Study Abroad Experiences & Student Testimonials

Study Abroad Student Testimonials (from the Foreign Language Department)

What Students Are Saying


Melanie Kobela

Spanish/French Education Major

"My travels to France have really made me more confident in speaking the language. It’s really neat to now see pictures of places in text books or class and say, “Hey! I’ve been there!” I believe my travels have really influenced the way that I now look at learning languages. Now I can’t wait to discover more of the world."

Study Abroad Experiences


“Marywood worked with me every step of the way to make sure I was able to go abroad and showed great concern for me while I was in China.” Read Michael's blog

Michael M. (CAPA Beijing, China Fall, 2014)

What advice do you have on the program selection process for prospective students who are trying to find a good program match?

“Don't participate in a program just because your friends are going. Try to find the proper fit for you.”

Megan L. (SACI Florence, Italy Fall, 2014)


“With Chinese, there are two aspects, listening/speaking and writing. Just practicing the characters over and over again is the only real way to learn them. Going out into the streets and conversing with locals is the best way to improve.” Read Michael's blog

Michael M. (CAPA Beijing, China Fall, 2014)


Study Abroad Tip: If you study or watch videos about people who have gone to the country it lessens the effects of culture shock. Read Michael's blog

Michael M. (CAPA Beijing, China Fall, 2014)

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)