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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 & the Middle East | Americas | Asia | Europe | Oceania | Multi-Country

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

South Africa

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.

Courtney Foley

Univ. of Cape Town - ISA
Fall 2015

South Africa is a country perfect for people who love endless adventures. One weekend, I took a trip along the southern tip of Africa where I bungee jumped, pet an elephant, swam in the Indian ocean, and rode an ostrich all in three days. I had the time of my life in Cape Town, and I hope you do as well!

Mary Celeste Skinner in South Africa

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Spring 2015

Choosing to study in South Africa was the best choice I have ever made. My five months there were filled with breathtaking views, incredible people and, of course, I got to see many animals. I met some of the most amazing individuals, and together we have been able to see all sides of a beautiful country that is so rich in diversity.

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AMERICAS

Argentina

Meredith Hughes
Buenos Aires - Capital of Culture - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2014
I enjoyed traveling to Argentina with a faculty-led program because I had never been out of the country before. This program gives more structure than other programs, but still allows plenty of free time to explore in smaller groups.
Sarah Keasey in Argentina
Buenos Aires - Capital of Culture - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2015
In Argentina, there were flea markets with hand-made crafts, musicians playing in the streets, tango dancers performing on the sidewalks and the smell of media-lunas (croissants) in every barrio. Along with the endless culture lessons, my Spanish improved immensely. Everyone can read about a different culture, or even watch a movie based in a different country, but there is no comparison to experiencing it in real life.
Nicholas Alphin
Buenos Aires - Capital of Culture - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2016
While I was in Argentina, I had the opportunity to visit the Jardín Japonés (Japanese Gardens) in Buenos Aires. Not only were they beautiful, they opened my eyes to how the world is connected in ways we might not realize. I knew I was going to learn about Argentinean culture during my two weeks abroad, but I also got to learn about and see Japanese culture as well.
Sarah Wilkins
Buenos Aires - Capital of Culture - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2016
Students should study abroad in Argentina because there is so much to absorb from this incredible country. I was most excited to speak 75-80% in Spanish while there. It was even more exciting to see my progression, from the first day speaking hesitantly and nervously, to speaking confidently before departing for the States. I loved my experience, and it is perfect for students like myself in nursing, who have very little extra time to participate in study abroad!

Belize

Evangelyn Buckland
International Field Experience in Environmental Studies in Belize
Short Term - Spring 2015
In the rain forest of Belize, at a field research station, there is an observation tower that reaches above the canopy. During breaks from our research collection, some of my trip-mates and I were able to sit up there to look over the expanse of the forest in all hues of green undulating over the Mayan Mountains, watch the birds fly by, and hear the sounds of howler monkeys. During these times it was impossible not to marvel at the vastness of the forest and the amazing diversity of the natural world and to understand how vitally important it is to protect.
Jordan Hall
Field Experience in Education in Belize - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
While in Belize, I learned that no matter what opportunity or experience you are presented with, no matter how frightening or out of your element it may seem, to always take advantage of the small opportunities. You never know the greater impact that they will one day have on your life.
Anna Grubbs
International Field Experience in Belize - Faculty-Led
Spring 2016
Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had while attending UNCW. Most trips are cost-effective when you go with the university than on your own. Meeting new people and making memories is an excellent benefit of college, but having that experience and opportunity on an international scale to bring back to America with you is a priceless gift that shapes you into a more worldly person. Getting to learn while being immersed in another culture can't be topped.
Nicholas Alphin
Intercultural Communication in Belize - Faculty-Led
Short-Term Spring 2016
The most enriching part of studying in Belize was the diversity that I and the other students were exposed to. Prior to studying abroad, I didn't realize how many cultures Belize held, but we were immediately immersed upon arrival there. My favorite place was the Maya Center. It was interesting and inspiring to see how invested the villagers were in preserving their culture by working at the Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve and selling crafts that would help their community. We sat down and talked with members of the village to learn about their culture, history, and values, and we even learned how to make authentic Mayan tortillas!

Brazil

Laura Rojas in Brazil
Univ. of Fortaleza, Brazil
Spring 2015
Though not the biggest city in Brazil, Fortaleza has a rich culture that is underrated. Going the unaffiliated route took a few extra steps, but the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) has a great exchange program and anyone who wants to learn or practice their Portuguese and continue their courses has come to the right place. Also, the beaches and other sites of the Northeast are beautiful and I had a lot of amazing experiences while abroad tapping into my love for traveling and adventure.

Chile

Emily Bergren
Chile Summer Study Abroad - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
When I was in Chile, I would have class in the morning and later on that day I would hear or use exactly what I was taught in the lesson that day. You are able to learn a language with a greater understanding when you are surrounded by it; not to mention the beautiful views and culture that Chile has to offer.
Ashlea Burke
Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV)
Summer 2016
Chileans are extremely passionate and artistic, with street art everywhere and live music on every train ride. Chile has every type of geography, including deserts, mountains, city, and my favorite, beach. The most enriching part of Chile, though, is its people. No matter how beautiful a country is, it is the people that truly make it unforgettable. I changed and grew not just from the experiences I had, but the people I met.

Costa Rica

Katherine Billig in Costa Rica
Capturing Costa Rica - HON 212 - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2015
Students that study abroad in Costa Rica should embrace the experience through trying new foods, speaking the Spanish language, seeing monkeys and sloths in their natural habitats, or simply interacting with native Costa Ricans. You will be able to explore a variety of settings including: beautiful beaches, mountains, rainforests, and cities, while embarking on many excursions, national park tours, and ziplining opportunities.
Kathleen Boyette
Univ. Veritas - ISA
Summer 2014
Costa Rica is a small country, but it has a world of new experiences to offer study abroad students. My summer trip to Costa Rica had the perfect mix of academics and adventure.
Blair Brannon
Univ. Veritas - ISA
Summer 2014
Costa Rica is an amazingly diverse country! On my trip I stayed in the great mountains, lush rainforest, and of course the beautiful sandy beaches. All these places were special in their own way, amazing to see, and close in proximity.
Molly Braxton in Costa Rica
Capturing Costa Rica - HON 212 - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2015
This country is a breathtaking one, full of adventures and life-changing experiences. Costa Rica has some of the kindest locals I've ever met and I made so many lifelong friendships.
Carlen Burch in Costa Rica
Walking in the Shoes of an English Language Learner - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
My study abroad experience in tropical Costa Rica was outstanding. I was completely immersed into a new culture, but I was able to cultivate and grow from the relationships I created, the research I conducted, and the adventures I took part in. The environment is incredible, the people are kind and loving and the culture is lively and spirited.
Nicholas Alphin
Veritas Univ. - ISA
Summer 2016
Costa Rica was an amazing place to study abroad because it offered everything that a student could want to experience: fun teachers who care about their students, kind and compassionate people, a vibrant and celebrated culture, diverse experiences (such as having beaches, rain forests, and mountains all in one country), as well as amazing food and recreation like hiking, salsa dancing, and kayaking.

Cuba

Christina Salerno
Cuba: Coastal Marine Ecology - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
You should study abroad in Cuba because it is an exquisite, unique experience that you may never get the chance to have again. You will get to experience a culture unknown to many Americans, while applying and building your research skills.

Ecuador

Josephine Frith
Animal Behavior in Andean Ecuador - Faculty-Led
Short Term - Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Ecuador because it is the most lovely and versatile land you will ever see. We were only there for a week and yet we saw the cold, tundra-covered tops of the mountains, the hummingbird-filled forests of the foothills, and the lust, rich tropical jungles of the basin. There is nothing like it here in the United States: if you want to experience a whole new face of nature, then Ecuador is the place to be.
Harrison Stewart in Ecuador
Universidad San Francisco de Quito - GAIAS
Spring 2015
Studying abroad in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is an opportunity to see wildlife so rare, it only exists in those locations. Seeing those animals in the Amazon rain forest, Andes Mountains, and the islands, as well as meeting the people who live in each place has a profound impact on how you view the world. My only regret is not extending my visa to stay longer.
Suzanne Zeid
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Fall 2015
Ecuador has it all - the coast, the mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and of course the amazing Galapagos Islands! The culture also contains so much history - the mix of Spanish and Incan influences have created an amazing community of diverse cultural practices that you could never learn enough about. The diversity of the land, the people, and the culture means that every single day is an adventure, no matter where you are!
John Hofland
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Spring 2016
The people of Ecuador have a deep connection with their indigenous roots and a love for the nature and biodiversity of their country. My favorite experience was during Carnival, the big celebration just before the beginning of Lent. Also breathtaking was the town of Salinas nestled at the foot of a canyon only a half an hour ride away. It was a deeply spiritual town with enterprises in chocolate and cheese making, with a little salt spring nestled in the valley. I wanted to just buy a house and live there after that weekend.

Peru

Jade Oakes
Universidad de Salamanca Cusco - ISA
Spring 2016
Machu Picchu, indigenous cultures, llamas - Peru has all of that and more. If you're looking for a more exotic place to study and work on your Spanish, Peru is for you. Peru has environmental diversity as well as a diverse culture. From the mountains to the coast to the desert to the jungle, you can find different indigenous people and city dwellers.
Mariah Tugel
Honors in Peru - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
Peru is an incredible place to study abroad. The people, culture, history, and scenery are absolutely amazing. Studying abroad is one of the best ways I know of to truly learn about another country's culture and history. In addition, had I not studied abroad in Peru, I may never have seen the gorgeous Andes Mountains or met some of my best friends.

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ASIA

China

Keegan Burgess
Fudan Univ.
Academic Year 2015-16

Life becomes a daily adventure in China, from going to the store, taking in new sights and smells, and catching a public bus while running at full speed. University life in China grants many opportunities to easily make friends, from socializing with other International Students to practicing Chinese at one of the many clubs at Chinese Universities. This enabled me to make lifelong friends from all across the world, as well as China. All in all, I credit my time in China with helping me become the more open-minded, confident person that I am today, and I believe that my decision to study in China is irreplaceable.

