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Elena Cavallero

Often considered a dream destination, the Philippines is the nation of green rice fields, never sleeping megacities, and volcanoes.

The Philippines, located in South-East Asia, has more than 7,000 islands all preserving amazing beaches, and marine life. The land is highly populated given that it sits at the 12th most populous countries in the world with a growth rate at 2%. In 1946 the Philippines gained independence after years of strikes against the American and Spanish sovereignty.

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Eva Hong

Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").

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Blog Author:
Elena Cavallero
Azores

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Before becoming the country that is today the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Swabian, Visigoths and Arabs dominated and passed by the western part of the Iberic peninsula. Given the long history and developed culture, Portuguese language, people, and inventions arrived to influence many parts of the world.

For instance, the Portuguese were the first Europeans explorer to arrive in the unknown lands of America and Africa. Portugal went on to establish many colonies and create its own monopolies. Brazil was discovered in 1500 and became Portugal’s richest colony. 

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Elena Cavallero

Singapore in Singapore

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Singapore, also called the Lion city, is an island located on the southern tip of Asia at the edge of Malaya. Singapore is a state-city: one of the rare cases where if you visit a city you also visit the whole country! But the limited geographical extension doesn’t mean that this place has little to offer. Indeed, Singapore is one of the most wonderful “melting pots” of culture in the world.

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Eva Hong

ZIJUN WANG, An International Graduate Student from China

Zijun Wang

 

  1. What are you studying at Duke and what are some of your campus involvements?

Liberal Studies is a very interdisciplinary program. It offers you the freedom and a lot of opportunities to explore. I have explored psychology, literature, creative writing, and Buddhism meditation. I like it very much. Now my focus is in creative writing and literary translation. As for campus involvements, I am in a poetry club, where I also did some acting.

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Elena Cavallero

Croatia, country of wild nature, intriguing history, and extremely welcoming people, it is gradually gaining popularity among tourists heading to Europe. So, if you are planning a summer adventure or want to learn more about this country, scroll down and explore Croatia with us!

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Eva Hong
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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion.[13] Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area,

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**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**

 

The following message was sent to all international students on Tuesday, September 11, around 3 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:

Dear Students, Scholars, Spouses, Families

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Masha Stoertz
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Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Emre from Izmir, Turkey, and I’m a junior studying Economics and minoring in Computer Science and Biology. I’m also on premed track.

Where is Izmir located?

It’s in the south-west of Turkey. Izmir is the third biggest city and is famous for its beaches because it has great weather. It’s also the most secular city in Turkey.

I’m impressed with how many things you are studying! It seems that you are interested in many things – what are they?

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