Freshman Fall in Dingle
I've always wanted to study abroad but being an Exercise Science 3+3 major I new it would be difficult with my workload. The Freshmen Fall abroad program was perfect because I was able to go abroad while staying on track with my courses. I was a little nervous at first but going abroad, especially to Dingle, Ireland, was one of the best decisions I've ever made, because I feel I learned a lot more about myself then I would have on campus my first semester. I gained independence and confidence in myself through daily activities and my travels through Europe. I was able to experience real Irish culture and see some of the most breathtaking views, all while forming long lasting friendships and gaining memories that will last a lifetime.
I had an amazing time studying abroad in Dingle, Ireland. We did a lot of activities as a group such as hill climbing, horseback riding on the beach, and even traveling to Galway to see the Cliffs of Moher and to Dublin to explore the city. I loved the pubs and the little shops, and being so close to the ocean was beautiful. This was definitely an experience I will never forget.
SHU in Dingle
My study abroad experience in Dingle, Ireland is something that is hard to put into words. I have always wanted to explore the world; to go on an adventure that would leave me feeling like a different person than who I was before. Dingle rose to that challenge. The community of this harbor town welcomed me and my fellow students in a fashion that is second to none. I was able to be part of a culture that is rich with history, tradition, music, and pride. In the time of just one semester, I made friends and memories that will last a life time.
Studying abroad in Ireland was something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I went to places I've dreamed of going. I also went to places I'd never thought I would go to. I traveled to 5 places in Ireland, went to London, and Spring Break traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prague. I learned and picked up on so many unique cultures that I was able to bring back with me in the U.S. I did things I never done, one of them being surfing for the first time in Ireland and horse back riding on the mountains. One out of many amazing moments during my study abroad program was fulfilling my clinical requirements for nursing. We were able to attend a hospital, work 12 hour shifts with patients and staff. It's incredible how their practices and skills were so different compared to America. The memories and experiences I made that weekend and the whole Spring of 2017 semester gave me self-assurance in myself, along with determination. When you want something so bad, you go after it. Even when there are obstacles in the way, you never stop trying. This is just the beginning of my nursing career and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made. Dingle, Ireland is the most breathtakingly beautiful town and is home to the most kind- hearted people. A semester has never gone by so fast and I am thankful for every moment. Whether it was studying in the local coffee shops, eating at our favorite pub, going surfing or traveling to other countries. I miss everything and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go.
Study abroad in Dingle was definitely an adjustment compared what we are used to. The town is so small that we became temporary locals, which I thought was a really cool experience. In Dingle you aren't just a face in a crowd, you are somebody. Eventually you know the locals and they know you. You begin to fit in. The culture is so rich in Dingle and the people there are so friendly and accepting that you can really embrace everything around you. I know personally I learned a lot about myself that I didn't know before, studying abroad made me confident in myself and a lot more independent.
Studying abroad was a huge determining factor in why I chose Sacred Heart University has the college I would be attending for the next four years. Saying that you want to study abroad and then actually doing it are two completely different things. Despite the temptations to stay home and continue with my everyday life at Sacred Heart University, I followed through with my original plan finding myself on plane to Dingle, Ireland and I can confidently say this was a decision I did not regret. From London, to Paris, to Amsterdam, to all over Ireland I was embraced by culture and all different people. Dingle provided with so many memories such as surfing, going horseback riding, field trips with our Irish professors learning about the terrain and what it meant, and truly becoming a part of the town as if you were just another local.
My study abroad experience was the greatest experience of my life. Not only did I fulfill a life long dream of going to Ireland and traveling around Europe but I made some lifelong friends along the way. Being able to see London and Amsterdam as well as Galway and most importantly Dingle changed my life because I was able to experience how other people lived on the other side of the world. Hiking Mount Brandon, Going to a premier league soccer game, and just exploring Ireland and Amsterdam brought me happiness that I had never felt before in my life. It truly was the greatest 4 months of my life and it isn't even a contest.
My heart belongs to Dingle, Ireland. That quaint fishing town became home in a way I never could have imagined. I was homesick in the beginning but quickly came to love Dingle so much that it was painful to leave. Pictures cannot do it justice. Pictures can't capture the smell of the salt water in the bay, nor the bleating of the newborn lambs as you walk back to the cottages from Main Street. It felt like coming home when we returned to Dingle from our spring break travels to Paris and Barcelona. I felt completely safe and welcomed there, and it was great to get to know the locals on a first name basis. To say I miss Ireland now would be an understatement- looking at the pictures I took makes me want to laugh and cry, and laugh at myself for crying. I am so incredibly grateful to myself for taking that opportunity and staying despite my homesickness. It truly was a once in a lifetime exper ience to fully live in, and not just visit, another country.
