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Sophia Madeline on dive in South CaicosSophia Madeline, a junior majoring in evolution and ecology and minoring in Spanish, studied abroad on the The School for Field Studies – Marine Megafauna program in South Caicos in Summer 2019.

For my STEP Signature Project, I studied abroad through The School for Field Studies in the course "Marine Megafauna Ecology and Conservation." For one month, I researched many different animals, including rock iguanas, eagle rays, sea turtles, and sharks. I was also given the opportunity to enhance my diving skills and experience. My perspective of myself and the world has changed because of this wonderful adventure. I had witnessed an entirely different culture when I lived on South Caicos. I could not believe how many different values people can hold in different places throughout the world. This experience has only made me want to travel the world more. I have learned that I am able to keep calm and adapt when a situation does not go my way. Through this program, I feel that I have genuinely grown academically, culturally, and personally.

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OliviaSergent webI am so incredibly lucky to be able to study in Japan right now. There is so much going on, so much excitement and newness that I feel a little spoiled even though it has nothing to do with me. The most obvious reason is of course the Summer Olympics coming to Tokyo in July. The school year will conveniently end just as they are beginning, so even if I don’t manage to get a ticket to a single event, I’ll still be able to go down to Tokyo and be a part of a significant global tradition.

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Taisse Torres is a junior majoring in psychology and Portuguese.

Last spring, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Curitiba, Brazil, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I learn a new language but I was immersed in a new culture and did things I never imagined I would have the chance to do, along with making strong bonds with the people I met and spent time with.

Brazilian culture varies around the country, and I was lucky enough to be able to travel to different places and be part of different traditions. I was there to see the beauty of Carnival, the beginning of Festa Junina and even got to celebrate my birthday there. I managed to travel to Paranaguá, Foz do Iguaçu, Florianopolis, Morretes, Rio de Janeiro, Cascavel, Argentina and Paraguay. I went to beautiful beaches, saw the magnificence of Cristo Redentor, stood at the Garganta do Diablo at the Cataratas de Foz do Iguaçu and got an adrenaline rush at Beto Carrero World. This is without including all the adventures in Curitiba itself, which we knew inside and out by the end of our time there.

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Sydney Floyd studying abroad in New ZealandSydney Floyd, a senior environment, economy development, and sustainability major studied abroad on the Sustainable Tourism & Human Impacts on the Environment program offered by the School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in summer 2019.

"My experience in New Zealand was almost indescribable. Everything was so rich with culture and tradition, and the sights were breathtaking. Traveling to New Zealand was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made!"

Kayla Kopp studying in New ZealandKayla Kopp, a junior majoring in dietetics, studied abroad on the New Zealand: Sustainable Tourism & Human Impacts on the Environment program in summer 2019.

"I’m a firm believer in taking every opportunity that comes my way and this one was unimaginable. I made so many new friends that I still keep in contact with and my love for the environment has skyrocketed after seeing this incredible place. Everyone should be able to learn hands on the impacts we have on the environment and what we can do to make the earth a better place."

Bella Caruso in Tel Aviv, IsraelBella Caruso, a senior majoring in international studies and Russian, studied abroad at Tel Aviv University in summer 2019.

"The Middle Eastern Conflict Studies Program I attended in Tel Aviv, Israel gave me the opportunity to study international conflicts in one of the most incredible and relevant settings in the world. My experiences studying abroad at Tel Aviv University helped me to become more confident academically, personally, and more confident as a global citizen."

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Mikayla Moore webMikayla Moore, a junior majoring in arts management, studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic this summer. 

I studied abroad with the AIFS program that worked with the East and Central European Studies department of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, one of the oldest universities in the world. My education abroad program was a month long summer program where I stayed in one of Charles University's student dorms and commuted to my classes four times in week in the Old Town. I took Czech Language 1 while I was there and had time on the weekends to explore other parts of Europe. I went to Krakow, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; and Slovakia.

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Brunot webRachel Brunot, a junior double majoring in international studies and geography, studied abroad on the Geography of the European Union education program during May 2019.

While I was browsing through the different education abroad programs last year, I was looking for programs relating to international development because that is my focus in both academics and my future career. I came across the Geography of the European Union program and noticed that it counted towards my geography major, so I thought, “Why not apply?” I also remembered meeting Stavros, the professor for the course, at the Education Abroad Expo during my freshman year, and his friendliness had left an impression on me, so I decided to apply.

