uncw office of
international progams

Our mailing address is:
Office of International Programs
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403-5965

You may also contact us by:
Phone: 910-962-3685
Fax: 910-962-4053
Email: studyabroad@uncw.edu

Study abroad ambassadors and international students in front of trolly

Study Abroad Ambassadors

If you wish to speak with these ambassadors about their experiences, you can contact them directly through the provided link or email us at studyabroad@uncw.edu and we will put you in touch.

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Ghana

Kristen Bowman

Univ. of Ghana
Fall 2013

Choosing to study in abroad in Ghana was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I fell in love with the stunning West African country, with its islands, savanna, beaches, mountains, villages, cities...and warm weather! You're going to learn so much about yourself and other cultures if you venture out of your comfort zone and take the opportunity to explore. Studying abroad has been the adventure and experience of a lifetime.

South Africa

Kelsey Callahan

Tourism in South Africa-Faculty-Led
Summer 2013

South Africa has many different cultures so you truly get a one of a kind experience. It's also home to a vast array of landscapes. You have the option to go on a safari one day, hike Table Mountain the next day, and then you could even surf some of the world’s best waves with an amazing view of the mountains in front of you.

George Daniel

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Fall 2013

Spending a semester with the amaXhosa in the Eastern Cape of South Africa presented me with the chance to interact with the native culture, which gave me new perspectives about my own culture and others around the globe. The single-most important lesson a study abroad student should learn is how to view the culture from the eyes of one who belongs to it.

Nathan D'Domenicus

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Spring 2013

South Africa is an intense melting pot of not only cultures, but of languages, races, landscapes, animals and wildlife, and haves and have nots. I left not only with connections to one country or area, but with relationships formed with people from many places around the globe and knowledge gained about the complexity of the international world just as much as that of South Africa.

Morgan Grendahl
Morgan Grendahl
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Spring 2013
South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. With eleven official languages and a vast array of landscapes, South Africa has one of the most diverse cultures in the world. Being in South Africa will give you the opportunity to try experiences you can't do anywhere else - go on a safari, climb Table Mountain, eat kudu and warthog, pet a lion, cage dive with great white sharks and more!
Melissa Whaling
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Spring 2013
The exchange program at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa is an ideal program for those who love nature, animals, and adventure. The culture and history that Africa has to offer made my experience abroad wonderful and fulfilling. I can say with confidence that I made the best choice to study in Africa, and my life has changed because of it.

AMERICAS

Chile

Ciera Ames
Chile 2012 Summer Study Abroad, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
You should study abroad to expand your view of the world no matter what subject you are studying or where you intend to study. You learn lessons abroad that could never be duplicated in a classroom.
Cierra Caulder
Chile 2012 Summer Study Abroad, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
I spent five weeks in Chile and it was the most amazing experience in my life. I enjoyed every minute of it. I experienced another culture first hand and fell in love with the country and the language. You should study abroad because it is truly a life changing experience.
Abby Daniel
Pontificia Univ. Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
Fall 2013
Pontificia Univ. Católica de Valparaíso in Chile is a wonderful university with lots to offer. The school has great professors and students who are willing to reach out to exchange students to make them feel welcome. Chile is the perfect place to study abroad because it is rich in culture and it has so much to do and see. Right between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean (and with Patagonia in the south), there is a never ending amount of traveling to be done and new places to visit
Maria Malczyn
Maria Malczyn
Chile Summer Abroad-Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Chile greatly improved my Spanish skills. Seeing first-hand the way of life in another country was amazing and made me want to learn more about the cultural differences between many other countries in the Spanish speaking world. I could talk for hours about all of the great times I had on my study abroad trip. I absolutely loved my time in Chile and everyday since have been wishing I could return; there is nothing better than experiencing a new way of life first hand.
Jennifer Page
Chile Summer Abroad-Faculty-Led
Summer 2013

There are a lot of reasons I recommend studying abroad in Chile. First of all, your level of Spanish will improve just from spending time there. Besides, it's such a wonderful place - the people and the country are so amazing! It's so great that it's difficult to sum it up in a few sentences.

Katherine Slayton
Chile 2013 Summer Study Abroad, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
I do not think that I could find words sufficient enough to describe my time abroad in Chile, but what I can say is this: You will not only get to experience one of the most beautiful and dynamic cultures in the world, but you will also discover strengths and abilities in yourself that you never thought were possible. I hope that you will go and take in every opportunity, experience, and adventure that awaits you there!
Carynne Spalding
Chile 2012 Summer Study Abroad, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
Chile has it all. You can go hiking in the mountains or take a walk on the beach all in the same day. It is a great place to learn/practice Spanish because once you learn 'Chilean' Spanish you should be able to understand almost anyone!
Celia Trifilio
Pontificia Univ. Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
Spring 2013
If you are looking for an extremely fun, carefree and loving group of people, study abroad in Chile. Chile is a long country that has a vast variety of environments, from the beautiful Andes mountains starting in Patagonia up to the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. It's also entirely lined with beaches and coast line for some relaxing days and fun seafood choices!

