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Amber Hamilton and other Buckeyes abroad traveling in BrazilAmber Hamilton, a senior studying sociology, traveled with the Brazil Global May program in 2015.

“Studying abroad helped me to realize how universal certain experiences are. My area of interest is racial stratification as it relates to Black Americans. I was able to find many similarities between the African American and Afro-Brazilian populations and it gave me a desire to study these similarities.”

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Sara Owens abroad in Hungary Buckeye abroad, Sara Owens, a junior studying financial planning, traveled during May 2015 on the program, Global May Hungary, with her Second-Year Transformational Experience Program fellowship.

“I expected to learn about Central and Eastern European history and culture while abroad, but I walked away from this experience with so much more knowledge about myself and the United States. To see the world from a new perspective for the first time was an incredible and life changing experience. I often caught myself reflecting, deeply reflecting; why it was that this new culture was so different from America’s culture.”

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Resident director, Christopher Reed on campus at East China Normal UniversityChristopher Reed, Department of History associate professor of modern Chinese history, has served three times as resident director for China-based study abroad programs. Most recently, in May 2015, he led the program Shanghai, 1750 to 2050- History, Culture and Language.

“In my view, study abroad programs are an excellent way to fulfill one of the goals of a liberal-arts college education, which, to paraphrase publisher Malcolm Forbes, is the replacement of a closed mind with an open one.”

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Ed McCaul and his students at Harlech CastleEdward McCaul, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Assessment of the College of Engineering, served as resident director for the study abroad program, Engineering the Castles and Cathedrals of England and Wales, during May 2015.

“This study abroad program has students appreciate the history of England and Wales, and how that history still influences the culture of England and Wales.”

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Resident director Steven MoellerSteven Moeller, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor, served as resident director since 2008 for Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare in South Africa and Huamn and Animal Interactions in Ireland.

"Developing and leading a study abroad program is/can be time consuming and at times what seems to be an arduous task. For some in the faculty ranks, there is a perception that study abroad is a ‘vacation’ for the ‘chosen few.’ From my experiences, the time invested in study abroad is well worth the considerable effort required to make the program ‘right.’ I have learned that teamwork is essential, and I am fortunate to have a great colleague in Kelly George, my co-instructor, providing her talents to the programs we offer. Study abroad experiences add significantly to my understanding of the student population, their learning needs and focus, and how they perceive the ‘world’ around them."

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Resident director, David Adams, and students on the London EyeDavid Adams, Lima campus Department of English associate professor, served as resident director for the study abroad program, Global May Britain: Introduction to the History, Politics and Culture of Great Britain during May 2015.

"Studying abroad offers students an opportunity to experience a fundamental shift in their experience of the world, making it easier to value ways of living and working different from the ways they are accustomed to living and working in the United States. This enhances students' intercultural sensitivity and thus their talent for moving and mediating between cultures."

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Andrew Min at the Great Barrier ReefAndrew Min, a senior studying industrial and systems engineering, traveled to Australia during May semester 2015 with the program, Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment.

“Studying abroad has been the best decision I have made in college thus far. Studying abroad gives you an opportunity to break outside your comfort zone and see the world from a new perspective. In this day and age it is important to have a global outlook, and studying abroad is the perfect way to help do so.”

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Resident director, Margaret Newell, on the balcony of the Cabildo, the colonial building where the Argentine revolution beganMargaret Newell, Department of History professor, served as resident director for the study abroad program, Global "Hotspots" of the Early Modern World: Buenos Aires.

"Having Ohio State faculty leaders means that these programs serve a real educational purpose—they are not just vacations. We encourage students to dig deep and understand the complex history behind the present-day realities in the countries we visit. We had class meetings almost every day in which we explored the colonial and revolutionary history of Argentina."

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Resident director, Roger Beebe, in BerlinRoger Beebe, associate professor in the Department of Art, served as the resident director for the 2015 study abroad program Filmmaking in Berlin.

