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Bailey BurkholderBailey Burkholder, sophomore, marketing major, traveled to Italy and Ireland with the Fisher College of Business Freshman Global Lab during the 2013 May session.

"I chose to do a short May-mester study abroad to Italy and Ireland so I could get an experience traveling without the fear of being away from my family for too long. Also, I decided to go with the Freshman Global Lab through Fisher so I could have the opportunity to meet other business students in my grade and start building connections within my college."

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Kacie poses in LondonKacie Parke, senior, English major, studied abroad in England during the 2013 summer.

"Studying abroad was the greatest decision I have ever made. The 17 other Buckeyes I studied abroad with were essentially strangers, we had only briefly introduced ourselves at orientation meetings prior to traveling and we were friends on Facebook. The trip there was also the first time I traveled by myself, which was exciting and scary at the same time. After 6 weeks of living in a foreign country together, we came home great friends. The 18 of us left as strangers, and came back as great friends, and I attribute this to not having working internet in our dorm at the University of Greenwich for the first week, which forced us all out of our comfort zones and inevitably to bond with the people we had right in front of us. I never would have thought I would have been blessed to gain lifelong friendships with people I studied abroad with."

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Megan SharpeSenior anthropological sciences major, Megan Sharpe, studied abroad during the 2013 summer in Italy.

"I got to spend six weeks in Altopascio, Italy the summer before my senior year of undergrad. I was at The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (an abbey) near Altopascio. This was an academic program with a goal to train us students in the archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods."

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Sarah Perry

Sophomore, public affairs major, Sarah Perry traveled to Guatemala during the 2013 summer.

"My experience in Guatemala changed the way that I perceive the world. I fell in love with the people and the rich culture and want to return one day. Our group, affectionately called the GuateFam, grew so close and made memories that we will never forget. I was there for 2 weeks in rural and indigenous rural areas in Guatemala close to Lake Atitlán. We toured local health care facilities, volunteered in a hospital, worked to install fences, irrigation systems, and cleared land for organic school gardens, volunteered with a special needs school, worked to install water filtration systems as well as stoves that produced less smoke to help avoid respiratory diseases that result from smoke inhalation during cooking."

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Shelby Bradford and friends in EnglandShelby Bradford, senior, double major in communications and English, studied abroad during summer 2013 on the English Literature program at the University of Greenwich in England.

"I always wanted to study abroad and after talking to a friend who went to Greenwich the summer before I did and hearing her testimony, I knew I had to go; she amped it up SO WELL. The Greenwich Program is for English majors and English minors at Ohio State and knowing my passion for my major and knowing the experience and knowledge I could gain from the going abroad, I wanted nothing more than to go across the pond to study the literature of London."

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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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