Costa Rica

Kassandra Infante
Veritas Univ., ISA
Summer 2013
Costa Rica is a great place to study abroad because the culture is enriching and the people are extremely friendly. Not to mention, Costa Rica's biodiversity is remarkable and the combination of mountains and beaches is breathtaking and incomparable. I would encourage every student to find adventure in the least-expected places.
Ashley Matlock
Culture Immersion in a Latino Culture-Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Costa Rica is a great place to study abroad because the country really has something for everyone. There are a lot of outdoor adventure activities, like zip-lining, and educational opportunities like museums, theaters, and farms. Plus, the people of Costa Rica are friendly and do everything they can to make you feel welcome in their home.
Amanda Weisenreider
Culture Immersion in a Latino Culture- Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries that I have ever visited. The food is amazing and the people are so kind and friendly to everyone. They have a way of life that will rub off on you and make you want to change for the better. Pura Vida!

Dominican Republic

Adam Laughter
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), ISA-Santiago
Fall 2013
My study abroad experience was nothing short of incredible because of the people and the culture I was able to experience. I would definitely encourage future study abroad students to get involved in the community in some way. It doesn't have to be much but you will gain much more of a cultural experience if you are actually working side by side with someone from their country of choice.

 Ecuador

Alexandra Bouchard
Univ. San Francisco de Quito
Spring 2013
I spent a wonderful semester in Ecuador where I had the opportunity to see Ecuadorian beaches, hike the Andes Mountains, and spend some time in the Amazon Rainforest - all without leaving the country! I also got to live with a host family, where my sixteen year-old host sister taught me how to use Ecuadorian slang and my host mom helped me perfect my Spanish. It was great!

ASIA

China

Samantha Black
China Summer Abroad- Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
I loved being in China because I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone - and I learned so much from it! I remember walking around a Beijing night market where I saw everything from sea urchins to scorpion on chopsticks; I even tried eating a tarantula myself! China was full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I'll never forget.
Farah Mohiuddin
Summer Abroad Program in Bejing, China, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012

China is unlike the Western world in many ways, making it a very new and enriching place to experience. It is full of significant landmarks, bustling cities and friendly people that all melded together to make my study abroad experience in China one of the best months of my life.

Evan Rodriguez
Summer Abroad Program in Bejing, China, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012

Studying and traveling through out China provided a culturally diverse experience that I never could have fathomed before. From the laid back alley shop lifestyles to the bustling ever-growing city centres, there was nothing more amazing than having the opportunity to completely immerse myself in the Chinese culture.

EUROPE

Czech Republic

Karla Berrios
Masaryk Univ., ISA
Spring 2013
During my semester in the Czech Republic I had the opportunity to take most of my courses in Central European studies. Since I am a history major, it was a fascinating experience to learn about the extensive regional history from the perspective of professors and students from the region itself. I also got to make friends from over 40 different countries and travel all over Europe.

France

Katherine Bellus
Euromed/Summer on the Mediterranean- Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Marseille, France was everything that I expected it to be and more. It was a life changing experience, not only was I able to experience the French culture and language, but I was able to grow as a person and open my eyes to what else the world has to offer. Being able to adapt into a completely new culture and enjoying all of the field trips and activities that were planned during the trip was such an amazing thing to experience. I would highly recommend it
Courtney Cutting
Courtney Cutting
Summer on the Mediterranean- Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Marseille, France allowed me to grow up as a person and opened up my eyes to what beautiful wonders the world offers. I was able to discover myself after experiencing a culture other than my own. I was not bored once during my study abroad trip.
Lahna Harper
Summer on the Mediterranean- Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad Marseille, France over the summer was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I experienced authentic fishing villages, subway/metro systems, French culture and cuisine, and, most importantly the friendships I established while over there are among the most enriching.I would encourage everyone to study abroad because you will see the world through a kaleidoscope of beauty.
Chloe Killian
Summer on the Mediterranean-Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Summer in Marseille offers a great chance to be immersed in French culture and language. Learning how to adapt to a new environment and country is a valuable skill for everyone!
Jackson Mahaley
Kedge Business School
Fall 2013
You should study abroad in Marseille, France because it is almost a polar opposite of Wilmington, North Carolina. Kedge business school is in a city over ten times the size of Wilmington, nestled in the middle of a national park on the side of a mountain. You will have opportunities to travel, go swimming and cliff jumping in the Mediterranean, meet people from all over the planet and, at the same time, take classes that give you real life experience. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and a learning experience unlike anything you have ever done before. It was, hands down, the best part of my college career.
Morgan McLeaf
Travel Writing in Paris, Faculty-Led
Spring 2012
You should study abroad in Paris because although there are a lot of similarities to life in the United States, the subtle differences are what make the experience so exciting and educational. Many of the locals speak English, and as long as you attempt to ask them questions in French, most of them are more than happy to help you! France also has a lot of art museums and the history of the city that is awesome to check out!
Ryan Qualliotine
Paris The NC Consortium Program
Spring 2013

Studying abroad in Paris will help you create some of the fondest memories of your life so far. The beautiful language and culture that are waiting there will inspire you, and the possibility of opportunities to learn and get involved there are endless. Paris has a charm like no other city in the world and it can only be experienced if you go!

