Study Abroad Program
Fabiola Pina '15
Concentration: Slavic Languages and Literatures
Program: Bard-Smolny, St. Petersburg, Russia
Many elements of the Bard-Smolny program make it incredibly unique: the cultural excursions around the city, the genuine investment of the professors, and the ability to take classes alongside native Russian speakers. The courses were rich and engaging – one of them even inspired my thesis topic! The program highly encourages participants to live with a host family, which allowed me to really immerse myself in daily Russian life and culture. St. Petersburg is a beautiful city with countless museums, theaters, and gardens – there is always somewhere to go and something to do. By the end of the program, I knew that I would visit St. Petersburg again. Without a doubt, spending a semester in St. Petersburg through Bard-Smolny challenged me to grow in both my personal and academic life. I highly recommend it!
Allison Evans '15
Program: CIEE Contemporary Netherlands Studies, Amsterdam
I absolutely loved my summer in Amsterdam, even more so because Dutch spirit was relentlessly on display due to the World Cup frenzy at the time. Through my coursework, I was able to see a completely different perspective on global social and health issues. I gained a new kind of independence by learning how to navigate a foreign city, often by bicycle, on my own. Amsterdam is beautiful with idyllic canals, quaint houses, and historical museums throughout the city. CIEE organized excursions both around the Netherlands and to other countries. I was therefore able to spend quality time exploring London, Paris, Rotterdam, The Hague, and more. With CIEE, learning takes place both in the classroom and through exposure to new cultural experiences. I grew as a person in countless ways from this program, and my wanderlust was instantly sparked. Traveling will forever be a part of my life.
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.
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.