I had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad with the first nursing class ever at Sacred Heart to be able to go to Dingle Ireland for a full semester. With being a nursing student and having a strict class schedule and curriculum, two nursing professors from SHU had to come over and teach the courses. In Ireland I took the courses Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Music, Celtic Religion, and History of Ireland. In between all my classes, Sean Pol organized trips and excursions that we went on. These included a trip to London, Galway, Kilarney, Cork and Dublin along with excursions like horseback riding, kayaking, multiple hill walks, surfing, Irish step dancing, Mount Eagle climb and marching in the St. Patty’s parade. On our own, my friends and I traveled during spring break to Barcelona and Paris and visited all the main attractions along with going to a rugby and Gaelic football game in Ireland.
Studying abroad in Ireland was the best four months of my life. I got to travel all over Ireland and see such amazing things. From the busy city of Dublin to the small town of dingle, I loved it all. I made amazing friends that I will forever keep in touch with both from SHU and from Ireland. I went on amazing adventures, hikes, and activities and enjoyed the beautiful scenery around me. I can honestly say I am a very lucky and happy girl to be given this opportunity that has impacted my life forever!
SHU in Dingle - Summer
Each time I am asked to describe my experience studying abroad in Dingle, Ireland, I find myself at a loss of words. No pictures, words, videos or stories could ever do the experience justice. Dingle, Ireland is my home away from home, and I was only there for a short two weeks. In those two weeks, I discovered that the important things in life are the little ones, and that life truly begins when you leave your comfort zone. I never pictured myself studying abroad, but I am grateful that I did. I was introduced to such incredible people, a beautiful culture, and made memories that will last a lifetime. The town of Dingle is best described as a town of simplistic beauty. I found comfort in Dingle very quickly, and saying goodbye was heartbreaking. The genuine people, the live music in the restaurants, and the friendly community will always hold a special place in my heart. The program itself granted students multiple opportunities to immerse themselves in the Irish culture. Activities included Irish dance lessons, pottery, multiple driving tours, surfing, and even a weekend trip to Killarney! I could not have asked for more out of this program, and I would give anything to go back! I miss the beautiful cottages we were lucky enough to call home, and the greens that stretched for miles.
Before this trip, I was extremely nervous to be traveling with a group of people that I didn't know well and to enter a country I had never been to before. But by taking this leap, I was able to cultivate new relationships with other SHU students that I previously didn't know well all the while experiencing an incredible country with such a rich culture. The excursions that we went on were some of the most beautiful places that I had ever been to, and that I really hope to return to in the future. I learned through this program that I was stronger than I thought I was, and ever aspect of this cultural experience helped me gain confidence that I will go abroad again in the future.
Studying abroad in Dingle, Ireland was better than I could have ever imagined. From the moment of my arrival, I felt welcome by the most intriguing and friendly people I have ever met. My favorite parts about the trip were activities such as hiking, surfing, visiting the Dingle Aquarium, the petting zoo in Killarney and of course, getting daily ice cream at Murphy's! I also got to travel to a local nursing school and talk to their professors and students about the similarities and differences between Irish and US healthcare which gave me a deeper understanding of their culture. It was truly an experience I will never forget and would recommend it to anyone who is interested.
A typical day for me in Dingle was waking up early and walking into town to go to the Treehouse Cafe with one of my housemates. Our really good friend worked there, so we would go to visit her, and I'd always get soup for breakfast, because Treehouse has the best soup in town. After, we went to Bean, which is a coffee shop, that our friends own and run. We would either study or meet up with friends there. The rest of the day was set aside for exploring, and there is plenty to see in Dingle. A lot of the time I would go for a walk around the marina, or go to collect sea glass at the beach. Tuesday nights were my favorite time of the week, because no matter what was going on, I took a break to relax with local friends that I had made in Nelly Fred's Bar for an acoustic music session. I played my ukulele, they played their guitars, and we all sang together in the corner of the bar, and we all became really close friends that way. It was an incredible experience, and led to Dingle becoming a second home for me.
