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We love to hear from our students about their study abroad experiences! To share your experiences and help get others interested in study abroad, you can:

Study Abroad Timeline

Summer 2021 Recap

Study Abroad's Summer 2021 Return

Read about summer 2021 programs to our study centers OU in Arezzo, Italy and OU in Puebla, Mexico. See photos and learn about the types of activities, courses and excursions you can expect on some of our signature summer programs!

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Student Stories

Libby Trowbridge
Studied Abroad in Amman, Jordan

"One of my favorite memories from Amman was spending countless evenings on the rooftop watching the sun set and listening to the mosques across the city announce the Call to Prayer. . . .  Another memorable experience was when the Bedouins taught me how to drive stick-shift in a Toyota pickup truck in the Wadi Rum Desert. I remember the starry night and driving through the desert, mesmerized by the rock formations."

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Yvette Cassadore
Studied Abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Professor Moreira arranged for us to meet with Indigenous students. I was excited! We entered the Indigenous Medicinal garden, and it was a beautiful feeling to be in the presence of powerful energy which came from the plants. In those moments I knew that it was for a far greater purpose that I was placed there. In Indigenous culture, we are taught that there is a reason for everything — relationships, meetings and so forth — and that day the universe had aligned the stars to bring us together."

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Elizabeth Penn
Studied Abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia

"One of my favorite memories of my study abroad experience came near the end of March, when I took a trip to Lake Ladoga and our group exchange students had a picnic by the completely frozen-solid lake. It was so surreal to be in Russia with other students from around the world, listening to music ranging from Usher to French pop, and hanging out on a frozen lake. When would I ever do that again in my life?"

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The Virtues of Study Abroad

The Virtues of Study Abroad (2014-2018) was a publication of student essays detailing the ways study abroad experiences helped them grow and develop, opening their eyes to other cultures and ultimately changing them for the better. 

Read more student essays here, and to browse the full Virtues publications, visit the College of International Studies ISSUU page.

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