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Summer in Spain: An experience that changed my life

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The study abroad I participated in was the four-week program to Madrid, Spain. I decided to participate in this program because I wanted to practice my Spanish. My parents are both from Panama, so I grew up within a Hispanic household. However, in my upbringing, I heard a lot of references to Spain and wanted to experience the country and culture for myself.

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This Beautiful Country is Worth Seeing in Person

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How Studying Abroad Gave Me a New Perspective

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I have heard testimonies from other students, faculty members, and even my younger sister that studying abroad is an enlightening experience. So, I decided then that I would do the same.Because I double major in English (Creative Writing) and Art Studio (Drawing) with an interest in sequential art, I had trouble finding a study abroad program that suited me. And as a transfer student, I could only apply to study programs offered by Binghamton University. Otherwise, I would risk exceeding my transfer credits. Fortunately, I was lucky to discover a new study abroad program titled “Japanese Contemporary Art Animation and Beyond”. I knew the program would focus on a genre of visual narrative that I was unfamiliar with as well as the characteristics of contemporary Japanese art.

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“I left Italy with a newfound version of myself that I loved, and I couldn’t wait to get home and be exactly who I wanted.”

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I studied at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. I chose to go to Italy because my family is from southern Italy, and I speak the language. Prior to studying abroad, I had always wanted to travel the world and go any and everywhere I could. I thought I would get to Europe and thrive, fall in love with the continent, and never want to leave… and I did, but not at first.

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It’s Always A Good Time For Tea

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My name is Amber Weinstock, and I went abroad on Binghamton’s Semester in London program during the spring semester of my Junior year. While abroad I learned many things, several of which were outside my studies; for instance, in England, English muffins are actually called ‘crumpets’, Mother’s Day, or ‘Mum’s’ Day, is in March, and London’s food is to die for (and I don’t mean in the good way that the phrase is usually used in), but the beer makes up for it!

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“Seoul is a bustling metropolis, with neighborhoods as unique as the ones in New York City”

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This summer, I was lucky enough to spend four amazing weeks in Seoul, South Korea at Hanyang University. I’ve wanted to study abroad since freshmen year but with the intensity of the nursing pre-requisites, along with my extracurricular activities and work, I was worried that I wouldn’t get the chance to go. The summer program at Hanyang University was a great compromise because I wouldn’t miss any classes or club commitments.

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“…it’s definitely true that when you get lost in a city you’ve never been to, you truly see it for all its beauty.”

I participated in the SUNY at Sorbonne study abroad program in Paris, France from May
30th to June 30th. It was literally the best experience of my life so far. One of my goals in life is to travel the world and this summer I began fulfilling that goal. IMG_1013

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“In so many ways, this study abroad experience has changed me for the better.”

Hello! My name is Emily and I’m currently a junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. This summer, I participated in the Chinese Business Language and Culture Program at Fudan University.

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