So you want to study abroad…

…and you don’t feel like paying a fortune. Then here are some sites for you! 

If you’re interested in Germany, the US Government funds for 250 students per year to go to Germany and learn about the culture, learn the language, and create healthy relations between the two countries.

If you’re interested in Muslim countries and learning about their culture, look into this scholarship! Also funded by the Us gov.

If you’re interested in:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Persian(Tajiki)
  • Russian
  • Turkish

then take a look at this scholarship that focuses on learning those languages in their countries.

Studying abroad is one of the best decisions you could ever make. I dare you to try it!


Did you switch host families?

Yeah, but it’s nothing big.


Hi karlie I want to do this program so badly I don't think there are even words to describe it. I love everything about germany and it's culture. Can you tell a little about the application and interview process? Also did your school easily accept your germany school credits and how hard was it taking classes in german? Sorry for all the questions-chelsea

The application and interview are no biggy. Everything is pretty much about getting to know you. Be truthful, be yourself, showcase your best qualities and take a deep breath. There are short essays in the application and the interview questions are similar to the essay questions. 

I withdrew from school in the US before I left and I’m reregistering soon. My credits aren’t settled yet but we’re working on it. I had to leave before my school year was done in Germany so they are going to send me my transcript soon and then my school is going to sort out what classes I took and what credits I’m qualified for and try to translate it into an American manuscript form. 

In the beginning it was tough to keep up in school. I decided to just take whatever papers they gave me and spend my time translating rather than doing the work. I took most of the tests but just saw it as practice for my German. Over time your German will improve and you’ll catch on and after January it gets easier really fast.


I'll be an exchange student in Germany this year and your blog is just perfect, gives all the answers to my questions.... But please please please answer this one: how do you do your personal care? (Like shaving) because it hunts me please answer... Do you tell your host mother or something? Thank you so much.

Personal hygiene is no different over there. It pretty common for girls to shave and stuff and people shower almost everyday. Sometimes you’re given a sample questionnaire of things that would be good to ask you host family (like if you can use the family supply of things or you buy it yourself). I really recommend asking your host mom about it before you panic about finding the nearest store. You might find yourself out and about in town more than you would on a typical day in the US. I used that time to stock up on my products. 

Don’t stress about it! It’s actually pretty easy.

Home :)

I’ve been home 2 weeks now. My immune system is pretty weak, to the point where I caught a virus and am still suffering from a fever. But it’s alright.

It feels like the past 10 months have been a dream, and it’s pretty weird.

When I got back, it took a bit to get used to hearing English everywhere. Light switches and door knobs felt weird. Air conditioning was overwhelming. A lot of little things were odd to me.

But yeah. I’m home. Life is back to normal. (kind of)


Knowledge of the german language in european countries. German is the most spoken mother tongue in the European Union. And one of the three working languages there.


Knowledge of the german language in european countries. German is the most spoken mother tongue in the European Union. And one of the three working languages there.