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In Their Words: NOLS New Zealand

By Casey Adams on May 13, 2014

Students who turn to NOLS for their semester abroad treasure the experience. Wendy Cirko and Cory McDonald both took NOLS semesters as their semesters abroad last year. Both Spring Semester in New Zealand graduates, shared their reflections on the experience and the education with us recently, and we had to share. Learn more about upcoming semesters in New Zealand here.

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Find adventure like Bilbo Baggins

By Casey Adams on Oct 24, 2012

“Home is now behind you. The world is ahead,” Gandalf says
in a trailer for
the upcoming The Hobbit. His advice to Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who dared
embark on a wonderful adventure, rings true for NOLS students as well. Of
course, NOLS graduates return home, but not after encountering the world in
ways never before experienced.

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