Paris, love the view

Make The Most Out Of Your Study Abroad Experience

Because studying abroad is a very rich experience, we’ve created a mini guide for you to make the most out of your trip.

Paris, love the view

1.     Immerse yourself in the local culture. You have chosen to study in a foreign country because you are excited about its culture, and because you want to broaden your perspective on the world. Therefore, you should seize every opportunity you have to try something new, have a new experience, and step out of your comfort zone. Here’s what you should do:

  • If you’re in a country where a foreign language is spoken, try to speak and read the language as much as possible.
  • Though you’ll crave your old favorite foods, try to eat as much local food as possible.
  • Enjoy the local music and dance culture. Go to a show or a concert.
  • Watch local films. Go to the movies in your new city. You’ll have fun even if you don’t understand anything.
  • Go to as many museums, exhibits, and other cultural venues as possible.

2.     Hang out with the right people. A big part of having the perfect study abroad experience is who you hang out with. If you have the right company, you could end up learning a lot more about the culture. Here’s what you can do:

  • Find a few trusted friends in your group. It’s good to maintain relationships with people from your program so you can stay grounded, participate in fun activities, and not feel too lonely.
  • Focus on making friends with the natives; they will know where to eat, where to go out, and where the tourist traps are. Your main goal should be to avoid being just another tourist.

3.     Take the opportunity to travel. If you’re studying abroad, then there’s a good chance that you’re living within just hundreds of miles of many fantastic destinations. Seize the opportunity to visit a few exotic places you have never been.

  • Try to bring a travel buddy or two with you wherever you go. Not only will it make traveling more fun, but it will be safer too.
  • Hostels can be a fun place to stay and a great way to meet people.
  • If you do travel out of the country, always let your friends and study abroad teachers and administrators know about it in advance.

4.     Don’t forget to learn something. It’s called “study” abroad for a reason, which is that you will be spending half of your time either in class, or learning about the local culture through educational trips. Don’t forget how absolutely amazing it is to get first-hand knowledge. Here’s what you should do:

  • Don’t blow off class. Take the time to pay attention, take notes, and do well on exams, just as you would do back home.
  • Take the time to talk to your teachers. They are real representatives of the local culture and they can teach you a lot.
  • Pay attention on the tour bus and listen to what the guide is saying.
  • When you’re hanging out with locals, use them as an opportunity to learn something about the attitude and perspectives of the local culture.

5.     Beat homesickness. It may be hard for you to imagine that you might not love every second of the experience. However, you should expect that there will come a time when you miss your family, your friends, and your country. Being prepared for this in advance will make it easier for you to cope with homesickness. Here are some things you can do to beat homesickness:

  • If you’re feeling homesick, make a list of all the amazing opportunities you’re getting just by studying abroad, such as meeting new people and trying delicious foods. This will make you feel more grateful for your experience.
  • Talk to other students who are studying abroad. It’s likely that they have had or are having the same experience, and they may have some coping tips.
  • Stay in touch with people from home. Email, Facebook or talk to your family over the phone when you can.
  • Don’t forget to pack a few things that remind you of home. This could be as simple as your favorite stuffed animal, favorite CD, or a collection of your favorite movies.

6.     Stay safe. Though you may be studying abroad with students from your college, you should never forget that you are in a foreign country. This may sound obvious, but it means that you should not conduct yourself as you would in your school back home. You are in a new environment, and you may be surrounded by people who you just met or whom you don’t know at all, so you should keep your guard up. Here’s what you need to do to have a fun and safe study abroad experience:

  • Know your address. Keep it programmed in your phone, written a piece of paper in your wallet, and memorized.
  • Follow the rules. You can still be adventurous without being reckless.

The Bosphorus Bridge.

The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge, is one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey, spanning the Bosphorus strait and thus connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on zigzag steel cables.

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It is 1,510 m (4,954 ft) long with a deck width of 39 m (128 ft). The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,074 m (3,524 ft) and their height over road level is 105 m (344 ft). The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m (210 ft). The Bosphorus Bridge had the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1973, and the longest outside the United States. At present, it is the 17th longest suspension bridge span in the world.

More info on The Bosphorus Bridge at Wikipedia.

