October 20, 2014 - 5:02pm
Familiar faces experience a taste of life abroad

My fingers eagerly twitched as my American father hesitated toward the hotel concierge counter.

"Hola!" he proudly powered out. Maybe he actually did practice his Spanish like he said he did.

"Buen día, señor. Su nombre, por favor?"

April 27, 2010 - 8:01pm
Our abroad blog delivers students' experiences from across the globe.

For Passports, Syracuse University students studying in China, Spain, Chile, England and Italy share their adventures, misadventures, travel tips and insights, offering a peek into the life of an American student abroad.

Check out a sample of their stories:


April 11, 2010 - 10:51am
An unforgettable view from an astronomy observatory, a visit to the national park, and a tasty clambake concoction

School is now in full swing here in the Southern Hemisphere, as we are a little over a month into the semester down here. This, however, does not mean that I have devoted all of my time to school.

March 17, 2010 - 6:56am
Moving on after my first earthquake experience, despite major aftershocks

Am I safe?


Am I scared?


Am I staying in Chile?


March 5, 2010 - 1:50pm
Disston launches into his Latin-American adventure in Ecuador.

Some of you may know me, but most of you will not.  My name is Sam Disston.  I’m a pretty outgoing guy and I do well in school.  I’d like to think I’m a pretty normal college student, though I don’t drink quite as much as most. I have been known to have fun every once and a while.

February 28, 2010 - 1:02pm
SU junior Sam Disston's Saturday morning began with the terrifying experience of Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

NOTE: Nineteen Syracuse University students currently live and study in Chile with SU Abroad.  All safely survived Saturday's 8.8 magnitude earthquake. The death toll has reached at least 700, and experts approximate that 2 million have been displaced by the damage.

Junior psychology and spanish major, Sam Disston is spending the semester in Santiago, Chile, and was awoken by the quake. Here is his personal reaction.

September 29, 2009 - 10:45pm
Review: 'Huacho' depicts rural Latin America in an honest and emotional way.

There’s a scene in Huacho, the feature-length debut from Chilean director Alejandro Almendras, when the camera closes in on the face of an elderly woman selling blocks of homemade cheese by the side of the road. The shot is held for an unconventionally long time, with no movement or dialogue to break up the seconds ticking by. But in those moments, the audience is able to read the hard-earned wrinkles on the woman’s face, and we can begin to absorb the profundity of a life where a...