Erin Taylor

KEDGE Business School
Summer 2013

Studying abroad gives you the oppotunity to learn about yourself and open your eyes to the various cultures in the world. I had the oppotunity to travel so much around France and the surrounding European countries. Last summer was unforgettable and I encourage everyone to study abroad for any length of time possible

Courtney Thaxton
Summer on the Mediterranean, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
In my opinion, the Summer in Marseille program is one of the best abroad trips UNCW has to offer! You get to visit the Mediterranean coast in the middle of summer, travel around Europe with 50 of UNCW's most amazing students, and your abroad school has students who help guide you through your whole journey while you are in France. This trip is short enough to not scare you away, but long enough to change your life.
Samantha White
Summer on the Mediterranean, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying in Spain was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did I improve my Spanish, but I also was given the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of new cultural experiences while abroad. I would recommend that all students take the time to step out of tourist zones on their study abroad trips and really take the time to get to know a little about the culture and history of the place they are studying abroad.
Andraya Zelle
Summer on the Mediterranean, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
Marseille allows you to witness the everyday lives of the people who live there. Never did I feel uncomfortable there, it became my home. I always looked forward to returning after a weekend trip.

Germany

Connor Belicic
Hochschule Bremen
Spring 2013
During my semester in Bremen, I learned a lot about myself and what it takes to be open minded towards new situations. I also got to be a part of a unique community that's centered around core values of friendliness, safety and social gatherings.
David Hall
AIB Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad is a very good way to get out of your comfort zone and grow as a person. It also allow syou to make lifelong friends you may not have otherwise come across. At the end of the trip, when we were saying our goodbyes, I was genuinly sad and realized how much of an impact these people had made on my life and helped me grow
Jacob Loftis
Jacob Loftis
Business in Bremen, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
Studying abroad in Germany is a great experience and something you truly will never forget. For someone who has never been outside the country, Germany is ideal since its culture has many similarities to the United States. You are challenged to understand German culture, and taking this challenge is a fun and rewarding adventure.
Mary Wallace
Mary Wallace
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Univ. Hannover, ISEP
Fall, Spring 2012
Studying abroad is the one of the most unique experiences you will ever receive. It is simply understated until it is experienced.You will learn so much not only about different cultures and people, but about yourself as well. I would highly recommend it!

Ireland

Sam Athey

Samantha Athey
National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth
Spring 2013
Studying in Maynooth, Ireland for the Spring was amazing because not only did I get to explore Ireland, but also other parts of Europe - I took advantage of every vacation I had! Ireland was also great because the people were warm and welcoming, I got to take all my classes in English, and, most importantly, have a lot of fun!
Ashley Pavlick
Ashley Pavlick
Dublin City Univ., CIEE
Spring 2013
Studying abroad in Ireland is one of best decisions I have made during my college experience! The Irish countryside was the most gorgeous scenery I saw throughout my travels, and the people there are wonderful. I went through CIEE, which provided field trips throughout the semester to make sure students had the opportunity to see the country and experience real Ireland. I was challenged academically while having the chance to experience Irish culture and live the Irish lifestyle!
Heather Slice
Heather Slice
Univ. of Limerick, AIFS
Summer 2012
Ireland is a great place to study abroad if you are not proficient in another language but are interested in being immersed in another culture. It is similar enough to the U.S. in many ways, but it is also very different in others.

Italy

Katelyn Cochrane
Katelyn Cochrane
American Univ. of Rome, ISA
Fall 2013
Studying abroad in Rome Italy was the most amazing experience of my life. ISA planned great trips all over Italy, which allowed me to really make Italy feel like home. In addition to seeing Italy, Rome's central location in Europe allowed for great access to many other European countries. I fell in love with Italy and am completely confident that anyone else who chooses to study here would also fall in love with the beauty and history that is Italy.

Skylar Gosnell

Skylar Gosnell
CEA Global Campus: Florence, CEA
Fall 2012
Studying abroad in Italy is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is a beautiful country with a rich history and amazingly friendly people. Plus, Italy is the perfect location for traveling to other countries and seeing all the diverse and unique cultures Europe has to offer!
Rachel Spurrier
Rachel Spurrier
Florence Univ. of the Arts, ISA
Spring 2013
Italy is a country with SO much history, plus a culture that is much different than what Americans believe it to be. Each town you travel to has its own story, its own cathedral, and its own unique feel. Italy is truly a place where one will never stop learning and is able to experience a culture and lifestyle different from their own.

