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International Education

Student Quotes About Study Abroad

Argentina

“Living in another country really teaches you a lot; not just about the language, but about the world.” – UGA in South America (Buenos Aires)

Canada

“I believe this program will be a great benefit to students who are serious about improving their confidence and speaking ability, as well as improving their oral expression and writing ability [in French].” – North Georgia College & State University Quebec Program (Quebec)

China

“My experience far exceeded my expectations. The campus in Hong Kong was spectacular, my teachers and classes were great, and Hong Kong’s central location in Asia provided for many fun trips to other Asian countries.” – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Exchange (Hong Kong)

Costa Rica

“Imagine studying in a tropical rain forest, at a beach in an absolute reserve, and in a cloud forest! The learning curve was tremendous, and so much was accomplished in 4 weeks. The educational opportunities were excellent and challenging! Faculty were extremely knowledgeable in a wide range of disciplines.” – Costa Rica Ecology Program - Maymester (San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica)

“At first, it was difficult to adjust to a totally new language and culture, but soon I began to feel at home. Only a few days after my return to the U.S., I was called to interpret for a Hispanic couple! I knew all of my efforts had been worth it when I saw their faces light up as I said ‘Hola!’” – Medical Spanish Program (San José).

“The Costa Rica Maymester program was the most valuable experience for me during college, both scientifically and personally.” – UGA Costa Rica Ecology Maymester Program (Multiple locations, Costa Rica)

“During my stay in Costa Rica, I became totally immersed in the culture. After a couple of days into the trip, I was speaking only Spanish. My proficiency increased beyond my expectations. I want to thank GPC for providing us with such an incredible opportunity.” – Pura Vida: GPC in Costa Rica (San José)

Cuba

“I learned so much. It has been great. The Cuban study abroad program has caused me to discover an entire new culture as a whole new side of myself. You must go!” –Art and Culture in Cuba Study Abroad Program (Cuba)

Czech Republic

“The benefits of study abroad far outweigh the costs. The experience of learning from another culture cannot truly be taught unless lived through firsthand. I have already begun recommending this trip to my friends!” – Study Abroad in the Czech Republic (Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Ecuador

“One of the most interesting things was to hear many different people’s feelings on my own home–to hear Americans, Ecuadorians, and the opinions of people from other countries on certain issues. I think how to incorporate a cultural sensitivity into the curriculum is better understood once you have lived in a culture outside your own.” –Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (Quito, Ecuador)

France

“Being able to see so many wonderful sites, both in and out of Paris, and having a very enjoyable group of people to share the experience with was the most enjoyable part to me. I met great people, both inside and out of the Georgia group, and I loved traveling to the different regions in France with the people I met. The experience of being in Paris has changed me forever, and I loved every minute of it! – EC Summer Study in Paris Program (Paris)

“I feel that in today’s business world the knowledge of other cultures and the ability to speak foreign languages are crucial. International business has greatly expanded over the last decade and to survive in today’s workforce, a well-rounded education is necessary. The skill of being fluent in French will help me drastically once I have graduated. To become fluent in French could be very rewarding to me economically, socially and spiritually.” – Paris-Tours-St.Raphael (Paris, Tours, and St. Raphael)

“Our trip was an experience of a lifetime!” – The European Union: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Strasbourg, France)

“I learned more during the study abroad program in Paris than I have collectively in all of the other courses in my MBA program. Hearing practical experience from business people during company visits and discussing managerial and cultural issues while experiencing a different culture at the same time are benefits that would be impossible to receive in a classroom. While this program challenged me more than anything I have done in the MBA program, it is by far the most rewarding experience I have had during my studies.” – Managerial and Financial Issues in France and the EU (Paris)

Greece

“What better way to learn Greek history than by using Greece as our classroom.” – Greece Summer Study Abroad Program (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Ireland

“Ireland is amazing! The classes were all that I imagined and more. The experience I had during my summer at the Gaiety School is something which money could never buy. The friendliness of the people and the beautiful places in the Irish countryside will stay firm in my memory for years to come.” – Acting in Irish Drama at the Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin)

Mexico

“The Xalapa experience has been one that has changed me as a person and a teacher.” – The Xalapa Experience: Learning about Language, Culture and Education in Mexico (Xalapa, Mexico)

“I am currently only one semester away from graduation, and the two weeks I spent in Mexico this summer were as valuable as any other component of my college career thus far, if not more so. For any student with an opportunity to study abroad, I implore you to do whatever it takes to make it happen. It’s an experience you’ll never forget, and afterward you will have a larger perspective than you previously thought possible.” – AASU Summer Abroad in Mexico (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