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Diana Rybacki studying abroad in London

"Last semester, I studied abroad in AIFS Study in London and it was hands down the best experience of my life," reflects Fisher College of Business marketing specialization major Diana Rybacki. "London was the most perfect place to call home and there was always something new to do and see every day. This experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me do things I've only dreamed about. I was able to travel to 12 countries, while still having plenty of time to soak in everything London had to offer."

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handshakepicHana Le, a biology and creative writing junior, studied abroad on the Geography of the European Union education abroad program during May 2019. 

The Geography of the European Union study abroad program was a month-long trip to the gorgeous island of Cyprus. We attended classes with Stavros, our resident director, in the morning and spent our afternoons and weekends exploring our city, Paphos. During our stay, we also travelled to the capital, Nicosia, and another nearby city, Limassol. Our study abroad was particularly special because Stavros is a native Cypriot; I learned so much from him about the culture of Cyprus. When we weren't studying, our little family laid out on the beach together or tried new restaurants. The food was spectacular. None of us can stop talking about how much we miss it!

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Valerie Burch, Nicole Lorig, Brenna Braasch and Brittany Fischer share their Buckeye Pride in South Africa."Studying exotic animal behavior and welfare in South Africa was an incredible experience! We visited several different wildlife habitats including farms, rehabilitation centers, sanctuaries, private game reserves, and Kruger National Park and considered the implications these places have on animal behavior and welfare," says zoology major Brenna Braasch after her "South Africa: Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare" education abroad program offered by the Department of Animal Sciences.

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Jera Copley on Global May Uganda education abroad"Global May Uganda was an experience of a lifetime! We were able to learn so much about the culture and the people’s human security through lectures from various professionals and site visits where we got to speak with community members. We had a ton of fun going on a safari, hiking to waterfalls, visiting the equator, making coffee, and so much more! I am so thankful that I got to travel to Uganda with this great group of people!," exclaims pharmaceutical sciences major Jera Copley.

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O-H-I-O at the Acropolis

"The experiences, friendships, interactions, and memories made during my time in Greece will stay with me for the rest of my life. I have always dreamed of studying abroad, so when the opportunity arrived I jumped on the chance to 'live' in one of the most beautiful places in the world," says molecular genetics major Madison Faulkner after returning home from the Introduction to Western Tradition and Contemporary Issues in Corfu, Greece education abroad program. Students earn history credit on the program that is directed by Steven Joyce of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. 

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Lindsay Lieber on Fisher exchange program in Spain“I have been studying in Madrid, Spain this past semester through Fisher College of Business exchange program at Universidad Pontificia Comillas," says Lindsay Lieber, a finance major in Fisher. "Madrid is a beautiful city and it has been incredible to learn more about business at an international level while practicing my Spanish. My time here has shown me the world in ways I could have never imagined and has created experiences I will never forget.”

Buckeye Abroad Summer LuckeySummer Luckey, a councelor education graduate student, studied abroad on the Higher Education in Brazil: Access, Equity, and Opportunity education abroad program during spring break 2019. 

This program was created to give Ohio State students the opportunity to better understand the role of higher education in Brazil and the educational needs of low-income and first generation students, particularly Afro-Brazilians. 

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MeghanaMenta webMeghana Menta, a freshman double majoring in business and psychology at Ohio State Newark, studied abroad on the Past, Present and Future of Liverpool spring break program. 
 
The summer I graduated from high school, I decided to take some time to write out a goal sheet for my college experience. My first goal was to travel to a new location every break with The Ohio State University. This would be the very first time I traveled to another country without my parents. Keeping that in mind, I decided to take my first trip abroad in Europe. I wanted to be able to speak the language and easily find my way around the area for my first trip without my family. In the future, I plan to take some trips to countries in which I do not know the language and in which I can make a difference.
 

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KellyGeorgeKelly George is no stranger to education abroad. An assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, she has led over 630 students abroad since 2008 on programs ranging from Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare and Human-Animal Interactions to Scotland’s Ruminants and Equine Studies in Europe.

“Our education abroad courses are designed to offer students an intensive short-term experience examining different aspects of animal sciences in other cultural contexts. We have determined short-term experiences better meet the schedules and budgets of our students, and therefore have been quite successful in recruitment and overall student satisfaction.

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IMG 20181230 095220Mia Feist, a third year civil engineering major and humanitarian engineering minor, studied abroad in Ghana through the Engineering Service-Learning in Ghana program during winter break 2018. 