Spain

LynAnne Anderson
LynAnne Anderson
Ubeda Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Spending the summer in Ubeda, Spain gave me one of the most important and enriching parts of my study abroad experience - living with a host family. I not only got to see Ubeda and other parts of Spain as a local, but also was able to fully immerse myself in the culture and language.
Lauren Barkley
Lauren Barkley
Ubeda Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Living with a host family in Ubeda, Spain for the summer was probably my favorite part of my experience. My Spanish improved so much in just a summer, plus I got to see a bunch of amazing sights in southern Spain.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown
Univ. of Deusto, ISA
Spring 2013
My experiences in Bilbao changed my life. I spent the semester making the most incredible friendships that could never be replaced - all in Spanish! It was the most enriching and rewarding feeling to talk about politics, crack jokes, tell secrets, and simply converse in a language other than my mother tongue.
Hannah Goodman
Hannah Goodman
Ubeda Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Ubeda, Spain is the perfect opportunity to improve your Spanish, learn about Spanish and European culture, travel, and gain independence and global experience. Ubeda is ideal for studying Spanish because it is a small town with little influence from English culture, allowing students full exposure to the Spanish culture. At the same time, students are able to travel around Spain as a part of the pre-organized program during the weekends.
Shannon Gallagher
Shannon Gallagher
ISA Universidad de Sevilla
Spring 2013
Studying abroad in Sevilla gave me the best Spanish experience I could ask for. I improved my Spanish skills more than I could ask for and got to see so much of the local culture. Sevilla is the perfect sized city for studying abroad. I really got to know the city, but it was large enough that I never got bored.
Clare Green
Clare Green
ISA Universidad de Sevilla
Fall 2013
You should study abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain because not only are the spanish people the nicest and most generous people, but the ISA staff in Sevilla is extremely helpful, fun, and made my experience the best it could be. Studying abroad with this program in Spain made me fall in love with the spanish culture all while making me a more independent and open person. I am counting down the days until I get to go back to Sevilla!
Rebecca Horton
Rebecca Horton
Florida State Univ., Valencia Study Center
Spring 2013
Studying abroad will not only broaden your horizons, but it will more importantly contribute to learning more about yourself. While immersing yourself in a different culture and going completely out of your comfort zone, you are forced to take risks and learn who you are without your life-long friends and family by your side.

Nicole Markowski

Nicole Markowski
Univ. of Granada, ISA
Spring 2013
Spain is an incredible country that is so diverse and culturally rich. There are many opportunities to travel and experience all that Spain has to offer. The people are all so friendly, they make you feel like a part of their culture.

Annabel Maschal

Annabel Maschal
Ubeda, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
You should study abroad in Spain because of the relationships you build throughout the experience. The teachers that came with the UNCW students were from UNCW and acted like our friends, our parents, and our professors. Along with the teachers and united group of students, the host families in Spain were very accomodating and extremely spirited, which made the experience a lot more light hearted and fun

Maya Memolo

Maya Memolo
Univ. of Granada, ISA
Fall, Spring 2012
You should study abroad in Granada, Spain because it has every opportunity to offer you as you start a whole new chapter of your life. Its rich in different cultures and has memories waiting to be made. With beach, mountains, and music, how can you say no?

Sarah Odum

Sarah Odum
Universidad de Barcelona, ISA
Fall 2013
The experiences I've had abroad have shaped me into a new person with much more knowledge about the world. The perspectives that I have gained on life will guide me in every aspect of my future. Studying abroad expands your mind and exposes you to further corners of the world
Emily Sena
Semester in Santander UNC Charlotte, UNC Charlotte
Fall 2011
Santander, Spain was a perfect town for study abroad. Its location on the coast offers both beaches and mountains. The town's size made me feel like I was part of a close-knit community. Not many people spoke English, which greatly helped me to improve my Spanish skills. Many of the locals ended up being some of my best friends.
Jennifer Serano
Univ. of Valencia, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
While abroad, I experienced a plethora of enriching experiences,but nothing made more of an impression on me than immersing myself in the Spanish culture. You cannot go wrong studying abroad in such a beautiful country like Spain. The people, culture, and aura provide a pleasant environment to make lifetime memories and unforgettable experiences

Lyla Stanland

Lyla Stanland
CIEE Study Abroad
Fall 2013
You should study abroad in Sevilla because it is a beautiful city, with culture and history around every corner, perfect for any adventurer. The Cathedral, Real Alcazar, Plaza de Espana and La Giralda are just a few of the incredible sights that you will experience in Sevilla, not to mention, walk by every day on yoru way to class. Anyone looking to learn Spanish and the culture of Spain will be enthralled by the everlasting charm of what I feel is the most wonderful city in Spain

Carla Stauder

Carla Stauder
Antonio de Nebrija Univ., ISA
Summer 2013
You should study abroad because there's no other experience like it. I had the time of my life!