Emily Fulbright
China Summer Abroad - Faculty-Led
Summer 2012

While I loved visiting The Great Wall at Mutianyu and Olympic Park, my favorite place that our group went to on several occasions was Houhai Park. Our instructor took us to the park on our first outing in Beijing, and our group fell in love with the bustling streets filled with music, exciting street foods, like fried scorpions and red bean filled pastries in the shape of fish, and the many shops. At night the lights from the shops and tea rooms would cast a glow on the lake that was centered in the park.

Lydia Stellwag
Chasing China: Language and Life in the Far East - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014

Studying abroad in China offers an opportunity to experience a culture that is vastly different from American culture. This amazing experience is something that can never be forgotten and will allow you to grow and find things about yourself you never knew before.

Nicholas Alphin
Fudan Univ. International Summer Program
Summer 2016

I think that students should study abroad in China because it is full of so many interesting things. Its traditional and modern sides mix well together and being able to experience that is worthwhile in itself. My favorite experience in China was visiting the city of Suzhou. Suzhou is famous for its beautiful gardens and ancient villages. I was able to see the traditional side of China by visiting this city and I would love to go back.

Indonesia

Marie Hill in Indonesia
Department Pre-Approved Education Abroad - Indonesia
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in Indonesia for a Marine Biology based Independent Study because you have the opportunity to be in charge of your own work while working in the center of the Coral Triangle. You are surrounded by an unimaginable beauty and quite frankly, you will forget you are even working.
Nicholas Alphin
Cultural Tourism and Adventure Tourism in Indonesia: Bali, Java and Lombok - Faculty-Led
Summer 2016
Indonesia is composed of multiple islands, and the vibe changes as you explore each island: the people are diverse in complexion and religion. They practice Hinduism in Bali and Islam in Java. Indonesia also offers a plethora of nature sites. I was taken out of my comfort zone experiencing the pristine beaches in the Gili Islands and the active volcanos and rice paddies in Java.

Japan

Travor Baker

Japanese Study Abroad - Faculty-Led

Summer 2016

Japan is a country vastly different from our own. The people, the language, and the culture provided students with a unique opportunity to experience a friendly and culturally rich country. By going to Japan, students can expect to be challenged linguistically and they will be forced to use their own language skills. If a student is willing to take themselves out of their comfort zone, they will gain truly memorable experiences and enjoy their time abroad.

David Gilmore in Japan

Japanese Study Abroad - Faculty-Led

Summer 2015

In my opinion, Japan is one of the few countries that can truly say it looks to the future while living in the past. Large, purely glass skyscrapers stand in the center of Tokyo, embodying everything humanity has worked for, but these buildings are surrounded by shrines that have been over-run by vines and plants and hold such spiritual energy that it is impossible not to see the culture from before.

Bethany Showers in Japan

Japanese Study Abroad - Faculty-Led

Summer 2015

My study abroad program in Japan, taught me a lot more than just the language and culture. I learned how to maneuver a foreign country on my own, how many foods I was willing to try (and ended up loving), and how to befriend people from a completely different culture. I discovered that humankind is more alike than we think and we all want to be understood, liked, and remembered.

Nicholas Alphin

Japanese Study Abroad - Faculty-Led

Summer 2016

Wearing a yukata and visiting the Kyomizu Temple in Japan was an exhilarating experience! Besides seeing the sweeping mountain views and tasting the cool spring water that the temple is known for, the locals were overjoyed to see foreigners visiting and rushed to take photos with us!  It was a place of deep cultural significance that I would be excited to return to in the future.

Morgan Wood

Japanese Study Abroad in Education - Faculty-Led

Summer 2016

I think students should study abroad in Japan because the culture is so rich and exciting. The overall mood in Japan is very upbeat and respectful and like nothing I have ever experienced before. I would want other students to attend this program because it allows them to see how other countries view education and in what ways we can apply this here in America.

South Korea

Sandra Resendiz in Korea

Korea Univ. - ISEP

Academic Year 2014-15

You should study abroad in South Korea because it is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries out there. Korea has an amazing culture, and the people and food are amazing! Jeju Island is a must see!

Angie Thammavong in Korea

Korea Univ. - ISEP

Academic Year 2014-15

Korea is a beauty that not many people know about and in a way, that should make it more exciting. Korea has the right balance of a safe fast-pace city life and a tranquil lifestyle. It is wonderfully adventurous, exciting and most importantly cheap to travel around.

Thailand

Nicholas Alphin

Mahidol International University - ISA

Academic Year 2015-16

Welcome to the Land Of Smiles: Thailand. As a developing country, Thailand is the perfect place to build yourself as well as view the world completely differently. From getting your picture taken like a popstar, becoming amazing at charades while trying to learn the language, to constantly receiving unconditional love and advice, traveling with confidence, and making some of the best friends I will ever have, Thailand is no longer just a place I simply studied abroad; it is home. The country's undeniable love for their King and the richness of the culture turned my trip from a short three-month study abroad into a year-long journey.

Emily Soukhaphon

Cultural Tourism and Transport Tourism, Thailand - Faculty-Led

Summer 2014

Thailand is a country with a largely diverse culture. During my time there, I not only learned about my courses of study, but I grew personally from the experiences that I had and the people I met. It changed my perspective on the world and I'm glad that I am now more culturally aware.

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EUROPE

Belgium

Nicholas Alphin
Vesalius College - ISEP
Spring 2016
Many people skim over the idea of studying in a country like Belgium, but they often don't realize that Belgium is the "capital" of the European Union and NATO and a general hot-spot for many intergovernmental activities in Europe. But there's more than that. Belgium is rich with both French and Dutch culture and depending on where you are, the locals there will speak either one or both, which is most common in Brussels.

Czech Republic

Nicholas Alphin
ECES - AIFS
Spring 2016
The city of Prague is enriched with centuries of history. It is the perfect place to experience new culture, but also find comfort in American culture by simply eating at a Hard Rock Cafe or other chain. The people who may seem reserved at first become amazing friends once they open up to you. It was extremely easy to travel by bus to neighboring countries and the airport was only a metro and bus ride away. It's a perfect sized city to get used to if you are unused to city life.
Nicholas Alphin
Prague Consulting Project - Faculty-led
Short-Term Spring 2016
I love food so much, and Prague is known for their goulash, pig-on-a-spit, Nutella-filled palacinky (crepes), trdelnik (nutella-filled cone pastry), klobasa (sausage), and more! I easily spent most of my abroad budget on  all the food, but the great thing is that the food is inexpensive! I just happen to eat a lot...
Sarah McComas in the Czech Republic
Charles Univ. - AIFS
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in the Czech Republic because not only is it a beautiful country but the Czech people are absolutely wonderful, and always understanding of the language barrier. Just looking at pictures and studying about a country and its culture does not compare to living in a country and experiencing the culture first hand.
Fiona van der Steur
Charles Univ. - AIFS
Spring 2016
I would have to say the history of the Czech Republic was the most enriching part of my study abroad experience. And no, not the history that I learned about in one of the courses I took while in Prague. What I mean is the history and beauty that was inevitably encountered just by getting lost in the streets of the most culturally stimulating city you could chose to study abroad in.

