Maria Simonetti: Iceland, Spring Break '19
Liam Cosgrave: Florence, Italy Spring '18
Brigette Wagner: Nicosia, Cyprus Spring '17
I spent 5 months studying on the island of Cyprus- a little country in the middle of the Mediterranean that if you asked me to point out on a map a year ago, I'd be clueless. However, my decision to travel abroad was by far the greatest decision I've ever made. Cyprus will forever be my home, and the individuals I met there will be missed tremendously for the rest of my days. My 139 days spent in Cyprus allowed me the opportunity to visit 20 different cities, and a total of 7 countries. I took advantage of any opportunity to try something new and made the craziest, most unforgettable memories. I had the opportunity to meet the most well rounded, amazing individuals who quickly became my family overseas. I could have chosen somewhere common, but then I thought to myself, how many people get the chance to say they lived on a Mediterranean island for an entire semester? With this in mind, I choose a place in which I had little acquaintance with. I probably would have never traveled there if it were not for this program; it was the greatest escapade I have ever been on. Purely by coincidence, the month I arrived was the same month the island was named "European's 2017 Capital of Culture". This country broadened my association with so many people, customs, cultures, and background that I will truly never be the same.
Danielle Rottkamp: Cork, Ireland Summer '16
Sachella Higgins: Querétaro, Mexico Summer '16
Lauren Liegmann: Florence, Italy Summer '15
Akhil Jain: Dublin, Ireland Spring Break '15
My trip to Ireland was the highlight of the semester! From the day I heard about the study abroad program, I was geared up to sign up for one of the locations. When I came to know that there was a course visiting Ireland over Spring Break and also during St. Patrick’s Day, I was one of the first students to sign up. It was truly a wonderful experience to visit a new place with a group of fun and young college students and the opportunity to learn about the culture and life of yet another country was exhilarating. I will hands-down recommend other students to grab opportunities that the study abroad program has to offer while they are still in college.
Carly Miller: Tel Aviv, Israel Spring '15
Studying abroad at Tel Aviv University in Israel was the best decision I have made during my college years. I had the chance to explore all of Israel from the Golan Heights in the north to the beach resort Eilat in the south. All of my classes were challenging and engaging as well as relevant to the world around us. One of my favorite classes was History of Anti-Semitism; we talked a lot about the Middle Eastern conflict today and its global affects. Because of these conflicts all of my family and friends constantly were asking if I was safe, the answer was always yes. I recommend study abroad for anyone. It is an amazing experience that widens your perspective on the world and widens possible career possibilities!
Bradley Young: Cusco, Peru Spring '15
Michal Hochman: Copenhagen, Denmark Fall '15
Maria Casquarelli: Gold Coast, Australia Fall '14
Studying abroad in Australia was a life changing adventure. I was able to indulge in different cultures and become a more well rounded person. Bond University is an incredible campus with a wonderful atmosphere and accommodations for all students. Being able to work with students from around the globe was an eye opening opportunity which I value greatly. Don't be afraid to exceed your expectations, you have no limits! Travel as much as possible! My advice is to spend as much time as you can OFF campus and try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the amazing surroundings. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Elliot