uncw office of
international progams

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

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

Study abroad ambassadors and international students in front of trolly

Study Abroad Ambassadors

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

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

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Morocco

Jason Walsh

ISA Meknes Study Center
Spring 2013

If you want to see, taste, smell or feel something amazing, an easy way to do that is just go somewhere you have never been, and let them show you how to live.  Don't hold back and be self conscious. Just let yourself be immersed in the experience and you will find that the experience will change you one way or another.

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.

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 all sides of a beautiful country that is so rich in diversity.

Nicole Whitley
Nicole Whitley
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Univ.
Fall 2014
South Africa is truly a beautiful country, full of breathtaking landscapes of both beaches and mountains. There are so many unique opportunities like paragliding from Table Mountain, hanging out with orphaned elephants, or even petting a cheetah. My study abroad experience changed my life in so many ways - if you love adventure and want something out of the ordinary, then South Africa is the perfect place for you!

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AMERICAS

Argentina

Meredith Hughes
Buenos Aires - Capital of Culture
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
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.
Devin Wensevic
Buenos Aires-Capital of Culture
Spring 2014
Traveling with a faculty led group is great for first time travelers because there is a schedule that structures the trip, but students are also given time to explore on their own and in smaller groups in order to take the most home from such an interesting time in another country.

Belize

Andie Cuiffo in Belize
Landscapes of Belize: Exploration of the Sibun River Watershed
Spring 2015
Studying abroad in Belize was the best decision I've ever made; I got an opportunity to surround myself with mountains, paddle down the treasured Sibun River, hike through the jungle, dive with fish and collect conch shells in my front yard. The geography is so diverse and beautiful and the people there are extremely kind-hearted. It was an experience hard to put into words.

Brazil

Michael Burrows
Univ. do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)
Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Florianopolis Brazil to take advantage of and experience a mixture of cultures, people, accents, and ideas from all over Brazil. The inhabitants of this area are from all over Brazil and the world, which provides a rich and valuable cultural experience hard to find elsewhere.
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
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.
Bailey Gayden
Pontificia Univ. Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
Summer 2014
You should study abroad in Chile because this program is incredible and unlike any other. You live right along the coastline with the beach, the city, and the mountains at your fingertips. You can experience everything from wine tasting at a vineyard to skiing in the Andes and so much more. I know that through this experience, I've made friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Christian Harris
Chile Summer Study Abroad
Summer 2014
Being in Chile it takes you out of your comfort zone in a positive way, and before you know it, the country itself will capture your heart through its stunning scenery and its many attractions. The country is simply phenomenal, yet underestimated, but regardless, it's something that should be seen with one's own eyes.
Lindsay Johnson
Chile Summer Study Abroad
Summer 2014
Although it is cliche to say, my experience in Chile really did change my life. Not only did it open my world to the different customs and culture that surrounded me each day, but I also felt myself become a part of the Chilean world. This program entices you to better yourself and to learn about aspects of Chile that the average American may have never known.
Katherine Slayton
Chile Summer Study Abroad
Summer 2013
I do not think that I could find words sufficient enough to describe my time abroad in Chile, but what I can say is this: You will not only get to experience one of the most beautiful and dynamic cultures in the world, but you will also discover strengths and abilities in yourself that you never thought were possible. I hope that you will go and take in every opportunity, experience, and adventure that awaits you there!
Grace Tomalavage
Pontificia Univ. Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
Summer 2014
Chile is such a fascinating country because it has so many different landscapes such as Patagonia, the Atacama desert, the Pacific coast, the Andes, and more. If you want to learn the Spanish language, I think there is no better place because the majority of the people are open, understanding, and willing to help you learn!

Costa Rica

Katherine Billig in Costa Rica
Capturing Costa Rica - HON 212
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 zip lining opportunities.
Kathleen Boyette
Univ. Veritas
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
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
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
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. The environment is incredible, the people are kind and loving and the culture is lively and spirited.
Derek Detweiler in Costa Rica
Capturing Costa Rica - HON 212
Spring 2015
One day in Costa Rica can be spent admiring the sunset over the clear blue waters of the Pacific while the next day can be spent enjoying a hike in a mountainous cloud forest. The locals, who emphasize the intimate bond between humans and nature, will welcome you with happiness, joy, and generosity with an enthusiastic '¡pura vida!,' meaning 'pure life/this is living!'
Lauren Tickle in Costa Rica
Service-Learning 8 week program - ISA
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in Costa Rica not only promised me a lifetime full of unforgettable memories, but also a home. Not only was I living in paradise, but also learning a new language that opened a whole new door to the population with whom I was living. I know for a fact that one day, I will call Costa Rica my home. I met the most amazing people and fell in love with the most beautiful land.
Bailey Umbaugh in Costa Rica
Walking in the Shoes of an English Language Learner
Summer 2015
It was a life-changing experience to be immersed in another way of living through home stays, meeting locals, taking Spanish classes, and exploring all that Costa Rica has to offer. While abroad I was able to realize that although we may come from totally different countries, backgrounds, and cultures, we as people are a lot more alike than different.

Cuba

Christina Salerno
Univ. of Havana
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.
Alexandra Rhoades
Univ. of Havana
Fall 2014
Studying abroad in Cuba offers students the chance to learn about a country and culture previously unknown to most Americans. Havana and outside the capital are two complete different sides of Cuba that everyone must see. From climbing mogotes to spending time with friends on the malecon, I highly recommend studying abroad in Cuba!

 Ecuador

Josephine Frith
Animal Behavior in Andean Ecuador
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.
Marilyn Roth in Ecuador
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Spring 2015
Ecuador is the best place to study abroad because of its unique diversity. It has the beaches, the mountains, the Amazon rain forest, the Galapagos Islands, and everywhere in between. You will love the culture, the school, and you will make friends that will last a lifetime!
Sarah Rucker in Ecuador
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Spring 2015
When you study abroad, you are constantly challenged personally, academically, culturally in the most beautiful ways that will enrich your life forever. Both Valparaiso, Chile and Quito, Ecuador were amazing fits for me - the Latino culture in both cities reaches out to hug you with its vibrance immediately upon your arrival, and its warmth stays with you all of the way through.
Harrison Stewart in Ecuador
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
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.

Peru

Mariah Tugel
UNCW Honors in Peru
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

Jason Walsh
International Student from China
Shanghai International Studies Univ.
Fall 2015

There are more and more opportunities in China, especially in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing, which you will be able to take advantage of while studying abroad. People in China are very kind to people from other countries, so you will have a great experience making friends with Chinese people.

