- 3 years ago
Im a Canadian in Ireland for 4 years of grad school (almost done my third year! Which means i can almost come home! Lol). Its been a great experience, and i wouldnt change it for the world now… But i dont think i would personally recommend it to most people. Its been physically, emotionally and financially draining…
I spent my junior year of college in Hong Kong. It was by far and away the best thing I ever did in my life. I was a completely different person when I came back, in a good way. I recommend anyone and everyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to TAKE IT!!!
Yep! All three summers of college – Costa Rica, Morocco and Cambodia. I learned way more traveling than I did in actual classes at school
@Ap2010: Yes, a summer in London (I was studying international relations at the time). It was the most educationally productive period of my liberal arts education- it was an international-relations-specific program focusing on UK and EU issues, and we got to meet tons of government officials in London and Brussels and got briefings at EU and NATO headquarters on all kinds of stuff that was really dry on paper but fascinating in person.
And it was also incredibly fun. I was still underage for drinking at home in the States, but not in the UK! We used weekends to travel to Paris and we partied in our off hours as hard as we studied during the day.
My only regret is that I didn’t do another study abroad program while I had the chance.
@Ap2010: yes! I studied for a semester in Jamaica; it changed my life, and I came back a different (better) person. I highly recommend it to anyone who will listen, lol. I absolutely loved every second of it, and I learned/retained more from that than from 90% of my classes.
It also opened up my world view, and now I am severely bitten by the travel bug! Luckily, Mr. H spent a month in Japan, so he’s got the same travel fever as I do. We can’t wait to see the world and continue to explore and learn!
Reading these stories make me SOOOO excited for this summer! I’m studying in Stellenbosch, South Africa this summer! I knew that I could not pass up this opportunity because every person I talked to about it said “No, but I wish I would have!” and I decided I couldn’t be one of them! It’s for sociology and will be specific about the poverty and stuff in SA. We are also going to Zimbabwe and Bostwana, and we get to go on a safari! AHHH I CANNOT WAIT!!
I was an exchange student from Germany in the US in high school for a year and during college went to Mexico for 3 months.
it certainly isn’t always easy, but such precious experiences, learning about the world, other cultures and yourself!
I did a 3 week summer trip to England the summer between sophomore and junior hear of high school. I loved it so much, I went back my last semester of college and did my student teaching there 🙂
now I’m married to a Scotsman! Although I didn’t meet him there and only years and years afterwards.
I spent the spring semester of my Junior year in Angers, France. I would not trade it for the world.
I did a month in Japan during high school and a 6 month internship in New York during law school. Had an awesome time!
I did a semester in Spain my junior year, and last summer I did a 6 week volunteer/spanish language program in Guatemala.
ETA: loved both! Might honeymoon in Spain, and that was already my second time in Guatemala. There’s a very slight chance I’ll have a long weekend there this December to see the girls I sponsor again
I spent the spring of my Sophmore year interning in the Scottish Parlament on an exchange program. It is honestly the best experience of my life.
I spent teh fall of my Junior year in Paris. The program actually started us out with 2 weeks in Cannes and then we went up to Paris for 4 months. It was amazing, and I got to do a lot of traveling as well.
I studied in Paris but my college roommate spent a semester in Tanzania. She LOVED Africa…enjoy your trip!