Study Abroad Program
Temple Douglas '14
Program: Ecole Centrale, Paris, France
I was able to study physics using a different methodology, as well as take courses very concentrated on the interface between math and science. The content of the courses was well taught and was very challenging. The faculty are interested in the development of students as future engineers and provide numerous opportunities to problem solve. The international aspect of Ecole Centrale really provides a great opportunity to understand many different cultures and learn how to collaborate with people of different backgrounds. Simply from talking to people from different countries, I feel I learned not only about different cultures, but also immensely about comparative economics, politics, and European history.
Peter Smith '14
Program: Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
The coursework helped me gain a more well-rounded understanding of Brazilian culture, history, and contemporary social issues. The coursework also helped me refine my academic interests and decide on sociology as a major, as well as giving me ideas for possible thesis topics. Getting to know my way around a new city and having a lot of independence in my living situation helped me become more self-sufficient and adventurous. Having everyday conversations with Brazilians improved my Portuguese, and new friendships made me appreciate hospitality and friendliness as values to live by. I was also lucky to get an IIP placement in Rio and was stimulated academically by my responsibilities and social issues related to my work.
Adeline Brown '13
Program: University of Melbourne, Australia
University of Melbourne is one of the best universities in Australia, and the quality of the courses, professors, and facilities is top-notch. My lecturers were engaging and polished, and they presented the information in an organized, well-paced, interesting manner. I lived in Trinity College, which I loved, loved, LOVED. I felt like living at Trinity enriched my experience socially, academically, and culturally. It gave me the opportunity to live among students from all over Australia and New Zealand. I participated in an orchestra, played hockey and soccer, competed in an intercollegiate dance competition, joined the Billiards Club, and was inspired by notable speakers at Trinity's weekly Fireside Chats. And I made amazing friends!
James Williams '13
Program: IES Granada, Spain
Taking the majority of my classes at UGR allowed me to totally immerse myself. I took as many classes as possible in Spanish with actual Spainards. I am now a much more confident Spanish speaker, have a much different view of the world, and spent a semester being exposed to different approaches of learning. Granada—the city and its people—defined my study abroad experience. No other city in Spain is as beautiful or culturally rich—plus my homestay host cooked the best paella in all of Spain.
Eileen Torrez '13
Program: Antioch Education Abroad, Buddhist Studies Program in India
This program is a really unique study abroad experience for students interested in Buddhism. You take most of your classes with the same people so you have a lot to talk about. My fellow students were brilliant, kind, and intellectually curious. Hands down, the other people are what makes this program the best.T he program is very intense and it will test all your preconceived limits--but that's why it's amazing. You will learn so much about yourself, the world, people, life, and what's important. Give it a shot!