I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for two weeks in May. I took a Child Development class during that time and was able to receive college credit. Although my professor was from Sacred Heart, she brought in many guest speakers that were from Ireland and spoke to us about various Irish development topics. Outside of the classroom, I was able to go on hikes, went horseback riding on the beach, traveled to Killarney, and much more. I met locals and was greeted by sheep outside my window every morning! I now have a better appreciation for the Irish culture, all thanks to my study abroad experience.
I always thought I wanted to study abroad, but I had to ask myself, do I want a different academic and culture setting? Did I want to discover more about myself and who I was as a person? My answer to both of these questions was “yes”. So this was a dream come true studying abroad. This trip to Dingle, Ireland was a chance to study in a foreign country. I was able to learn so much and get more out of my study abroad experience by being immersed in this culture. I took the late spring semester for two weeks to get my feet wet. I must say, I can’t wait to go back and stay for a whole semester. The course I studied introduced me to discover new methods of studying and research. What I learned you would not have been able to get the same experience back at SHU. Being in Dingle, I accomplished a lot. Besides getting credits and the academic knowledge, I gained friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
SHU in Dingle - Winter
Dingle has given me the opportunity to explore a part of myself I have never explored. I was taken out of my comfort zone and realized that I am very adventurous and more open to new experiences than some of my peers. I sincerely immersed myself in my surroundings while in Dingle and absorbed the culture and customs. I have never been to Europe before and being able to talk to the locals and living in an unfamiliar town was a blessing. It opened my eyes to the other side of the world, and I am grateful to have had my first Europe experience in Dingle.
My study abroad experience was nothing short of incredible. Being able to see the beautiful coast and countryside of rural Ireland was truly breathtaking. While in Dingle, I studied abnormal psychology with Professor Hamel and this might have been my favorite class I have taken as an undergrad. We had the privilege of meeting a schizophrenic woman who is a well known poet in Ireland and also had the chance to visit CampHill which is a home for people with intellectual disabilities in Dingle. This experience really solidified my interest in the mental health field and made me more informed that other countries views on mental health are not always the same as those in the United States. Being able to learn new things about my major and immerse myself in another countries customs and traditions while doing this was the opportunity of a lifetime and I encourage every single college student to study abroad!
My study abroad experience to Dingle was one of the most amazing moments in my life. While it was only for 2 weeks, I learned so much about myself and the world. In the beginning of my experience, I had no idea that I would feel so connected and immersed in such a little, coastal, Irish town at the end of 2 weeks. I also didn't know that I would make incredible friends who I didn't stop laughing with since the plane landed in Shannon. Overall, the breathtaking landscape, the immense history, the amazing food, the joyful music, and the pure hospitality of Dingle's people allowed me to feel comfortable while being 3,000 miles away from home. I will truly never forget the experiences and memories I made while abroad, and I can only hope other students will one day feel the same way.
Not only did this trip make me laugh from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed every day, it made me happy again and brought me closer to new people. I made friends with many of the local people in Dingle, many people on the trip and learned so much about Irish customs and traditions. I loved the beautiful land that I was able to explore and the memories that got my threw one of the hardest points in my life. Thanks to the Dingle winter trip I learned that not only was Sacred Heart my home away from home, but traveling was a huge passion of mine and something that I hope to do more of in the near future.
Freshman Fall in Rome
Although I did take time out for weekend trips and day trips to other places when I was not traveling a lot of my time was spent volunteering and trying to give back. I believe that when studying abroad we take so much from a place whether it is adopting their language, their culture, clothing, or even quite literally their food. I really made it a point to do something to give back to a place I was able to call home for four months. This was one of the dopiest ladies I met while abroad and she was homeless. She would sit in this little piazza all day and whether you gave her money or not wish you a good morning or afternoon and to have a great day. Regardless of her unfortunate circumstances she always had a smile on her face. So, I decided to stockpile a bunch of food and supplies and toward the end of my stay in Rome I gave it to her. She was beyond ecstatic and it made my heart warm to know that I could have simply thrown out the additional things I had or even ate it myself but I made someone else’s day better instead. It’s not a pat on the back like yay me for being awesome because it really did not take a lot, but the fact that it meant a lot to someone else is all that mattered. My favorite part is when I went to take a picture with her she threw up the deuces man that lady was the best!!
The most important benefits of studying abroad has to be the knowledge you gain about the outside world. Americans are typically only aware of events within the USA or close to home, this is just the way we are raised. When actually living in another country, it gives you a completely different perspective about different parts of the world. Not only is this a benefit, but you form ideas about the world by hearing others from different parts of the world. This truly is a priceless lesson.
