual Internships With Rachael Criso

During a virtual internship you’re preparing yourself for what we call; the fourth industrial resolution


  • So just what is Virtual Internships? 👨‍💼 [2:11]
  • Where and when can you do it? 📆 [4:17]
  • Why choose Virtual Internships over a traditional internship 👩‍💼 [6:01]
  • Rachael’s background and qualifications ✏️ [9:30]
  • What is the process that a student goes through in order to sign up 📝 [14:20]
  • Rachael recalls some of her favorite foods in the states (you’r never going to guess what she misses most) 🔓 [17:28]
  • Rachael regales with some good ole’ fashion travel stories (ostriches included) 🐦 [18:37]
  • Rachael’s interaction with Texans in Germany 🗣[20:00]
  • Intern Nation, Slack, Interns On Fire 🙌

“Studying abroad really catapulted me into my career”

Indiana University’s Sarah Eiden on Living And Learning Italian

Study Abroad Bologna

“I’m definitely more open minded and patient with people who have a different world view than I do” — Sarah Eiden

A lot of people study abroad to sharpen their language skills, but Sarah Eiden went to become professionally proficient.


That sentence is merely scratching of surface of what a phenomenal trip she had. In addition to a plethora fo recommendations and stories, she also described what it was like to eat, sleep, and breathe Italian culture.

Listen up to this one if you’re interested in learning a language or traveling to Italy.

“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, bit because she continued on despite them.”

— Beau Taplin


  • Why Sarah chose Italy 🇮🇹 [1:34] (it went back to 2nd grade!)
  • How she chose Bologna, specifically 🧐 [3:54]
    • All her classes were in Italian
  • Scholarships and grants @ IU 💸 [5:45]
    • “They’re giving money away!”
  • A day in the life in Bologna 👩‍🏫 [7:41]
  • Seeing the rest of Italy, like a true Italian + Spain and Austria 🧳 [11:30]
  • Getting caught in a protest 👊 [12:09]
  • Learning how to make pasta from the masters of pasta making 🍝 [16:30]
  • Coming out ‘professionally proficient’ 🗣 [19:39]
  • How studying abroad made Sarah more comfortable 😇 [21:04]
  • Why Sarah decided to go to Indiana University 🎓 [25:46]
  • Duolingo, Memrise, and Cram 📱

If you want to learn how to make real Italian pasta I would reach out to Sarah. I figured showing you a garlic peeling hack, would be the next best thing:


The Garlic Peel Hack [Infographic]

Studying abroad in Bologna, Italy
Hotel Ristorante La Rosetta

UW-Madison’s Timmy Bishop Talks Thailand

Timmy Bishop UW - Madison

“I think you build a lot of empathy and compassion for how others live and you can use that as a tool for the rest of your life” — Timmy Bishop

When the system ‘just works’ I get excited. That’s exactly what happened for Timmy Bishop. This UW – Madison Alum decided to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand during the spring semester of his junior year.

He’s since graduated, but he talks about his trip like he just got back yesterday.

If you’re interested in Thailand, marketing, or a great story you should listen to this interview.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire


  • What made Timmy want to study abroad? 🧐 [1:24]
  • Pushing yourself outside of your own comfort zone [3:48]
  • Thai living 🇹🇭[6:20]
  • Getting around language barriers 🇺🇸 [9:49]
  • “Everything from mountains to jungles, to oceans” 🏔🎋🌊 [11:09]
  • A two week meditation camp in Japan 🗾 [14:20]
  • Getting a full meal for a dollar or two 🥘[18:09] Mango sticky rice
  • Taking advantage of the exchange rate in Thailand 💰 [21:03]
  • Getting a different view of the world after returning home [23:34]
  • Why Timmy wanted to become a Badger 🦡 [27:27]
  • Plans after graduation 🎓 [30:36]
  • Rapid fire recommendations 🔥 [32:20]
  • Timmy’s advice to future study abroaders 🙌[36:08]

