International Experiences & Study Abroad

Exploring Entrepreneurship in Turkey

What makes an entrepreneur? And what influence does cultural environment have on the birth of a company? These were questions that Steve, four other students and Prof. Steven Tello explored during a two-week course on technology entrepreneurship in Ankara, Turkey. The group was hosted at Bilkent University, which houses a technology incubator on its campus. The group met with local entrepreneurs, learned about their business challenges and offered their insights. "I brought home a new perspective and greater confidence to my work and my studies," says Steve. During their free time, the group visited historic sites, sampled local food and confirmed the universal appeal of karaoke. Learn more about Faculty-led Programs abroad.

Semester Abroad in Barcelona

During a semester at Pompeo Sabra University in Barcelona, Spain in her sophomore year, Jennifer Castano explored topics in her major of criminal justice from a fresh perspective and lived with a host family. She also traveled, even spending the night with a Berber family in the Moroccan desert. "I'd never left home before and couldn't event read a map!" she says. "Now I'm more confident and independent." In Barcelona, Jennifer volunteered at a local second grade classroom and blogged for a U.S. school in hopes of inspiring younger students to seek out crosscultural experiences like hers. Learn more about our Provider-led Programs abroad.

Service-Learning in Peru

A group of engineering and humanities students took a service-learning trip to Peru in the summer of 2010 as part of the University's ongoing Village Empowerment Project, founded by engineering Prof. John Duffy. In addition to helping install solar panels in a remote village, Sarah Lawless delivered to a young mother there a new prosthetic leg that she and other students designed and arranged to have manufactured. Read the blog at

What Students Are Saying...

Natalia-spainNatalia Pepicelli, studying in Spain

"We’ve talked about this class a lot especially because I had people from Germany, China and Japan in my class. Everyone’s greeting customs are different. When meeting new people in Spain there’s the two kiss on either cheek custom. It’s funny to see how people react when they’ve never seen this happen or know that it’s customary." Read more of Natalia's blog!

profile-SA-BrianBrian McDermott studied in Hessen, Germany (Frankfurt)

"Studying abroad was the best experience of my life. It was two months that changed my life... My only regret is not having done it sooner!"

profile-SA-JaeJae Han studied in Paris, France

"Studying abroad is without a doubt the greatest experience of my college career. You may never have such an amazing opportunity again. Don't miss out!"

profile-SA-AaronAaron Petruccelli studied in South Korea

"Studying abroad was by far one of the best experiences of my life ... If you are thinking of studying abroad I encourage you take a chance and go for it!"

profile-SA-Lena2Lena Cabral studied in Madrid, Spain

"Studying abroad was by far the best thing I did in college and one of the best experiences of my life... I came back a different person."

profile-SA-CurranCurran Kelleher studied in Hessen, Germany

"During my year in Germany ... I felt more alive and part of the human collective than ever before... and I hope that you too, can have such an experience!"

profile-SA-CoreenCoreen Edward studied in Paris, France

"Studying abroad has opened my eyes to new perspectives. From visiting the Eiffel Tower ...  to riding camels in Morocco, I have been able to live my dream."