The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Always Find Happiness

Jake Sanderson Marketing Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017 This trip has shown me a lot about the country and a lot about myself. It has truly been beneficial and will continue to be throughout my business professional life. I have learned a large amount of ways that the Dominican…

“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

Preserving History

Lillian Manning Interior Design Major Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence, Summer I 2017 This class was full of site seeing, great foods, and lots of movement. I learned that studying abroad wasn’t just about the final destination, it’s also about the travel experience. I usually don’t fly anywhere on a Friday and this…

My First Day at Mohammed V University

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The afternoon was surprisingly less sweltering an hour before my first class at the local university, but my hair was frizzing up around my face from the humidity. Mohammad, one of the teaching assistants at the IES Abroad Center,…

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…

The Perfect Balance

Keeley Van Blaicom Business Administration Major Business and Culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017 Engaging in a study abroad to Santiago, Chile was not a long time dream that I had imagined conquering.  However, being given the opportunity to venture south of the border I couldn’t refuse. The more I looked into Chilean…

The Studying In Study Abroad

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 Before leaving Western for the summer, I sat down with my study abroad coordinator and we discussed some of the things that might be different over in the UK. We touched on how my classes might be set up differently than what…

Unique Classroom Experiences While Abroad.

Samantha Driver Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Focus on Healthcare: Summer School Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Utrecht. This experience was life changing and very eye opening, I met so many incredible people and learned a lot from not only…

Growing In The Dominican Republic

Heather Fox Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017 This summer, I joined Rebecca Layer OTR/L and several other Occupational therapy students in a trip to the Dominican Republic. This study abroad course was titled, “Global Perspectives in Pediatrics”. During our time in the Dominican Republic we were…

Enjoying Every Moment in South Africa

Maria Jaramillo Biochemistry Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa , Summer I 2017. My experience in South Africa was unbelievable. While I was away, I did my best to live in and enjoy every moment. Whether we were in a classroom, interacting with the local community, or travelling to the different destinations, there…

Forever Thankful

Lyndsie Fuller Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging, Spring 2017. While abroad in Ireland we were given the opportunity to visit a dementia community called Moorehall Lodge. This is one of the most beautiful retirement communities I have ever seen. We were able to sit down and have conversations with the individuals that lived…