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“These 3 weeks in Italy have been nothing short of amazing. This whole trip has been pretty surreal.”

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Studying abroad is an experience that I will never regret and I am so glad that I was able to travel to a foreign country before graduating. This past winter break, I participated in the Lorenzo de Medici Winter in Florence, Italy. These 3 weeks in Italy have been nothing short of amazing. This whole trip has been pretty surreal.

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Semester in Thailand: “I was happy with myself because I actually did it. I took the steps and made it happen.”

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Studying abroad is something that I think everyone should consider throughout their college experience. It’s wordly impact is something to look forward to and enjoy.  I participated in SUNY Brockport’s Mahidol University Program in Thailand because I wanted to go somewhere different. I wanted a conversation starter. The “Oh, you studied in Thailand?” personally sounds at least somewhat interesting to start a conversation.

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I got to live in the best ‘Dam place!

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For four months, I was fortunate enough to live and study in Amsterdam. Even within the first few hours of walking around the city, I quickly fell in love with its canals, bridges, and historical background embedded in the streets. Even more so, I made connections with people I can call my friends for a lifetime.

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Study Abroad in Japan

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I came to Binghamton University my sophomore year to begin studying Japanese language and society. Early on at Binghamton, I realized that because of the requirements I needed before studying abroad, the only way I could would be during my senior year. So when I finally applied during my junior year, the answer was going to make-or-break my final year in college. By the fate of the kami, or perhaps just thanks to the International Education and Global Initiatives office, I was accepted into the study abroad program at Kokugakuin University in Shibuya, Japan from September 2018 – July 2019.

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The Things I Learned My First Weeks in Graz, Austria

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:

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“After this experience, I will truly have friends from every corner of the world, and that is so much more than traveling to London, Barcelona or Rome on a weekend.”

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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.

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“I was on a mission, a journey, and nothing and no one could stop me.”

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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.

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“…every city has its own story to tell.”

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.

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Studying Abroad in Japan: “One of the best things I’ve done at Binghamton University.”

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.

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