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26 Photos You Probably Took While Studying Abroad

Ah, study abroad life. Those glorious four months when everyone could drink legally, Nutella was one of your main food groups, and every picture you posted on Facebook and Instagram earned you more likes that you had ever received in your life. As an American student abroad, you had a certain obligation to capture a few classic clichéd study abroad shots that denying yourself would just be un-American. C’mon. You know what we’re talking about. In case you don’t, the Her Campus team is here to demonstrate some classic study abroad photos that we’re sure you took:

First off, there’s no chance you missed out on the London phone booth pic.

How could you resist?

You definitely tried to cram as many friends as you could into one at some point too. 

Bonus points for getting Big Ben in the background.


Speaking of Big Ben, don’t even try to pretend like you didn’t take a Big Ben selfie.

Or a Tower Bridge selfie.

Or a Hall of Mirrors selfie at Versailles.

And no one can forget the classic Mona Lisa selfie. (Ugh, Mona Lisa, why are you so small?)

Of course you had to touch the top of the Louvre once you got outside.

Or, well, give it your best shot (#fail).

Feeling artsy, you no doubt nailed the John Lennon Wall pic.

So artsy!

How could you go to Prague and not capture this?

And still feeling the Beatles vibe, you of course had to cross Abbey Road.

Kudos if you could find three other friends to do it with.

You also had to hold up that Leaning Tower of Pisa.

I mean, it’s just asking you to pose with it!

That tower isn’t going to hold itself up, you know.

No trip to Italy is complete without tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain.

Paolo, where are you? We’re waiting for you!

In Amsterdam, you couldn’t resist getting up on that I Amsterdam sign. Or, at least trying to get up on it and then giving up and posing near it. 

And you definitely sat in a wooden shoe.

Because how funny are wooden shoes?

And you had to make sure everyone knew you could legally drink abroad by getting that Heineken Experience picture in Amsterdam.

And the Guinness Storehouse pic in Dublin. 

And the Oktoberfest pic.

And if you went to an Ice Bar and didn’t take a picture of it, then did it even happen? 

Nothing was funnier than taking a picture with a Royal Palace Guard.

Or a Scottish bagpipe player.

Or really, any uniformed official.

And then there’s the Lock Bridge pic in Paris…

…which you so made your new profile picture.

No trip to Paris would be complete without an Eiffel Tower picture.

C’mon, it’s the Eiffel Tower!

Everyone loves the Eiffel Tower.

And even though that jump pic took 20 attempts, it was so worth it.

Then there’s that time you stopped by Morocco to hang out with all the little camels and monkeys.

We can’t forget to mention the Park Guell pic in Barcelona,

or the “chilling on the Cliffs of Moher” pic in Ireland that made your mom nervous…

 …because she just doesn’t understand that you like to live on the edge.

There’s also the East Side Gallery pic you took in Berlin that showed how cultured you are,

and the ever-popular Platform 9¾ pic at King’s Cross in London that made all your Harry Potter-loving friends super jealous.

We miss you, abroad life, for allowing us to be so unapologetically cheesy and so fleetingly popular on social media. We’ll be back someday, and there’s no guarantee we won’t reenact these pictures all over again. 


Photo credits: 

Alicia Thomas

Alexandra Bruschi

Kaitlin Noe

Quinn Cohane

Elisabeth Peterson

Irene Berman-Vaporis

Kelsey Mulvey

Rachel Lytle

Sarah Simonetti

Connie Chan 

Amanda Rodrigues

Mary Reischmann

Corinne Sullivan is an editorial intern at Her Campus. She is in her senior year at Boston College, majoring in English with a Creative Writing Concentration. On campus, she cheers at football and basketball games as part of the Boston College Pom Squad and performs as a member of the Dance Organization of Boston College. She also teaches spin classes at the campus gym and contributes to the BC branch of Her Campus. Corinne loves the beach, all things chocolate, and is unashamed of her love for Young Adult Fiction. You can follow her on Twitter at @cesullivan14.