Students Abroad

Studying abroad is becoming more and more popular for college students. Read some of their stories here!

Madison Connolly – Sydney, Australia

Maddie graduated from Syracuse University in 2018. She spent the second semester of her junior year studying in Sydney, Australia! Here’s her take on studying abroad!

“Australia was always my dream travel spot, so when i learned that Syracuse had a World Partner program with the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I knew I had to go. It was the most amazing four months of my life! Some of my favorite spots were, of course, the Opera House as well as the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road and even Lake Te Anau in New Zealand. The best part about this program was the people I met along the way. Some of my best friends today are those that I met while as UNSW, and I would do anything to go back!”

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Photo provided by Maddie Connolly

Sloane White – Berlin, Germany

Sloane is a senior at Syracuse University. She spent spring of 2018 studying abroad in Berlin, Germany followed by 6 weeks of traveling around Europe with her older brother! Read what she has to say about the incredible experience she had overseas!

“Where I was going to go abroad was never a hard decision for me. After making some of my best friends through a German exchange in high school, I knew I wanted to make it back to Germany as soon as possible. Berlin became my home away from home. This city has rich with history and culture and the most amazing people! My favorite spots around the city were the green in front of the Reichstag, the Berliner Dom, Hackescher Markt, and Friedrichstraße. While abroad I got to see over 10 other European countries including Greece, Monaco, Italy, and more! My time abroad taught me so much about myself and the things I was capable of and I wouldn’t trade my time in Berlin for anything! I can’t wait to go back one day!”

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Photo provided by Sloane White

Luke Testa – Kathmandu, Nepal

Luke is a senior at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He decided on a less tradition study abroad experience to Nepal! Here’s what he has to say about his semester abroad!

“In the spring of 2018, I studied abroad for four months in Nepal. My program took an anthropological approach to Tibetan and Himalayan studies and used experiential-educational as a foundation for learning. During my time in Asia, my classmates and I lived with home stay families in various locations across Nepal and India including Kathmandu, Mustang, Pokhara, and Mundgod (India). The program concluded with my classmates and I completing one-month of full-time independent research at various locations across Nepal and India. This programmatic element gave me the opportunity to travel to and spend time within Dho Tarap, Dolpo, Nepal where I was fortunate to be able to build relationships with and learn from individuals in the community as I completed an ethnography. I feel very fortunate to have been able to spent time abroad and am grateful for all the individuals that met me with hospitality and friendship!”

Photo taken in Jomsom, Mustang, Nepal and provided by Luke Testa

Riley Haris – Hong Kong

Riley is a senior at Syracuse University. She spent fall of her junior year studying abroad in Hong Kong! Here’s her story!

“I chose Hong Kong for a pretty superficial reason. I liked the reaction I got when I told people I was moving to study in Asia. No one ever expected me to do that and it is quite a unique spot to study. It turned into the best decision of my college career. The small size of the program was a draw as all 35 of us did not really know each other which forced us to interact and explore that part of the world together. We participated in a traveling seminar that allowed all of us to travel to Mainland China (Beijing), Singapore and my favorite, Malaysia. Some assume that it’s harder to travel in Asia, but the program is set up so that you can still see different countries. During my time in Hong Kong, I traveled to Mainland China twice, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan. A unique element to the program is the internship opportunity. I had the privilege of interning at one of the world’s top law firms, Mayer Brown, and worked with the head of the intellectual property and telecommunications law lead partner. In Asia, this field is especially relevant. Asia is so cheap to study in so I never had to worry about not being able to experience different things based on cost. Besides that, you never run out of something new to do or explore! Although I was able to travel during my time, I’m confident that had I been confined to the Hong Kong boarders, I would still have something new to do every single day. In four months, I was able to go to school, hold a job, live in my own apartment with friends, and really become acclimated to the incredible culture. It’s a different way of life on that side of the world, but there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t wish I wasn’t there right now.”

Photo provided by Riley Haris

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