Countries visited: 48, including extensive travel in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America
A: Think about how this experience will fit in with the future "you" that is being developed — personally and professionally. Geographic and academic diversity will make your study abroad experience stand out.
A: Find a program that allows you to connect with the location and local folks of your host country as much as possible. Once you've found that program, disconnect as much as possible from "home" and allow yourself to be transformed. Make friends abroad; you'll have them for the rest of your life.
A: It has been everything to my career. I cannot imagine what path my life would have taken had I not had the opportunity to study abroad. Instead of thinking of it as a once-in-a-lifetime chance, I realized it was the first of hundreds of opportunities to see the world and travel.
A: The moment I arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, I found a city so rich in history, sound and sight that it would forever captivate me. The mixture of European and Islamic architecture is woven together in a mix that's also represented in Turkish culture, music, art and cuisine. So much of human history has passed through the city, and I found myself connecting my own history to this location. It is one of the grand cities of the world.
Countries visited: Belgium, China and Hong Kong, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Spain
Countries visited: 20, including extensive travel throughout Europe and Asia
A: There are three considerations to think about when choosing a program: academics, financial and personal preference.
A: Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so immerse yourself in the culture and get involved, whether it’s volunteering, an internship, an extracurricular sport, attending church, etc. Try to limit your communication with people back home; spend more time exploring and learning about your host culture and connecting with locals. Never stop exploring, be open-minded and embrace your experiences.
A: Many employers are looking for individuals with international experience, which shows cultural awareness and an ability to work effectively with people from different backgrounds. Studying abroad also sets one apart because it shows the drive to try new things and confidence to experience them. I had the chance to study abroad three times and got my master’s abroad, which led to the career path I’m on today.
A: My professor during graduate school invited me to attend the eighth anniversary of Korea’s former president Kim Dae-Jung’s Nobel Peace Prize, which was an exclusive event. I got to participate during the event and address questions to the panel in front of 1,000 people and the media. I was even introduced to the president and got to shake his hand. This event happened during finals week and I was a bit worried at first because it took time away from studying, but it’s experiences like this that I cherish and remember to this day and not my final exam papers.
Countries visited: UK (England & Scotland), France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, Egypt, El Salvador, Mexico, India
A: I think the student’s goal(s) help frame the process. Factors that I will discuss with a student when choosing a program or location include academics (What do you want to study, and where is the best location to study it?), career aspirations (Do we have any programs in countries or cities that are known for that field or industry?), destination (Is there any specific location you would like to go to for any reason: interest, family, etc.), and so on.
A: Be intentional, open-minded and wary of expectations. First, pursue your study abroad goals with purpose and you are more likely to have a very fruitful experience. Second, sometimes, students can be fixated on one concept or idea, when there may be better options. Goals are a good start, but exploring various options is also important. Third, with expectations, I have always had the best experiences because I was never expecting anything. I think that comes with having an open mind and heart, and letting things unfold naturally on their own.
A: Studying abroad is life changing from start to finish. From my experience, the path to studying abroad took maturity, responsibility, organization, flexibility, and adaptability. If I did not have those traits well-developed at the beginning, I definitely developed it along the way. When I returned from studying abroad, I had better cross-communication skills, multicultural competency, problem-solving skills, language skills, and confidence. Much of who I am today as a person and a professional is because of my study abroad experience.Can you share a memorable experience from your studies abroad?
A: I studied abroad when I was an undergraduate student, and my major was English Education with an emphasis in Theater Arts. One of the courses that I needed for my major was Shakespeare. I planned it so that I could take it abroad while studying in London. Not only did I get to study Shakespeare’s work in England for credit towards my degree, but I got to visit Stratford upon Avon (Shakespeare’s hometown and burial site), watch his plays at The Globe Theater, and even stand on the stage of The Globe, which was really cool. What I loved about my study abroad experience was being able to take my learning outside of the classroom.
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