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Buckeye abroad, Mark Koenig, in UgandaFifth year senior, Mark Koenig, studying international studies, traveled to Uganda, Africa with the Global May Uganda 2015 program.

"Studying abroad allows a person to get out of their comfort zone, explore beyond their mental and physical boundaries and gives them the opportunity to see a completely different world. When you leave home, you leave the comforts and shelters behind. You are exposed to everything that was once just an imagination. I had never been to any country in Africa, therefore it was just a thought in my mind. Studying abroad allowed me to plant my own two feet on new grounds and opened my mind to a world unknown to me."

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Ryan Fisher abroad in IndiaRyan Fisher, a senior public health major, studied abroad May 2015 with the program, Public Health Perspectives: India.

"I got to meet twenty amazing students as we bonded throughout the course. I was able to take a global public health class with an Indian focus by traveling to over ten different field sites to learn real-world applications of public health systems in a developing country."

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Kamaria Thomas enjoying UgandaKamaria Thomas, a sophomore exploratory major, traveled to Uganda May 2015 to participate in the Global May Uganda experience.

"I chose the Global May Uganda program mainly because I had a strong interest to go to Africa in my lifetime. Also, I thought that learning more about human development would be interesting, as well as help expand my worldview. I think that it allowed me to expand my horizons, and really helped me grow as a person."

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Liz Feldman at the Equator in UgandaLiz Feldman, a sophomore public health major, studied abroad during May session 2015 with the Global May Uganda program.

“It isn't every day you get the chance to travel to Africa. When I told people I would be traveling to Uganda, they assumed I was going on a mission trip. Sure, the roads and infrastructure aren't great, there isn't air conditioning and the water isn't safe to drink, but Uganda isn't a country that needs saving. As we studied development and human security, we really got the chance to see how developing countries, specifically Uganda, have the chance to improve, but also at how far they have come already.”

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Maya Prabhu (far right) abroad in IndiaMaya Prabhu, a third year studying neuroscience, traveled abroad during May semester on the program with the College of Public Health, Public Health Perspectives: India.

"Studying abroad this past May was one of the most meaningful and life changing experiences. We studied at Manipal University, a well-known international institution, centered in Manipal, a lively costal college town in Southern India. Manipal is special to me because it is the town (and university) that my maternal great-grandfather (Dr. T.M.A. Pai) founded. My grandfather was even among the first graduating class of Katsurba Medical College! While I have been back to Manipal several times before, this time I returned as a student. In doing so, I was able to experience my great-grandfather’s legacy and his vision for education and equality."

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Buckeye Abroad, Ali Baker, in IrelandAli Baker, a sophomore studying speech and hearing science and education, traveled abroad with the May session program, The History and Archaeology of Medieval Ireland: Trim and the Blackfriary.

"I’ve only been at Ohio State for a year, but I’m confident that the four weeks I spent in Ireland will be some of my favorite memories. I got to know my professor personally, bond with 17 other Buckeyes I never would have had the opportunity to meet, and learn the history of Ireland without a single text book. In just a month, I got to visit so many amazing places in Ireland from Belfast to Loughcrew to the Cliffs of Moher, find artifacts from a 13th century friary, and immerse myself in the Irish culture."

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Maddie and other Buckeyes abroad at Visegrád Castle Maddie Corley, a junior majoring in public health, utilized her Second-Year Transformational Experience Program fellowship to study abroad with the 2015 Global May Hungary program.

“Studying abroad benefitted my college experience in unimaginable ways. It is completely different to be immersed in an area while learning about its history and politics and news rather than learning about it in a classroom across the world. In learning about Budapest while exploring Budapest, I grew to appreciate the city for its architecture, culture, and history because I was learning concurrently with my excursions.

I have also grown so much in knowledge and as a person, whether that means being self-sufficient on public transport or getting by with a language I had never heard before, so studying abroad has really helped me become better and change my view of the world."

