How Luke Bambrick Started His Summer Trip To London With A Bang

Luke Bambrick in London

“When I have kids, it is literally going to be mandatory for them to study abroad.”  — Luke Bambrick

“A once in a lifetime opportunity within a once in a lifetime opportunity” is how I’d describe the start of Luke Bambrick’s summer trip to London. Why? Because he was actually able to attend the Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s wedding festivities.

Luke approaches the interview with optimism, it’s one of those shows that makes you just want to get up and go…

Luke teaches us about life in London, tracking down family in Europe (something that other Study Abroadcast guests have done as well), and exploring exploring other countries on the weekends.

“Life is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one chapter.” – St Augustine

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho



  • Choosing to study abroad in London [1:24]
  • Having travel costs covered by CIEE scholarships 💸 [3:44]
  • Crashing the royal wedding 👰 [5:46]
  • Academic life for a summer in London 🇬🇧 [10:08]
  • The ease of weekend travel around the EU 🚅 [13:20]
  • Exploring family roots in Belgium 🇧🇪 [14:32]
  • The perks of traveling solo 🧳 [16:04]
  • Eating local at outdoor markets 🥝 [18:18]
  • Kind people around the world 👫[20:36]
  • Drew Binsky, Hostelworld and advice 🙌 [23:00]
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Did you know Luke is also a filmmaker 🎥? His latest work is embedded below👇. Go Luke!

10 Tower Bridge Facts [Infographic]

Luke’s Short

How To Find The PERFECT Study Abroad Program And Not Pay For Any Of It With Maria Gutowski

Maria Gutowski

It was literally me. I saw it, and freaked out, and said ‘there’s no way I’m passing this up'” — Maria Gutowski

Before we started the interview I asked Maria what her major was. Then when we started the interview she told me what study abroad program she chose…you can hear my reaction and then Maria is like: “yeah, I know!”

She truly found the perfect study abroad program, and I’m hoping that she can be an inspiration for you to do the same. In my opinion the coolest part of the interview is how she didn’t really even have to pay for it, either.

Yes folks, yet another product of the system that just worked; another satisfied customer so to speak.

It’s interesting to hear how she was able to do so much in such a short amount of time and what it was like to do a program that was so niched.


How Niche Can You Get With Study Abroad? [Infographic]

A Video Compilation of Maria’s Visit

How Lila Dedvukaj Turned Her Love of Archaeology Into A Multitude Of Study Abroad Adventures

Lila Dedvukaj on studying abroad in israel

We’ve got a new record holder on The Study Abroadcast! Lila Dedvukaj, pending an illness or national catastrophe, will have studied abroad a grand total of five times before wrapping up graduate school. The previous record was a respectable four.

These aren’t summer trips, either. The @oaklundu grad student spent 300 days in India during her first trip, so I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘timid’ to describe her. 300 days anywhere is impressive, but 300 days in India? Forget about it.

After India came Israel, where she studied abroad thee times, and the next frontier is China, where she plans to do an exchange next summer. 

(let me take a breath)

In this interview we learn about common misconceptions about India, get a crash course on archaeology, and find out why Israel is the perfect place to go if you want to find some artifacts.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go; travel for the sake of travel. The great affair is to move.”— Robert Louis Stevenson


  • What made Lila interested in study abroad 🤔[2:46]
  • Rotary International [3:50]
  • India bound for 300 days 🇮🇳 [4:34]
  • A day in the life in Gujarat and Surat [6:50]
  • Seeing the rest of India 🇮🇳 [7:50]
  • More on Rotary International [9:08]
  • “I’m not supposed to talk about this” [10:41]
  • What it was really like to live in India 🇮🇳 [11:57]
  •  Indian food (see videos below) 🥙 [13:04]
  • Why Lila wanted to go to Israel, next 🇮🇱 [14:51]
  • Finding an experience that matched with her major and sister school 🏫 [16:04]
  • A hands on archaeology experience 🗿 [16:42]
  • The Kibbutz [19:07]
  • ISRAEL 🇮🇱 [20:18]
  • “There’s was only one shower!” 🛀 [22:12]
  • Why Lila didn’t have to pay for any of her Israel trips 💸 [24:12]
  • Sustaining an injury abroad 👩‍⚕️ [26:09]
  • ‘Chilling out in the bomb shelter’ 💣 [28:58] (Lila has since sent me an email and assured me that she felt safe the entire time she was there)
  • Knafe and Israeli salads 🥗 [30:05]
  • Next stop: China 🌏 [31:28]
  • Great advice: Getting a book that is set in where you’re traveling 📖 [33:02]
  • Podcastle and Drabblecast 🎙 [35:07]
  • Why you should study abroad and advice for when you actually do (from a scientist) 📝 [35:07]

Animals, Indiana, And Archaeology [Infographic]