Jessica Page in China
Chasing China: Language and Life in the Far East
Summer 2014

Studying abroad in China was more amazing than I could of have ever imagined. With its friendly people, crazy cuisine, busy cities, beautiful ancient temples and gardens, and breathtaking mountain views, China opened my eyes to a place more culturally diverse than I ever expected. Choosing China was the greatest choice I have ever made, having found a place my heart could call its second home.

Lydia Stellwag
Chasing China: Language and Life in the Far East
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.

Corey Stringer

UNCW Chasing China: Language and Life in the Far East

Summer 2014

Studying abroad is one of the most crucial learning experiences you can ever be a part of. Not only will you learn about the culture of another country, but you will learn something important about yourself that will enable you to return to UNCW even better prepared than before to soar into the future.

Parker Webb-Mitchell in China
UNCW China Summer Abroad
Summer 2014
If you're feeling adventurous and want to step out of your comfort zone than you should already be in China. It will turn your world upside down in the best way possible and you will never experience anything like it again.

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.

Japan

Gabrielle Adeoti in Japan

UNCW Japanese Study Abroad

Summer 2015

Study abroad to expand your mind, learn about new ways to live, and make friends around the world. What I found most enriching about my study abroad experience was how I got to really immerse myself in the culture and customs of Japan, and I gained a new appreciation of a completely different and refreshing way of way of life.

Nicole Corso

Western Japan Consortium, Osaka Kyoiku Univ.

Academic Year 13-14

Because the option for studying Japanese is limited at UNCW (only 4 classes) it is such an amazing way to continue learning the language to a proficient level. In addition, the history, beauty, and culture of Japan is absolutely stunning, and just to be able study around and in it is an irreplaceable opportunity.

David Gilmore in Japan

UNCW Japan Study Abroad

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.

Brad Hays

UNCW Japanese Study Abroad

Summer 2014

It is such an incredible experience to learn about a completely different culture like that of Japan. Immersing myself there also allowed me to advance my Japanese language skills much more than I could have at home. If you would like to learn Japanese, you should absolutely study abroad!

Jennifer Madden

UNCW Japanese Study Abroad

Summer 2014

Japan is a great place to see history and the modern world side by side. There are so many small temples and shrines to discover, as well as tons of food and shopping! Rich in culture and tradition, Japan is a beautiful place to explore and expose yourself to new experiences.

Bethany Showers in Japan

UNCW Japanese Study Abroad

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.

South Korea

Cessely Gordon in South Korea

Seoul - Summer Korean Studies - CIEE

Summer 2015

Study abroad in Korea where you can visit palaces and temples in the same area as twenty story department stores and outdoor markets. Or you can go hiking and take in the view while resting at a Buddhist temple or Confucian school. You can experience the history of the culture while simultaneously experiencing modern, high-tech South Korea.

Thailand

Xavier Ava Hart

Cultural Tourism and Transport Tourism

Summer 2014

Thailand provided the epitome of a culture shock for me, in every form of the word. This gave me perfect insight as to what it is like to be a complete stranger in a whole new world, and will be the best hands on experience for any student, anywhere.

Emily Soukhaphon

Recreation Sports Leadership and Tourism Management

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

Czech Republic

Karla Berrios
Masaryk Univ.
Spring 2013
During my semester in the Czech Republic I had the opportunity to take most of my courses in Central European studies. Since I am a history major, it was a fascinating experience to learn about the extensive regional history from the perspective of professors and students from the region itself. I also got to make friends from over 40 different countries and travel all over Europe.
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.
Parker Webb-Mitchell
Prague Consulting Project
Spring 2015
This experience with the Prague Consulting Project program will be the thing you are most proud of and confident in putting on your resume or bringing to an interview. The other bright side is that you get to spend Spring Break with what practically becomes your family in one of the best countries in Europe.

Finland

Maija Syrjanen
Univ. of Oulu
Spring 14
Finland is known for it's high quality education. Finland is also a country of thousands of lakes, Lapland wilderness and high technology cities such as Oulu. The University of Oulu has an excellent reputation and it is often ranked among the top international universities in the world.
Anthony Wilbanks
Univ. of Oulu
Academic Year 13-14
Finland is absolutely beautiful in the winter time. Everything is covered in fluffy snow. Also, the culture in Finland is unlike anything else. To be able to get a view on world issues from another perspective is life-enriching because it allows one to change their strain of thought to a more worldly sense rather than a single, idealistic view based on culture alone.

France

James Bailey in France
KEDGE
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
KEDGE
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 experiece and the unforgettable life-long international connections you make!
Emily Bender in France
KEDGE
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 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.
Christian Densmore in France
KEDGE
Spring 2015
The most enriching part of studying abroad was meeting amazing, life-long friends from all over the world. I made endless memories with the people I met, and now have a network of friends around the globe. Not only do you get the chance to make friends like this, but you get to travel with them. Last Spring Kedge had over 200 international exchange students, so it is very easy to make many good friends. We traveled all over Europe, had the best times of our lives, and learned invaluable life lessons and skills.
Hannah Edgerly
KEDGE
Fall 2014
Do you want to challenge yourself? If so, this is the country for you. This is the time in your life to experience the world and learn as much as possible about different cultures. Soak in a new lifestyle and meet people you will never forget!
Morgan Green
Morgan Green
KEDGE
Spring 2014
Studying abroad in Marseille, France gave me a once in a lifetime experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I have learned from all of my travels abroad in ways that I never expected and have truly become a better person with a more global mindset.
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.
Ryan Lenzmeier in France
Ryan Lenzmeier
Universite Catholique de Lille - ISA
Summer 2015
Everyone should study abroad, so that you can grow and expand in new directions by trying new foods, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. You will gain insight into what makes you particularly unique and how you fit and contribute to the endless progression of humanity. The time I spent in France, is already affecting how I live my life and relate to others.
Amber Morris in France
Amber Morris
Paris - Summer language + Culture - CIEE
Summer 2015
There is no better way to be fully immersed in the history, culture, and language of a country than to be living and studying in its biggest and busiest city... Paris, France. There is always something new to see and experience making every day a new adventure. Studying in Paris and using the language every day made me feel that I received the most I possibly could of my French education at UNCW.
Emily Murray in France
Emily Murray
KEDGE
Summer 2015
My summer in the Med. program helped me learn so much about myself and the world abroad. Although the Med. program is only one month, it's enough time to truly immerse yourself in French/Mediterranean culture. Also, this program includes activities and trips, and students are encouraged to travel on weekends making it easier to practice your French with native speakers.
Daniella Ognibene in France
Daniella Ognibene
KEDGE
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.
Annie Phan
Summer on the Mediterranean
Spring 2014
Everything about this program offers you a chance to fully immerse yourself in an environment so different from any that you could experience in America and allows you to make some of the most remarkable memories with fifty other students. The food, the language, the people, everything is locally, authentically French.
Tim Quinn in France
KEDGE
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.
Mackenzie Slyman in France
The Sorbonne - ISA
Spring 2015
Studying abroad in Paris puts you into what feels like the center of the world. You can tour a world-renown museum in the morning, stop for a picnic along the Seine, listen the bells of Notre-Dame play from inside the cathedral, snag a crepe from a street vendor during an afternoon stroll through Montmartre, and top it all off with the glittering spectacle that is the Eiffel Tower at night. And that's just one day in Paris.

