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Zoom in: 28 stories of a global summer

It's impossible to look at a penguin and be sad."

Princeton University senior Alexandra Kasdin received that sage message from a staff member at an African penguin colony in Cape Town, South Africa, on the first day of her research trip in summer 2013. Kasdin conducted interviews with visitors at the colony and at the Two Oceans Aquarium for her senior thesis, which focuses on determining whether seeing animals in the wild has a different effect on visitors' conservation attitudes than seeing animals in captivity.

Kasdin was among the more than 1,300 Princeton undergraduate and graduate students who traveled throughout the United States and to 90 countries around the globe last summer for academic study, independent research, internships and civic engagement projects. Students are already making plans for summer 2014 programs, attending open houses and learning about application requirements and deadlines.

Through Princeton's numerous summer study opportunities, made possible through grants, awards and the University's partnerships, students are able to participate in a broad range of academic and research experiences.

"One of the greatest opportunities offered to Princeton students is the chance to have a significant educational experience abroad — or immersed in another culture," said Diana Davies, vice provost for international initiatives.

"It's our goal for every Princeton student to have at least one significant international or intercultural experience, making this a core part of a Princeton education," Davies said. "In fact, many students already take advantage of the programs and funding support available to them to go abroad multiple times."

Students can find funding information on the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) website.

In this interactive feature, you will be able to view a map of the world and take a global journey with more than two dozen students from many disciplines who engaged in a broad array of opportunities in summer 2013.