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5-star Managerial Accounting Course in Greece


This past summer I was able to acquire a strong understanding of managerial accounting. The course offers a great deal of insight how business is conducted financially on a daily basis. Concepts of activity- based costing, Job costing, Variance analysis and inventory/flexible budgeting are explored; giving students of all educational backgrounds the knowledge to make business savvy decisions. Professional visits throughout the course corresponded with the concepts presented in class. I was able to jump into the class with no previous accounting or business courses and was able to follow the concepts and book well. I chose the managerial accounting class because I wanted to be more confident in financial choices I make not only in business but in life. I found it important to be able to recognize and understand terminology and concepts used in business globally. The class proved to be very beneficial to me, I highly suggest it to winter and summer FNSA students.


Our intimate classroom setting in Greece, was the perfect environment to comfortably explore the objectives of managerial accounting. The hotel conference room had a beautiful view with great classroom accommodations to keep classmates and I focused on learning. The 5-star hotel setting took learning to another level.


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By: Meetrah Amini, FNSA Alumnus


9 things to do at Airports

Many people travel on a daily basis. Some of them do it for vacations, education, or work. But no matter what the motive is, there’s always this common fear of getting stuck at the airport because your flight got delayed. But that’s not a thing to fear, there are ways to efficiently spend your time and ignore boredom, here are some tips that will turn your airport-wasted-time into something to tell when you get home.

Airports are the best place to meet diverse types of people who are different not only because of culture and background, but also because of various ages and lifestyles.

First, you could read a bit about airport architecture and the importance of that specific space in contemporary culture, or you could just remember Seinfeld’s act on airports, where he speaks about how a tuna sandwich can cost $14 dollars.


But any way you prefer, you can have fun so, here are our nine tips on what to do while wasting time on an airport:

  1. Enjoy watching people. See how they behave with each other; notice how age and lifestyles play a huge role on how people behave. Make stories in your head about that, and then go find out how close were you.
  2. Read a book or listen to music. It’s not wasted time if you are able to enjoy new media, learn something, and feed your mind with stuff you don’t allow yourself in “real life” because you think is lost time.
  3. Take a look at airport stores. See the best sellers and latest gadgets or go to the duty free store and know about the latest perfume by local (and global) brands. That is culture-rich and also extremely fun, remember everything you see there is maybe 3x more expensive than anywhere else outside that place. Ask many things and fool around with the people in charge, they’ll always appreciate a funny tourist just don’t lie about buying.
  4. Surf the web. If you haven’t heard about The Terminal, dig some of the story behind the movie and you’ll be glad to know you have a final destiny. You can also interact with your friends through social media pages like Facebook, GooglePlus or Twitter…there’s some strange interest in everyone about travel so a simple post like “I’m in _____” can trigger a conversation. Also, don’t forget to check-in on foursquare.
  5. Go to the airport gym. Some airports have shower, fitness and spa service, such as Changi-Singapore international airport. If not, don’t be afraid of stretching out or move around.
  6. Buy souvenirs. The type of present you buy obviously depends on the city you are and the person who’s for, but it’s always useful and fun to see some typical tourist stuff. Try guessing what you’ll find, for example: at Paris airport, I’m sure you can buy mini replicas of Eiffel Towers as key chains. Challenge yourself to guess what the typical souvenir will be in every city and if you miss, learn what you’re missing! maybe there’s a great present for someone back home.
  7. Finally, start a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Enjoy the feeling of talking to a perfect stranger and sharing ideas. I was once traveling around Europe by myself and got on a bus, then I started talking to an elder woman and her teen son. They were nice but so different to me, I was there to see the world while they were searching a wife for the young kid…we ended up sharing a room in Amsterdam and splitting the costs of that first night when none had a place to stay.
  8. Detect and upload Airport Creeps… and try not to turn into one!
  9. Play the Emergency Airport Boredom Buster found at the daily cootie catcher



So be open to changes in plans and try to enjoy this unusual experience to the max. Remember T.S.Eliot’s famous quote “The journey, not the arrival matters.” If you liked visiting numerous cities and getting introduced to new cultures, you can join our Multi Country study abroad program, which will not only give you the opportunity to visits new cities and meet new people, but will also give you the chance to take 2 courses, which will be transferred to your college.