Germany

Nicholas Alphin
Business in Bremen, Germany
Spring 2014
Bremen is located in Northwest Germany and is home to some of the best seafood in Europe, home of Beck's beer, filled with historical significance and located in close proximity to many major cities. Although located in the smallest state of Germany, this home of 250,000 residents is booming with a thriving art and musical community.
Taylor Benson in Germany
Business in Bremen 2015
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.
Nicholas Alphin
Hochschule Bremen
Summer 2014
Studying abroad in Bremen was a fantastic culturally enriching experience. The city is small but lively, and the people are friendly. Not only was I in Germany when they wont the world cup, but I also visited Prague and Amsterdam in my time abroad.
Jamie Dreifus in Germany
Hochschule Bremen
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 2015
Summer 2014
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.
Madalyn Hodgdon
Hochschule Bremen
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in Bremen, Germany because you have a great opportunity to live in Europe for an extended period of time and learn about the culture and language. Bremen is so charming, fun, and a great location if you plan to travel throughout Europe. Bremen was such a great German town that left me with the greatest memories.
Ariel Murray
Hochschule Bremen
Summer 2014
You should study abroad in Bremen, Germany because it is the best place to perfect your German and learn about the rich and amazing culture that exists there. From the Schlachte to Domsheide, the Hochschule Bremen is centrally located to everything that makes Germany beautiful; there will never be a dull moment!
Shannon Phelps in Germany
Business in Bremen 2015
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.
Cierra Ray
Hochschule Bremen
Summer 2014
You should study abroad in Bremen, Germany because you will not find a friendlier town with a large population of students and activities. Bremen is centrally located in Europe that makes travel to other places across Europe very easy. The host school and students make sure you have the best and most fulfilling experience during your time in Bremen.
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.
Theresa Roling
Hochschule Bremen
Academic Year 2014
The country is located in the centre of Europe which opens up a lot of opportunities regarding traveling and getting to know other countries around Germany. Also the entire public transport system offers a lot of fast and cheap/affordable traveling all around the country and across borders. The German culture is also very interesting and the country has a rich diversity even though it's not especially large.
Colin Schmidt in Germany
Intensive German Language Summer Program in Germany
Summer 2015
While studing 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.

Greece

Jordan Gossett
American College of Greece, AIFS
Fall 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.

Ireland

Sam Athey

Samantha Athey
National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth
Spring 2013
Studying in Maynooth, Ireland for the Spring was amazing because not only did I get to explore Ireland, but also other parts of Europe - I took advantage of every vacation I had! Ireland was also great because the people were warm and welcoming, I got to take all my classes in English, and, most importantly, have a lot of fun!

Carolina Burkhalter

Caroline Burkhalter
National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth
Spring 2014
Studying in Ireland is a great opportunity for students who may not be proficient in a language other than English. The Irish culture is fascinating, warm, and welcoming. The country is absolutely beautiful and easy to travel! I loved being in the adorable town of Maynooth where everything became a home away from home, yet I was only a bus or train ride away from the excitement of Dublin!

Santiago Ortiz Barragan in Ireland

Santiago Ortiz Barragan
UNCW @ Maynooth: A Fall Program for First Year Spring Admitted Students
Fall 2014
You should study abroad in the FYSA program because you get to meet people from UNCW before even getting to UNCW. You get to travel around without having to take a gap semester/year.

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!
Heather Slice
Heather Slice
Univ. of Limerick
Summer 2012
Ireland is a great place to study abroad if you are not proficient in another language but are interested in being immersed in another culture. It is similar enough to the U.S. in many ways, but it is also very different in others.
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 begin 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!

Italy

Samantha Meo
Logan Brantley
Universite Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - ISEP
Spring 2014
There is no where in the world like Milan, with its clash of new world and old. You can sip on a cappuccino overlooking the centuries-old Duomo, or you could take a stroll around the Gariabaldi area where you can gaze upon the only skyscraper in Italy!
Katelyn Cochrane
Katelyn Cochrane
American Univ. of Rome
Fall 2013
Studying abroad in Rome Italy was the most amazing experience of my life. ISA planned great trips all over Italy, which allowed me to really make Italy feel like home. In addition to seeing Italy, Rome's central location in Europe allowed for great access to many other European countries. I fell in love with Italy and am completely confident that anyone else who chooses to study here would also fall in love with the beauty and history that is Italy.
Francesca Giordano
Francesca Giordano
Florence Unic. of the Arts - ISA
Spring 2015
Florence is exactly what you picture Italy to look like. Each street is thousands of years old and filled with so much history. Even school was amazing. I had the opportunity to take classes that I would never been able to take in the states. I took classes like Iphoneography, digital animation, and social media and they were all hands and the teachers were so friendly.
Julia Horvitz in Italy
Julia Horvitz
Richmond in Florence - AIFS
Spring 2015
Immersing yourself in other cultures is a great way to come out of your comfort zone and learn so many new things about yourself. After my semester in Italy, I gained a new perspective on my values and have a new appreciation and respect for other cultures and customs around the world.
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 ending products. They used much fresher ingredients in Italy than we do in the US, which was really interesting to experience.