France

Kerry Arnett
KEDGE
Academic Year 2015-16
My internship was hands down the best experience I had while abroad. I worked in the valley of the tallest mountain in Europe in one of the most extreme cities in the world. I have been able to visit over 20 countries during my 15-month stay in Europe and now I've been infected by the travel bug for life!
James Bailey in France
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
From Paris to Marseille, Britagne to the Cote D'Azur, Normandy to Ptovence, the country has a multilateral view of the world as a world leader in business and human rights as well as a land of leisure and relaxation. Global influences from the Middle East, North Africa, and the far East reverberate along the ancient yet modern streets, demonstrating the expansive history and culture of France.
Isaac Bell in France
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Marseille is a special place with the perfect mix of culture, terrain, food, and fun. This study abroad trip is unbelievable considering the amount of events and excursions you experience and the unforgettable life-long international connections you make!
Emily Bender in France
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
I like to think of Marseille as the French version of Wilmington. Located on the beautiful Mediterranean ocean, Marseille is the perfect example of a big city with a small town feel. Immerse yourself in the French culture while taking classes from the Kedge Business School and going on weekly field trips to explore various towns in the south of France along with other businesses and cultural sites.
Maggie Chambers
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
We never ran out of things to do in France - we could go to the port, try a new restaurant, take a bus to Cassis, go kayaking, etc. I loved how easy it to was to travel to surrounding areas too. During my time there, I was able to go to Paris, Rome, and Barcelona, which was incredible.
Ellen Colwell in France
Univ. de Savoie - ISEP
Summer 2015
Living in Chambery, France means living in a beautiful and small city where you have a view of the Alps, two major airports, and a culture that is open to students who are there to learn French. My time in Chambery allowed me to travel (Savoie is right near the Italian and Swiss borders!), meet people from all over the world, and explore the incredible beauty of the French mountains.
Hlot Ksor in France
Hlot Ksor
Paris - The NC Consortium Program
Spring 2015
I think other students should study abroad because it opens up countless doors of opportunity. You meet people you never would have if you didn't study abroad, you learn a lot about yourself as well as other cultures, and the excitement of living in another country is overwhelming in a good way. There is never a moment when you are bored because there is always something to be discovered in the city you choose to study abroad in.
Nicholas Alphin
International Student from France
KEDGE
Academic Years 2015-2017
My favorite place in France is Le cours Julien. It's a place where people are free to express themselves during the day as well as during the nights, through paintings on the wall or by organizing concerts such as rock or reggae in the streets. In one day you can attend a festival about ecology and at night attend a rock concert and meet new people. I love this place because whoever you are and wherever you come from, people are always happy to talk with you.
Daniella Ognibene in France
Daniella Ognibene
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in Marseille allows you to live and experience a true and beautiful French-cultured life first hand. Being surrounded by Marseilles will significantly strengthen your French language skills. Studying in Marseille is also a prime location to easily travel to other European cities and expand your worldview.
Leon Pickles
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
I have always traveled abroad with my parents so being able to jump on a train with a few friends and spend the weekend in a different country was an incredible experience for me. On my free weekends, I traveled to Monaco and along the French Riviera and that was my favorite part of my experience by far.
Tim Quinn in France
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in France opened my eyes to see it wasn't about just the U.S. anymore, or just France, but rather all of Europe happenings all over the world. It really brings out your desire to learn more about different countries, people, and cultures because frankly, we have to. As a political science student, discussing European affairs with Europeans really expanded my global political views.
Bretta Rundhammer
KEDGE
Fall 2015
My favorite location in France was the Calaques, which was a national park located right by the university. It was an amazing place to go hiking or swimming or just to hang out with friends and enjoy the nature.
Melissa Stella
KEDGE
Fall 2015
Marseille, France has the beach and the mountains with plenty of activities to do throughout the week. It is located on the Mediterranean, rich in culture, and has the best food and social sphere you could ask for. I had the best time of my life and have created lifelong friendships around the globe.
Sihem Teboul
International Student from France
KEDGE
Spring 2016
I really encourage everyone to study abroad in Marseille because you will study at one of the most renowned French Business Schools. As this study abroad program occurs during the summer, there will be perfect weather and you will be able to enjoy the city in full with its monuments and numerous beaches. You will also be able to discover the French culture. Finally, you will also have the opportunity to travel around Europe as the program organizes trips to other European countries during the weekend.
Julia Beattie
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
I truly believe that all students should study abroad in France or another foreign country.  I think that you learn the most when you are taken outside of your comfort zone. My favorite experience was on the last day of the trip. My friends and I hiked "les calanques," which are cliffs that meet the Mediterranean. You get to meet so many great people, many of whom are from foreign countries, and you get to create relationships and make lifelong memories.
Nicholas Alphin
Art and Art History in Paris - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
One of my favorite experiences in Paris was participating in a group art project at the top of Sacre Coure (the Sacred Heart Basilica). The Parisians were so welcoming and accepting of art that one of the security guards roped off the area for us while we created a drawing of the cityscape while hundreds of visitors looked on! Meeting new people from around the world who with different lifestyles than mine was a great experience.
Nicholas Alphin
Summer on the Mediterranean - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
It was fun to travel and learn in Marseille, France, and it was an amazing opportunity to immerse myself in its culture, try new foods, meet new friends, and learn French all in one month! The Interact Club took us on electric bikes to explore Marseille and it was one of the best experiences of my life! The weather was perfect and we even biked to the Calanques to take a swim in the crystal clear waters.
Nicholas Alphin
KEDGE
Spring 2016
They call Marseille the city of all cultures, with a mix of immigrants from all around Europe as well as native French people. By the end of the semester I had made an eclectic network of friends in over 20 countries that I cannot wait to visit someday, all thanks to our five months of living together. My biggest requirement for my study abroad was that it had to enable my active and adventurous personality. Marseille, France was the perfect destination, offering me parks to run in, water to swim in, and mountains to climb. It became like a second home to me.
Gloria Meiers
NC Consortium Program - Sorbonne Univ.
Summer 2016
Students should consider studying abroad in France because one cannot truly appreciate their own culture until they have experienced another culture. The most enriching thing about my experience was learning about not only French culture but also the cultures of those from around the world that I had the privilege to meet either in my travels or in class. My program allowed me to become conversationally fluent in French and it is a wonderful feeling to interact with a culture and its people in the native tongue.
Laura Perry
KEDGE
Summer 2016
I think people should study abroad in France because it gives so many culturally rich opportunities. There are many diverse places in France, and so many other great countries surrounding it that make weekends ideal for travel! For me, the most enriching experiences were when I was finally among the artworks I've been studying; the Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Uffizi Gallery were by far my favorite experiences in Europe. At the end of a long day of studies and cultural excursions, the only cure for 13-20 miles of walking is a hot, delicious kebab, found on every corner in Marseille.
Sara Reece
KEDGE
Academic Year 2015-16
In October, a friend and I took a train up north and spent a week in Alsace, France's renowned wine region. We rented bikes and rode from village to village along little pathways winding through the vineyards, stopping here and there to eat grapes off the vines. For miles and miles all we could see were rolling hills covered in grape vines with tiny villages speckled throughout, a sight too beautiful to describe.
Reagan Satterwhite
NC Consortium Program - Sorbonne Univ.
Spring 2016
My favorite aspect of my time abroad was just the chances that I had to walk around and really experience Paris. I saw something new everyday and my time there was truly an adventure. Paris mesmerized me with the amount of history, culture, and style all packaged together in the most beautiful city I've ever seen. The feeling is almost difficult to describe, but overall, Paris is so inspiring; it's magical, really.
Nicholas Alphin
KEDGE
Spring 2016
Getting to live with over 100 international students in an old and run-down dorm was one of my favorite parts of being abroad. Being in a kitchen with over forty people speaking at least seven different languages at the same time was mind-blowing. Before coming to Marseille, I had hoped to befriend some French students but I never would have imagined that I would come out with this many friends from places all over the world.

Germany

Taylor Benson in Germany
Business in Bremen - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
I wish all students could study abroad before they graduate, because it is a great way to learn how to be a global citizen while having fun and learning about new cultures. Meeting students from around the world was an eye-opening experience and without a doubt the best part of my experience. I formed numerous global relationships through my program and I cannot wait until I can travel abroad again.
Jamie Dreifus in Germany
Intensive German Language Summer Program in Germany - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
Studying abroad not only allowed me to vastly improve my language skills but also to accept the fact that it is okay to explore alone. Once leaving college many of the experiences we will encounter will be alone. Studying abroad made me comfortable with exploring on my own, learning about the different cultural viewpoints of others, and greatly improved my confidence in speaking German on a daily basis.
Kye Gardner in Germany
Business in Bremen - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Germany is a beautiful place with a powerful history, and you never run out of things to do. Working, living and going to class with other international students, helps you see how other people in other parts of the world live. It was awesome to see what we had in common, how we each lived during our every day lives, and experience other cultures through each others eyes.
Nicholas Alphin
German Language Study in Bremen - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
During my time abroad, I met some of the most incredible people. The international students and cities were extremely welcoming, and I know I made friendships that are going to last a lifetime. Germany is beautiful country that has plenty to offer. Whether it is the eye-opening history behind the Berlin Wall or the breathtaking cathedrals, there was always something waiting to be discovered.
Shannon Phelps in Germany
Business in Bremen - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in Bremen Germany at the Hochschule of Bremen because it is a great way to discover more about yourself. Bremen provides a small city lifestyle but lets you immerse yourself into Germany's culture with other students from UNCW, the Hochschule of Bremen, and people from all around the world as if you were a local there.
Adam Rosendale in Germany
Hochschule Bremen
Spring 2015
Bremen Germany has something for everyone and is a wonderful destination and home. If you want to make lasting friendships around the world and experience a new way of living in a beautiful city, then Bremen is the city for you. The great friendships you make with people from all around the world will change you forever.
Colin Schmidt in Germany
Intensive German Language Summer Program in Germany - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
While studying abroad in Germany, I expanded my knowledge of the rest of the world which subsequently enhanced my perspective about my own world. Going abroad gives you the experiences to learn about other cultures, but an even better opportunity to discover new things about yourself.
Nicholas Alphin
International Student from Germany
Univ. of Mannheim
Academic Years 2015-2017
I grew up in the Franconia region, and it's my favourite place in Germany. The capital, Nuremberg, is full of old medieval building and hosts one of the most famous German Christmas markets. It is the birthplace of special gingerbread and delicious sausages.
Alexander Fregenal
Business in Bremen - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
My favorite place I visited in Germany was Berlin because there was so much to do there from seeing all the historical sights of World War II and the Cold War to checking out the latest in German automotive engineering. Berlin is such a huge melting pot of not just German culture, but also Italian, Eastern European, Turkish, and Middle Eastern as well. Berlin's blend of the past and present make it the perfect destination for any college student.
Kristina Jamroz
Hochschule Bremen - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
Germany is truly a country unlike any other, from its strong presence in military, art, and architectural history to its progressive social and political pursuits. With weekends free for personal travels, this program offered us an experience that truly changed our lives. I will forever have an attachment to the people I met and the places I went. During our first weekend in Germany, fifteen of us from UNCW and Hofstra University boarded a bus to Berlin. We went on multiple tours, visited a castle, ate authentic German food, and had what we agreed was the time of our life.
Sandra Macharia
Hochschule Bremen - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
My favorite experience in Germany was definitely meeting up with locals for drinks or walks around the city. It might not sound like anything extraordinary, however it was through the local friends I made that I got to know Germany on a deeper level - past what the historic city tours showed us. There's something unique about two strangers coming together and sharing ideas about life, culture, love, and philosophy, then parting ways knowing that both lives were thereby enriched by that encounter.

Greece

Brooke Cockrell
American College of Greece, Athens - AIFS
Fall 2015
My absolute favorite experience in Greece was a day trip to the island of Hydra. We went cliff jumping into the most stunning crystal-clear and turquoise water I've ever seen, rode donkeys, and ate right over the Mediterranean Sea. The entire day was absolutely surreal, and it gave me my first glimpse into how breathtakingly beautiful Greece truly is.
Jordan Gossett
American College of Greece, Athens - AIFS
Summer 2014
Studying abroad in Greece completely changed my life. I was able to visit some of the oldest civilizations in the world along with the most breath-taking islands the Mediterranean has to offer. Greece is not a typical study abroad destination, but it certainly changed my world view for the better, and gave me the most amazing summer ever.
Nicholas Alphin
American College of Greece, Athens - AIFS
Summer 2016
My favorite place in Greece was the island of Mykonos, which had crystal clear waters and beautiful sunset views. I absolutely loved this island because it was so full of life, with upbeat music being played all around you and the people being so friend and kind. I thought it was almost too good to be true. With its white houses and blue doors, it looked like it was straight out of a film.

