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What Your Study Abroad Location Says About You

There are a million reasons why your news feed will make you want to smash your computer screen, but this time of year is when the study abroad posts begin to snowball. “Just booked my flight to _______ !” “Just got my homestay assignment!” “Three months until EUROPE!”

You know what I’m talking about.

But what does each location say about your personality? I’ll tell ya:

Barcelona: You are probably a bro. No, but really, everyone loves to talk about how crazy Barcelona is and how they party harder than everyone else — Let’s go to Ibiza this weekend! Opium Mondays! — and they’re doing it all on the beach.


These girls look wholesome though, I’m sure they were on their best behavior.

Florence: Penn State should honestly just open another branch campus here. The city really isn’t big at all, so you can’t walk anywhere without seeing someone you know. Seriously. Also Florence, I’m sorry, Firenze, is a very Greek location. Maybe every house on campus should open another chapter here as well? Past Penn Staters have already hosted a Frat Formal Friday during their time abroad, so why not just take it to the next level?



Okay, so she’s in the way, but it says “Formal Firenze ’13” on the screen.

Rome: This is the move to make if you still want to stuff your face with prosciutto but also want to, you know, meet new people. There is still a pretty big contingent of Penn Staters in Rome, but it’s a huge city and chances are you’ll be in a program that is also pretty big. The Drunken Ship is a great time. Also, Tony’s.



London: Chances are you were too lazy to take another language or just, ya know, didn’t want a language barrier. It also probably means you’re loaded because of the exchange rate. You’ll take plenty of pictures in front of Harrods and at least attempt to stalk Kate Middleton for a couple days. Also, you can brag about being able to go to Chipotle. You won’t have cured meats, but you’ll have Chipotle.


Prague: ABSINTHE! You’re probably a guy if you study here. I’m not sure why it’s considered the most macho choice, but I am not a guy, so I guess I’ll never know. There are always the few chicks who decide to go, who I’m assuming just end up being friend-zoned because I’m not really sure how “romantic” Prague is. It is full of beer and pretzels, though, so it seems like a great choice.


Seville: This is for the people who actually go abroad to improve their Spanish. The classes are probably in Spanish, live with a host family, the whole bit. It’s in the south of Spain so it has all the Spanish cliches, like tapas, flamenco dancing, bull fights, etc. Everyone’s main focus is sitting around eating and drinking. It’s also way cheaper than Madrid or Barcelona, which is a bonus. Also, it’s not far from Morocco, which allows for copious camel photos.


Dublin: This is similar to the London criteria, except you’re not as posh. Obviously, Dublin rules because Guinness, Cliffs of Moher, and St. Patrick’s Day. And Guinness.


Amsterdam: Ugh, spare me. This is for the rich kids who already are pot heads but now can be all, “Sweet it’s legal, how jealous are you guys at home, look here I’m getting high at the bar.” Although being there for Queens Day must be wild. And those wooden clogs are cool.


Paris: There’s an 85 percent chance that you’re trying to fulfill your Passport to Paris fantasy. That, or you have a lot of striped shirts and really like mimes. You imagine yourself sitting along the Seine, carrying a baguette, drinking red wine, and cackling with a skinny guy as you smoke a cigarette. Instead, you get there and are freaked out by the guy openly masturbating on the subway. How romantic.

Australia: First of all, if you managed to pull this off, I am so jealous. How the hell did you convince your parents to pay for you to get drunk on the beach for a semester? Do you think people really believe that you’re getting any academic work done? Go pet the koalas, zip-line and eat kangaroo pizza, I’ll just stalk your Facebook albums with envy.


Milan: Wait, there’s a study abroad program in Milan?

Are there any we missed? Let us know!

About the Author

Maggie McGlinchy

Senior. Print Journalism Major, Spanish Minor. My only childhood memory involves me playing with a toy circus car.


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