How Cameron Peagler Survived Japan On A Fish Allergy

Cameron Peagler Japan

“I would’ve never imagined I could have gone to Japan if it wasn’t for these people meeting me and inspiring me to do more ” Cameron Peagler (truhiro)

“A lot of the students I talked to haven’t been out of the city, let alone the country” Cameron Peagler x2 (CameronCPeagler)


  • Starting off with Pokemon Blue 🎮 [1:24]
  • A jam packed month 📆 [2:16]
  • Getting adopted by the host families 👪 [2:54]
  • Receiving a little over $4,000 from the Gilman Scholarship 👨‍🎓 [4:52]  
  • Watching out for pirates while at the onsen 🏴‍☠ [7:20]
  • Where Cameron stayed while on the go 🧳 [9:40]
  • A typical day in punctual Japanese culture ⏰ [10:32]
    • Breakfast 🍳
    • Culture / Language lessons 🗾
    • Seeing the sites and smelling the smells 🗺
  • Mr. Peagler’s kryptonite in Japan 🍣 [12:37]
  • How becoming a Gilman Alumni Ambassador has changed Cameron’s life 😎 [14:39]
    • Acceptance 🙏
  • Cameron’s experience @ Wright State  🎓 [16:16]
    • 1st Generation college student and a “view outside your own biosphere” 👨‍🎓
  • Cameron’s Hawaiian book rec + the blog  [📚]
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone 🥾 [20:50]
  • Gilman Alumni Ambassador Cont’d 🦸‍♂️

Cameron Peagler Doodlegraphic 

Cameron Peagler Japan

¢.18 Beers and $10 Sushi With Brandon Losh & Johnny Felsenthal

Semester at Sea / Study Abroad in Berlin

Brandon Losh and Johnny Felsenthal did Semester at Sea and Berlin about as good as you can do it. They’re great friends who studied abroad in different locations at the same time and actually missed visiting each other by a two weeks.

One of the ongoing themes throughout The Study Abroadcast is that they system just worked;

it does work, why else do you think I’m doing the podcast…

Anyways, that could be more evident with this episode.

Detailed recollections

Close encounters

Late nights

All in a days work a semester’s trip.

They’re pretty funny, too. And it sounds more like you’re shooting the shit with them in their apartment than it does podcast interview.

So listen ⤴️, interviews like these are hard to beat.

“When music hits you feel no pain” – Bob Marley





  • Making the decision to study abroad 🤔 [2:14]
  • Johnny lived in Germany, and Brandon did a Semester at Sea Johnny 🇩🇪 [2:14] Brandon 🚢[2:46]
  • The art of finding a comparative vs selective study abroad experience ⚓️ [3:10]
  • Based in Berlin, but European bound 🇪🇺 [3:53]
  • Location selection and history led faculty trips 🏰 [4:46]
  • Getting money to study abroad 💸 [5:54]
  • Life at sea 🎓[6:24]
  • Holding it down in Berlin 🏘 [9:30]
  • Bonin West Africa for the Peace Corps 🇧🇯 [12:06]
  • Stops from the ship ⛴ [12:35]
  • Johnny turned loose in Europe 🇪🇺 [13:21]
  • The booze bus to Amsterdam 🚍🍻[13:58]
  • Getting mugged in the rape capital of the world 🇿🇦 [15:23]
  • On to the food (and drinks)…  🍱 [17:36]
  • Plans after graduation 🎓 [21:40]
  • No love for Trump in Germany 🇩🇪 [22:55]
  • Why Brandon decided to go to Drake 🎵 [25:31]
  • Justifying the $200,000+ education @ Drake 💰 [26:09]
  • Media recommendations 🙌[27:44]
  • Advice for others thinking about studying abroad (x4) 🧐 [28:40]

Two Years of Service, A Lifetime of Fulfillment [Infographic]

Brandon Losh and Johnny Felsenthal
Glacier National Park in Montana
Studying abroad
Looking for someone to add the finishing touches to my doodles. Experience with crayons preferred, but not required.