“Columbus is a great city, but it can’t offer everything. I’ve taught in both Paris and Berlin, and I’m always amazed by how transformative the experience of using the city as your classroom can be. Students immediately understand that what we’re doing isn’t just some academic exercise when they see it connected to the cultural life of a major city. It’s also critically important for students who may not have experienced much of the world to start to expand their horizons. As a faculty member, it’s also just a great experience to break out of the classroom, especially when you can do that in an amazing international city.”

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Jessica Parker volunteering with Projeto Viva in BrazilJessica Parker is a senior studying French and security and intelligence. She participated in two Global May programs: her first year with China Global May and her second-year as a STEP participant with Brazil Global May, during her undergraduate career.

“Studying abroad has greatly impacted my college experience and has been a huge benefit to my life. As a security and intelligence major, being able to travel to two BRIC countries allowed me to have further insight when talking about Brazil or China in my classes at Ohio State.”

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Grace Lower in SpainGrace Lower, a senior studying English, traveled abroad spring semester with the ISA Hispanic Studies, Granada, Spain program.

“Although studying abroad may seem like a glorified vacation to some, my time in Granada was one of the most important learning experiences that I could have had as an undergraduate. It was most noticeable in my language: in those five months, my Spanish improved more than it had in three years of university-level classes! Beyond my language acquisition, living abroad granted me a deeper sense of independence and self-confidence.”

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Erik Gaarder at Portoferraio, the Island of Elba, off the coast of TuscanyBuckeye abroad, Erik Gaarder, a senior studying Italian and international studies, participated in the program, Siena Italian Studies.

“There were a few reasons as to why I chose Siena Italian Studies: For starters, Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany. There are so many dialects spoken throughout the country but the official language is most closely related to the Tuscan dialect. I knew I would be able to understand the language and be understood more clearly in this city (even though Siena does have its own dialect, but it was really fun and easy to learn).”

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Samantha Smith at the John Lennon Wall in Prague Samantha Smith, a senior studying strategic communication and Spanish, traveled abroad to Spain during spring semester 2015 and with the program, International Studies Abroad – Madrid.

“Studying abroad was definitely the best thing I did during my college career. I gained more experience, knowledge and independence than any internship has ever been able to provide. There’s something about leaving everything you know behind and diving into a whole new culture and world that transforms you as a person. Some of my friends from Ohio State were also abroad in different parts of Europe, so I found myself flying to foreign countries alone to meet up with them, making my way to the nearest train or bus toward the city, then figuring out the metro system and hailing a taxi to our hostel – things I never thought I’d be doing on my own.

I met some incredible people from all over the United States and even some locals from Madrid who will continue to be my friends even after we’ve all gone back to our own corners of the world. After studying abroad I’m a more mature, well-rounded, ambitious and independent person.”

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Jenna DeCarlo, a Buckeye abroad, in Madrid, SpainJenna DeCarlo, a third year studying speech and hearing science, traveled with the program, Spain Global May: Madrid in the World, the World in Madrid, during May 2015.

“My time spent in Madrid gave me a small glimpse of how simultaneously large and small the world is. A completely different culture that celebrates bull fighting and the Patron Saint San Isidro exists on a continent that is a nine hour plane ride away. Even still, I realized that by allowing myself to be open to new experiences I was able to uncover a sense of belonging in a completely new city. Three and a half weeks of learning both inside and outside of the classroom left me with a newfound appreciation for how important it is to be a globally aware citizen.”

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Olivia Smith and Buckeyes abroad in SpainJunior, communication and political science major, Oliva Smith, traveled to Madrid, Spain during May 2015 with the program, Spain Global May: Madrid in the World, the World in Madrid.

"I chose this program because I wanted to learn more about Spain in person after hearing so much about its culture and way of life in Spanish classes and in popular culture. The way of life in Spain is completely different than the way we live in the United States, and it really opened my eyes. It gave me perspective when comparing different cultures of the world."

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