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Off-Campus Program Past Participant Contacts

Feel free to contact any of the students listed below to learn about their experiences in their Off-Campus Study programs. If you are interested in a program but you don't see it listed on this page, please email us!

Also, if you have studied off-campus and would like to be listed on this page as a contact for students interested in your program, please contact Rebecca Schachtman at or Laura Zuege at

Leif Olsen

Program: Bard-Smolny, Russia

Majors: Russian and English

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How my world view changed: Study abroad was an incredible experience, because it teaches you just how self-sufficient you can be. But it also teaches you how to celebrate the small things, like buying groceries for the first time in Russian.

I thought Russia was a dangerous place because that is what I saw on mainstream media news outlets. But I soon found out that the city is safe and the culture is vibrant.

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Luke Graham

Student in RomeProgram: ISA Rome

Major: History

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What I loved the most: The best part about being in Rome was that as someone who studies Roman history, I got to interact with all the ancient sights of Rome in a meaningful. Learning about the significance of the Roman Forum and then getting to visit the sigh enhanced my experience in a remarkable way.


Anna Vogel

Student in Rome

Program: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies- Rome

Majors: Classics and Art History

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My study abroad experience: My favorite part of studying abroad was getting to see and experience so many things that I had only heard about or seen pictures of throughout my study of Classics and Art History. Being able to physically engage with the material helped me to grasp so much more thoroughly the concepts and make them feel much more relevant.

How has my worldview changed? Studying abroad introduced me to so many new people and places that changed the way I look at the world. I think being able to get out of my comfort zone in every sense of the phrase was a life changing experience.



Katie Singer

Student under water in EcuadorProgram: IES Abroad Quito, Area Studies and Language

Majors: History Major, Government and Spanish Minor

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What I loved most: I loved being immersed in the Spanish language and having the opportunity to live in a completely different culture. I was lucky enough to travel to many different parts of Ecuador and learned so much about how the culture varies from the Andes to the coast to the Amazon rainforest, which really helped to increase my understanding of the country.

How has my worldview changed? I am definitely more empathetic towards others now, especially people who I don't initially have a lot in common with. Also, I am much more confident in myself and my abilities--If I can navigate a foreign culture in a different language, I can do anything!


Karina Grady

Student by ocean in GreeceProgram: College Year in Athens
Majors: Art History Major, Museum Studies IA

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What I loved most: the food!
How has my worldview changed: Getting the chance to study abroad is the best experience of my life. In the five months I spent in Athens, Greece, I grew so much. I have never been happier than I was when I was there and that will stay with me for the rest of my life.



Ryan Aiello

Student in Costa Rica

Program: ACM Costa Rica

Majors: Psychology and Spanish

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What I loved the most: I loved getting myself lost while wandering around and walking into random restaurants and shops with no clue as to where I would go next. It was during these experiences that I truly pushed my Spanish skills to their limit as I befriended numerous locals who didn’t speak a word of English and in the process made life long friends.

What I miss the most: I miss my host mother in San Jose. Together, we had fantastic dinner conversations over fried plantains and tea that would last hours after our plates had been cleared.

How had my world view changed? After participating in this program I have really come to understand the cultural and political dominance of the United States and western civilization over smaller, developing countries.


Olivia Gregorich

Student in Ireland

Program: Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland

Majors/Minors: Theatre Arts major, Creative Writing minor

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My study abroad experience and what I miss: I miss the sound of voices from Ireland.  It's not as simple as accents--the movement in their speaking has a different sound.  While on a trip to Galway, I took a day to visit one of the Aran Islands where they still speak Irish fluently.  I miss the hiking--one of the most interesting things I heard in one of my classes at the Gaiety School of Acting was that accents reflect their landscapes: wide open land creates speakers of wide open sounds, lots of snow and wind makes people clench their teeth to keep out the weather.  Language truly lives and breathes the stories, geography, and music of the people and their place, and I was more than happy to listen for a while.

How has my world view changed? It was an interesting time to be outside of the United States, during one of the most controversial Presidential elections perhaps ever.  I loved learning more about the history of Ireland, but I think in global terms it really showed me how closely the rest of the world does watch us, and how myopic we are (or can be) in return.  I know next to nothing about French or British politics, let alone those of countries on other continents.  If anything, the experience has thrown down the gauntlet for me to push myself even farther outside my comfort zone in the interest of broadening my understanding and appreciation of how complicated the connections between us and our differences are.


Michelle Jimenez

Program: ISA Granada

Major/Minor: Government major, Spanish minor

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My study abroad experience: I was immersed in a city that was so diverse and full of life. Granada is a city full of different people from different places all studying at the University of Granada making it an open environment for a variety of cultures.

What I miss the most: I miss being able to stand back and take a minute to think about how long the architecture in Spain has been around. I miss being able to go hiking in the Sierra Nevada to exploring the virgin beaches in southern Spain in a matter of a few hours.

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Maria Mankin

Student by canal in AmsterdamProgram: IES Amsterdam

Major/Minor: Psychology major, Government minor

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What I miss the most: It's hard to pick my favorite thing about Amsterdam, because it was filled with so much beauty and adventure. However, what I loved most about the city was how cozy it felt. Walking around the cobblestone roads felt almost like a fairytale. While Amsterdam is full of excitement and life, it also has a quaint and comforting nature. The dutch have a word for this feeling: Gezellig. It's the feeling you get when you come home after a long trip, or when you take a warm bath. Amsterdam embodies this word perfectly, and I miss it every day.

How has my world view changed? Studying abroad transformed me into a more confident and independent person. Living on my own was something I had never experienced before. It was tough at times, but it ultimately was an experience that I needed in order to enter into adult life. I would recommend it to everyone, even if it scares you a little. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone was one of the most valuable things I could have ever done.


Sarah Diamond

Students on camels in IndiaProgram: ACM India

Major: International Relations

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My study abroad experience:  I studied abroad in Pune, India in the fall of 2015. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I lived with an Indian family, adventured all over the country, learned so much, and met incredible people.

My favorite memory:  For Diwali break towards the end of the semester, I went trekking with a group in the Himalayas in Ladakh. It was surreal. We rode camels, slept under the stars, and experienced a culture that is completely its own. I miss it every single day.


Morgan Edwards

Student exploring ChileProgram: IES Santiago (U. Católica Santiago)

Majors: Biology and Spanish

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What I loved most: I loved hearing and learning to speak a new (to me) dialect of Spanish, and having my language skills challenged in an academic setting! Living in a big city and making friends without the scaffolding of a tiny campus was a great experience as well.

How has my worldview changed? Although I always felt welcomed by new friends and classmates while I was abroad, there were frequent moments in which I really felt just how much of a cultural outsider I was. Now that I'm back, memories of that feeling help me to empathize more with people who might be feeling uncomfortable, out of place, or excluded in a variety of situations.



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