Iceland

Amelia Lucas
Reykjavik Univ. - The GREEN Program
Summer 2015
The natural landscape of Iceland is incomparably breathtaking, and the opportunity to camp in the highlands of this rugged country in sub-freezing temperatures was an experience that I will never forget. Both waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night with a view of snow-capped mountains, dozens of wild Icelandic horses grazing, and a sun that never sets, all right outside of my tent, is most definitely one of the top items on my list of the most memorable and incredible parts of my study abroad experience.

Ireland

Taryn April

Taryn April
UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students
Fall 2015
One afternoon, my group of FYSA students that I studied with while in Ireland and I were brought to the coastal town of Bray where we hiked to the top of Bray Head; the views were breathtaking with hang gliders soaring just above our heads. We stopped at a small cafe to get some delicious pastries before catching the train home.

Kestyn Baughan

Kestyn Baughan
UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students
Fall 2015
After crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge in Northern Ireland, I looked out past the sea and I had a glimpse of Scotland. The immensity of the cliffs and the sea that beat against them was absolutely beautiful and astonishing. Being on that cliff with my new best friends, taking pictures, and laughing was a memory I will never forget, and it was one of the many that made me fall in love with Ireland.

Alex Patton

Alex Patton
UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students
Fall 2015
The entire country of Ireland is beautiful, and you will never meet any person that is nicer than an Irishman. My favorite experience while abroad was going to the Cliffs of Moher. You have not lived until you have seen this breathtaking view and have been physically pushed by the power of the winds.

Kaitlin Rice in Ireland

Kaitlin Rice
Trinity College Dublin - ISA
Spring 2015
Between the people, scenery, history, and everything in between, Ireland never gets boring. Dublin is small enough to quickly get a homey feel but large enough to discover more to love each and every day. Everyone I met there adored it and I don't doubt that you will too!
Rachel Williams in Ireland
Rachel Williams
UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students
Fall 2014
First Year Spring Admit students should study abroad in Maynooth to take a big leap into college. This program not only allows you to study abroad, but it acts as a stepping stone from high school to college. You can take classes that go towards your major, while being able to travel and explore on the weekends and during fall break. You will make friends with the other UNCW FSYA students that will be coming back to UNCW with you in the Spring, making the transition easier because you will have friends by your side. It is a rare opportunity for freshman to study abroad, but it is definitely worth it!
Kestyn Baughan
Kestyn Baughan
Maynooth University
Fall 2015
After crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge in Northern Ireland, I looked out past the sea and I saw a glimpse of Scotland. The immensity of the cliffs and the sea that beat against them was absolutely beautiful and astonishing. Being on that cliff with my new best friends, taking pictures, and laughing was a memory I will never forget, and it was one of the many that made me fall in love with Ireland.

Italy

Angela Ciarletta
Angela Ciarletta
The American University of Rome - ISA
Spring 2016
It was amazing living in a residential area of Rome where I could walk to the city center from school. Seeing the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain was incredible, but I also loved being able to immerse myself in such a rich culture and practice my Italian (even though I had never studied it before). I would not have  had such vast experiences if I had only vacationed in Rome for a week or two. Living in another place and adapting to its local culture was truly life-changing.
Maggie Heelan
Maggie Heelan
Richmond in Florence - AIFS
Summer 2015
One day during my summer in Florence, my friends and I stumbled upon the Italian MTV Music Awards, which was a huge celebration for all the pop singers in Italy. It was one of my favorite days because we took a chance and ended up being completely surrounded by locals, and it was really neat to see something so important to the young generation so similar to us.
Carla Light in Italy
Carla Light
Richmond in Florence - AIFS
Summer 2015
Florence is an awesome place to study abroad because you can walk everywhere and do not have to worry about taking a subway or taxi places. Also, I was able to take a cooking class where I learned how, with the same ingredients, everyone makes different end products. They use much fresher ingredients in Italy than we do in the US, which was really interesting to experience.
Marissa Jodway
Marissa Jodway
Richmond in Florence - AIFS
Spring 2016
From having meals with locals, to climbing the historic Duomo, to watching the sun go down over the city at Piazzale Michelangelo, each moment is one that I will cherish forever. I could not have asked for a better study abroad experience and I hope that any student looking to study abroad will consider Florence as their home away from home.
Kate Mullins
Kate Mullins
Florence University of the Arts - ISA
Spring 2016
One day my program arranged for us to visit a leather artisan's workshop, and when we arrived, a cheery old man greeted us and told stories of how he used to design belts and purses for rich, large companies like Bloomingdales. But what he desperately wanted us to know was that at the end of the day he decided instead to spend his life with his wife in a small shop on a tiny street, creating products for the sake of the happiness it brought him to create. And that is Italy: it's taking your time and letting yourself be passionate about what matters.

Portugal

Charles Shotton
Charles Shotton
Universidade Nova de Lisboa - CIEE
Spring 2016
Backpacking to a bungalow in the southern region of Portugal during the end of the spring semester was the best weekend I spent in my host country. Two trains and two buses later, the steep multi-colored cliffs and clear cold water that bordered the beaches reminded me of a scene on a postcard. I spent three days in the beautiful paradise known as the Algarve region, eating grilled sardines, drinking espresso, and hiking up cliffs overlooking the calm, cool Atlantic Ocean.

Spain

Paula Baeza
Paula Baeza
International Student from Spain

Universidad de Valencia

Academic Years 2015-17
You should come to Spain because it is a great place to improve your Spanish and meet a completely different culture. Spain, itself, has been occupied by so many different cultures that have left their mark. By studying in Spain, you will be able to open your mind to new experiences which will change the way you see the world.
Samantha Meo
Esther Baldo Andres
International Student from Spain

Universidad de Valencia

Academic Year 2015-16
Spain offers a wide variety of opportunities to taste and learn about thousands of traditions and cultures in the same territory. Spanish people are also known to have a great social life, offering lots of opportunities to meet people that will for sure become your friends for life.
Samantha Meo
Katherine Bishop
Univ. of Seville - ISA
Fall 2015
Living with a host family was the most enriching part of my study abroad experience. I got to live beside people who were so passionate about Seville and taught me so many things about Spain. My favorite part of my experience was simply living life like a true Spaniard - I went to class, had a huge lunch with my host family, maybe took a siesta, and went out to get tapas for dinner while watching a flamenco show.
Emily Brown in Spain
Emily Brown
Univ. of Granada - AIFS
Spring 2015
Even if you aren't looking to learn Spanish, Granada offers a vibrant culture in Southern Spain with something for everyone due to its location at the bottom of the gorgeous, snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range and only an hour from the Mediterranean Sea. Granada isn't too big or too small and is a perfect city for those looking to experience life in another country.
Adriana Castille in Spain
Adriana Castille
Semester in Santander UNC Charlotte
Spring 2015
I know it is a clicheé, but studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Many people will never again in their lives receive the opportunity to live in another country. The most enriching part of my study abroad experience was definitely my host family. With them, every day was a new experience. Some of my favorite memories during my time abroad were memories made during family meals.
Jan Checo
Jan Checo
Valecnia, Spain Summer I - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Climbing 700 steps to the top of the Miguelete Cathedral to be greeted with a panoramic view of the city of Valencia was an experience I will never forget. Being able to see everything that lies in between the ocean and mountains was breathtaking. It was amazing to see Valencia all at once.

Paige Danielson

Paige Danielson
Univ. Pompeu Fabra - ISA
Fall 2014
At the northern tip of Spain and right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the ideal place to immerse yourself into both Spanish and European culture. Barcelona has such a complex and colorful history; it's filled with culturally enriching, charming sights and experiences at every twist and turn of the city. There is truly no other place I would rather have gone.
Paula Escrihuela Hinojosa
Paula Escrihuela Hinojosa
International Student from Spain

Universidad de Valencia

Academic Year 2015-16
Spain is a country rich in cultural heritage, with majestic blend of topographies and excellent climate. It is internationally recognized for its museums and cathedrals, the dynamic and cosmopolite lifestyle, and the tourism affluence it has. Located in the metropolitan area of Valencia, the University of Valencia will offer you a new educational approach that will complement your studies. With 500 years of history it is one of the top institutions in Spain.
Kristen Flanagan in Spain Kristen Flanagan
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Studying abroad for six weeks in Ubeda was a great decision. It was long enough to become immersed in the culture and learn about the city's people. Also, I was able to become far more advanced in the Spanish language and gain more confidence when speaking in Spanish.
Morgan Hurst in Spain
Morgan Hurst
Valencia, Spain Summer I - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in Valencia, Spain opened my eyes to a life that was unfamiliar to me. The people of Spain are very openhearted and welcoming, they embrace the fact you are trying to learn and love to help you with the language. This opportunity pushed me out of my comfort zone, made me a stronger person, and allowed me to discover myself in a way I never knew.
Madeleine Joynt
Madeleine Joynt
Valencia, Spain Summer I - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
A student who studies abroad in Valencia, Spain will never want to come back. The unbelievably welcoming culture within Spain makes adjusting fun and easy. The experiences you will have abroad are priceless and will be ones you remember for the rest of your life.
Erica Paige Keen
Erica Paige Keen
Semester in Santander - UNC-Charlotte
Fall 2015
Spain was so much more than I could have ever imagined. I knew I would fall more in love with the language, but I wasn't prepared to fall in love with the people, the culture and the country itself. The people are so welcoming and endearing and the families we all lived with were incredible. In Santander where I studied, we would sit on the beach looking out at the Cantabrian Sea while admiring the incredible mountains. There is nothing like being in your host city and seeing such beauty everywhere you look.
Hannah Klotz in Spain
Hannah Klotz
Univ. de Granada - ISA
Spring 2015
Study abroad is such a great opportunity to see the world and finally learn outside of a classroom. It is so important to experience the world and understand different cultures and perspectives, not only for future potential jobs, but also for yourself. The thing most enriching for me was being pushed out of my comfort zone. Being immersed in different languages and cultures, wandering around big cities, and trying to navigate various public transportation systems all taught me that it's okay to ask for help. It made me a much more confident, conversational and outgoing person.
Margaret Livingston in Spain
Frances Livingston
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in Ubeda, Spain because you will be living in one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, allowing you to cultivate new experiences in a different culture. The people you will live with will push you to try new things, even if you say "no gracias" but I promise those foods, dances, laughs, and walks will never leave your memory.