Samantha Meo

Samantha Meo
Richmond in Rome
Spring 2014
AIFS has multiple museum tours, cooking classes, wine tasting classes, along with many other excursions and activities to do almost every day of the week with experts of the area. These trips and activities are incredible, but the caring professors and staff make your time abroad feel like you are welcome and at home.

The Netherlands

Aki Suzuki in the Netherlands

Aki Suzuki
Univ. van Amsterdam - ISEP
Spring 2015
I believe the most enriching part of my study abroad experience was that I gained a sense of passion for being alive that I never knew was a part of me. Each day is a new adventure and while the schoolwork itself is an important aspect of coming abroad, the experiences of traveling and meeting foreign friends contributes to ones education in a way that classwork cannot fulfill. I feel now I have a sense of awareness for my own country's place in the world as well as global relations in general. Beyond this study abroad allows students to truly achieve independence and the courage to make choices that are strictly their own while away from the pressures and obligations of our home environments.

Spain

Kathryn Avery in Spain
Kathryn Avery

UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain

Summer 2015
You should study abroad in Ubeda, Spain because you will fall in love with the generous, kind-hearted people and the gorgeous cities, castles, and monuments you visit. You might even fall in love with the Spanish language itself!
Karli Baker
Karli Baker

Univ. Complutense de Madrid

Spring 2014
Studying in Madrid was the best time of my life. It changed the way I look at many things. Traveling will teach you so much that you would have never learned otherwise. Madrid is also a wonderful city to practice and learn Spanish.
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.
Christian Brown
Christian Brown
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2013
I became much more independent and comfortable with myself while studying abroad, something I'm sure fellow students who go to Spain will feel as well.
Adriana Castille in Spain
Adriana Castille
Semester in Santander UNC Charlotte
Spring 2015
I know it is a cliché, 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.

Katherine Culley

Katherine Culley
Univ. of Sevilla
Spring 2014
Sevilla is a wonderful city full of welcoming people, great food, beautiful scenery, and perfect weather! Your study abroad experience allows you to grow in all aspects of your life! It allows you to become more independent, more communicative in your Spanish, and more open-minded. I couldn't imagine studying and living in a better city!

Paige Danielson

Paige Danielson
Univ. Pompeu Fabra
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.

Zachary Davidson in Spain

Zachary Davidson
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in Valencia, Spain because you will have the experience of a lifetime by meeting loads of new people from different and exotic places, traveling to new and wondrous places that you have never seen before, and enjoy the relaxed yet intense Spanish lifestyle all while taking classes at the University of Valencia.

Kathryn Davis in Spain

Kathryn Davis
Univ. Pablo de Olavide - ISA
Spring 2015
I think EVERYBODY should study abroad because it opens you up to a whole new world and culture. It breaks down any stereotypes you have of people and places, and lets you live and become part of a culture that isn't your own. The most enriching part of my study abroad experience was getting to know Spaniards. I can truly say I have people in another country who love me. From my host parents to the friends I made, I know people there truly care about me.

Emogene deGrasse

Emogene deGrasse
Univ. de Malaga
Spring 2014
It is definitely intimidating going alone to another country, but I felt right at home with the beach ten minutes away, and the people made me feel welcome in a matter of minutes. From visiting different fortresses to attempting to learn how to Flamenco dance, the experience was beyond what I ever could have imagined.

April Drummond in Spain

April Drummond
Univ. Pablo de Olavida
Spring 2015
Studying abroad is the absolute best way to improve your level of self-confidence because there are many times while abroad you have to be resourceful and independent to find where you want to go. It is a little challenging but once you successfully do that, it is amazing how freeing it feels. To have that confidence when you return to your home country will immensely help you any obstacle you face.
Julia Duncan Julia Duncan
Summer food and culture in the mediterranean (Alicante and Naples)
Summer 2014
Through studying abroad in Alicante, Spain and Naples, Italy, I got to experience the true feeling of living in Spain and Italy. The cities are not as touristy as others, so I got to meet lots of local people and experience their traditional foods, festivities, and ways of life.
Samantha Meo
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
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.
Julia George in Spain Julia George
Universidad de Sevilla - ISA
Spring 2014
Studying Abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that makes you become comfortable when out of your comfort zone. You learn how to be independent and make decisions with a whole different perspective of life. Sevilla, Spain welcomed me with open arms with its traditional Spanish culture and friendly people.
Vanessa Ghofrani
Vanessa Ghofrani
Univ. of Huelva
Spring 2014
Huelva is a smaller city in Spain where you can really experience an authentic lifestyle, but remain within an hour and a half bus ride to Sevilla. In Huelva, you will really get the opportunity to speak and test your knowledge of Spanish, and improve your skills twofold. With the mild temperature year long and very few rainy days, Huelva is a great place to study, make friends, and remain within a 20 minute bus ride to the beach!
Jason Walsh
Hannah Goodman
Ubeda Summer Program
Summer 2013
Studying abroad in Ubeda, Spain is the perfect opportunity to improve your Spanish, learn about Spanish and European culture, travel, and gain independence and global experience. Ubeda is ideal for studying Spanish because it is a small town with little influence from English culture, allowing students full exposure to the Spanish culture. At the same time, students are able to travel around Spain as a part of the pre-organized program during the weekends.
Jordan Gudaitis in Spain
Jordan Gudaitis
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2015
Valencia, is the third largest city in Spain and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The greatest part of my studying abroad experience, is meeting students with over 30 different nationalities, and having that opportunity allows for an unbeatable experience. The Valencia festivals, nightlife, beaches, and the top-notch university are truly amazing...but, you'll just have to see for yourself!
Colette Haskins
Colette Haskins
Univ. of Valencia
Summer 2014
You should study abroad in Valencia, Spain because you will experience the life of the Spanish city coupled with the familiarity of UNCW students and faculty. Through this CSB program, you will receive credit in an authentic Spanish language and culture class, and a business class that counts toward all business majors. You will love Spain and want to travel all of Europe!
Morgan Hurst in Spain
Morgan Hurst
Valencia, Spain Summer I
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
Univ. of Valencia
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.
Elizabeth Kimley in Spain
Elizabeth Kimley
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain
Summer 2015
While I was in Spain, I not only drastically improved my Spanish language skills but I also developed a deep interest in cultural differences. While studying abroad I also gained confidence in myself. If I can navigate and go about life half way across the world and communicate in different language, I can do just about anything.
Hannah Krainiak
Hannah Krainiak
Univ. of Salamanca
Fall 2014
Spain is going to change your life! Not only does Salamanca have the one of the most pure forms of Spanish spoken, but also a great international student and historic atmosphere. I know that as long as I live, a piece of my heart will always remain in Salamanca.
Minerca Lacal Pardo in Spain
Minerva Lacal Pardo
International Student from Spain

Universidad de Valencia

Fall 2015
If you want to live the greatest experience of your life you should study abroad in Spain. Spain is the country where you will obtain a high level of education and also will be able to enjoy the culture, food, weather, cities and villages that will make your trip unforgettable. Experience it yourself, come to Study Abroad in SPAIN!!