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson
Ubeda Spain Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
In Spain, I took courses in a small town that enabled me to converse in Spanish as well as experience the local customs, such as siestas. On the weekends, I traveled to big cities and had the opportunity to visit the major national landmarks. I was then able to return to my amazing host family and familiar surroundings of a small town.

Mark Townsend

Mark Townsend
Semester in Santander, UNC Charlotte
Spring 2013
Spain is full of vibrant, passionate, beautiful people. When you go there with an open mind, it becomes your home and the people become your family. There are endless opportunities from city life and shopping in Barcelona, to hiking the Picos de Europa. I have no regrets from my time there except that I did not stay longer.

Mallori Vesely

Mallori Vesely
Ubeda Spain Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Spain is a great choice because you get to experience a lively, welcoming, caring people who will make you feel like one of the family. You will get to live like a true Spaniard, eating traditional authentic Spanish cuisine, experiencing flamenco shows in hidden gypsy caves. You will even get the chance to create a loving, life-long bond with a host family.

Nicole West

Nicole West
Ubeda Spain Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Most people know that Spain is a beautiful, historically significant country, but there's so much more to it than that. Úbeda was a small town with amazing people that helped me immerse myself in the language and culture, and all the traveling we did let us experience everything that Spain has to offer. I would definitely recommend this program to other UNCW students.

Kayla Work

Kayla Work
Ubeda Spain Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
You should study abroad in Ubeda, Spain because it's not about just going to another country, it's much more than that. You will learn a different way of living while you are there. Ubeda is such a wonderful location because you will be fully immersed and will hardly ever hear any English which definitely made me a better Spanish speaker! I would encourage someone to just step out of their shell and just do it becuase it's such a rewarding opportunity

Clair White

Clair White
Antonio de Nebrija Univ., ISA
Summer 2013
Studying in Spain was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did I improve my Spanish, but I also was given the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of new cultural experiences while abroad. I would recommend that all students take the time to step out of tourist zones on their study abroad trips and really take the time to get to know a little about the culture and history of the place they are studying abroad.

Ashley Wood

Ashley Wood
Ubeda Spain Summer Program, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
I would encourage anyone to study abroad in Ubeda, Spain, because the town is the perfect host city. It is small enough to easily focus on your studies while also making it simple to meet and interact with other Spanish students. The people are welcoming and friendly, and the town, in combination with your host family, makes returning to Ubeda after a weekend visit to a much larger city seem like coming home. I will always have a second home in Ubeda.

Sweden

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson
Univ. of Gothenburg
Spring 2013
Sweden is one of the most welcoming countries in the world. You can explore a different language while still taking courses English.

United Kingdom- England

Amber Blackton

Amber Blackton
Univ. of Plymouth, ISEP
Fall, Spring 2012
As an elementary ed major, studying in Plymouth was a great experience. I got the chance to work in a Primary School there where I saw the differences in the educational systems and how open and accepting they were. I loved my university courses, and was able to learn so much not only about the local culture, but about myself.
Natasha Chamberlain
Keele Univ.
Fall 2013
Everyone should study abroad because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will never forget! The people you meet will make a lasting impression. No matter where you travel you will be able to make friends that are in the same situation. You will create memories that you can share with family and friends. Everyone should study abroad no matter your circumstances
Sarah Choi
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2012
Regardless of where you choose to study abroad, these destinations will become lifetime memories. This is the time of your life to seek adventure and still have the opportunity to learn as a college student. Even though I was in an English speaking country, the differences were vast enough to become humbled by. The world seems so small at times... and then you study abroad.
kellydahlheimer
Roehampton Univ.
Fall 2012
Studying at Roehampton was awesome because it was so easy and to travel to locations all over Europe. While abroad I went to eight countries on weekend trips. My university was also unique because it is the only campus university in London, which makes it feel a bit more like home (UNCW).

Kathleen Doughty

Kathleen Doughty
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in London gave me the opportunity to travel all around Europe, and it let me gain first hand insight about a culture so similar to, yet very different from the ones here in the United States. After my time there, I came back with a much more mature mindset about life.

Irene Fobe

Irene Fobe
Univ. of Southampton
Spring 2013
You should study abroad at the university of Southampton in England because you get a really good taste of hands-on marine biology. You get to go out on boats and do field work, not to mention professors grade you as if your were an actual published scientist. It is challenging, but the rewards of experiencing another culture make it more than worth it. I promise that if you go to Southampton, you will have an amazing time!

Lauren Gurganus

Lauren Gurganus
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
England definitely offers the best of both worlds: You get to have the foreign country experience by adapting to the transportation, foods, and lifestyle of the people, all while feeling like you're not so far away from home. If anyone were to ask me why they should study abroad, my answer would be this: it's the kind of experience that will change your life forever!
jeffreyhughs
Roehampton Univ.
Fall 2012
I loved being in a place that had a huge diversity of people. Being able to travel from one country to another in an easier fashion also was a plus, and enabled me take time to explore at my own pace.

