Tellus: (tel'us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student's insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

The Office of International Education is sponsors TELLUS, a journal designed to reflect on the experiences of Willamette students abroad.TellUs has historically been a published journal, but now the journal has moved online! Students can publish submissions through the TellUs Blog site. See submission instructions below. Check out other student's TellUs entries here:

We want your stories, writing and photos!

Instructions for submissions:

  1. Sign into your TellUs blog via
  2. Click on the link on "log in" link on the left hand side of the page and enter your WU user name and password. (The TellUs blog will appear in the list of the blogs you are authorized to edit on the left hand side of your screen).
  3. Click on the link for TellUs
  4. Click on the link called "Dashboard"
  5. To start a new post click on the "new post" link.
  6. Follow the submission guidelines below for posts and photos with captions

For blog instructions or help visit the Language Learning Center's website.

By submitting to Tellus you are giving Willamette University permission to reproduce these works in publications and/or displays. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Deadline for submissions

Students submitting to TellUs to complete their Re-entry Activity for the Maximizing the Study Abroad Experience Course should upload submissions to the blog by the due date noted in your syllabus.

Submission Guidelines

Essays/Writing/Poetry/Blog Entries

  • Consider the following questions if you need ideas about what to write:
  1. What is the most memorable happening during your study abroad experience?
  2. What was the biggest difficulty during your study abroad experience?
  3. What do you want convey most to prospective study abroad students?
  4. How were you changed by your study abroad experience?
  5. Why did you decide to study in the country to which you went?
  6. What kind of social issues did you face on or did you learn about during study abroad?
  7. What was the best preparation before you joined your program?
  • Essays of any length will be accepted for submission.
  • If submitting a story please reflect on the story - why are you sharing the story? Why is it a meaningful/memorable part of your experience abroad?


  • Photos need to have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • Photos will only be accepted with an appropriate and REFLECTIVE caption.
  • Questions to help guide your photo caption:
    1. Why is this image significant to you and your international experience?
    2. How did you feel when the photo was taken?
    3. Have your feelings changed since then?
    4. What inspired you to take the picture?
    5. What is the context of your photo?