They say "All roads lead to Rome" and mine certainly did. I have always desired to travel and saw the Freshman Fall Abroad in Rome program was an opportunity I would regret passing up. I never experienced the typical "freshman-move-in" day, but what I experienced was exceptionally more memorable. I packed my life in two 50 pound suit cases, I flew across the ocean and I faced what seemed to be a week of jet lag. I discovered Rome was my campus. I learned history in the Forum and Colosseum, I rediscovered my passion for art in St. Peter's Basilica, and I taught English to refugees who were seeking a better life in Italy. I learned lessons which could not have been taught in a classroom. Global friendships and connections were made, confidence, independence, self motivation, time and money management were just a few of the benefits I gained from studying abroad. Four months living in a foreign country has paved the road for what I believe to be the best four years of my life. Italy sparked new interests, helped me set my dreams into plans and made me think about what I truly want to do for the next three years at Sacred Heart. I took the untraditional road to travel on but I would do it all again. This road lead me to Rome and that has made all the difference.
John Cabot University
Studying abroad was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. Everyone boasts about their amazing experiences, but fails to acknowledge the mishaps. In my opinion, those mishaps were some of the most critical and best experiences, because those were the times I learned a lot about myself and the way the real world works. It isn’t until you’ve stayed awake for 48 hours straight, because you booked a trip to Venice and a trip to Tuscany back to back, or arrive at the airport only to find that your flight is canceled, or gotten fined in a metro station in Prague that true character comes into play. Also, these hardships give way to a new appreciation for home. Most people focus on what is wrong with America, but there’s a lot to celebrate. Seeing small businesses struggle in Italy made me appreciate capitalism and the American Dream. Even things as trivial as being able to use a dryer or turning on my AC whenever I wanted seemed like a luxury. Through trials and triumphs, I expanded my world views while noting the value of home. Studying abroad is sometimes messy, unconventional, and full of lessons, but it is all worth it in the end because you’re a better person for it.
My time studying abroad was an experience of a lifetime. It was everything I dreamed of and more. The places I traveled, the people I met, the friendships I gained and the memories I created are unexplainable. I would do anything to have one more day with the friends I met, to sit on the steps in a piazza, eating gelato, listening to the local Italian man play his guitar on a beautiful night while we continued to debate where we should eat for dinner and whether we were in the mood for pizza or pasta. Every day was an adventure and every weekend was another flight, bus ride or train somewhere new. Fourteen flights, sixteen hour bus rides, multiple train rides, and miles walked later, I have stepped foot in 6 cities in Italy and 7 countries during my four months abroad. I learned more studying abroad than I could have ever in a classroom and I lived a life of no regrets. It was truly an unforgettable experience and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. P.S. - Culture shock is real!
For my semester abroad, I was lucky enough to spend four months in the beautiful city of Rome! During my semester, I traveled to eight countries, ten cities in Italy, and twenty-four different cities total! I didn’t know anyone before going abroad, but I made amazing friendships that I know will last a life time. Together, we traveled, learned, made memories, and most importantly, we ate some of the most amazing food! Studying abroad has truly shaped me as a person. By experiencing so many different cultures, gaining travel and real life skills, and doing things outside of my comfort zone, I feel so much more confident and well rounded. Deciding to study abroad was the best decision I have ever made and I hope to go back and make even more memories some day!
I didn't study abroad with anyone I knew, I left America with nothing but positive thoughts on what was to come. Many people just think about traveling when they think of studying abroad, which was a huge component. I made sure to see a lot of Italy, including Florence, Venice, Sicily, Pisa, Ancona, Naples, Capri, Ostia and obviously Rome. I was able to travel to The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, and Greece. One of my hobbies is photography and being able to photograph such beautiful places around the world made me the happiest girl on Earth. Overall i wouldn't be the same person today if it wasn't for my study abroad experiences.
My study abroad experience was truly one I will never forget. I was able to spend four months living in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. I lived in the part of Rome called Trastevere which is such a cute area full of plazas, shops, and food places. I was a 15 minute walk from The Vatican and a 20 minute walk from the Colosseum. While living in Rome, I was able to travel to 23 different cities within 11 countries (Paris, London, Prague, Amsterdam, and Dublin to name a few) with 7 of my new best friends. We shared first time experiences together while eating delicious food and taking hundreds of pictures. Living in Rome and learning the culture taught me so many things that I will never forget. There's not a day that goes by that I do not think about my study abroad experience. I have no regrets with my trip and I hope someday I will be able to make it back.
