Some Thoughts Before Leaving to Study Abroad

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Saint Louis University Madrid, Fall 2018 How did you decide the location of your study abroad?  What factors played a role  in your decision? The biggest determent of location was the ability to transfer 3000 and 4000 level courses back to Western to count toward a second major. Being a senior, I was very limited in my choices because I had already fulfilled…

Universidad de la Habana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the actual study part of study abroad! The university that I am studying at while I’m here is the Universidad de la Habana (UH), which is the oldest university in Cuba. The campus is…

How/Why did I Choose my Program?

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 With all of the study abroad programs out there, how did I manage to narrow my choices down to one? A LOT of reading! Man do I hate to glaze over program pages for hours! It was necessary for me…

El Cubañol

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Today marks exactly one week that I have been in Cuba, but it sure feels like longer (in a good way)! I have already had some amazing experiences, met great people, and begun to look at Cuba through a new lense….

200 Hours

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 I have one week until I leave. I’m not worried about navigating the airport, packing my entire life into a suitcase, or the 19 hours of travel. What really scares me is the sheer scale of what I’m doing. My family won’t be an hour’s…

Fragments of Pre-Departure Reflection

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 The path is made by walking I depart for Madrid in three days. Months of preparation are coming together for this very moment in time, and literally one and a half years of anticipation (since the application process began) are circling brightly in my…

Testimonial: Geography, Environment and China

Chris Coppock Geography and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Major Summer I, 2018 Water Resource Management in China I experienced a faculty-led, two-week study abroad program at a number of locations in China.  The program studies China’s water resource challenges, and although the program has structured lectures in a conference room style setting, most of the…

Testimonial: Mijn Tijd in de Nederlands

Alexis Flicek Hogeschool of Utrecht, Spring 2018 Study Abroad Testimonial Intro Hello, my name is Alexis Flicek and this will be a quick testimonial about my time abroad in the Netherlands during the spring semester of 2018. I am currently going into my senior year at WMU, and studying Integrated Supply Management and minoring in…

Something That’s Important to us All

Hilary Johnson MSW/SPADA Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break 2017 My experience traveling to Guatemala last spring was an experience I will never forget. One of my favorite parts of the trip was spending time at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit…

Reshaping my World

Adriana Echols Major: Geography Beijing & Lanzhou, China GEOG 5450: Overseas Study on China’s Water Resources Management (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2018 The vision of reshaping the world around us and preserving this magnificent world for future generations inspires and encourages me to learn as much as I can about the earth. Studying in China gave me the…

Florence Is Every Artists Dream

Morgan Haskins Major: Graphic and Printing Science Book Arts in Italy Summer I, 2018 Besides the shocking fact that I’m in Italy, studying art (how is this even real??), I would have to say that one of the most shocking elements of this trip so far has been traveling without family. Up until now, I…

This Opportunity was Begging me to Accept it

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 The most influential person in my decision to study abroad was my professor for my School and Society class.  One day I was sitting in our class and the first thing my professor said to us that…