Andrew King

Andrew King
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
England is an incredible study abroad destination! You can immerse yourself in a new culture with an amazing history.
kierstenlamb
Roehampton Univ.
Fall 2012
London is one of the most culturally enriching cities in the world. There really is something for everyone. From museums, tourist attractions, the theatre, nightlife, and dining, you really can experience it all.

Kristin Laughon

Kristin Laughon
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2013
Hertfordshire provided everything I could have possibly wanted in a study abroad program. Living on campus allowed me to meet new people and create a sort of family with them throughout the semester. Not to mention there is an awesome fitness center, restaurants, pubs and even places to go out at night - all within walking distance. To get to the heart of London, it was an easy 15 minute train ride to King's Cross. Hertfordshire provided not only a semester I will never forget, but helped connect friendships that will last forever.

Stephanie Litman

Stephanie Litman
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
England was incredible! It was an interesting country to visit with such a rich history. There were many different places to explore.

Abigail Moody

Abigail Moody
Keele Univ.
Fall 2013
Keele University captures England's lively spirit! You will get to meet people from all over the world and of course British folks as well. By immersing yourself in this new culture you get to experience so many new things. Plus, you will get to travel all over Europe while living in England. I have made life-long friends and everlasting memories

Kathryn Nance

Kathryn Nance
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
My program set in Hatfield was an ideal location. It was close enough to London to visit after class, but far enough outside of the city to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

Michelle Olechovsky

Michelle Olechovsky
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad is an amazing experience to be apart of; you not only learn and adapt to another culture, but you grow in ways unimaginable. I learned so much about myself by going abroad. My experience of studying abroad has made me more independent and more accepting of others as well. I cannot imagine my college experience without it. If you are given the chance to go abroad, take it!
Amanda Peed
Amanda Peed
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2012
Studying abroad in England allows you to experience an entirely new way of life while being surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The locals are friendly and eager to show you their lifestyle and teach you all about their rich history. England's location also makes it convenient to travel to other places throughout Europe.

Meghan Potter

Meghan Potter
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
My summer at the Uni. of Hertfordshire was amazing - exploring London with a group is one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had. Whether we were finding a place to enjoy dinner, or going to Buckingham Palace the day after the royal baby was born, navigating the area was very enriching. Being without a parent in a far away country is an experience not many have encountered yet. With study abroad, any student has the chance to travel to a place they have never been. The freedom to do whatever you want is in your hands!

Samantha Rouse

Samantha Rouse
Roehampton Univ.
Summer 2013
Roehampton is a fairly small university; which gives students the ability to get involved in close-knit societies and groups. You will also be given the opportunity to join the Social Program, which is student led and includes excursions to many famous, as well as unfamiliar locations around the United Kingdom. Due to the diversity of the student and professor population on-campus, class discussions will help you learn about many different cultures and points-of-view.
Erica Schoppe
Erica Schoppe
Roehampton Univ.
Summer 2013

Roehampton University feels like a small University right in the middle of London. London was an amazing opportunity because I got to experience what it was like to live in a foreign country and city without feeling like I was too far away from America.

United Kingdom- Scotland

Chris Cantrell

Christopher Cantrell
Univ. of Stirling
Fall, Spring 2012
Because I lived in Scotland, I found myself always mesmerized by the landscape and history of the country. It was an amazing experience that really expanded my knowledge of the deep history of the country, as well as allowing me to see the splendor that the country had to offer. I think Scotland is the perfect place for someone who wants to explore, but isn't quite sure where to go or what they would want to do.

Caleb Stewart

Caleb Stewart
Univ. of Stirling
Summer 2013
Scotland is, without a doubt, the single most beautiful place I have witnessed in this world. Surrounded by fascinating history that draws back centuries upon centuries, you can simultaneously immerse yourself in all the modern pursuits of both science and arts. And, while it's surely foreign and new to an American student, there is an undoubtable feeling of being at home among its hills, lochs, castles, and ancient cities.
williamsquires
Univ. of Stirling
Fall 2012
Scotland is an invaluable experience. You are able to see cultural differences even in places where we speak the same language. Seeing the juxtaposition of ancient customs and very progressive ideals is an opportunity to widen your vision of the world that you know.

United Kingdom- Wales

John Gibson

John Gibson
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2013
Why should you study abroad in Swansea? So you can take me with you when you go! Just kidding. But in all seriousness, Swansea is an excellent location for studying abroad; they have an excellent school for engineering, some of the most beautiful national parks in the UK, and most of all, the chance to make some amazing friends.

