How to survive jet lag

When you’ve just hopped off a plane, whether your flight was just to Florida or all the way to Auckland, NZ, you’re bound to feel a little out of sorts. The recycled air, cramped seats, and salty peanuts can make for an uncomfortable re-entry when you step out of the airport. Here are some things you […]

Packing tips for a semester abroad

When preparing for a semester abroad, it’s hard to imagine what you will and won’t need. If you’re used to having a dresser and closet filled with your whole wardrobe, it can be daunting and seemingly impossible to imagine living out of a backpack and a suitcase for a couple months! But with a little […]

And the Oscar goes to…

With Oscars announced last week, everyone seems to be turning their attention to the film hits of the past year. The foreign language film category boasted 5 nominees: Ida, Poland; Leviathan, Russia; Tangerines, Estonia; Timbuktu, Mauritania; and Wild Tales, Argentina. While these films might be hard to catch in a US theatre, these other acclaimed […]

To voluntour or not to voluntour…

While so-called voluntourism falls outside the realm of study abroad (which implies an academic component), the fact remains that students and young people engage in this type of travel to broaden their horizons and enrich their international perspective. Recently, this practice has come under fire from employees of domestic and international organizations, specifically non-profit non-governmental […]

IWU London Program 2015 – Deadline Extended!

General London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With a history that spans centuries, London offers student the opportunity to visit Roman ruins, medieval religious structures, a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms, and modern institutions of finance and government. You’ll find world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters to enrich […]

International recipe- dorm kitchen friendly!

Craving a little international flair? Try this easy recipe from Damn Delicious that will get you from hangry to happy in under 20 minutes. Spaghetti Carbonara is simple Italian pasta dish that incorporates the rich flavors of prosciutto (you can also use bacon, for those of us walking to the corner Kroger for our groceries), […]

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Spain

Submitted by Casey Plach. [My favorite was] Churros con chocolate! This was a favorite while studying abroad in Granada, Spain (Spring 2014). This particular batch of churros was shared with some IWU friends who were studying abroad in Barcelona and visited Granada for the weekend.

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Sweden

Submitted from returned study abroad-er Rachel Wimberly, DIS Fall 2014. [My favorite food would] definitely would be this! This is a veggie/vegan burger that I had when I was in Gothenburg, Sweden. A few of us were pretty sick of eating vegetarian food, me included, and so when we first heard we were getting veggie […]


“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” —Judith Thurman