Haley Macdonald

Haley Macdonald
Univ. of Huelva
Academic Year 2013-14
Huelva is where to go if you want a real Spanish experience. The lack of tourism provides an environment where the true Spanish culture thrives.

Kelsey Moore

Kelsey Moore
Univ. of Granada
Summer 2015
One of my favorite experiences came from when a fellow student and I heard about a secluded beach that only the locals can find: Playa de la Rijana. We were determined to find this beach and it forced us to branch out, make friends with the locals, and travel to areas outside of the touristy comfort zone. We eventually made it there, and it truly was a breathtaking beach!

Gabriela Walsh

Gabriela Walsh
Ubeda, Spain Study Abroad Program - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
One of my favorite places/experiences during my time in Spain was in Mˆlaga. I traveled there with about half my group on our free weekend, and we rented a gorgeous house overlooking the Mediterranean. We got to explore and see so much of the city while also becoming really close to one another. It was so much fun and is a beautiful memory I'll have for the rest of my life.

Andrew Walters in Spain

Andrew Walters
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2015
We all grow up learning about other cultures, languages, and religions, but having the opportunity to listen to Spanish everyday, travel to Rome for a weekend, or attend Mass in a Spanish Cathedral provide perspectives that simply cannot be taught or explained in the classroom.

Natalie Wilkinson

Natalie Wilkinson
Valencia, Spain Summer I - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
Living in Spain, touring the cities, and staying with a host family, taught me more about the Spanish language, culture and customs, than I've learned during my whole Spanish career. I would encourage anyone who is passionate about a particular country, language or culture to truly immerse themselves in it. Studying abroad is definitely an awesome way to do so.

Bridget Woodward in Spain

Bridget Woodward
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
After being in Ubeda, Spain for only six short weeks, I can easily call it a second home. The food, the people and the culture are so far-rooted in tradition that just being there for a short period of time opened my eyes to things I never thought I'd see. Studying abroad here will leave an impression of your mind and heart for the rest of your life.

Kayla Work

Kayla Work
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain - 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!
Nicholas Alphin
Jade Oakes
Universidad de Granada - AIFS
Fall 2015
Spain offers a diverse set of people and traditions, making it the ultimate European experience. It is especially perfect for people learning Spanish. UNCW has programs in many Spanish cities, including historical Granada and Cordoba, Barcelona of Catalonia, and coastal Alicante. Spain has a rich history that spans over thousands of years. Whatever your area of study, Spain should be on your list.
Nicholas Alphin
Ashley Alegre
Univ. of Valencia
Summer 2016
I think students should study abroad in Spain for several reasons, but primarily if they want to study the language, culture, and witness the beauty of Spain. Mallorca's landscape was absolutely breathtaking and the people were very friendly. My host mother brought my roommates and I close together and made sure we always had everything we needed.
Amanda Cook
Amanda Cook
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2016
People from Spain have a very different outlook on life than us Americans do. They truly enjoy and cherish life and its joys, both small and large. They work to live, not live to work. The most enriching thing I experienced was speaking to people from my host country in their own language, and meeting and learning from other study abroad students from different countries.
Catherine DeVito
Catherine DeVito
Universidad Pablo de Olavide - ISA
Spring 2016
The experiences I had and the places I visited were greatly enhanced by the fact that it became not just a city that I lived in, but it became home, and my host family became not just my host family, but my second family. Feeling so at peace while abroad made me able flourish that much more. My favorite thing about my study abroad in Seville, Spain isn't a specific place or a specific experience, it is culmination of all of the above.
Nicholas Alphin
Madison Faulconer
Universidad Pablo de Olavide - ISA
Spring 2016
I traveled to 7 countries and many different cities during my time abroad, but Seville, Spain remains my favorite place. Something about Seville that really drew me in was the fact that it was not as heavily populated with tourists as compared to Madrid or Barcelona. Seville is so quaint and beautiful, truly a gem.
Morgan Huffman
Morgan Huffman
SAFA (Centro Universitario Sagrada Familia) - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
Studying abroad in Spain was easily the best decision I've made in college. My favorite experience was visiting the Alhambra, a massive structure that retains all the beauty and history of the thriving year of 1238. Touring that amazing site and learning all the stories that have passed through its walls was an incredible experience. Moving a short distance from the bustling streets of Granada to the gates of the Alhambra that were constructed so many years ago made for a day I will never forget. Luckily, I was in awe enough to snap pictures of the whole thing!
Alison James
Alison James
CIEE Learning Center - CIEE
Summer 2016
A great part of being in Spain was that I was able to significantly improve my Spanish. I found that learning the history of the city through speaking to locals and going to museums was the most enriching part about my study abroad experience. I felt very connected to the city and to the people by being educated about their place of residence.
Nicholas Alphin
Savanna Johnson
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2016

I encourage other students to study abroad in Spain because of the endless opportunities it brings. Spain is a country rich with history and culture, and every day is an opportunity to explore Spain's endless beauty. My favorite experience was living in Valencia, Spain, an enjoying its diverse beauty. Whether you wanted to spend your day exploring the historical city center, visiting modern architecture, relaxing at the beach, or traveling to nearby castles, Spain was full of endless adventures!

Joshua Kleinstuber
Joshua Kleinstuber
Universidad de Cantabria - Faculty-led
Spring 2016
After my last night of celebrating in the city of Santander, I and a few students from the United States, Italy, and Spain spent the early hours of the morning sitting on the beach, where we unanimously decided that it was the best sunrise that any of us had ever seen. My trip of a lifetime included over 100 days of travel, 42 bus rides, 18 plane tickets, 15 countries, and countless blisters, but that final beautiful sunrise is the one memento that will undoubtedly stick with me forever.
Nicholas Alphin
Kaila Pearson
Universidad de Cantabria - Faculty-led
Spring 2016
Spain has many breathtaking destinations all over, from the beach to the mountains. Every type of landscape is only a few hours away. My favorite city in Spain is Seville, because of the colorful architecture that reflects Arabic culture. It's smaller than Barcelona or Madrid but still has many things to see and visit. The Plaza de Espana and Alcázar Palace were two of the most beautiful historical sites I have ever seen.
Kristen Schimmoller
Kristen Schimmoller
Universidad de Cantabria - Faculty-led
Spring 2016
I'm partial to my second home in Santander, Spain. It's a gorgeous town that sits on the water. You can take a run to El Faro (lighthouse), watch some surfing, participate in a local soccer game, get some delicious chocolate from Valor, or lay out on the beach at El Sardinero. Any way you pick, you can't go wrong!
Nicholas Alphin
Erin Shoemaker
Sagrada Familia (SAFA) - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
I highly recommend studying abroad in Úbeda, Spain. My absolute favorite part of my study abroad experience was living with a host family. I had to speak and understand Spanish from when I woke up until when I went to bed. The progress of my fluency in Spanish from week one to week six was overwhelming! I had the best time experiencing firsthand what the Spanish way of life really looked like. They were so welcoming and helpful and really made my time the most memorable it could be. I definitely became like one of their own and they will forever be my second family!
Lyda Sypawka
Lydia Sypawka
Univ. of Valencia
Summer 2016
I believe immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture is something everyone should experience. Spain was the perfect place to explore because of it is full of different cultures and traditions that have been around for many years. My favorite part of my experience was being able to not just visit but be a part of the Spaniards' everyday life.
Nicholas Alphin
Rachel Taylor
Univ. of Valencia - Faculty-led
Summer 2016
Torres de Serranos is a beautiful monument in Spain that you are allowed to climb and from the top you can see the whole city. It is one of the entrances to Valencia and historically that's how the kings and queens would enter into the city. In my picture you can see part of the city from the top.

Sweden

Morgan Chappuis

Morgan Chappuis
Jönköping Univ.
Fall 2014
You should study abroad in Sweden because not only will you have the chance to kiss a moose (seriously!), but you can also see so much of the country with such ease. And believe me when I say Sweden is beautiful - every day it looks like a postcard.

Lara Noren

Lara Noren
Gothenburg Univ.
Spring 2016
I think other students should study abroad in Sweden because it has a rich culture different from most European countries. The nature is stunning, the people are interesting, and the politics are very different than most of the world. During my stay in Gothenburg, a few friends and I decided to travel to Scandinavian Lapland, the northernmost part of Sweden and Norway in the Arctic Circle. I have never been to a more beautiful place, full of mountains, reindeer, dog-sledding, saunas, a LOT of snow, and the Northern Lights (the most breathtaking natural phenomenon in the world)!

Switzerland

Jason Walsh

Franklin Univ. Switzerland

Fall 2013

You should study abroad because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take classes in a foreign country and visit famous landmarks while meeting some of your future best friends and learning more about yourself. People never look back and regret the shots they took, but they will regret the shots they did not take.

United Kingdom- England

Kellie Dale in the UK
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Before studying abroad I had never traveled by myself. Landing in Heathrow airport was a humbling experience, but after spending a month constantly on the go I found a new sense of confidence in myself. I navigated all different types of transportation systems in many different languages. By the end of the trip, I was so confident in getting around different countries that it has made me want to travel a lot in the future.
Latrina Gilmore in the UK
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in Hatfield because it's the perfect college town. It's the perfect place to wind down and relax after a long day in London or Cambridge. The town might be small but it has a shopping center, club on campus, restaurants and bars. Study abroad, you won't regret it!!
Colin Hites in the UK
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
While studying abroad, you're thrown into a world far from what you've ever known and you really learn how to handle being on your own. The most enriching thing about my experience was meeting fellow UNCW students I would have otherwise not met had I not been a part of my study abroad program.
Kathryn Ippolito in the UK
King's College London - ISA
Summer 2015
England has something to offer for any major of study, you can study business or economics in London or literature at Shakespeare's home in Stratford-Upon-Avon. England has a massive literature, theater and film background and several sites that commemorate art available for students to explore.
Sarah Jones in the UK
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2015
Studying abroad in the United Kingdom was a fantastic first out-of-the-country experience for me. Studying at Roehampton University allowed me to take modules that helped me stay on track with my major back home while living and making friends with many European students.