Haley Macdonald

Haley Macdonald
Univ. of Huelva
Academic Year 13-14
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.

Nicole Markowski

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

Andrea Noguera Escrig in Spain

Andrea Noguera Escrig
International Student from Spain
Universidad de Valencia
Fall 2015
Why study abroad in Spain? Because you'll get to experience a completely different culture (dinner before 9pm is not dinner, people!), you'll get to try delicious food, and make lots of new friends because Spaniards are open and welcoming.

Catherine ODonnel

Catherine O'Donnel
Univ. de Granada
Spring 2014
I highly recommend studying abroad in Granada, Spain because it has the best of both worlds. On one hand you have the aspect of city life, which provides you with continuous outlets to explore and experience new things. On the other hand you have the Alhambra, which is Spain's most visited cultural site, and it’s right in your backyard!

Sarah Odum

Sarah Odum
Univ. de Barcelona
Fall 2013
The experiences I've had abroad have shaped me into a new person with much more knowledge about the world. The perspectives that I have gained on life will guide me in every aspect of my future. Studying abroad expands your mind and exposes you to further corners of the world

Kayla Paul

Kayla Paul
Univ. de Granada
Fall 2014
Granada is an awesome city to study abroad in. It's a smaller town, so its very easy to walk everywhere, and the people are beyond helpful and nice. It is two hours from the beach, and at the foot of the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains. Immersing yourself in the city is the best way to learn Spanish!

Alena Rodriguez in Spain

Alena Rodriguez
Univ. Autonoma Barcelona - AIFS
Spring 2015
I was able to truly immerse myself in a different culture, language, and environment while in Barcelona, Spain. Studying abroad pushed me outside of my comfort zone in a good way, and gave me the opportunity to explore another world outside of my own. I believe that I am a more well rounded person because of this experience, and I it was one of the best decisions that I have made.

Alvaro Sanchez

Alvaro Sanchez
Univ. de Huelva
Spring 2014
Studying abroad is a great opportunity to open your mind, experience new cultures, and make friends from countries all over the world.

Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott
Univ. de Sevilla
Spring 2014
Students should study abroad in Barcelona, Spain because it combines the hustle and bustle of a big city with a very warm and inviting culture. Spain is such a dynamic country and is very different that most other European countries because of the variance of language, culture, and cuisine from city to city.

Susa Siharat in Spain

Susa Siharat
Univ. Mendez-Pelayo - ISA
Summer 2014
I think that other students should study abroad because not only does it allow you to learn and grow as a person but it also changes your life. After studying abroad, I now look at life completely different. I never realized how much the world had to offer. I didn't realize how different life at home was versus life in Spain. I'm so open to new experiences now, and I can't wait to see what more the world has to offer me.

Lyla Stanland

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

Alyssa Stern

Alyssa Stern
Univ. de Alicante
Spring 2014
Living in an extraordinary city by the beach with people who spoke a different language and had a different ways of life was definitely a life-changing experience. Alicante is a fantastic location to explore Spain, to learn Spanish culture and language, and of course indulge in some exceptional Paella.

Savannah Taylor

Savannah Taylor
Univ. of Sevilla
Summer 2014
Sevilla is the capital of Andalusian Spain and it was extremely easy to see why it earned that title through the beautiful European architecture, the unique history, the delicious food, the versatile provinces and the friendly people.

Emily Tellman

Emily Tellman
Univ. of Salamanca
Fall 2014
You should study abroad in Salamanca Spain because it is a gorgeous, historical, city with a small-town feel and one of the oldest universities in Europe. The Spanish of Salamanca is immaculate and students from all over the world flock to learn it. The social scene is surprisingly choice and there are countless opportunities to meet internationals and locals alike, making it the ideal college community.

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.

Heather Welch in Spain

Heather Welch
Valencia, Spain Summer I
Summer 2015
Studying abroad will throw you out of your comfort zone in a good way, introduce you to new friends, foods, and new ways of life. Studying abroad will make you appreciate your background while learning about the backgrounds of other cultures all throughout the world!

Natalie Wilkinson

Natalie Wilkinsons
Summer in Valencia, Spain
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.

Abigail Williams in Spain

Abigail Williams
Unic. de Granada - ISA
Spring 2015
Granada, Spain was an amazing city with rich cultural traditions, and authentic people. Spain is also a great country to study in because of its proximity to other European countries, which allows for easy travel. From eating authentic pizza in Italy, to touching a piece of the Berlin wall in Germany, studying abroad gave me the chance to experience things I never imagined I would.

Jeffrey Winkle

Jeffrey Winkle
Univ. of Valencia
Spring 2014
It is a cultural experience that is once-in-a-lifetime, the lessons learned are priceless, and, by the end of your time there, Valencia becomes like a second home.

Bridget Woodward in Spain

Bridget Woodward
UNCW Summer Program in Ubeda, Spain
Summer 2015
After being in Ubeda, Spain for only six short weeks, I can easily call it a second home. The food, the people, the culture, are so far rooted in tradition that just being there for a short period if 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
Ubeda Spain
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

Kelsey Yokovich

Kelsey Yokovich
Ubeda Spain
Summer 2014
Rich in both culture and history, studying abroad in Spain opens your eyes to a different way of living. The Spanish people are extremely warm-hearted, lively, carefree and welcoming to new people in their country. Living here pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but in doing so, allowed me to immensely improve my Spanish, make life-long connections with my Spanish family and friends, travel to beautiful cities, and expand my view on what was an unfamiliar part of the world to me. I cannot wait until the day I can go back to Spain!

Sweden

Morgan Chappuis

Morgan Chappuis
Jonkoping 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.