Brittany Hayes

Brittany Hayes
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2013
Wales is a beautiful place that has everything you would want in a study abroad destination. It's small size allows you to get the total experience of Welsh culture and beauty. It can be truly inspiring.
Calyn Ranieri
Calyn Ranieri
Swansea Univ.
Fall 2013
You should study abroad in Swansea, Wales because only in such a small town could you immerse yourself into British life and feel the authenticity of the people, buildings, food, and atmosphere around you. Swansea was the friendliest, most fun, enriching, and exciting place to call home base while traveling and studying in Europe.

Robin Reeves

Robin Reeves
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2013
Studying abroad is one of the best things you can do to take your education to the next level. Take advantage of it while you have the chance. Being able to learn, experience a new culture, and travel the world will give you memories that will last a lifetime.

Mollie Selfridge

Mollie Selfridge
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2013
Swansea University was the perfect fit for me; the city and school were not too big, but not too small either. Students there definitely have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world due to their great international program! This location also has plentiful natural beauty with hiking trails and beaches, as well as a fun city life.

Roxy Simons

Roxy Leigh Simons
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2013
Swansea, Wales was the perfect place for me to study abroad because it introduced me to a new culture and language; however, everyone also spoke English, so I didn't feel completely lost. Swansea is surrounded by both scenic mountains and a beautiful beach, and is also located in a way that makes traveling to other countries so easy! Swansea truly is a home away from home.

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Australia

Mary Blackwelder

Mary Blackwelder
Univ. of Western Sydney
Spring 2013
While studying in Sydney, I was able to have so many great adventures and make lifelong friends. I loved climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, which made me put aside any fear of heights I may have had and climb to the very top, where the view of the city was breath taking. Taking memories like these back home to the US have become some of the best souveniers I have.
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Lori Bulpett
Univ. of Newcastle
Fall 2012
I don't think there is a better location in all of Australia! Newcastle is amazing; it has beautiful beaches, a clean and unique city, and some of the nicest people I have ever met. Even half a world away from everything I knew, I never felt lonely. Every day offered a new, unforgettable experience. You will return with lifelong friends, great memories, and tremendous growth as an individual and traveler!

Chelsea Diedrich

Chelsea Diedrich
Coral Bay: Marine Science of Australia's West Cost, GlobaLinks
Summer 2013
I loved studying abroad in Australia - the land was gorgeous, wildlife was fascinating, and the people were all extremely friendly. Their culture seemed to be very similar to ours, and I made friendships that will last for a very long time. I learned so much in such a short amount of time, and will hopefully be able to visit again in the future.

Madison Dunning

Madison Dunning
Univ. of Wollongong
Fall 2013
Australia is absolutely one of the most fun, dynamic, and beautiful places in the world. At the University of Wollongong, you'll fall in love with the blue waters of North Gong beach, the view at the top of Mt. Kiera, Sydney and the Blue Mountains just a train ride away, the friendly Aussie culture, and much more. I made BEST friends from around the globe, and learned more than I thought possible during this amazing experience that I'll never forget
Alexander Fisher
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2012
Study abroad at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia provides access to the most diverse reef system in the world (Great Barrier Reef). The university provides cultural diversity and personal cultural enrichment. The campus location lies amongst the beauty of the Australian dry tropics and all of the wildlife within it.

Kiera Googins

Kiera Googins
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2013
I studied abroad in both Germany and Australia. Both were absolutely amazing and I would recommend everyone to study abroad! You learn so much about yourself, other people, other cultures, and your own country; plus you make life-long friends from around the world.

Kelly Lazarczyk

Kelly Lazarczyk
James Cook Univ.
Fall 2013
Studying marine biology at the Great Barrier Reef was a once in a lifetime opportunity. There were so many hands-on projects I got to be a part of at University, and living with Aussies provided a great insight into their culture. During my time abroad I was not only able to travel around Australia, but also other countries in Oceania while making lasting friendships with other students from around the world.
Michelle MacKay
Edge of the Outback: Photography in Australia
Summer 2012
You should study abroad in Australia because it is perfect for travel. The country has everything you could want. The beaches are beautiful and there are gorgeous mountain ranges. Not only is the location amazing, but the people are entertaining and welcoming.

Kyle Magaliff

Kyle Magaliff
Univ. of Wollongong, GlobaLinks
Spring 2013
Living in Australia is a beautiful experience. You can explore the outback, swim through the Great Barrier Reef, and get lost in the cities. I loved experiencing the laid back life of Australia and I grew so much through this experience.

Erica Malpass

Erica Malpass
Univ. of Canberra
Spring 2013
In picking Canberra as your study abroad location, you will live in the wonderful capital of Australia and be able to enjoy a city feel, while still achieving a country life. It may not be located in the tropics of Australia, but Canberra is the perfect place to visit in order to learn about the rich history of Australia, and make friendships to last a lifetime. I couldn't have picked a better place to have my life changing experience.

Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2013
James Cook University is an amazing place that has so much to offer. There are many cultural differences that allow for lots of growth and new experiences.

