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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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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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