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Emily Maxson is all smiles while abroad in GhanaEmily Maxson, a senior majoring in health sciences, traveled to Ghana, Africa during May 2015 to participate in a Pay It Forward program with The Akumanyi Foundation and Achiase Children’s Home.

“I knew that I wanted to choose a program that was service oriented because I have a strong passion for helping others. The Akumanyi Foundation stood out to me because it was a program that was going to allow me to be fully immersed into a brand new culture and lifestyle. We stayed on scene at the orphanage in Achiase for two weeks and we were living just as the kids were, bucket showers and all. This program was going to allow me to make a difference in the kids’ lives while I was there as well and after I left."

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Katie Armstrong Hugs a Koala in Port Douglas, AustraliaKatie Armstrong, a freshman majoring in business administration, is a Buckeye abroad studying down under with the Australian program, Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment.

"This summer I will be studying sustainability in North Queensland, and although my study abroad program will not directly relate to my major of Business Marketing, I could not pass up the opportunity to learn about sustainability in Australia. One of the biggest appeals for me and what I am most looking forward to, is snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef."

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Karolina Chimchenko in PolandGraduate student, Karolina Chimchenko, studying Slavic and East European studies, traveled to Warsaw, Poland for two months in September 2014 to intern at the Lech Walesa Institute, a human rights nongovernmental organization.

“Not only did my internship experience allow me to develop professionally and broaden my understanding of Polish history and culture, adjusting to life in Poland’s bustling capital also developed my character. Although this was not the first time I visited Poland, it was my first time in the country alone and the city was unfamiliar to me."

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Wolfe scholarship recipient, Kelsey Ryan, a junior majoring in neuroscience traveled to Karnataka, India as part of the 2014 Public Health Perspectives: India study abroad program.

“My study abroad experience was studying global public health and public health within the scope of India. We stayed at a prestigious university in the southern Indian country of Karnataka and had lectures in their beautiful (and air conditioned!) library on campus. We learned the basics of global public health and the history of Indian culture. Field visits were taken just about every day to health centers such as primary and secondary clinics, rural clinics, hospitals, women and child health center, a preschool and a pediatric clinic. We got to see first-hand how the poorest of Indian society receives medical care from the government as well as the differences between the American and Indian health systems."

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David Minich, a senior majoring in animal sciences, has traveled to Ecuador, Ireland and South Africa to study abroad during his undergraduate career with Ohio State.

“Before coming to The Ohio State University, my scope of the world ventured no further than my own travels in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. However, all of that changed during my first quarter here at Ohio State when I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador on one of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences study abroad programs."

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Wolfe scholarship recipient, Caroline Milliken, a junior majoring in English pre-education and strategic communication traveled to Budapest, Hungary as part of the 2014 Global May Hungary program.

“It was important for me to study abroad because I believe that it is important to understand and acknowledge the larger world community of which we are all a part. Learning about diverse perspectives, as well as seeing new, historic and beautiful places, is a way of becoming more connected to the past and the future of the world as a whole. My study abroad experience even helped me redefine my career path, as it introduced me to the concepts of city and regional planning, making me more interested in urban design and living abroad after graduation."

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Kristen WrightWolfe Scholarship recipient, Kristen Wright, a senior majoring in visual communication design spent February through July 2013 in Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany with the International Exchange Program.

“I learned more than I ever could’ve expected on this trip. It was my first time out of the country, and certainly not my last. I walked away feeling as if the whole point of my time abroad was not to just learn in the classroom, but learn from every experience I encountered. I chose this location and program because of the rich design history in Germany and our department’s long lasting relationship with HfG Gmünd.”

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Megan DavisMegan Davis, a senior majoring in English, traveled to England for six weeks with the 2013 Greenwich Summer Program.

Having never been abroad—unless you count the Canadian side of Niagara Falls—I was thrilled to learn that there existed a study abroad program in a city I’ve always wanted to visit: London. And better yet, I would be studying some of my favorite authors in the very location their works came to life. I was, of course, excited for my first real trek as a global citizen, but I never imagined it would be so enriching, life-changing, fun, liberating, and inspiring.”

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