Switzerland

Jason Walsh

Franklin Univ. Switzerland

Fall 2013

You should study abroad because it is a once in a life time 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

Caroline Collins

Caroline Collins
Univ. of Hertfordshire- Hatfield and London, UK
Summer 2014
Studying abroad with the UNCW Cameron School of Business London Program provides you with the chance to study abroad anytime between your freshman and senior year since you're able to take major requirement classes, unlike other programs. This program also gives you a chance to meet other UNCW students in the business program who could become your close friends and provide lifelong memories you won't forget.

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper
Univ. of Hertfordshire- Hatfield and London, UK
Summer 2014
Studying abroad in Europe is an experience that I will never forget. I have so many fond memories that will stay with me for as long as I live - from eating crepes in front of the Eiffel Tower, exploring Dublin, Ireland by double decker bus, to viewing London from the top of the London Eye, I obtained a better understanding of cultures other than my own.
kellydahlheimer
Roehampton Univ.
Fall 2012
Studying at Roehampton was awesome because it was so easy and to travel to locations all over Europe. While abroad I went to eight countries on weekend trips. My university was also unique because it is the only campus university in London, which makes it feel a bit more like home (UNCW).
Kellie Dale in the UK
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK
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.
Gracie Eakins
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2015
London is one of the most multi-cultural capitols in the world. Studying here will open your eyes to different cultures, ways of life and a new society. Since London is so massive and full of opportunity in itself, studying at a smaller university such as the University of Roehampton, will keep you grounded, and help you forge close friendships with peers not only from the United Kingdom but from all corners of the globe.
Victoria Ebel
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Summer 2014
The University of Hertfordshire is just a quick train ride from one of the most exciting cities in Europe. London has so many things to offer, from the historical to the modern, and is filled with really amazing opportunities. It's also a great travel point to many European countries, allowing you to study abroad within your study abroad.
Amanda Elias in the UK
Univ. of Hertfordshire - ISEP
Spring 2015
EVERYONE should study abroad because it really is the chance of a lifetime. Choosing Europe to study abroad in was the best decision I ever made. It was so quick and easy to fly to different countries for long weekend trips and try new things that I won’t get the chance to do again, at least for a long time, all while earning school credit! The most enriching part of my study abroad experiences was the people I met along the way. I can now say I have friends in multiple countries and states in the U.S. Leaving them was harder than I thought it would be but it only makes me more excited to meet up with some of them again in the future!
Alexa Eure in the UK
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2015
University of Hertfordshire was a wonderful school located about twenty minutes by train from London, England. Most of the other exchange students from UNCW studied business whilst abroad, but I am an exercise science major. In other words, this school is known for being a business school, but don't rule it out for other majors! I loved my experience in the classroom, as all of my professors were approachable, helpful, and interested in students truly learning the material. I had the most well-rounded experience possible at the University of Hertfordshire, and I highly recommend this school and country to any and every student at UNCW!
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!!
Jason Walsh
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK
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.
Jason Walsh
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.
Jason Walsh
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2015
You should study abroad at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England because you can reap all of the benefits of studying abroad, including education, culture, exposure to foreign places and lasting relationships without too high of a degree of culture shock and difficulty adjusting. Since all of the classes are taught in English, it allows the students to focus on the content they are learning and making the most out of their curriculum rather than being challenged to learn in another language.
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.
Molly Jones in the UK
Unaffiliated Education Abroad - UK-England
Spring 2015
The University of Manchester is a true English college experience and a true global experience. More international students study at Manchester than at any other school in the UK. By attending the University of Manchester you have the ability to connect with people from all over the world, while still experiencing authentic English culture.
Jason Walsh
King's College London - ISA
Summer 2015
This is one of the few times that we’ll be able to travel the world with the least amount of responsibilities, being in college and this young. We have an opportunity to see any corner of the globe and get college credit while doing it; I don’t understand why more people don’t. We cannot let the fear of the unknown regulate our windows of opportunity.

Corinne Lawler

Corinne Lawler
Keele Univ.
Fall 2014
Keele University is located right in the center of England, making it easy to travel anywhere in the UK or Europe! After a weekend of traveling, Keele's incredibly beautiful campus was perfect to come home to.

Anna Maldonado

Anna Maldonado
Kingston Summer School
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.

Abigail Moody

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

Lily Nikolas

Lily Nikolas
Roehampton Univ.
Fall 2014
Roehampton offers the best of both worlds; campus life provides you with vast opportunities to meet new people and get involved in the various athletics and societies. All the while, you're a short train ride away from the heart of London, where you can experience all that the city has to offer - dining, nightlife, museums, the theatre, and landmark attractions.

Zachary Policastro in the UK

Zachary Policastro
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK
Summer 2015
Studying abroad in England was a once and a life time 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.

Shelby Pounds

Shelby Pounds
Univ. of Plymouth
Academic Year 2013
Studying at Plymouth University was great because I got to live right on the coast in a city that is easy to get around by foot. Spending an entire year abroad gave me the chance to become closer with the local people than I ever though possible - it was unforgettable and so much fun!

William Raynor in the UK

William Raynor
CSB Summer Study Abroad in London and Hatfield, UK
Summer 2015
You should study abroad in London because there are never ending opportunities to see and do things. I got to see many amazing things and even met my favorite professional athlete! Traveling in London and in the United Kingdom is very easy whether it be by tube, train, or bus. When I went, the weather was absolutely perfect, no humidity, very little rainy days, and temps that rarely hit mid 80's.

Jordan Rice

Jordan Rice
Roehampton Univ.
Spring 2014
London was truly the most beautiful city I've ever been to. You'll never get bored as there's constantly a new event going on or a new part of the city to explore. Additionally some of the people you meet will be the best you'll meet in your life - I consider some of the people I met in London to be my very best friends.

Samantha Rouse

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

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 travelling around Europe without spending much more than I would in a semester at UNCW.
Erin Spilman
Erin Spilman
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2014

Studying abroad was the best decision I've made thus far in my life. I made the most amazing friends while taking in many different cultures and languages. I was able to see breathtaking sites and I learned so much about myself and the world.

Allison Thompson in the UK
Allison Thompson
Univ. of Hertfordshire
Spring 2015

England may be step out of your comfort zone, but where you can still speak the language. The University of Hertfordshire is just a train ride away from London, where you are exposed to a vibrant and historic city, and a variety of cultures, languages, and ideas. You will meet amazing people at the university from all over the world, but in a school setting that's not so different from our own.

