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Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world around you in an immersive setting. In addition to completing any necessary coursework, you have the ability to learn about a new country, its culture, history, and people. Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made in my studies, and it certainly shaped the trajectory of my life ever since. Check out my articles below about studying abroad and how to get the most out of it that you possibly can!

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Kyrgyz host brother when studying with CLS in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Living With a Host Family: Pros & Cons

Living with a host family is one of the best opportunities to become fully immersed in the culture of a country and be exposed to your target language. Rather than being a tenant, you are part of the family, and this provides a truly unique perspective when traveling and getting to know your host country.

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central Asia

central Asia

Eurasia

Belarus

Russia

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armenia

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Kazakhstan

EASTERN EUROPE

eastern europe

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The caucasus

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Pssst - Where are the rest?

As of right now, I have not hit my goal of traveling to all 15 former Soviet republics - I'm a working girl, cut me some slack! In the meantime, however, I am doing a ton of research to plan these future trips. Interested in seeing what online resources I use to create an itinerary to ensure my travels are educational, thorough, and, most important of all, safe?

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