In my time abroad I traveled to 10 countries and 15 cities in total. The four months I was in Rome (or traveling) was unforgettable and I was always amazed by the views and culture of every new place. Each country or city was a new adventure and experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Aside from the traveling, I learned so much about myself and my major. The professors were superb and were always willing to work with me when I needed help. I could not have asked for a more remarkable experience and I can't wait for my next opportunity to go back!
John Cabot University - Summer
I traveled to Rome, Italy during the summer session this past summer. Studying abroad is such an unbelievable and unique experience during which you are able to learn so much about yourself as well as the world around you. Through my experience abroad I was fortunate enough to meet the most amazing people from all over the world, as well as go to various cities and countries of which I learned so much about. Studying abroad is an important experience that I think everyone should get the opportunity to do, and for some people, such as myself, studying abroad in the summer is the best option. I chose to take a Philosophy class in Rome, which was to meet a requirement of SHU, and it ended up being the best decision I ever made. My professor was probably one of the most knowledgable people I have ever met, and it was so interesting to learn about the philosophies of the artwork which was centered in the city I was studying! Studying abroad is an experience that I will never forget and one that has definitely changed me for the better, I would advise anyone in college to try to take this opportunity of a life time.
My study abroad experience was nothing short from spectacular. Living in the small neighborhood of Trastevere for only six weeks opened my eyes to the culture and beauty that Rome embodies. Although my time was short, I made so many cherished memories and met so many great people from all across our world. I was able to travel to Barcelona, Florence, Cinque Terre, The Almafi Coast and Tuscany all where I explored famous buildings and learned about different cultures. Before I left for Italy, I was told numerous times by my family and grandma to be careful and to watch myself and my friends, but I never felt unsafe while being abroad, I actually felt very comfortable. I understand it is important to be cautious while being in a different country, but no one should ever be scared. Traveling is an amazing opportunity that I was so fortunate to be able to experience and no one should ever feel scared to explore the world! I never thought I would have been so sad to leave because I was only there for a little over a month, but the relationships I made and the places and things I saw made it 1000 times harder to say goodbye. Italy was the best experience I could have ever imagined and I cannot wait until I can explore more of the world!
I can honestly say that studying abroad has been one of the best decisions I have made. I was able to spend six weeks in the heart of Rome, while taking classes that fulfill some of Sacred Heart’s core curriculum requirements. During my time in Italy, I was able to explore Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast on my weekends, while taking on-site classes during the week which allowed me to explore everything Rome has to offer. Between exploring the city, tasting local cuisine, studying ancient ruins and making lifelong friends, not only from Sacred Heart, but from across the country, I was able to experience many cultural activities I will never forget. Through my program I was able to take a cooking class with an Italian chef, go to the opera at the theatre in Rome, go on tours of Rome and the surrounding historical cities and so much more. I look back and fondly remember my experience everyday and I am so grateful that I was able to live in the heart of Rome.
My study abroad experience was more than I could have ever imagined. I experienced so many different cultures and their way of life. I didn't only go to Rome; I went to Spain, Greece and other beautiful parts of Italy. Getting to explore and travel the world as I did with my friends is something some people could only dream of doing. Going to Europe for six weeks was definitely a dream come true. Yes, at some points it was tough, but getting through all of that was easy because I got to visit some of the most beautiful countries in the world. Ever since my study abroad experience, I appreciate the world and what it has to offer even more than I did before I left. I would highly recommend studying abroad to any future students, it was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life, I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you are a student reading this and are nervous or hesitant about studying abroad, my advice to you is try to overcome that fear and go; if you don't take the leap you'll definitely regret it.
If I could choose one word to describe my experience abroad, it would be UNFORGETTABLE. Studying in Rome for the 5 weeks I was there was the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn't have changed anything for the world. From exploring and photographing the ancient city of Rome in my photography class, to the delicious food and welcoming Italian culture, this program was perfect for me and immersed me into an amazing experience abroad. I absolutely loved being able to study and live in such a beautiful city, where history, knowledge and new experiences were available around every corner. I think one of my favorite things about Rome, other than eating endless pasta, pizza and gelato, was the ability to walk through the streets and pass the Roman Coliseum, Pantheon, or any other ancient roman architecture anywhere you went. I felt safe, unbelievably happy and enriched while going through this experience and I would recommend it to anyone who h as interest in studying abroad.
