It is a widespread misconception that if you are a science student, you won't have time to study abroad. Even though I am a Biology major, I knew I needed to find a way to study abroad.
The most amazing part of my experience was living with a host family. It was both infinitely more challenging and infinitely more rewarding than I had anticipated.
If you are thinking about studying abroad, just say yes. Take advantage of the opportunity to do something unique and spice up your life.
If you are considering studying abroad to fine-tune your language skills consider taking classes at a partner university if it is an option.
It hit me that I was in the Middle East when working late on a paper, I heard the 4AM call to prayer. Over the course of my five months in Jerusalem, that sound quickly replaced the tolling of the Rush Rhees bells in my mind.
After spending my time in Saint Petersburg, I now can't imagine my life without learning Russian language, history, culture, and politics, and I envision using my knowledge and skills gained from study abroad in my future endeavors.
"People said studying abroad was an experience of a lifetime, but I didnt really believe them until I went abroad myself.
I learned history and culture through IES, my classes, and in my the interactions with children and adults alike. All this has reshaped the way I learn and see the world.