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European Equestrian StudiesSophomore, meat science major Michelle LeMaster studied abroad in Germany and France on the European Equestrian studies program during spring break 2013.

"I feel like everyone should have an opportunity to study abroad and be able to expand their knowledge and I am blessed to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I was given the chance to travel to Germany and France to further my knowledge of how the equine species are viewed and used in other countries in comparison to the United States."

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Emily BuckEmily Buck, associate professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is the resident director of the college’s first year experience study abroad program in Ecuador. This program gives freshmen a first-hand experience with Ecuadorian culture, the global economy and environmental issues. Emily decided to jump on board with the program in its second year to help engage first year students and get them interested in the world and travel.

“Based on the great experiences I had as a student studying abroad, I knew it was an important opportunity for students,” said Buck. “What better way to get this than starting your freshman year?”

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Sarah klingshirn EcuadorSarah Klingshirn, a sophomore animal sciences major, studied abroad during December 2012 in Ecuador with the College of Food, Agricultural and Enviornmental Sciences First Year Experience program.

“Through my study abroad program I gained friends, knowledge and cultural awareness. Ecuador is different from the United States, and it was great to see how the Ecuadorians lived. Staying with a host family for a night was a great experience because they live so simply. They did not speak any English so it was a struggle to communicate, but the family was kind and understanding.

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Aaron Sass in IsraelAaron Sass, a sophomore in actuarial science, studied abroad at Tel Aviv University in Israel during Summer and Autumn 2013.



“I had the pleasure of studying at Tel Aviv University in Israel for the summer and fall semester. I lived in student dorms off campus, where I lived with other young adults from all over the world. During the summer we had 4.5 hours of intensive Hebrew class each day, five days a week, and during the semester I was enrolled in classes four days a week covering topics such as politics, economics, art history, Middle Eastern studies, environmental studies and more. It was a very independent program that allowed me to travel all throughout the country in my free time and become completely immersed in Israel's culture."

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Lucy Campbell at a Denmark canalLucy Campbell, a junior in psychology, studied abroad at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Denmark during Summer 2013. 

“My study abroad experience was memorable because Scandinavia is a fantastic area, the Danish people are some of the most fun and kindest people I’ve ever met and the many American girls that lived in my dorm were amazing and will be life-long friends. While studying abroad I got the chance to truly learn about the culture in Denmark and the city of Copenhagen. I met many Danish students, some of whom I still keep in touch with. I learned about the culture through living there, talking to my RAs (who were Danish students, and taking classes that discussed topics that I have studied here at Ohio State and how those issues and topics are similar and how they differ in the Danish Culture. I couldn't imagine my college experience without studying abroad. I will be friends with the people I met on this trip for the rest of my life and I can't wait to go back and visit!”

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Ignacio CoronaThis May, Ignacio Corona, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will travel with students to Mérida, Mexico for the Mexico Global May: Globalization in the Mayan Country study abroad program. The program will focus on the distinct history, culture and natural environment of the Yucatan peninsula. Corona, who developed the program and serves as the resident director is excited to help students approach, perceive and produce a more diverse and complete knowledge about our neighbor to the South.



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O-H-I-O in EcuadorKaitlan Hovis, a freshman in animal sciences, studied abroad in Ecuador during Winter Break 2011 through the CFAES Freshman Experience in Ecuador program.

"I loved the whole experience. We got to travel to the city of Quito and explore the highlands. It was beautiful and eye opening because of the obvious differences between how Ecuadorians ran their farms and how the United States chooses to run theirs."

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Jessica Solomon in the Giraffe CentreJessica Solomon, a senior in veterinary public health, studied abroad in Kenya independently during Summer 2011.

"This study abroad was memorable on a few different levels; it was my first trip to Africa, my first safari, my first international conference, and unfortunately, my first broken bone. Towards the end of my trip I was in a car accident and broke an arm. Despite the broken arm, it was an excellent trip and I’m already envisioning future projects that I can pursue as I continue to move forward academically."

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Shelby Caldwell at the dairy farmShelby Caldwell, a freshman in environmental policy and decision making, studied abroad in Ecuador during Winter Break 2011 through the CFAES Freshman Experience in Ecuador program.

"In Ohio there are no mountains or hills and there the view is just breath taking. The houses in the main cities are built on top of each other and made out of anything the families could find. This was an eye opener to me I had never seen that much poverty in my life. But I want to live in a third world country with little water and no heat to test myself. It would be a growing and learning experience for me."

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Anne Mauro with her host familyAnne Mauro, a freshman in forestry and wildlife management, studied abroad in Ecuador during Winter Break 2011 through the CFAES Freshman Experience in Ecuador program.

"Hiking to the waterfall in the cloud forest made my experience very memorable. The trail was very different than anything I have ever hiked in America. Toucan calls were heard throughout the hike along with colorful birds flying all over the place."

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Danielle ShortDanielle Short, a junior in international business, studied abroad in Senegal during Autumn 2011 through the Minnesota's Studies of International Development program.

"I lived in the capital city, Dakar, for eight weeks with a Senegalese family, while I was attending classes at the West African Research Center on international development, an African language, Wolof, micro finance, and the Senegalese culture. After the classroom phase, the 18 Americans in the program were split up and placed in villages and small rural towns throughout different parts of the country to do a six-week internship. I was placed in Fatick (small rural town) with a large, traditional Senegalese family for an internship with a micro finance institution."

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Christopher Wang at Camden MarketChristopher Wang, a freshman in financial math, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"London is definitely a place a visit and I had a awesome time. London is so different from any city in the US. England's national language may be English, however in London you are surrounded by numerous languages. Every language sounds foreign, even British. There is so much culture, so much history, and so much to see and enjoy."

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Jeremy Isler at StonehengeJeremy Isler, a freshman, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"My experience in this study abroad program was fantastic. One of the more surprising things during this trip was that I enjoyed almost all of the food I tried. I am typically a picky eater but I liked every thing I ate over there, except the Indian food. It was nice to have a day off to be able to visit what sparked our interests. I personally saw Wimbledon and Arsenal's soccer stadium. That day off let me do what I had wanted to do and then left me in a joyous mood for the rest of the trip."

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Jordan Smith at St. Paul's CathedralJordan Smith, a freshman in dance, studied abroad in England during winter break 2011 through the London Honors program.

"Because England is a first world culture that functions very similarly to our own in the United States, it was especially interesting to notice the differences. Also, being in a country where they have thousands of years of history and tradition was a huge contrast from being in our country of only a few hundred years. This was my first time abroad and it was a fantastic experience, I can’t wait to go back."

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David Garman at Schwules MuseumDavid Garman, a senior in international business and Germanic language and culture, studied abroad in Germany during the 2009 academic year and Summer 2011 through the Bonn program and independent research.

"Being able to directly connect with Germans is always a highlight being abroad. Germans have the unique quality of not being able to produce "small talk," which is fantastic because it opens up conversations and allows for more meaningful discussions."

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