Marty Tillman On The Value Study Abroad Brings To Students Entering The Job Market


Marty Tillman study abroad
Photo: Courtesy of The PIE News

Marty Tillman (@tillman_marty) and I met at The IIE Global Summit in NYC at The Grand Hyatt Hotel* a few months ago and really hit it off. We were introduced by Amy Baker (@amybakerThePIE) from The PIE News, which is a media company for professionals within the international education industry…which is exactly what Mr. Tillman is.

Instead of the traditional Q&A we focused more on the value that comes from studying abroad in the area of employability after ones return home and beyond.

I was tickled to find out that Marty had written an article that had been strongly recommended by one of my previous guests for anyone who is thinking about studying abroad.

Our government is actually quite bullish on international education as evidenced by the plenary speakers who were invited to speak at the event;


  • Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs,
  • Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Defense Language and National Security Education
  • Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 

were all in attendance.

and gave memorable speeches (and discussions) on how the global economy is changing and how the education system needs to change with it fast.

*The Grand Hyatt was actually Donald Trump’s first hotel revitalization project in Manhattan and is actually slated to be torn down soon.


  • Decades of international education experience 📆 [2:36]
  • Getting a start at the SIT Institute and the issue of employability 🏫 [3:57]
  • The value of experiential learning 💪 [4:30]
  • The value study abroad brings to employment 😎 [5:53]
  • The importance of WHY 🌎 [9:15]
  • How to decide where to study abroad 🗺 [13:35]
  •  Why internships are more highly valued than a traditional study abroad program 👨‍💻 [16:50]
  • The AIFS Guide To Student And Career Development  📘 [17:38]
  • Interning in India During Graduate School and Masala Dosa 🇮🇳🥙 [21:39]
  • Reading a book by an author from your home country 📚 [23:20]
  • Marty’s advice to students who are on the bubble about studying abroad 🙌 [24:18]
  • Viewing studying abroad as a window that opens new opportunities 🧐 [25:36]


Measuring Foreign Aid in Ecuador With Cierra Powell

Study Abroad Ecuador
Chimborazo, Ecuador – @david1999

“I got lost, I did not cry, it was honestly just like running a mile, I was just happy I made it back.” Cierra Powell

Our first Gilman Scholarship award winner is on the show today, so yeah; kind of a big deal, and Cierra took advantage of it, in a big way. I haven’t interviewed anyone yet, who innovated her study abroad experience the way she did.

Her passion lies in studying the inefficiencies of foreign aid to 3rd world countries. She’s a true scientist, and a small country located on the Northeast side of South America by the name of Ecuador turned out to be her laboratory.

Listen to this interview if you want to receive a Gilman Scholarship.

I repeat…

Listen to this interview if you want to receive a Gilman Scholarship.

She was able to go because she received a Gilman Scholarship which we learn in the interview is more than mere funding given for education. It goes beyond the trip, and lasts a lifetime.

“One day you will be called upon to break a big law in the name of justice and rationality.” – James C. Scott


  • Deciding to study in Ecuador and receiving the Gilman Scholarship 💸 [1:41]
  • Conquering a fear of the unknown to travel abroad 👌 [4:50]
  • Designing a unique internship program for the Gilman Scholarship 💡 [7:33]
  • Living on a cacao farm, walking through a jungle with a machete to get wifi 🌿 [11:40]
  • An evolving day-to-day while learning the local way of life 📒 [15:33]
  • Traveling to different rural and urban towns for research 🚌 [17:52]
  • Research findings on the efficiency of foreign aid 💱 [19:23]
  • Getting completely lost on the first day and making the most of it 😓 [23:21]
  • Crashing a baptism, becoming friends and staying with the family ⛪ [25:55]
  • Rice, beans, and a meat and other common meals 🍲 [27:36]
  • Carroll College: a great small school in Montana with accessible faculty 🏡 [29:55]
  • Preparing for the future with hopes of receiving a Fulbright Award 🎓 [32:21]
  • Media recommendations and final words 🙌 [34:22]

Going beyond the numbers and speaking to residents of a country to hear what they have to say.

5 Steps To Designing A Study Abroad Course with Cierra Powell [Infogrpahic]