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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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IMG 2306Junior Anna Hurley is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, through DIS Copenhagen, a program that emphasizes using Europe as the students' classrooms. 

"I’m not even done with my semester in Copenhagen, and I’m already so glad I decided to study abroad. The best way to learn is through experience, and I can’t think of a more genuine way to experience a place than to live there. The world is an amazing teacher, and I highly recommend becoming its student."

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SarahRettigJunior Sarah Rettig studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, through the ISA Barcelona, Spain: Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Business program during autumn 2017.

"I believe study abroad is an opportunity that should never be passed up. Travel exposes you to completely new and unfamiliar environments, ways of life, ideas and cultures. Making my way in a foreign country in another language was a huge challenge and gave me greater confidence, independence and whole new view of the world. I think the challenges that living abroad poses and the memories you make on such a journey make study abroad a great opportunity for everyone. You never know how study abroad will change you and enable you to grow."

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JayneTouatiJayne Touati, a senior international studies major, studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain, during autumn 2017. 

"My favorite transformational moment was when I was in Barcelona on the day Catalonia attempted to declare independence. I had then realized that despite the probable failure of the independence movement, I was actively watching history being made and seeing these people believe their world was going to change." 

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Julia Mattis takes in the view of Barcelona

Studio art major Julia Mattis is studying abroad at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain via ISA - International Studies Abroad. Julia is enrolled in four courses for spring semester and is finding time to explore other highlights of Europe.

Check out her photography blog for photos and stories of her explorations.

Learn more about studying abroad via the  education abroad program.

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Charlotte Fore in ParisMarketing major and French minor, Charlotte Fore is studying French at the Institut Catholique de Paris via ISA - International Studies Abroad for spring semster.

"This was from my first night right after I got into Paris. I was ridiculously jet lagged, but my roommate and I were walking around and eating crepes when we caught this amazing view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset."

More information about the ISA Paris, France: French Language & Liberal Arts at the Institut Catholique de Paris education abroad experience.

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Anna Guo, a senior studying neuroscience and political science, studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, for six weeks during the summer of 2017. Anna's international experience was sponsored by the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

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Devany Howard in London, EnglandDevany Howard, a junior studying International Relations and Spanish, studied peace conflict resolution in England and Jordan during the summer of 2016. Devany's international experience was supported by the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

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Lindsey Kinderdine, ChileLindsey Kinderdine, a senior studying Spanish and international studies, traveled to Chile during her autumn 2015 semester with the ISA Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines program.

“Studying abroad in Valparaíso was an experience that forced me to develop my language skills, interact with people from all over the world, and develop a worldview that has influenced all aspects of my life.”

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Brandon Swanzer, New Zealand 2015Brandon Swanzer, a senior majoring in environment, economy, development and sustainability, traveled May 2015 with the program Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment - New Zealand

“If it were up to me study abroad would be required for all students. The experience I had was unforgettable and I cannot wait to get back out in the world and explore. There are currently 197 countries in the world and I’ve visited 4 of them. That means I have 193 more places to visit. I went to New Zealand with a lot of questions and came back with a lot of answers, but there’s one question that still resonates with me: Where do I go next?”

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