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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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DavidCarltonDavid Carlton, a sophomore accounting major and African American and African studies minor, studied abroad through the Between France and Morocco: Diversity in the Francophone World in May 2018.

Since my freshman year started, I knew I wanted to pursue all opportunities that would give me a great experience. Considering that this program was all contained within the month of May, I thought it was the perfect amount of time to experience new cultures while also not taking too much time away from home and other responsibilities. This program turned out to be a great comparison between two cultures that are mutually affected by an intertwined history.

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Kidest Beyene explores history of Senegal in Saint-Louis"This past month I was able to take part in the "Francophone Africa: Between Tradition & Modernity" study abroad. I traveled throughout Senegal for a month to study the effects that colonization and slavery has had on contemporary Senegal," reflects Kidest Beyene. "Each week we focused on a specific theme. The four themes we learned about was history/religion, art, media, and cinema & politics. World renown professors, philosophers, and artists were brought to our classroom to teach us everyday."

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MayaOutlaw2Maya Outlaw, a junior biomedical engineering major participated on the Between France and Morocco: Diversity in the Francophone World education abroad program in May 2018.

My education abroad program studied the intertwined history of France and Morocco and how colonization effected both countries.

My transformational moment was when we visited an after school/supplemental educational facility. While at this site we heard from young women who were able to be successful in school and obtain their life goals because of this program. One girl stated that her dream was to become an agricultural engineer, and as an engineering major, it made me feel so grateful to have access to education and an infinite number of opportunities available to me.

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JahzeerHibbert1“Exploring the world has always been a dream of mine since I was old enough to understand that there were more parts to the world than where I lived in New York City,” Jahzeer Hibbert said. “Understanding this, I have always desired to go to two specific places in my life time, and that was Africa and Europe because of its history and culture. My education abroad was very interesting as I was able to witness certain things first hand such as the difference in norms between Europe and America, traditions within the Islamic community in Morocco and also having to conform to them out of respect for the people that resided there.”

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AnnaStarkeyUgandaAnna Starkey, a junior from Bellbrook, Ohio, is an evolution and ecology major, studio art and forest, fisheries, and wildlife minors. Anna participated in the Global May Uganda education abroad program in May 2018.

I chose the Global May Uganda program because of my desire to travel to an unconventional study abroad location and because of my interest in East Africa. After taking Swahili for four semesters with Dr. Fouts, the leader of the program, I knew I wanted to travel to Uganda. I also hope to do biological conservation research in East Africa someday, so going to Uganda was a nice stepping stone and learning experience.   

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BrazilphotoClovetta Callender is an undergraduate student from the College of Education and Human Ecology and studied abroad in Brazil through the Higher Education in Brazil program.

This past spring, I had the privilege to participate in the “Higher Education in Brazil” education abroad program sponsored by the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). My time in Brazil was life-changing. In addition to serving as my first time on an airplane, this trip gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture that had strong historical ties to my own, while forming lasting friendships and memories.

Prior to traveling to Brazil, my classmates and I attended several pre-departure meetings which introduced us to the Afro-Brazilian culture as well as the educational facilities in the country. Before applying for this trip, I was unaware of the racial makeup of Brazil nor the African roots and beliefs deeply engraved in the culture.

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Jordan Sibley"My study abroad experience changed my worldview in many ways, but the most important was my exposure to what culture means to a developing country like Uganda and how it heavily influences the structure of its families, government and the livelihood of many people who live in this country," Jordan Sibley said. "Sacrifices and decisions are made that we will never understand or even agree with because our loyaly lies in a very different place amongst very different people."

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TW1"My most transformational moment was most likely at the San Isidro Festival in Madrid," said Tevian Whitehurst. "It was a traditional festival celebrating patron Saint Isidore. Locals everywhere were wearing cultural garments, and there were multiple celebrations throughout the city, including a carnival! There was amazing food, and I was interacting so well with the other festival-goers. I really felt like a part of culture."

Tevian, a second-year atmospheric science major and Spanish and media production analysis minor, participated on the Spain Global May program in Madrid, Spain, in May 2018.

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IMG 1982"I feel as if in this one week alone I have learned and grown more than in one semester. I came on this trip to really get a deeper understanding and connection with my anscestors, and every day I feel myself learning more and more about myself and my people."

Jamilah Muhammad, senior communications major, is studying abroad in Senegal through the Francophone Africa: Between Tradition and Modernity program.

 

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Muriel Dawson visits Stonehenge"This trip was extremely transformative for me because it allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for other cultures . . . and to make what I have been learning in my science courses since I was little so real," reflects Muriel Dawson. A biology major, Dawson studied abroad over spring break on the Scientific Roots in Europe program.

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Tracey Lindsey studying the culture of London"I feel that this experience has molded me into a more well-rounded person," explains Tracey Lindsey, a communications major who traveled abroad for the first time via the London Culture and City education abroad program organized by Knowlton School of Architecture. "I have gained knowledge about the culture and practices of the people of London. I have also gained a sense of independence as I learned how to navigate and be self-sufficient in a completely different country."

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