Ashley Tomasula
Ashley Tomasula
Univ. of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and London, UK
Summer 2014

I loved studying abroad in England because it was a very good transition into going to a different culture yet not having to worry about a foreign language. Plus, England is also very close to so many countries in Europe, so it very easy to do small trips to many very different cities and countries!

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.

Rebecca Wall in the UK
Rebecca Wall
Univ. of Southampton
Spring 2015

The University of Southampton is one of the best universities in the UK for Marine Biology. The National Oceanography Center (NOC) where your classes will be has some ground breaking research happening and your professors will include information about their research in their lectures. You will get the opportunity to get more hands on experience at the NOC than you would at UNCW.

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.

Leah Anne Wharton
Leah Anne Wharton
Univ. of Roehampton
Spring 2014

Roehampton is a prime area to visit. With top notch public transport, 3 easily reachable airports and extremely cheap bus fairs students who chose to study at Roehampton will be able to explore not only London but England and the rest of Europe on a budget. Living in London broadens your horizons and gives you so many opportunities to undertake activities that you might not receive if you did not study abroad.

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.

United Kingdom- Scotland

Chris Cantrell

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

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.

Luke Holsclaw

Luke Holsclaw
Univ. of Stirling
Fall 2014
I would recommend the University of Stirling because of the social atmosphere and rich countryside. The school is not very large, but is located in one of Scotland's seven cities so there will always be plenty to do with new friends. Also, you won't find a more beautiful campus; adventures are waiting just outside.

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!

Jason Walsh

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 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.

Madison Temple in Scotland

Madison Temple
Univ. of Stirling
Summer 2015
In Scotland, there was always somewhere to go: a trail to wander on, huge rolling green hills and mountains to hike up, and last but not least, karaoke nights every Tuesday and Thursday in town. Not only that, but there were wonderful locals who were always there to offer a hand when you were in need and perhaps when you got lost wandering the back country roads.

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!

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 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 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.

Jason Walsh

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 travelling.

Caroline Demmitt

Caroline Demmitt
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
Between the happy, sweet Welsh people and the stunning, sheep-covered rolling green hills overlooking the sea, Swansea is the perfect place to study abroad where you'll have an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Danielle Gaal

Danielle Gaal
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
Studying in Swansea reaps all the benefits of studying abroad without the language barrier. You will absolutely fall in love with the Welsh culture and the gorgeous scenery you'll be surrounded by upon arrival. And to top it all off, due to the location, the rest of Europe is right at your fingertips waiting to be explored.

Kierston Geary

Kierstin Geary
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Swansea because it is an experience unlike any other. You will be placed in housing with authentic Welsh people instead of fellow Americans. This helped me learn about the culture, and proved to be why I enjoyed this program so much. I still keep in touch with my flatmates!

Megan Giedraitis

Megan Giedraitis
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
Swansea was like home for me. There were so many opportunities to grow, but there was also an incredible sense of community and friendship. It was a great experience living and learning in this lovely city and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Brian Gottwalt

Brian Gottwalt
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Swansea, Wales because studying there offers the most complete study abroad experience you can possibly get. The city is authentically Welsh and gives you a true, unaltered view of what Welsh culture really is. Also, with Europe right on the doorstep, studying in Wales empowers and enables you to tap into countless other cultural vistas that would normally be too far away.

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.

Kristen Maiden

Kristen Maiden
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
If you want to study abroad without knowing a foreign language, Wales is the best place to go. The culture is different compared to home, you have great opportunities to travel, plus other UNCW students will go, along with a UNCW professor. This makes for a great experience without compromising your (or your parents') comfort-level.

Karalynn Milley

Karalynn Milley
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Wales because it is by far the most beautiful place I've ever seen. The city of Swansea is lively and there's always something fun and new to do. Plus, the easily accessible bus and train system makes traveling to other amazing places incredibly easy!

Ashling Murphy in Wales

Ashling Murphy
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2015
You should study abroad in Wales because the people in Swansea are some of the most gracious and welcoming you will ever meet. The landscape is truly breathtaking and unlike anything you could find at home. In addition to finding my place in a new culture, my participation in an internship was the most rewarding and enriching experience I had while I was abroad.

Julia Reid Myers

Julia Reid Myers
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
Swansea University surpassed my study abroad expectations by far, with a great city, beautiful coastline, and a vast amount of travel opportunities. I was able to immerse myself in the Welsh culture, and made many good friends throughout my stay I continue to keep in touch with. But most importantly, by studying abroad in Swansea and stepping out of my comfort zone, I learned a lot about myself.

Joanna Sherron in Wales

Joanna Sherron
Swansea Univ.
Fall 2014
One of my favorite moments while abroad was hiking along the cliffs of southern Wales. In particular, about an hour bus ride away from Swansea, there's a small island off the coast of Rhossili Bay known as Worms Head. Come low tide, the water recedes enough for visitors to cross the rocks out to the island and explore before the tide comes back in. I made a day of visiting Rhossili Bay and crossing out to Worms Head, packing a lunch in my pack and just jamming out to my music on a beautiful, sunny day. I'm a bit of a city girl, but I loved taking the bus out through the countryside and countless fields dotted with sheep to go conquer this new challenge.

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.

Roxy Simons

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

Lisa Stiles

Lisa Stiles
Swansea Univ.
Spring 2014
You should study abroad in Swansea Wales because it was truly an experience that one would cherish and remember for life. The people you meet will be friends that will last a lifetime and the memories made will be some of the most amazing times of your life.

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OCEANIA

Australia

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

While studing 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!

Alexandra Bacalan in Australia
Alexandra Bacalan
Univ. of Sydney - ISA
Spring 2015

University of Sydney, in Australia, is one of the most prestigious schools in the world and is home to thousands of students across the world. Sydney, Australia is not only a beautiful city, but also has crystal clear beaches just fifteen minutes away - therefore you get the best of both worlds!

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.

Jessica Carvalho in Australia
Jessica Carvalho
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2015

Honestly, going to Australia was the most amazing experience of my life. I got to see some of the coolest places on Earth and at James Cook University I got to study under some of the leading experts in my field of Marine Biology. I found the most enriching part of my study abroad experience was having the ability to immerse myself in a different environment, way of life, and schooling system.

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.

Mary Densmore
Mary Densmore
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2014

Australia is a beautiful country where the people are friendly, diverse, and fun. Everywhere I went I met people from all over the world because Australia is such a multicultural society.

