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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:48

Savvy Souvenir Shopping

The experience of being abroad is amazing. But all too soon, you’ll be back at home and all you’ll have will be your memories. And what better way to remember your trip than by being surrounded by a bunch of cool stuff? It can be all too easy to spend way more than you intended on souvenirs. What with the obscenely overpriced tourist shops everywhere and the horrifying exchange rate in places like London, souvenir shopping can be mighty dangerous. Here are some tips to help you avoid spending your food money on stuff you won’t need or want once you get back:

  1. Avoid gift shops. At the end of every museum or local attraction, they’ll inevitably make you walk through a crowded store with tons of kitschy, overpriced stuff like mugs, t-shirts, and calendars. The bright lights
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:39

Pathetic in Prague: How Not to Handle International Injuries
Submitted by Casey Talay

Hello Pitt study abroad-ers! As much as I hate to be the one to rain on the Study Abroad parade, it is important for you to remember that when you’re living abroad, you’re still living—which includes all the frustrating, practical things it includes back home, such as feeding yourself, doing laundry, and being careful about sickness and injury. Not that I think this should discourage anyone from going abroad—not at all. I just want you to be more prepared for the realities of studying abroad than I was, so you’re not blindsided by anything. To that end, please enjoy this embarrassing story from when I went abroad for the first time, and use it as a lesson to help you be much better prepared than I was.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:28

Intern Spotlight: Meet Allie Roos!

Ciao Ragazzi! I’m Allie and I am thrilled to be interning this year at the Study Abroad Office. I’m originally from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes west of Philadelphia. I am a senior with a double major in Classical Language and History, as well as a minor in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

I’ve studied abroad twice during my time here at Pitt. In the summer of 2016, I went abroad with Pitt in Sicily where I spent four weeks traversing the Island and learning about the literary and material cultures of the Ancient Greek inhabitants. Our home base was in Syracuse, on the eastern side of the island. Walking to class every day, I passed by the gleaming baroque façade of the Duomo di Syracusa, a cathedral built on the