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Our Stories

Welcome to Ayusa's stories! Here you will find first-hand experiences from our program, recipes submitted by our students, tips and activities, contests, and so much more!

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A Real Dream

Melya is a current YES student from Indonesia living in Indiana. She has been in the USA for 4 months now and wanted to share her experience so far.

IEW Winners Share Culture and Pride with Communities

Our winners shared their culture with their host communities through presentations, dance, and food!

YES Alumni Helps Bridge the Hiring Gap in Oman

YES alumni Kulthoom Al Khamayasi (2005-2006) created a platform, JISSER, to bridge the hiring gap between students and employers. JISSER now connects major internship providers to over 5,000 internship seekers throughout Muscat, Oman.

YES Alumni Attend "Let Girls Learn" Summit

“The health of any nation can be measured by the health of the women in that society." –First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama

Share Your Culture, Participate in the IEW 2016 Contest

International Education Week is an opportunity for students to share their culture with their communities.

Reasons You Should Be Friends with Exchange Students

It’s worth it! You never know what kind of spectacular relationship you can get out of it, or how amazing of a person you might meet.

6 Benefits of Hosting an Exchange Student

Have you thought about hosting an exchange student? Here are a few benefits to hosting!

Dealing with Culture Shock

Culture shock is a normal, inevitable response among exchange students. Here are some ways to help deal with it.

How to Avoid Homesickness

Here are a few tips for students for avoiding homesickness.

5 Things Exchange Students Wish People Understood

Living abroad is one of the most freshening and exciting things a student will ever do in their life. It offers a new perspective, gives a completely different view on the world, and allows students the opportunity to completely rebuild themselves. While I've never met an exchange student who ever ended up regretting going abroad, I think I can speak for all of us when I say there are a few different things we wish non-study abroaders understood.