Tara Odams

Tara Odams
Australia: A Comparative Study of Culture, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Australia has the most unique and beautiful scenery and wildlife - it just can't be seen anywhere else. Australia opened my eyes to a whole new culture and landscape.

Marissa Prosser

Marissa Prosser
Australian Indigenous Studies, GlobaLinks
Summer 2013
I spend my summer in Australia doing the Australian Indigenous Studies program, which was absolutely amazing. I got to learn about another culture in a very hands-on manner. The class took many study related field trips that really opened my eyes and allowed me to see some of the most beautiful sites Australia has to offer. I was able to learn a lot while having a lot of fun!

McKenzie Randall

McKenzie Randall
Australia: A Comparative Study of Culture
Summer 2013
Australia is the most beautiful place I have ever visited. It is a dynamic country with extremely friendly people and a safe atmosphere. It is great for someone who wants to go abroad but may not be ready to take on a foreign language speaking country

Summer Saunders

Summer Saunders
Australia: A Comparative Study of Culture, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Australia is THE place to study abroad because of the multi-culturalism, endless opportunities for adventures of all kinds, and the ease of student travel. In one day you can see the rainforest, the great barrier reef, a tropical gorge, kangaroos, koalas, and an aboriginal homestead. Going to Australia will broaden your view of life further than it has ever gone!

Michael Spath

Michael Spath
Univ. of Western Sydney
Fall 2013
At UWS, classes are more hands on and engaging, which contributes to more effective learning and a personal connection with your teacher and classmates. It's one of the newest campuses and is just a short train/bus ride out of the city so there is plenty to do and it's easy to travel. There are lots of activities on campus. I am privileged enough to call people from all over the world my friends. By taking advantage of all the events and opportunities, you will meet heaps of people and gain the experience of a lifetime

Oceann Stanley

Oceann Stanley
Australia: A Comparative Study of Culture, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Australia is a beautiful country full of rich history, similar to our own, but it's interesting to see how cultures so similar can have so many differences. Their wildlife and landscapes are breathtaking. I promise it's worth it.

Kendall Stetson

Kendall Stetson
Univ. of Newcastle
Spring 2013
I studied abroad in Australia and, for me, the most interesting and enriching part was meeting people from all different cultural backgrounds. I got to live and experience culture all the way from Saudi Arabian to Indian, Malaysian, New Zealand and, of course, Australian. I would advise a future study abroad student to get the same enriching experience by going outside their comfort zone even further than they already have and trying to participate in a lot of social activities so they can have the chance to experience all different kinds of people and make some lifelong friends like I did.

Samantha Sutzko

Samantha Sutzko
Curtin Univ. of Technology
Fall 2013
Perth, Australia is an absolutely beautiful mix of beach and city life. When in Perth- even though they say it is the most isolated city in Australia- there is access to other amazing cities along the coast of Australia and other countries, such as Indonesia or Thailand, which were also a blast to visit! Everyone there, including other foreign exchange students, were so welcoming and excited to meet new people. The native Australians just took you under their wings and it was the most amazing experience I could have asked for.

Lauren Waters

Lauren Waters
Univ. of Newcastle
Spring 2013
The University of Newcastle located in Newcastle, Australia is an amazing choice for anyone looking for access to a great education in the midst of a beautiful country full of adventures waiting to be had! UoN is extremely welcoming to International students, and the campus is set up on a gorgeous jungle-like reserve. The city of Newcastle allows access to some of the most amazing travel experiences that Australia has to offer! From the wine tours of the Hunter Valley, to the scenic drive of the Great Ocean Road, the unparalleled diversity of the Great Barrier Reef, and the stunning sights of the Sydney Harbor, you won't want to leave the land down under!

Camila Wells

Camila Wells
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2013
Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and rain forests in the world. There is so much to see and learn about in this new country that you will find yourself wanting to stay even longer, as I did. Australia is perfect for people who want to study abroad in an English-speaking country because it's familiar enough to feel comfortable, yet different enough that you will learn something new every day and make enough memories to last a lifetime.

New Zealand

Christian Cook

Christian Cook
Univ. of Waikato
Spring 2013
Travelling to a country approximately 8,400 miles away, I had to leave my comfort zone, my friends, and my family behind to enter a whole new world of experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life. From jumping off cable cars into canyons, snowboarding on active volcanoes, surfing amazing waves on deserted beaches, and road tripping across an incredibly welcoming country, my time in New Zealand is something I'll never forget.

 Multi-Country

Erica Delaney

Erica Delaney
Semester at Sea
Spring 2013

Semester at sea widens your global perspective like none other. This experience allows you to see first-hand accounts of multiple cultures while getting to know places for what they offer rather than what a textbook has to tell you.

Simone Isham

Simone Isham
Art & Philosophy in Florence & Paris, Faculty-Led
Summer 2013
Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that anyone who has the opportunity to take should. It broadens your perspective on life and provides you with insight into other cultures. You will never regret going; I think you will only regret not going.

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