Post by Christeena Saadalla


Forum-Nexus Visit to the UNOG


Last week the Forum-Nexus family were at Geneva and guess where they stopped by? The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)! Students not only got to visit such a great organization, but they took an inside tour and had a chance to talk and network with many of the employees there.

Here are some pictures taken by our students of that day.


Guten Tag

If you don’t know much about Germany, you’re in for a surprise! Here are some fun facts to know when visiting Germany during your Forum-Nexus Trip!

Land & People

  • Germany is the most populous European country (apart from Russia), with a population of 81 million.
  • German people are the second biggest consumers of beer in the world (after the Irish), with an average of 119 liters per person per year (or 0.32 l per day).
  • About a quarter of all American citizens claim at least partial German ancestry.

Culture & Sciences

  • The Germans can be credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, the automated calculator, the light bulb, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile (as well as the engine, differential gear and other important devices), the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman.
  • As of 1998, there were 5,752 museums in Germany (about as many as Italy and the United Kingdom combined).

Environment & Ecology

  • The term “ecology” was first coined by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866.
  • In 2005 Germany produced approximately 35% of the world’s wind energy. There are over 20,000 wind turbines off the coast of northern Germany, the largest of which reach 200 meters in height.
  • Germans are among the most avid recyclers. According to a BBC survey, Germany had the third highest recycling rate (48% of waste recycled), only just surpassed by its Swiss and Austrian neighbors.

Construction & Architecture

  • The German Autobahn is the oldest motorway network in the world, as well as one of the densest. It is also the only one in Europe to have no general speed limit.
  • The world’s two biggest cuckoo clocks are both located in Schonach im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg. One of the cuckoos measures nearly five meters and weighs 150 kg.
  • Ulm Cathedral is the tallest church in the world, with 161.53 metres (530 feet) in height. It was the world’s tallest building from 1890 to 1908.


  • Since 2003, Germany is the world’s largest exporter of goods with $1.016 trillion exported in 2005. 10.1% of world exports come from Germany.
  • Germany the world’s second producer of cars (after Japan) and motor vehicle in general (after the USA).
  • The biggest train station in Europe opened in Berlin in 2006.
  • The European Central Bank is located in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.
  • Frankfurt International Airport claims the world record in the most international destinations served                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Amy Parsol


arc de triomphe paris

From New York to Paris

Green makes me happy. Even it is a reflection of the light.–R

Fly to New York City this weekend to attend my friend’s wedding,  i just feel NYC is such a place that you fall in love with so quickly and you cant help getting out of it.

Dance party.  Good-looking people. Music with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. when i came to the hotel,  i wonder whether Paris will be like that this glamourous or it is full of romance, maybe a little bit fakeness.

anyway, instead of writing some stuff about my feeling and comment, im gonna jump to the main site for this Thursday, well, it is kinda friday night but i make up for it.

It is Arc de Triomphe!!!! i know i have posted this picture before but that is only one i have for this gigantic buidling so i just put it here again, people know what im talking about.

i just have no words for this moment.–R

The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of thePlace Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’Étoile.Officially, it is the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. It is located at the western end of theChamps-Elysees. The triumphal arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. On the inside and the top of the arc there are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath is the tomb of the unknown soldier from World War I.

Some facts about Arc de Triomphe:

  • Napoleon I ordered the construction of the Arc de Triomphe to honor the Grande Armée which won the battle of Austerlitz in 1806.
  • The monument was designed by a French architect Jean Chalgrin, in 1806. Its design was largely inspired by the Arch of Titus, a marble triumphal arch in Rome.
  • A wooden replica of the arch was constructed so Napoleon and his bride Marie Louise could enter Paris through it in 1810.
  • After Jean Chalgrin’s death in 1811, Jean-Nicolas Huyot was commissioned to complete the work of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • The construction of this monument came to a brief halt in 1814 due to Napoleon’s abdication, and was resumed in 1826.
  • Although it was ordered by Napoleon I, the construction of this monument was completed in 1836, 15 years after his death.
  • Napoleon’s body was taken through the arch on December 15, 1840, when it was taken to Les Invalides in Paris, its final resting place.
  • The cost of building this monument was 9.3 million francs, a large sum of money at that time.
  • The 2nd largest triumphal arch in existence today, Arc de Triomphe is 51 meters tall, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep.
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