Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…

Experiencing What New Cultures Have To Offer

Matt Faremouth Integrated Supply Management Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2017 Studying abroad helped me grow tremendously personally, academically and professionally. I have never been to Europe before, so going there for an extended period of time was a challenge. Going out of my comfort zone and deciding to go on the trip…

The Things I’m Going To Miss

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 Obviously, I have things at home that I miss. My parents, my dogs, my boyfriend, my car, my mom’s cooking. The list goes on. But after TIME weeks in Germany, there are so many things that I have no idea how I will live without…

The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Guatemala 2018: The Final Day

Lauren Brya Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership Majors Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring break 2018 Alas, the final day of our trip has come to a close. As the sun situated itself in the sky we ate our last breakfast in Panajachel and lugged our suitcases to be piled up on the top…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

New Experiences And Challenges In Spain

Sarah Basar Education Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program (Faculty-Led), Summer II, 2017 Studying abroad in Spain helped me to better understand how non-American people view Americans. I found that, in Spain, there are some common stereotypes about Americans—they think we are very loud and wild when we drink, for example, and also that everyone…

Adjusting To University Life In Mexico

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Universidad Latina de America is in the top three best universities in Morelia, in fact it’s a private school.  This was a challenge for me since I have only attended public schools. Well, there’s a first time for everything right?…

To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japanese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 The day started at the crack of 9:30 with excitement about the day’s excitement for a trip with friends to Lake Biwa. To be honest I had no idea what people wanted to do with going to the lake, I didn’t even really know…

Great Impact In The Netherlands

Dennis Schneider Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Major HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Fall 2017 My study abroad experiences greatly impacted my academic pursuits in several ways. My long term academic pursuit is to obtain my master’s in business administration (MBA) after completing my major in Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering. Completing a minor study in…