What It Was Like to Live in Japan with UW-Stout’s Andria Morse

Andria Morse: Education Abroad Coordinator at UW-Stout

“I explain to students that this is an investment in your future – you are having to navigate all these different things which is going to build confidence, flexibility, adaptability, and networking” — Andria Morse

Andria Morse was so much fun to talk to and learn from in this interview. She currently serves as the Interim Assistant Director of international education at UW-Stout, a comprehensive, polytechnic university about an hour east of Minneapolis.

If you’re thinking about Spain, or specifically Seville – you should tune in for sure. Japan? She’s been there, too.

The takeaway…

Andria tells great stories, gives great advice, and approaches the entire study abroad process with a ‘no regret’ mentality.

“You’re never lost, you’re just in a place you’ve never been before” — Andria’s Mom

GPS Without The Tickets


  • Andria’s study abroad experience in Spain [1:42]
  • Backpacking around Europe [2:54]
  • Asia Bound and Graduate School [3:52]
  • Andria’s fears prior to leaving for her trip [5:29]
  • Not having any regrets [7:17]
  • Getting to the grocery store in Japan [8:48]
  • Fried eggs over french fries and paella [13:26]
  • A day in the life studying abroad in Seville [14:52]
  • The Poisonwood Bible [16:00]
  • Great advice from Andria’s mom [16:56]

8 Things to do in Seville [Infographic]

Andria Morse in a Spanish Dress
Photographs didn’t used to be digital…thanks for sharing, Andria!

How to Study Abroad in Shanghai with Gillian Reinhard

Gillian Reinhard in China

“If you’re going to a city like Shanghai you’re going to meet a lot of other foreigners.” — Gillian Reinhard 🦘

In our first interview from China, Gillian Reinhard of Trinity College explains what it’s like to live and go to school in Shanghai at Fudan Univeristy. We learn that the food varies depending on the region, and the culture in Shanghai is not all that different from culture in the United States. We also learn that there is a Chinese app for everything, and in most of the cases the companies that build them are bigger than the companies in the United States (take DiDi, for example, which is China’s version of Uber).

“Nothing here is wrong, it’s just really different.” — Gillian’s study abroad program’s mantra and the quote she would like to leave you with. 




  • Why Gillian choose China  [1:45]
  • How Gillian set up her exchange and what her classes are like in Shanghai [3:26]
  • Gillian’s living situation and life in China [4:31]
  • The Chinese version of ______ [8:50]
  • Getting around Chinese internet [9:30]
  • Exploring China [10:53]
  • Reverse culture shock [12:30]
  • Being famous in China [16:15]
  • Chinese food (it depends on the region) [17:23] – Soup dumplings are Gillian’s favorite
  • AliPay – a must if you’re visiting China because everyone uses it [20:03] and DiDi which is the Chinese version of Uber
  • Gillian’s advice if you’re thinking about studying in China [22:48]
  • Eating in China vs. eating in the United States [24:45]

What You Need to Know About Studying Abroad in Shanghai [Infographic]