Studying abroad was something I’ve always wanted to do. But I often heard how difficult it is, and the long application process. This caused me to never actually take the steps to apply.

In September 2018, I got an email from my university’s Center for Global Education and Exchange inviting students to participate in a Study Abroad program in France and Belgium with their international partner. This was something I couldn’t pass up on, because what did I have to lose? So, I applied for the Transatlantic Mobility France Summer 2019 program. The application was pretty painless. It required some basic information, such as the following:

  • Academic Background
  • Previous Foreign Travel Experience
  • Financial Contribution
  • Short Answer Questions:
    • Why do you want to participate in this program? What concerns do you have about spending four weeks in France and Belgium?Describe yourself in 20 words or less.
  • 2 Personal References

In December 2018, I got great news! I had been accepted to be a nominee of behalf of UH Hilo. At this time, I found out that I would need to add a class to my schedule for the semester. All study abroad students at UH Hilo are required to take IS 393: Departure Orientation. You can read more about it here.

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