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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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