Jackson O'Gorman-Bean ‘16
Studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France in my fall semester of junior year was so much more than just a ‘French’ semester abroad. I continued my International Studies coursework that consisted of classes dealing with the contemporary social and political climates in France, as well as a courses about the unity and expansion of the European Union taught by an American ex-pat. A history course taught through the exploration of antique monuments and a course on international wine marketing and analysis rounded out my schedule. I enjoyed the balance of learning about big-picture, macro-level ideas and institutions, while still concentrating on topics inherently Provençal.
Rachel Mabie ‘16
In the fall semester of 2014, I studied in Prague, Czech Republic. I was part of the CIEE Communications, New Media, and Journalism program with twenty other college juniors and seniors from a range of US colleges. My experience was unforgettable. I gained proficiency in the Czech language, took classes ranging from media impact in Central Europe to Cold War history, and explored the city of Prague that was relieved of the communist regime only twenty- six years ago. The most memorable part of my abroad experience was my internship at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty headquarters in Prague. RFE/RL is an international radio station funded by US Congress that broadcasts in regions around the world that face governmental media censorship. As an intern, I got to ￼interact with journalists responsible for reporting truthful news in the Middle East. I interviewed a prominent Ukrainian journalist, Myroslava Gongadze, whose husband was murdered by the Ukrainian government. I gained exposure to the professional field of Communications and External Relations. All in all, I travelled, worked, explored, and challenged myself by living in a country that historically existed just behind the Iron Curtain.
Upon returning to campus, students are encouraged to take ownership for their self-transformation by reflecting on and integrating the personal and intellectual growth they experienced while pursuing off-campus study. This process helps prepare students for a life of continued learning and thoughtful engagement with the world around them.