Study Abroad Experiences & Student Testimonials

Study Abroad Student Testimonials (from the Foreign Language Department)

What Students Are Saying


Mackenzie Goodwin

Spanish Minor & Pre-Physician Assistant Major

"Studying in Valencia for a month over the summer was an experience that has impacted me in too many ways to count; from the new people I met to the delicious food I ate and the adventures I shared. Valencia will always hold a special place in my heart. Living in a different country for a month not only helped me to become a well-rounded person, but it also took me out of my comfort zone, and this will definitely benefit me in my future career as a physician assistant."

Study Abroad Experiences

I found it helpful, as an additional preparation, to read student study abroad blogs about their travels. In order to help other study abroad students and recount my travels, I also started one. It also helped me deal with culture shock and remember the amazing experiences I had.

Riley C. (Queen Mary London Fall, 2014)

“I learned how to deal with struggles on my own. It taught me how to adjust to a completely foreign environment with new people, things, and ideas. I learned how to learn from them and they learned from me. It opened up my eyes a lot, to say the least.”

Sara G. (James Cook Univ. Australia 2012)


What were the most challenging aspects of your abroad experience?

“Figuring out how to live in a foreign country. It took about a month to get used to the language, the city, and the people.”

Jessica Y. (ISI Florence, Italy Fall, 2014)

“The locals were extremely warm and welcoming, telling me all their favorite spots that tourists don't know about.”

Sara G. (James Cook Univ. Australia 2012)


I learned how to live everyday life in a foreign country, travel on my own, and manage my own expenses. I am definitely more experienced and independent.

Jessica Y. (ISI Florence, Italy Fall, 2014)