Anna Maldonado

Anna Maldonado
Kingston Univ. - ISA
Summer 2014
Studying abroad in the U.K. gives you the chance to see sights you've seen a million times on television and in movies, like Big Ben and Stonehenge. You'll make amazing friends, experience something unlike anything you've ever done before, and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Zachary Policastro in the UK

Zachary Policastro
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK - Faculty-Led
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in England was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one I may never get again since the university made it both easy and affordable. The most enriching part of my experience was the ability to go to other countries and absorb their culture, make new friends and learn outside of the classroom.

Mary Quinn in the UK

Mary Quinn
Univ. of Hull
Spring 2015

Going from the US to the UK gives you advantages that many study abroad students don't have. Both being English speaking countries you can connect with locals, which will make your travels easier and will benefit you academically. The UK also offers everything from beaches to beautiful countrysides, obsessed sport fans, castles, and my favorite: weekend shopping trip in London!

Meghan Rutowski

Meghan Rutowski
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in London, England if you want to experience life in one of Europe's most amazing cities. London has something for everyone: art, theatre, music, clubs, historical sites, sports, royalty, and easy access to the rest of Europe. There is no place better to call home for a few months than this amazing city where you never run out of things to see and do!

Danielle Siegert in the UK

Danielle Siegert
Univ. of Southampton
Spring 2015
Southampton was an incredible destination for me, because I learned a ton about marine biology in a different context and was able to go on the field course, where I learned more field techniques in 10 days than I typically would in a semester. The Southampton exchange program also has an amazing housing stipend where housing is paid for, which allowed me to spend a month traveling around Europe without spending much more than I would in a semester at UNCW.
Rachael Trainor
Rachael Trainor
Univ. of Roehampton
Fall 2015

My favorite part of studying abroad in England was being able to make London my city. Being alone at first motivated me to learn everything I could about where I was going to be and what I was going to be able to do while I was there. I realize how much I've changed as a person because I pushed myself to go out of my comfort zone and really experience London as a local.

Daniel Tutterrow in the UK
Daniel Tutterrow
Univ. of Hull
Spring 2015

You should study abroad in order to gain a perspective you may never have the opportunity to gain otherwise. The abroad experience will gain you many eternal friendships and stories that will stick with you. Aside from this, England is a portal to a past that extends well before the colonization of the Americas and is a real mind-opener.

Caitlin Wallen abroad
Caitlin Wallen
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2015

You should study abroad at the University of Hertfordshire to experience a truly different and diverse experience. You get to meet interesting people from all over the world, learn from an amazing university that enlightens you while you learn, and you get to be in a central location where you can access the world.

Celina Wilson in the UK
Celina Wilson
Keele Univ.
Spring 2015

Studying in the United Kingdom at Keele University gives you the chance to see and live the British lifestyle. You learn and study at a school brimming with history and aesthetic value, giving you the best educational experience you can ask for.

Christopher Yon
Christopher Yon
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Summer 2015

What I found most enriching about my time in the UK was going on tours and learning about the history of famous landmarks and towns, such as the Tower of London and the town of Cambridge. While you can learn about history through textbooks, it is a very different and amazing experience to be there in person and take in all the sights and surroundings.

Jacob Caceres-Reyes
Jacob Caceres-Reyes
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2016

As a theater major, I was lucky to be able to see many fantastic productions in the West End. London's West End is the capital of theater in Europe. I also had the opportunity to be in the original cast of a new musical titled The Beau Monde at the University of Roehampton.

Hannah Clark
Hannah Clark
Keele Univ.
Academic Year 2015-16

Keele University itself and all of the people I met there were the most enriching part of my experience. I found that the people in England were so welcoming and friendly and helped with anything that I needed help with! The classes at Keele were amazing. All of the professors that I had the pleasure of having were very engaged in their subjects and they were always available to help students if they were struggling at all.

Christine Conger
Christine Conger
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2016

My favorite experience studying in England was the first time I went into London with fellow international students. We experienced traditional "tea time" and walked around London in awe of the city. We were all excited to be studying in England and we laughed so much while getting to know each other.

Jason Walsh
Maya DePasquale
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2016

My favorite experience in my host country of England was becoming a part of the women's rugby team at my university. I was able to learn a new sport that is popular and widespread throughout Europe while making life-long friends with the girls on my team. I was able to attend an amazing England vs. Wales rugby match at Twickenham Stadium, in which I witnessed the camaraderie of the rugby community (fans and players) as they chanted and cheered throughout the whole match.

Jason Walsh
Britton Edwards
Univ. of Hertfordshire - Faculty-led
Short-Term Spring 2016

One of the prime benefits of studying abroad in the United Kingdom is the rich diversity that courses through the nation, primarily in the bustling city of London. Both locals and tourists add to that diversity, making the city a mixture of every group of people that comes to experience the culture. Every street corner echoes with accents and languages originating from all across the world. During my visit, I was able to speak to people from nations I'd never visited and see the traditions of societies other than the ones I'd grown up with.

Jason Walsh
Britton Edwards
Univ. of Hertfordshire - Faculty-led
Short-Term Spring 2016

One of the prime benefits of studying abroad in the United Kingdom is the rich diversity that courses through the nation, primarily in the bustling city of London. Both locals and tourists add to that diversity, making the city a mixture of every group of people that comes to experience the culture. Every street corner echoes with accents and languages originating from all across the world. During my visit, I was able to speak to people from nations I'd never visited and see the traditions of societies other than the ones I'd grown up with.

Sarah Glenn
Sarah Glenn
Univ. of Roehampton
Fall 2015

My favorite thing to do in London was to ride on the top front seat of the double-decker bus, or just get a cup of tea and walk around the different markets. Also, during the holidays there are many Christmas markets around the city and the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is amazing. It is a beautifully-lit fair with rides, food, and so much holiday joy. I wake up every day missing that city, and cannot wait to go back.

Jacqueline Gould
Jacqueline Gould
Richmond, The American International University in London - AIFS
Spring 2016

There are countless cities in England that have rich history, like Bath or Canterbury. Besides exploring England, you can hop on a Megabus and visit Cardiff, Wales, or take a train to the capital of Scotland. What I found most enriching about my study abroad experience is how much I have grown. I have made countless new friends who have helped push me out of my comfort zone. I always enjoyed traveling and visiting new places, but in England I was constantly doing something different. My favorite experience in England was figuring out the bus system. After countless mistakes and navigating my way around, I finally felt like a local once I had the hang of it.

Jason Walsh
Kathryn Greisiger
Keele Univ.
Spring 2016

The United Kingdom, and England especially, is an amazing gateway to the rest of Europe.  With my program, not only did I meet UK students, but also students from all over the world. My semester abroad gave me the chance to discover my strengths and weaknesses and who I am as a person, and gave me a greater understanding of how the world works.

Kristen Hillson
Kristen Hillson
CSB Summer Study Abroad - Faculty-led
Summer 2016

Studying abroad in England has been the best experience I've had so far in college. Experiencing cultural differences for an extended period of time has taught me to adapt in a way I've never had to before. I feel more culturally aware, empathetic and understanding to people from different cultures. Exploring the city of London was my favorite part of the program. From walking across the Tower Bridge, touring Buckingham Palace, shopping on Oxford Street and discovering local restaurants I enjoyed every minute that I spent in the city.

Bailey Moore
Bailey Moore
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2016

From the hundreds of free museums in London to the rolling hills in the country side, England has a lot to offer. You really get to immerse yourself in English culture by staying on-campus at a university and living either with people from England or other international students from around the globe.

Diana Morgan
Diana Morgan
Queen Mary University of London - ISA
Spring 2016

When I saw Big Ben during the first week of my term, it finally hit me that I had arrived in London and was actually going to be living there for the next few months. The famous London rain was pouring down, and I called my dad to tell him to stop worrying, I was going to love it here.

Beata Pragji
Beata Pragji
Queen Mary University of London - ISA
Spring 2016

Being in England following Brexit was eye opening to other politics around the world. I kept telling them 'don't worry, the heat will be on the U.S come November!' I enjoyed being here during Euro 2016 as well; seeing an unmatched passion for a sport other than American football was nice. So many cultures are represented there and you could see that with what games they chose to play on their TVs at the pubs and all the colorful flags they displayed.

Jason Walsh
Ryan Ricks
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Summer 2016

England was a very worthwhile experience. My favorite place was the Harry Potter Museum. It was part of my life growing up, and is part of who I am. I got to see part of myself in real live action.

Jason Walsh
Melissa Trainer
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2016

Although my University in England was not directly in London, being only 20 minutes away from the heart of the city was the best part of my experience in the country. London is a city that is deep-set in its history and roots, but it is also an ever-changing and modern-minded city. For anyone that has the opportunity and desire to enhance their educational career, studying abroad is something I would highly recommend because it has truly changed my life in so many positive ways.

Caitlin Williams
Caitlin Williams
Southampton Univ.
Spring 2016

One of the main reasons I chose this study abroad experience is because all of the classes that I took transferred back to UNCW as useable classes towards my marine biology major. The professors at the NOC are truly concerned about their students' learning and aren't afraid to go over anything with you. The school goes above and beyond in the lab with hands-on experience. Most lab days we went out on the research vessels the week prior to collect our own samples to test in the lab. Above all, the city of Southampton itself is beautiful and historic.

