Peer Advisor of the Week: Katherine Linares

One of my favorite moments abroad was when I went white water rafting with a group of my classmate. We made a daytrip to Turrialba River. It was a gorgeous river surrounded by trees and white-washed rocks. There was so many bends and turns to the river that it kept you guessing. There was one…

Peer Advisor of the Week: Sydney Frodsham

           My first Sunday in Barcelona I met a mother and her son at church. Quickly realizing I was a foreigner, they invited me over to their house for dinner on Thursday as a welcoming gesture. I was extraordinarily apprehensive about going, as only the son spoke English (and broken English…

Peer Advisor of the Week: Christine Chang

“A couple of friends and I decided we wanted to go explore the city of Shanghai on the weekends which was 2-3 hours away. Having the freedom from the dormitory we stayed at, the adventure started there. I remember making sure we had a buddy system due to the fact our phone would not work…

Peer Advisor of the Week: Adair Butler

“I had just finished my final dinner with my visiting host family and told them goodbye.  I decided to walk the couple miles home from their house so that I could spend more time in my favorite city.  The streets were lit with strings of lights in the trees.  I passed the Glass Market where…

Providers For Parents

If your student plans to participate in a study abroad program from a provider rather than SMU-in, you might want to check out the parent resources available for each specific provider: CIEE IES BCA IFE CET IFSA-Butler   *re-posted from SMU Abroad Parent Forum  

Post-Departure: What Now?

You’ve spent weeks helping your student collect all the things they need to go abroad. You’ve probably dropped a good chuck of change on that Polaroid camera your student “swears they’re gonna use”. You’ve told them time and time again not to go anywhere at night without a buddy, and of course not to talk…

Safe Student, Happy Parent

Listed below are some helpful resources to track the safety of your student and the status of their host country: 1. Have your student enroll in STEP. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program will allow your student to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy. https://step.state.gov/step/ 2. Stay updated on travel alerts and warnings in…

Traveling Technology: Apps Abroad

Studying abroad is such an exciting time in your life, but oftentimes organizing the logistics of everything can be a bit overwhelming.  This is usually when we turn to technology to help us out – unfortunately, there are so many websites and apps out there claiming that they will change your life, it is almost…

Keeping Up with Kendell

Welcome to Mustangs on the Move!  This week’s featured student is Kendell Miller-Roberts, a junior Human Rights major studying abroad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Rabat, Morocco.  She is participating in the SIT Study Abroad Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program.   You can check out the rest of her blog here and apply for the…

Welcome to Mustangs on the Move!

Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity – one that not everyone gets to experience.  It has the potential to be life-changing, eye-opening, and world-turning, but there are a lot of questions to be answered before you go.  Will it work with my graduation requirements?  Can I afford it?  Where should I go?…