I recommend the program in Graz with Binghamton University! I am so glad that I was given this opportunity and I had a lot of great help along the way. Both Carson Downs at Binghamton University and Christa Grassauer at Karl Franz University were extremely helpful during my time here. I am excited to say I extended my stay from one semester to a full year. Here is some insider knowledge that I wish someone had told me before I left for Graz:
We have all heard about the 21-year-old college student that comes back from their study
abroad a different person. They fully immersed themselves in the culture and traditions of another country and felt changed by their constant weekend travels. Here to tell you its completely true, but not for the reasons you think.
In the summer of 2018, I studied Japanese language in Japan for six weeks. At first I had very realistic expectations of my time there, mainly concerning feelings of loneliness and the inability to make friends. I had also never traveled abroad before let alone traveled on a plane, so I was equally stressed about that as well. However, when I arrived at the airport in Toronto where I would be taking a twelve hour flight to Tokyo, all I felt was calm. I was on a mission, a journey, and nothing and no one could stop me.
I am only 20 years old and I was lucky enough to live in France for 5 months and immerse myself in a language that I’ve been in love with since I was 12 years old.
Study abroad in China provided me many invaluable experiences while giving me the opportunity to learn about an interesting culture. I participated in the program called Urban and Cultural Explorations in China in which we studied urbanization in five Chinese cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Zhenjiang and Shanghai.
One of my goals as a double major in Linguistics and Japanese was to study abroad before I graduate. Thanks to the IAAD Scholarship, I was able to participate in the Japanese Contemporary Art Animation and Beyond program this past summer.
This past July, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to study abroad as an undergraduate student. I participated in the Spanish Language and Culture Program that was based in Madrid, Spain for a course of 4 weeks led by a touring agency called FORSPRO. I participated in this program for two reasons: I have friends that have participated in the program before me and enjoyed it and it was a Binghamton-based program, so I liked that my grades would affect my GPA. Before I went abroad, I have no idea what I was getting myself into. I am the middle child of 5 and before I left, I have never traveled outside of the east coast of the United States. I remember when my grandmother and brother dropped me off at the airport and I was holding in all my emotions, pretending like I had it all together, when inside, I was truly mortified. I remember going through security at JFK Airport and the guards questioning my behavior, which I explained was because this was my first time leaving the country let alone by myself.
Hello, my name is YuJui Wang, I participated in Korea University Business School (KUBS) exchange program during Spring 2017.
Continue reading Going abroad will change someone, because you get to explore, learn new cultures and languages, and meet people from around the world. Therefore, I would totally encourage anyone to study abroad and just be adventurous and live your life to its fullest!
My participation in the Malawi Service Learning program was a remarkable and unforgettable experience. Before embarking on this journey abroad I was an excited ball of nerves. I knew that this experience would make an impact on my life in ways I wasn’t yet aware of. During my time in Malawi I met many people that were simply put, incredible. They took the little resources they had and made the most of it. The participation in this particular program allowed me the opportunity to see the people of Malawi not through the eyes or interpretation of others, but for myself. I was able to interact, play, and share ideas with the young kids and adults involved with the Malawi ‘M’bwana’ Children’s Mission (MCM). This organization will continue to have a place in my heart and the people at MCM who are some of the driving force behind such a phenomenal mission will change lives forever. The children of the three villages who are involved with MCM are lucky, in my opinion, to have such a strong community raising them. My time in Malawi portrayed the physical depiction of the well known saying, “It takes a village to raise a child
Now that I’m in my final year of my undergraduate program at Binghamton University, everything is quickly becoming nostalgic and bittersweet; even though it’s only the first month of school. I’m finding myself trying to help and give back as much as I can, as fast as I can, from volunteering more to joining more clubs, to giving advice — so, so much advice. At just 20, I feel inexplicably old when I catch myself pouring advice to people who have just joined the clubs I’ve been in for years or are taking the classes I’ve taken, and the things I try desperately to pass on range from a variety of topics. Always bring a phone charger in your bag. Write down everything because chances are you’ll forget otherwise. You might think you can wake up for 8:30 classes with no problem just ‘cause you did it in high school, but trust me, you won’t.
All this aside, undoubtedly the one thing I advise anyone and everyone at this university to try is to study abroad.
Continue reading When you study abroad, you engage yourself in the global community by interacting with people who hold contrasting beliefs, ideals and dreams, and by doing this you learn more about just how diverse our world is but also just how alike we are