Kathleen Wise
Kathleen Wise
 CIEE's London Open Campus - CIEE
Spring 2016

The thing I found most enriching about my experience was that I became much more empowered over the course of my program. I would highly suggest London as a study abroad option because even in such a big city, I was really able to find myself and what I was capable of. I learned to handle situations I would have never come into contact with here in the States and learned lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Study Abroad made me see that there are so many other viewpoints and ways of life than just what we see here in the US, and I truly think that I became a better person after going abroad.

United Kingdom- Scotland

Sarah Hicks in Scotland

Sarah Hicks
Univ. of Stirling
Summer 2015
In Stirling, you can study in one of the most beautiful parts in the world, surrounded by lakes, castles, and lots of history. The flexible class schedule and university's central location allows you to explore Scotland and the rest of Europe during your time studying abroad. You will be able to meet many Scottish people, who I believe are some of the friendliest people in the world.

Wesleigh Neville in Scotland

Wesleigh Neville
Univ. of Stirling
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in the Scotland, was an eye-opening experience, both educationally and culturally. Going outside my comfort zone to navigate excursions and delving into the rich culture and environment of Scotland was an incredibly enriching experience. Every day I immersed myself into the Scotland experience was an adventure!

Katelyn Olive in Scotland

Katelyn Olive
Univ. of Stirling
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in Scotland because of the deep and rich history the country has to offer, and the rolling green hills and amazing lochs are something out of a magazine. If you are hoping for a smaller college town filled with lovely coffee shops and even lovelier people, as well as a beautiful campus with plenty of opportunities to get involved while you are abroad, Stirling is a great option!

Ashley Simmons in Scotland

Ashley Simmons
Univ. of Stirling
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in Scotland because it is the most beautiful, inspiring, and magical country full of friendly, interesting people and amazing things to see and do. Scotland has a wonderful education program so I never felt out of place at the university. I returned much more appreciative of life, the world, and the people who inhabit it.

Cailyn Travaskiss in Scotland

Cailyn Trevaskiss
Univ. of Stirling
Spring 2015
The Americans I met abroad agree- Scotland is England's much cooler (in more ways than one) northern cousin. Scottish history astounds with its significance, its scenery brings tears to your eyes (the wind!), its cuisine emboldens, its people welcome, and its song and dance make it impossible to stay still! The Land of the Scots provides an international experience like no other!

Amber Mangione

Amber Mangione
Univ. of Stirling
Spring 2015
My absolute favorite places in Scotland were the Highlands and the city of Edinburgh. The Highlands are breathtakingly beautiful and seem so unreal that it feels like you are in a different world. Edinburgh is full of history and offers tourists plenty to do, from hiking on Arthur's Seat to shopping and museum-wandering on the Royal Mile.

Madeleine Manz

Madeleine Manz
Univ. of Stirling
Spring 2016
Living in Stirling gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Scottish culture, whether it be exploring small coffee shops in town or castles and monuments filled with history. It's also only a train ride away from big cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, which gives you opportunities for day or weekend trips. Scotland is filled with the friendliest of people, and that is truly experienced in Stirling.

United Kingdom- Wales

Samantha Badgett in Wales

Samantha Badgett
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2015
Located in the U.K., in the country of Wales, Swansea is perfect for those who want to travel abroad, but don't want the stress of living in a foreign country; Language is not an issue, since everyone speaks English. While in Swansea there will also be a group of UNCW students and an honor's professor, who, like yourself, is first learning what it is like to be living in the scenic country of Wales. Wales has some of the world's most beautiful beaches and ancient castles loom amongst the rolling hills filled with thousands of Welch sheep.

Joel Barrio in Wales

Joel Barrio
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2015
Swansea is almost the English (or Welsh) equivalent of Wilmington. By that I mean it's a port city with a newer University beside it, but everything is a lot closer together. I feel as if I know a lot more about the world from studying abroad and that was only from a semester across the pond. I will forever have friends that I met on my travels scattered across different countries, and I can't wait to make more.

Mariana De Lara in Wales

Mariana De Lara
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
Studying is Wales is great because it gives you an international feel without you having to learn another language. Additionally, you will be in a prime location to travel to well-known cities like London, Paris, and Dublin, while still getting a small-community experience when you're not traveling.

Natalie Hunter

Natalie Hunter
Swansea Univ.
Fall 2014
Swansea is a city with great beaches, but also legendary mountains (Breacon Beacons) with amazing hiking and beautiful cliffs on the coast (The Gower Peninsula) that will take your breath away. I had the time of my life at Swansea and was able to travel to 5 different countries while studying there because of how close it is to so many other countries.

Helen Shuping in Wales

Helen Shuping
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2015
I think studying abroad is a necessity. It is so accessible to UNCW students and has truly transformed the way I see the world. It is important to expand your horizons and not remain stuck in the same position for 4 years, or even more. Sometimes it can feel like school is a chore, but studying abroad in a different country has made me appreciate all the learning opportunities I am given. I have been able to travel, make new life-long friends, and experience things I never thought possible.

Yaritza Delgado

Yaritza Delgado
Swansea Univ.
Academic Year 2015-16
Other people should study abroad in Wales because it is such a magnificent and beautiful country. The University of Swansea is not only full of really friendly people and knowledgeable lecturers, but is also next to the beach! The city centre is very close and provides many things to do, from grocery and clothes shopping to laser tag and cinema. Everyone in the city makes you feel at home and it is very easy to get used to the way of life there. I met the most amazing people and made incredible friends that helped me grow as a person and taught me that family does not have to be blood-related.

Alexandria Dempsey

Alexandria Dempsey
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
Wales is a fantastic place because its charm is unparalleled anywhere else. University life in Swansea is a great balance between learning and experiencing. I think that traveling across Europe during spring break and seeing how differently people as a whole act around the world was incredibly worthwhile. I think that studying abroad in the UK is enriching because society there has a perfect balance between the familiar and the new.

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Bracy Heinlein
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
My favorite experience in Wales would have to be hiking Mt. Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales. Not only was it extremely satisfying to make it to the top and look out across this vast expanse of hills, mountains, and lakes, but I got to climb it with some of my best friends - friends I made through studying abroad. Whether through words of encouragement or simply the powerful drive of competition and wanting to make it to the top first, I couldn't have made it without them.

Madeline Martin

Madeline Martin
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
I cannot recommend studying abroad in Wales highly enough. It is a country that is somewhat off the "beaten path" and allows one to truly delve into its culture. I personally loved doing things outdoors in nature and Wales is perfect for that. It is extremely scenic and offers places of natural beauty like the Gower Peninsula, Brecon Beacons National Park, and Snowdonia National Park for visitors to explore as well.
Jason Walsh
Brenna Slingerland
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
One of my favorite places in Swansea is the Wales Coast Path, a walking path that runs the entire length of Wales. My friends and I often walked the Coast Path from the University to the headland of Mumbles, and once we hiked out to Langland Bay with a picnic lunch and spent the entire (sunny!) day on the beach, chatting, playing games, and relaxing. There is so much to explore in Wales, and the Coast Path is only part of it!
Jason Walsh
Grace Wallace
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
We had finished our last meal together (the six of us) at our favorite restaurant in the Swansea city center. Instead of catching a bus to campus, we meandered back on the beach - finally settling down in the sand as dusk lost the last of its color. We laughed over the last 6 months in a quiet moment where no one really had to say how much we mattered to one another, how much this semester had mattered to all of us, how much we would miss this country.
Jason Walsh
Olivia Winchell
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2016
My favorite experience of studying abroad in Swansea was traveling to Three Cliffs Bay. To get to the cliffs, you had to make your way through a herd of cows, climb a huge sand hill, and hike 30 minutes into the countryside. However, reaching the cliffs and looking out over the beautiful Gower Peninsula made the crazy journey there priceless.

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OCEANIA

Australia

Jenna Abbaticchio in Australia
Jenna Abbaticchio
Bond Univ. - ISA
Spring 2015

While studying abroad in Australia, you will have unforgettable experiences in a vacation-like atmosphere while being challenged to step out of your comfort zone.

Kelly Armstrong in Australia
Kelly Armstrong
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2015

You should completely study at James Cook University in Townsville because of its friendly people, cultural activities, and amazing location. Located close to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Townsville is the perfect place to go to enjoy Tropical Australia!

Rachel Baker
Rachel Baker
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2016

Australia is an incredible country that offers diverse climates and unique landscapes that make it perfect for travel during study breaks and before or after study terms. For anyone with wanderlust who wants to adventure to new places that are unlike anything they can find in the U.S. on top of getting a global educational experience, Australia is a great choice. My favorite experience was visiting Royal National Park and going on a two-day hiking trail with new friends from all over the US and Australia.

Jason Walsh
Caley Bass
Univ. of Canberra
Spring 2016

I was able to travel to Queensland, Australia for 11 days where I went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, stayed in the oldest rainforest in the world, and spent a day on the beautiful Fitzroy Island.  While in Australia, I also got to hold a koala bear, see kangaroos daily, and learn heaps of  Australian lingo.

Kayla Belk
Kayla Belk
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2016

Getting out of one's comfort zone is necessary to grow as a person, and Australia is a fantastic place to do so. This is because it is a foreign country yet very similar to America (but with nicer people and better coffee). It was a great first place to travel for me, and I am confident it will be for future students as well. The best gift that traveling gave me throughout my semester abroad was perspective; I now look at the world through an entirely different lens.


Chelsea Black
Chelsea Black
James Cook Univ.
Fall 2014

Studying abroad is a priceless experience no matter where you choose to go; studying abroad in Australia is great for Marine Biology or Biology majors because you have the opportunity to take your knowledge outside of the classroom and do hands-on activities such as research on the Great Barrier Reef - you just won't get this amazing opportunity anywhere else.

Mari-Christine Denarie in Australia

Marie-Christine Denarie

James Cook Univ.
Spring 2015

Studying abroad in Australia is almost as far away from your comfort zone as you can get, and you do not even need to learn a new language. For those who are marine biology majors, there is nothing better than actually living on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most incredibly diverse marine ecosystems in the world.

