study abroad

Morocco suspends all travel, trapping 13 Lewis & Clark students


The Lewis & Clark Overseas and Off-Campus Programs office formally canceled the Morocco study abroad program on Friday, March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six of the participants were able to fly home, but 13 students and the program leader, Assistant Professor in Political Science Leah Gilbert, might be trapped in the country

Abroad Budget Cuts Put Reputation at Risk


Facing additional budget issues, Lewis & Clark has decided to cut funding from specific overseas programs. While it has already been announced that the Border Studies program has been cancelled, a list of other programs facing cuts has yet to be released. Although it is becoming increasingly difficult for LC to decide where to cut

London calling: opportunities for studying abroad exist outside LC


By Mackenzie Bath This summer I took my Pioneering outside of the LC community and decided to go abroad alone. Despite having so many overseas programs to choose from, I could not see myself leaving Lewis & Clark for an entire semester. I asked around about other alternatives and found the Council on International Educational

Looking back on unlikely connections abroad


By Zoe Jennings When I landed in London last January I felt like I might throw up. This was thanks to a combination of a lack of sleep, motion-sickness-inducing turbulence during the 11 hour flight, and a general stomach-rumbling unease with being shoved into uncharted social territory: the Study Abroad Program. I had left the

LC student describes cultural experiences in Russia


By Ostin Merkle-Lawlor Due to an aging population and falling birth rate compared to other industrialized countries, from 1991-2012 the national population of the Russian Federation declined considerably, especially in the large urban centers of St. Petersburg and Moscow. However, since about 2009, the national population has begun to grow once again, despite a very

Discovering cultural norms and taboos in Osaka, Japan


By Ben Weinstein What happens when a person is simultaneously overstimulated and robbed of the ability to respond to the stimuli verbally? This is the psychological experiment I imagined myself at the center of during my first month of studying abroad in Osaka, Japan. It is also one, I suspect, that is not uncommon to

Visiting Tongario, the real-life Middle Earth


By Alix Soliman When Americans visit New Zealand, they pretty much vow to take a dorky photo in front of a hobbit hole in Matamata. I have yet to cross that item off the list, but I have checked the box for hiking in the active volcano lands of Tongariro National Park where Mordor was

1968 study abroad group plans a return trip


By Catherine Cinguina With the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, anti-war protests and Nixon’s ascension to the presidency, 1968 was arguably one of the most politically and socially tense years in American history. It was during this fraught time, when Europe was still divided by the Iron Curtain, that 25

Waterfalls: Japan’s Hidden Wonders


By Shawn Bolker When one thinks of Japan, waterfalls don’t often come to mind. Instead, most envision scenes of the bustling train stations in Tokyo, sprawling Buddhist gardens of Kyoto or picturesque views of Mt. Fuji. Although it may be hard to imagine, Japan is actually rich with waterfalls. Of Japan’s entire archipelago, only 27% is

From Portland to the Driest Place on Earth: Junior Natalie Stroud adjusts to life in Valparaiso, Chile, and the Atacama Desert


By Natalie Stroud Studying abroad is uncomfortable. Plain and simple. When I thought about my experience in Valparaíso, Chile thus far, that is the one thing that has stuck out to me — the feeling of being uncomfortable. But as I have grown accustomed to the city, the rapid Spanish and everyday life as a

Adventures Abroad: Dublin pubs and alternative humor


Dubliners have a unique way of interacting with strangers: they f**k with them. It’s often a sort of jeering friendliness, a disingenuous niceness that seems a little off. They’re not necessarily being malicious. They just find your disarmed confusion incredibly amusing. One particularly memorable example happened early in the semester. A small group of people

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