Kristen Dray scuba diving in Australia
Kristen Dray
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2015

The cool thing about Australia is that most of the population lines the ice blue and golden shores around this beautiful country. Wollongong is only an hour south of the amazing city of Sydney and sits right between the ocean and mountain ensuring a hike and surf in a matter of minutes! Plus, who doesn't like an Australian accent?

Victoria Dunsmore in Australia
Victoria Dunsmore
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2015

Studying abroad at the University of Wollongong in Australia is an experience that I will never forget. Wollongong has a very beautiful campus and is surrounded by the most gorgeous views I have ever seen. You will not regret your decision if you attend this university!

Catherine Hunt in Australia
Catherine Hunt
James Cook Univ.
Spring 2015

It was the fact that I was able to study in the areas that my textbooks/teachers have talked about and got to see everything first hand that was the most enriching part of studying abroad - it was always so surreal. Most professors at James Cook University are doing groundbreaking research in their fields, and it's so interesting hearing about it and even getting a hands-on experience.

Adrienne Kaplan

Adrienne Kaplan
Curtin Univ. of Technology
Spring 2014
Perth is an amazing city in Western Australia. It is modern, eclectic, and has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There really is something for everyone, whether it's upscale nightlife or surfing. Plus being in WA gives you an opportunity to explore some of the most amazing places in the world, such as Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with whale sharks, or just a short 3 hour plane ride to Bali, Indonesia! Going to Perth was one of the best decisions I ever made, the west coast Aussies make you feel right at home, and the experiences you have there will be unforgettable!

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.

Mary Jane Lyonnais

Mary Jane Lyonnais
Univ. of Canberra
Spring 2014
I would study abroad in Australia because it is beautiful and the people are friendly.

Annabel Maschal

Annabel Maschal
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2014
Studying abroad at the University of Wollongong was great because there is such a strong since of sincerity and love in the community. By traveling to another country, you have so much independence and freedom; it's easy to really find yourself and grow.

Joel Mauldin

Joel Mauldin
Univ. of Western Sydney
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.

Shannon McCabe

Shannon McCabe
Univ. of Western Sydney
Spring 2014
Studying abroad in Australia is an amazing choice because not only is the country unbelievably breathtaking, but the people are welcoming and continuously willing to lend a helping hand. I had the ability to meet other students from countries around the globe, learning their culture and daily ways of life. Australia also gave me the opportunity to travel around New Zealand, which was another amazing experience all in itself.

Kaylee Moore

Kaylee Moore
James Cook Univ.
Fall 2014
Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! From visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House, diving the Great Barrier Reef, to walking through the diverse rain forests, there are endless possibilities for adventure and excitement. Australia is an incredible place with interesting people where you are certain to have the time of your life!

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.

Eloise Ribeny

Eloise Ribeny
Univ. of Canberra
Spring 2014
For those who prefer the busy city life, Sydney and Melbourne have so much to offer whereas a smaller city such as Canberra suits those who favour a more relaxed style of travel. To make the massive journey to Australia is something extraordinary, but once you arrive, there is so much to see and do that will stay with you forever.

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.

Carlyn Vautin in Australia

Carlyn Vautin
Univ. of Wollongong
Fall 2014
Studying abroad opens your eyes to other cultures, whether you realize it or not. I think that is something every college student should experience, and I think it makes you a better person as a whole. You become more understanding and appreciative of people with different backgrounds. In the dorms I stayed in, half of the residents were Australian and half were international students. I primarily became friends with Australians, and after traveling the coast, being welcomed into their homes, and spending so much time with them, I feel as if I got to experience the true Australian culture, rather than just the semester abroad version.

Morgan Veasey in Australia

Morgan Veasey
Charles Sturt Univ.
Spring 2015
Studying abroad in Australia was the best decision I've made since I've been in college. I met so many fantastic people and created life-lasting memories in just one semester there. Not only are the people incredibly friendly, but they also make you feel at home. By the end, I didn't want to leave, and I would go back in the blink of an eye.

Juliane Wilson in Australia

Juliane Wilson
Univ. of Wollongong
Spring 2015
Studying abroad and traveling around allowed me to meet people from all over the world and see so many different ways of life which I believe was the most enriching part of my study abroad experience. When I first arrived I found certain words phrases and foods weird, but after a little while it just became a different way of life - weird became normal. Seeing how others live in the world and acknowledging that there is no one right way to live and accepting different ways of life was also extremely enriching. The experience as a whole was life changing and I would highly recommend it.

Sarah Patrice Wolfe

Sarah Patrice Wolfe
James Cook Univ.
Fall 2014
My experience in Australia has changed my life. Living on the other side of the world I was able to visit iconic locations and expand my cultural knowledge. As a marine biology major Australia is a prime destination because you get to learn about the Great Barrier Reef while on the reef. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Fiji

Caitlin Hall in Fiji

Caitlin Hall
Univ. of the South Pacific - ISA
Fall 2014
I spent five months studying at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. As a student of marine biology, Fiji was a perfect fit. Most of my labs were held in the field. The school is on the water and the Suva Reef is only a ten minute boat ride away. About twice a week, I snorkeled on the reef for class. Fiji has a great exchange rate and I could easily afford to stay at a beachfront hostel on a student's budget. Though English is Fiji's official language, the culture is drastically different from that of the US so I received quite a cultural experience. I SCUBA dived, swam in waterfalls, and attended a plethora of kava ceremonies, which are a crucial part of Fijian society.

 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.
Jason Walsh
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
Summer 2014
The Recreation, Sports Leadership, & Tourism Management study abroad program in Germany and Austria is truly an 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.

Jordan Johnson

Jordan Johnson
Art & Philosophy in Florence & Paris
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.

Chanta-Kaitlin Lopez

Chanta-Kaitlin Lopez
Semester at Sea
Fall 2014
Semester at Sea is such a unique program in that it takes you to a variety of countries and you are able to experience so many different cultures. The relationships formed on the ship of SAS are amazing because you are living with, eating with, going to class with, and more with not only all of your classmates, but also your teachers, deans, and even some families, which forms a wonderful community.

Alexandra Patton

Alexandra Patton
Summer Comparative Public Health Systems, Amsterdam & London
Summer 2014
Studying abroad isn't just about taking a class to fulfill a university requirement; it's about cultural immersion and really recognizing and appreciating the differences between the culture that we are accustomed to and the cultures all over the world. The experience not only changes the way that you view the world, but it also changes the way you view yourself.

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