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13 Ways to Pinch Pennies While Studying Abroad

Posted on September 15th, by Alex Camp in Hands-on Experience, Study Abroad, Studying. No Comments

If you want to study abroad but don’t want to break the bank, or if are self-funding the trip – here are some pointers to make it doable:img_0213

1 – Choose a low-cost country

AKA a country where the currency …

Thoma’s Travels Vol. VII | Malaysia

Posted on August 9th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. 3 comments

13627133_10207939389135431_9044503893251862016_nAfter venturing through Thailand, my wife, Judy, and I flew an hour south to Penang in West Malaysia, near the Thailand border. There are many UMU alumni from Penang. Some have or are working for Dell and Intel which manufacture …

Thoma’s Travels Vol. VI | Cambodia and Thailand

Posted on August 1st, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. No Comments

After leaving Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, my wife Judy and I took the bus into Cambodia. The trip was about 8 hours including the immigration exit in Vietnam and entry into Cambodia. Along the way we had two …


Thoma’s Travels Vol. V | Vietnam

Posted on July 19th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. No Comments

After Judy and I departed from South Korea, we flew to Hanoi, North Vietnam. I was looking forward to this particular trip, because Hanoi is home to many Mount alums and current students.
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In Hanoi we shared meals with many …

Thoma’s Travels Vol. IV | Seoul, South Korea

Posted on July 18th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. No Comments

I visited SK and her family in Seoul, South Korea. SK Yee will be attending medical school in Atlanta in August, so she is home visiting her parents after just graduating from Mount Union. Yuka, a UMU senior from Japan, …


Who’s Fatter and More Unhealthy?

Posted on July 6th, by Ron Mendel in Classes, Professors, Study Abroad. 1 Comment

Hi, all! I am writing my first blog post while teaching abroad at the University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, Ireland with a five-week summer USAC program. I have taken a course entitled “The Culture, Cost and Politics of

Thoma’s Travels Vol. III | Jr. NBA and Touring Olympic Stadium

Posted on June 10th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. Comments Off on Thoma’s Travels Vol. III | Jr. NBA and Touring Olympic Stadium

Finished my classes here at the Beijing Sports University last Thursday, June 2. The final exam was Friday morning, June 3, at 8:10 am. Spent the remainder of the day grading the exams and calculating grades for the semester. Monday …


Trip to Cuba Becomes a Life Changing Experience

Posted on June 7th, by University of Mount Union Students in Hands-on Experience, Professors, Study Abroad. Comments Off on Trip to Cuba Becomes a Life Changing Experience

by: Stephen P. Dages ’18

CUBA - Revolution squareI’ve never really been someone who has shown any interest in social studies or politics. I would be the first to admit that I’m somewhat uneducated and maybe even ignorant in regards to such subjects, …

Thoma’s Travels Vol. II | Exotic Food Market

Posted on May 27th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. Comments Off on Thoma’s Travels Vol. II | Exotic Food Market

On Sunday, May 22, my suitemate here at the Beijing Sports University, Brett Nichols from the University of Northern Colorado, and I ventured to Beijing’s exotic foods market. From the pictures you can see that we had scorpion, tarantula and …


Thoma’s Travels | Vol. I Beijing

Posted on May 18th, by Jim Thoma in Professors, Study Abroad. Comments Off on Thoma’s Travels | Vol. I Beijing

image3 (2)Good day folks, I hope that your summer is going well!

Right now, I am in my hotel room at the Beijing Sports University – watching the Cavs game live on TV. Isn’t technology just amazing sometimes? Over the weekend,