“The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. It is a great opportunity to learn about the culture of Mexico and meet new people. Also, learning Spanish in Mexico is so much easier than learning it in the United States. I really love the small classes!” – Summer Studies Abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico (Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico)

“Studying abroad is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. The opportunity to learn about another culture while living in the heart of it was amazing. My host family welcomed me with open arms and treated me as if I was one of their own. I wouldn’t think twice about studying abroad again.” – AASU Summer Abroad in Mexico (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

“The intensive two-week study abroad program was challenging but well worth the effort. After participating in this program, I became more motivated to learn another language because I could not rely on my native language to communicate. Being immersed in another culture by staying with a native family made the study abroad program one of the most valuable learning experiences of my college career.” – AASU Summer Abroad in Mexico (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

New Zealand

“I learned I can walk into another country knowing absolutely no one and make friends. I can plan and travel alone. I can get in front of a classroom with absolutely no resources and teach a fabulous lesson. I will have a greater understanding of students who are new to the culture in which I teach. I will better understand their stresses and frustrations. I will know to ask them to share their cultures with us.” – Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (Auckland, New Zealand)

“The New Zealand program is an experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else. The faculty and teaching were exceptional.” – Study Abroad in New Zealand (Christchurch, New Zealand)

“Although our group didn’t know each other beforehand and came from a vast array of majors, we gelled through amazing lectures and spectacular field trips. I am hoping to study abroad again before graduation and wish I had done so earlier as a result of this trip.” – Study Abroad in New Zealand (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Russia

“It was very rewarding to reach an understanding with people using other means of communication besides language, because it reminds me that despite the cultural differences, we all share the same universal human qualities.” – EC Russia Summer Study Program (St. Petersburg, Russia)

South Africa

“This program was an incredible experience! I would recommend it to any student teaching for a more broad challenge. My goal was to leave understanding and live like a South African – that goal was my motivation to truly get to know South African people and culture. My total immersion and removal of myself from Americans is what made the trip! I wouldn’t change anything or trade a single day.” –Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Spain

“By choosing to study abroad in Santander, Spain, I have gained self-confidence and a better appreciation for other cultures. We attended classes during the week and visited nearby cities on the weekends. In addition to learning the geography, our speaking skills were greatly improved and we were introduced to several aspects of Spanish culture. It was an extremely rewarding experience that has greatly enhanced my life. Because I believe that the study abroad experience is such an effective way to learn, I am returning for a second time.” – Santander Program (Santander, Spain)

“My first suggestion is that from the moment you even think, ‘Wow, those students are so lucky to study abroad - I really would enjoy that,’ start planning. The reason I say this is because that thought will not fade away with time but instead turn into regret if left alone.” – GSU-in-Segovia Summer Program (Segovia, Spain)

“Study abroad can be a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity. Do not be afraid to get out there and take a chance.” – UGA en España (Seville, Spain)

Sweden

“The best part of my experience would be definitely be the relationships I developed with my Swedish friends. They introduced me to their world, shared it with me, and I was able to learn and grow from it. I will always have a bit of Swedish in me.” – Lund University Exchange (Lund, Sweden)

Switzerland

“I really enjoyed my experience abroad, and I feel like it will influence my life for years to come. Living in another country, I was able to look at the world and my own country from a broader viewpoint and experience world events from a different perspective.” – Switzerland ISEP exchange program

United Kingdom

“Our two-week ‘adventure abroad’ was truly a memorable and enriching experience! Pursuing a career in leadership calls for a big-picture outlook and a motivated mindset. Excellence in education can be found next door, but to travel across the ocean and seek best practices in a different culture opened the door to a deeper meaning of what we are all about. Teaching is about children and seeking excellence for all with the goal of making our ‘world’ a better place. The experiences of study abroad offers a world of new and exciting people, places of beauty beyond description, and a culture with as many similarities as differences to our own. It has given me an exciting new perspective that can only be received from experience that will enrich and enhance my professional career forever.” – Comparative Models of Educational Leadership (Ireland and England)

“Deciding to go on this program is one of the best decisions that I have made in my life. It is so much fun, and the amount you learn is so much. Finally, the classroom work began to make sense to me. To see and to actually be in all of the big companies has been just one of the best experiences.” – International Banking and Finance and International Economics and Business (London)