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….

Studying in the Japanese Countryside

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 はじめまして。グレースと申します。専攻は日本語と国際関係で、五年生です。今学期、日本の大東文化大学に留学しています。 Hello! My name is Grace. I am a 5thyear Japanese and Global & International Studies double major at Western Michigan University (WMU). Currently, I am spending one year studying abroad in Japan. The university I am studying at is Daito…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…

I am sweaty, I am excited and nervous… but I’m okay

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 iHola, Madrid! Despite my genuine excitement and readiness for this experience, the idea of arriving in a foreign country sans abode certainly kept me up at night over the summer. Indeed, it was perhaps the most stress-inducing reality of preparing to leave. Fulbright advised…

Why I Chose Kyoto

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I’ve made the decision to study abroad for one year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. While I was going through the list of potential universities, I knew I had a few requirements I wanted my school to meet. First, I…

Preparing to Dive into Spain

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 My flight is today, and I am in an awkward state of pure excitement, fear, and sadness. Studying Spanish abroad has been a dream of mine since I started taking classes in junior high.  As I took more classes and learned about Spanish culture,…

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…

Spanish is Tough

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II Most people that know me have noticed that I love to talk… especially in class.  The reason for this is because I am usually making a joke that has a pun in it and on rare occasions, I add some of…

The Awakening: A Testimonial

Chasity Cooper Major: Psychology Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2017 Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems, Summer I, 2017 For many students who feel like: “I do not have time to study abroad, I do not want to study abroad for a whole semester, I do…

Glaciers, Waterfalls, and Basalts, Oh My!

Shelby Hurst Major: Geochemistry PhD Candidate WMU Geology Club in Iceland, Summer I, 2018 Day 1: Reykjavik and adjustment Visiting a new country is always challenging. Throw in 14 other people, wind and rain, strange addresses, and language barriers into the mix and it gets even harder. Thankfully, I had lots of support upon arrival…

A Home Away From Home

Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco Senior (5th yr) / Aerospace Engineering Spring Semester 2017 (4 months) Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU College Area of Study: French Language On January 19th, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, I boarded a plane in Lansing, MI, the first of three which would…