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…

Lessons Learned From Traveling to 12 Countries in 4 Months

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 Let me just start out by saying that I had no initial intention of traveling to numerous countries before my departure to a study abroad semester in the Netherlands. I knew I would see some of the sights, but definitely not…

Guatemala 2018: “Adios” to San Lucas Tolimán

Kali Blackburn Social Work Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 As I reflect on this week, today specifically, it’s so hard to put into words all of the emotions and special moments I have experienced while in Guatemala. With what has been a jam-packed schedule of tours around forests, organizations…

A Truly Humbling Experience

Kylie Adams Criminal Justice and Psychology Double Major University of Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2017 In March 2017 I left for my semester-long study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.  Prior to my departure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had done a fair amount of research to familiarize…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

There’s No Place Like Home

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been back in the United States for almost a month now. Studying abroad in Spain was an amazing experience, both at an academic and personal level. However, it has been a relief to be back in my element to decompress before the winter semester…

Relaxing in Kochi – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 9

Samantha Nolan Integrated Supply Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 Our first full day in Cochin! We had breakfast at the Marriott and although I love the Indian food, we were all very excited to see they had pancakes, waffles and omelettes. Kochi, another name for Cochin, is more of a…

Life Changing Realizations in Scotland

Lydia Wood Art History Major The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fall 2016 I completed a fall semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland where I took classes pertaining to my major in art history and my minor in public history. The classes were taught in a seminar style with group projects, discussions,…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

Immersion Of Culture In The Dominican Republic

Sylvia Albeo Exercise Science Major Intercultural Communications and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, spring 2017 This study abroad experience has enhanced my academic pursuits because it has opened my eyes, and has given me a different perspective on living and communication that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t study abroad. To be more specific…