When I first started college, my only goal was to travel as much as I could. I started by spending a week in Guatemala for another study abroad program, followed by an internship through the same organization this past summer. This helped ingnite my passion for humanitarian work. I spent hours looking through study abroad options, and Africa always stuck out the most to me. This program allowed me to travel along to a rural area of Ghana, known as Kpando, to see first hand the effects of malnourishment and unfiltered water has on the surrounding communities. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

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Cyprus2Hannah Grayem studied abroad in Paphos, Cyprus, on the Geography of the European Union program, in May 2018. She is a sophomore majoring in finance and minoring in legal foundations of society.

I chose this study abroad program because of the unique location and cultural experience. The historical monuments, traditional Greek cuisine, perfect Mediterranean climate, natural beauty of the island, and rich cultural diversity provided for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our professor, Dr. Constantinou, and his Greek Cypriot ethnicity, made the country all the more welcoming.

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BriannaCunninghamBrianna Cunningham, a senior majoring in geographic information science and minoring computer information science, studied abroad on the Geography of the European Union in Cyrpus in May 2018. Brianna vlogged about her experience abroad.

My love for travel and experiencing new cultures made studying abroad a no brainer for me. Originally, I began by searching for programs with relevancy to my major. When I came across this program administered by the Geography department, I immediately knew it was my first choice. Upon researching Cyprus, I discovered its rich history and diverse culture, being a melting pot with Greek and Turkish cultural influences. Everything from the incredible architecture to the natural beauty of the beaches and landscapes captivated me. A huge factor in me choosing this program was our amazing Cypriot professor, Dr. Stavros Constantinou. Having a native as a professor made our program unique and gave us a more authentic and in-depth experience of the country.

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Isabella Niemeyer, a junior double majoring in geography and French with a minor in international relations, studied abroad on the Global May Uganda education abroad program in May 2017 and is an Education Abroad Student Employee.

I went on the Global May Uganda program in May 2017, the summer after my first year on campus. College was a big transition — one I loved and cherish every day, but something that also made me question myself and my priorities constantly. I was trying to find my place within the large Ohio State community while still trying to discover who I wanted to be; a task I felt completely unprepared for. I turned to the thing that has always made me question my preconceived notions: travel. I chose to go on the Global May Uganda trip because I wanted an experience that I had never had before. I wanted to push myself outside of comfort zone--leave home for longer, go to a more “non-traditional” destination, learn bits of a new language and meet people I have never met before.

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JMJazmyn Mustafa, a sophomore psychology major and neuroscience minor, participated in an education abroad program in Scotland through Arcadia University during summer 2018 and is a Gilman Scholarship recipient.

My education abroad program was through Arcadia University. It was called the Arcadia University STEM Summer Research Program 2018. I went to Glasgow, Scotland, for six weeks and had the chance to interact directly with 17 other students. We lived in flat-style housing, made family dinners and explored the city as well as surrounding towns during the weekends. One of my favorite memories was hiking up a mountain of the Isle of Arran. Some of my closest friends on the trip and I took an adventure and made it to the peak, breathing in fresh air and seeing spectacular views. 

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Buckeyes studying European sports in Prague"Being able to travel the world is one of the greatest experiences in life, from learning and immersing myself in different cultures to meeting and connecting with new people, Ohio State gave me memories that will last a lifetime," says Mossimo Chavez, a student-athlete on the Ohio State Buckeyes Swimming and Diving program. He studied abroad alongside athletes and other Ohio State students on the "European Model of Sport" program this summer offered through College of Education and Human Ecology.

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Kate Greer soaking up Europe"Summer 2018 changed my life. I was blessed with the opportunity to use the knowledge and perspectives the past two years at Ohio State have given me to explore what awaits beyond Ohio and American borders," reflects history and German double-major Kate Greer who studied abroad on "The U.S., Europe, And The Second World War - Interactions In 20th Century History." Students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds took courses in the spring semester, meeting frequently in a small-class setting to exchange ideas, to discuss their research, and to prepare for the three-week tour of World War II sites, memorials and museums in Europe during the May.

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Erin Langermeier visits Bayern Munich stadium"Not only did I get to learn about sports in Europe and explore cities/countries I have never been to before, but I had the opportunity to meet and build a relationship with Ohio State students that I did not know before," reflects junior finance major Erin Langermeier about her experience on the European Model of Sport education abroad program.

In order to study how the sports industry differs in Europe from the North American systems, students visited multiple facilities, including the soccer and basketball stadiums at Bayern Munich, the Olympic Park in Munich, the 02 Arena in Prague and all the Olympic facilities in Berlin.

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