Ally Kristan in Australia

Ally Kristan
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2015
You absolutely should study abroad because the world is an enormous place full of different places and people to see and experience that you can't do from simply looking at photos. I have never felt more fulfilled in my entire life, and I did not realize all of the growth that I still had to do until I was on the other side of the world seeing places I've never even imagined.

Joel Mauldin

Joel Mauldin
Western Sydney Univ.
Spring 2014

If you choose to study in Australia, you will see things that very few people in the United States have the opportunity to see. Diving the Great Barrier Reef, visiting New Zealand, and hanging out at the opera house are just some of the things you'll have to choose from. Not to mention Australians are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Alexandria McLoota

Alexandra McLoota
Bond Univ. - ISA
Fall 2015
While in Australia, I was able to travel to Airlie Beach and live on a sailboat while cruising through the Whitsundays islands for a few days. We saw some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and snorkeled in the crystal clear waters. I was able to travel with a group of my new friends, as well as meet a ton of people from various parts of the world.

Alyssa Panzer

Alyssa Panzer
Univ. of Wollongong
Fall 2015
My absolute favorite experience in Australia was my Spring Break trip, where I was living on a boat for 3 days and diving the Great Barrier Reef, then driving a campervan down the east coast from Cairns to Sydney for a week. That experience followed by driving 3000 kilometers through diverse territories and cities in Australia, observing the transition from a stretch of national parks to coastal drives and numerous cities, truly made my experience in Australia rich and exciting.

Jennifer Patetta

Jennifer Patetta
Charles Sturt Univ.
Spring 2014
The experiences you will have and the people you will meet will stay with you for a life time, and it is a good time to check those crazy items off of your bucket list, like scuba diving on The Great Barrier Reef or swimming with whale sharks. Everyone should experience what it feels like to live abroad and what other countries have to offer.

Ariel Potter in Australia

Ariel Potter
James Cook Univ.
Academic Year 2014-15
James Cook University has a wonderful education program so it is important to take your studies seriously, but there is also so much to experience outside of the university. It is easy to travel all along the coast and to other countries from Townsville and I highly encourage traveling with other students to create unforgettable memories. Also, it is very easy to be involved in university activities such as clubs, sports, and volunteer events that will enhance your experience abroad.

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.
Jason Walsh
Rachel Callaghan
Univ. of Newcastle
Spring 2016

Although we, as Americans, tend to assume that Australian culture has little difference from our own due to a common language and similar influences throughout history, studying in Australia provides an eye-opening and life changing experience. Even though there may be the comfort of speaking a common language, there are times when personal beliefs will be challenged and the differences in lifestyles and environments between countries will motivate you to make the most of your time.

Peter Dewar
Peter Dewar
Curtin Univ.
Spring 2016

One of the greatest experiences I had in Australia was a simple weekend with some of my local friends while we visited their hometowns because I felt like I was getting a real taste of Australia. Enjoying a home-cooked Australian meal, watching some Aussie Rules Football with a group of passionate fans, and experiencing the different dynamics of Australian families were all fantastic experiences that helped my Australian experience feel even more authentic. Whereas a large part of my time abroad was spent at a university, this time with my friends' families felt like a small cross-section of what life as a regular Australian is like.

Miranda Fabian
Miranda Fabian
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2016

When people think of traveling, their minds immediately jump to Europe. Don't get me wrong, Europe is amazing and has a lot to offer. But to me, there is truly nothing like the raw adventure, open bare plains, rich ocean life, incredible mountains and unique animals of Australia. The people are laid back and calm, while also rugged and rough. The history is intense, and something we don't learn about in the States.

MaryKate Foust
MaryKate Foust
Univ. of Wollongong - Faculty-Led
Summer 2016

Studying abroad in Australia was an amazing opportunity to experience another culture on the other side of the planet. It's a wonderful place for students to go because there is no language barrier, but there are still communities of people from all over the world. The best part of my study abroad experience was snorkeling and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. It was by far the most amazing thing I've ever done, swimming among the wildlife of Australia!

Jacqueline Hartman
Jacqueline Hartman
Murdoch Univ. - CIEE
Summer 2016

Australia is well known for Marine Biology because of its beautiful coral reefs and crystal clear waters. Perth, Australia offers historic downtown areas and beaches within a 20-mile radius. My greatest experience was being able to travel to the remote and pristine Ningaloo Reef that most locals do not even have the opportunity to visit. At Ningaloo Reef, I was able to perform a week's worth of research, hike along creeks, see wild kangaroos, and swim with a whale shark. Traveling specifically to Perth gave me an insight into true Australian culture because it is not as congested with tourists as Sydney or Melbourne. Studying abroad is about experiencing something greater and seeing a different way of doing things.

Casey Sandmeyer
Casey Sandmeyer
Griffith University - ISA
Spring 2016

The people in Australia are so warm and welcoming that it is so easy to feel at home there. Along with the country's abundant cultural benefits it is also abundant in natural beauty and is amazing place to spend an extended period of time studying. My favorite experience in Australia was my trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Being able to witness one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World in person was something I never thought I would be able to do.

Jason Walsh
Melina Steensen
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2016

I believe Cairns was the most interesting and beautiful place in Australia. While in Cairns, I hiked into the mountains of the tropical savanna, and I dove at the Great Barrier Reef. There was never a boring day!

Jason Walsh
Kate Tito
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2016

My favorite experience in Australia was getting to scuba dive in unique locations. As a marine biology major, this opportunity was a dream come true for me. I have been waiting my whole life to get the chance to scuba dive in these pristine waters, and this study abroad experience made my dreams a reality.

Victoria Vaillancourt
Victoria Vaillancourt
Univ. of Wollongong
Summer 2016

My experience as an international student in Australia was truly life changing. The time that I spent there helped me to realize how wonderful the world is. From exploring where I was, to diving the Great Barrier Reef, each day brought a new adventure. The faculty-led program I attended allowed me to have the comfort of a UNCW professor, while still being able to immerse myself in a new learning environment. I made lifelong friends, and learned a great deal about myself along the way. I highly recommend studying abroad in Australia, as it was the best few months of my life.

Leah Wills
Leah Wills
Univ. of Wollongong
Summer 2016

The University of Wollongong is a coastal university in Australia, and is home to many beaches. Some of my favorite memories are on the beaches, rock pools, and lighthouses that were only a ten-minute walk from my dorm. When a huge storm would come in, I would head down to Flagstaff Lighthouse with my friends and watch in amazement as the enormous waves would crash against the rocks.

New Zealand

Jason Walsh
Brooke Young
Univ. of Waikato
Spring 2016

My favorite experience in New Zealand was traveling to the South Island with two of the friends I made there. One was from Norway and the other from Canada; we went on excursions, and we were not afraid to try anything new.

Multi-Country

Wesley Bonnin while on Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea
Spring 2015
You should study abroad through Semester at Sea because you have the opportunity to travel to 14 different countries and learn about each country's culture and people. Semester at Sea encouraged me to ask questions and to think for myself. Studying abroad opened up my eyes to new cultures, different people, and religious beliefs I had never learned about before.
Rachel Davey on Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea
Spring 2015
Nothing else is like Semester at Sea. Imagine waking up and watching a sunrise over a new part of the world every day and then going to sleep after exploring a brand new country.
Kelsey Dawson
Recreation, Sports Leadership & Tourism Management - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
The Recreation, Sports Leadership, & Tourism Management study abroad program in Germany and Austria is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like no other. From different food and languages, to different recreational habits, my eyes were opened to an entire new culture and lifestyle.
Rachel Ferrara
Semester at Sea
Fall 2015
During my stay in Morocco, I had the opportunity to travel by camel to a nomad camp that rests in the Sahara desert. That night, as I lay upon miles of desert sand, I was able to see an awe-inspiring midnight sky full of more stars than I knew were possible to see. I felt so in touch with the world and my surroundings; I would not trade that memory for anything.

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson
Art & Philosophy in Florence & Paris - Faculty-Led
Summer 2014
Florence and Paris are two of the most beautiful cities in the world. Having the opportunity to fully immerse myself into their cultures helped to not only broaden my perspective, but make me a more well-rounded individual. Studying abroad, in my book, is something everyone needs to experience.

Danielle Kelly

Danielle Kelly
Semester at Sea
Fall 2015
During my time in Morocco, I had the opportunity to go on a camel trek through the Sahara desert. I experienced the traditional meals, housing, and culture of the native Berber people, while also learning about the history and customs of the Moroccan people.

Kali Petty

Kali Petty
Semester at Sea
Fall 2015
My favorite experience while on Semester at Sea was going on a camel trek in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. I was able to fully immerse myself in Moroccan traditions, including riding a camel, eating authentic Moroccan food in the desert, listening and singing Moroccan songs around a campfire, and sleeping in tents.
Jason Walsh
Chrysanthi Siarkas
Short-term Faculty-Led
Short-term Spring 2016
One night in Barcelona, my study abroad group went on a bike tour of the city. It was an incredible experience to go from feeling like a tourist in a new place to feeling like a local simply enjoying a beautiful night. The realization that two places can be so different yet so alike is truly an amazing experience.
Nicole Tomaselli
Nicole Tomaselli
Semester at Sea
Spring 2016
My experience with Semester at Sea allowed me to travel to 11 different countries and 5 cities, and in each place I had a totally different experience. One of the most enriching countries I visited was probably Ghana, where I was able to volunteer in the Senase Village interacting with children and fully immersing myself within Ghanaian culture.
Natasha Pate
Natasha Pate
HON 120: Cruising the Cultures of the Mediterranean - Faculty-Led
Short-Term Spring 2016
I was fortunate to travel through many countries during my study abroad experience, including Spain, France, Italy and Malta, on a Mediterranean cruise during the spring break of 2016. Riding through the streets of Barcelona on a bike tour guided by a local man was my favorite experience. I will never forget the sight of the city lights at night or the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.

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