SHU in Luxembourg
Studying abroad has taught me that everyone is different. From looks, trends, actions, everything. It helped me become a more open minded person, and it has allowed me to respect everyone as an equal. At the end of the day, we are all humans, we all eat, breath, and think, and I think sometimes that a lot of people forget that. There's so much beauty out in this world, might as well experience it before it's too late.
On January 20th 2017 I left for Luxembourg. This was one of the best decisions of my life because it opened so many opportunities for me. I visited France, Belgium, England, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, and Germany. Not only was the semester great for traveling, but also because I did really well academically! It was also fun to volunteer with Handicap International. !
SHU in Luxembourg - Summer
I got to experience some amazing things during the span of only 2 weeks both in Luxembourg and in Paris. I was able to go to the Bofferding Brewery, KPMG, tour new and old Luxembourg city, visit two beautiful churches in Luxembourg, tour the ancient Vianden Castle, visit Trier Germany for the day, go on a wine tour in the St. Martin caves, spend the day at Disneyland Paris, shop at the original Louis Vuitton in Paris, visit the Eiffel Tower, take a tour of Versailles and the gardens, take a guided tour of the Louvre, take a sunset cruise of Paris, and so much more. I have experienced so much in only 2 weeks and I have loved every second of it. I'm grateful for the amazing opportunities, new friendships, and lifelong memories this program gave me and I hope to be able to share my ventures with prospective applicants.
Studying abroad was one of the most life changing experiences of my life. I met so many amazing people from all around Europe while still attending a class and getting credit. While I was in Luxembourg for two weeks I felt like I was there for two years! There was endless places that my professor brought us to see. Within the two weeks in Europe I traveled to 3 different countries and about 6 different cities! All the views and memories that were made will last a life time. There was many amazing experiences that were shared with my fellow classmates as we all grew closer over our time in Luxembourg. Quickly as time pasted Luxembourg became my home away from home. There is not a second that goes by that I do not think about buying a plane ticket back to the country that stole my heart. I highly recommend that everybody in college should study abroad because it truly changes your views on the world and other cultures found all around the world today.
Overall my study abroad experience was the highlight of my college career so far. As a student athlete I never thought I would have the opportunity to take a class abroad due to my demanding schedule during the year. Sacred Heart’s summer study abroad programs made it possible for me to have this experience. I was able to learn in a foreign country I have never been to before with students who started out as strangers and now are my close friends. I’m now much more respectful of different perspectives and am understanding of the fact that there are different ways of doing things and no one way is the right way.
I studied abroad in Alicante, Spain where I completed my last class for my Spanish minor. I was in class everyday Monday through Friday with other students from the United States. I sat in class where the professor only spoke Spanish and we could only speak in Spanish as well, which helped me improve my speaking skills. In addition, I lived with a host family who did not speak any English at all. This was the best part about my experience abroad because I was practicing my Spanish the right way. I immersed myself in a country where a majority of the people speak Spanish and lived in a house with someone who could only speak Spanish. I truly experienced the culture of Spain from the Spaniard's perspective. Studying abroad in Alicante, Spain was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I lived right next to the beach, I climbed the most amazing mountain I have ever seen, I visited neighboring cities of Alicante, went sightseeing, made great ties with my host mom, and I made such wonderful connections with friends that will last a lifetime. This trip has made me more independent and confident in myself, and I am beyond grateful to have experienced it and made all of these memories. I cannot wait to visit Alicante once again.
I studied in Alicante, Spain for the Spring 2017 semester in the Liberal Arts program. I am so glad to have studied abroad. I made new friends from around the country, and around the world. I was able to fully immerse myself in the Spanish culture by living with a host family. I had the opportunity of traveling easily to other European and African countries. Although the language barrier was intimidating at first, I became nearly fluent in Spanish by the end of the trip. Through this program, I was able to complete a handful of my Spanish major credits. I am so grateful for this experience and highly recommend studying abroad to any student.
My study abroad experience was amazing. From traveling the world, to meeting new people, to tasting new foods, seeing the wonders of the world, etc. Everything about my experience was incredible. Being able to create bonds abroad and continue those relationships here is so valuable to me. I had such a rewarding and fulfilling experience in so many ways it’s hard to summarize it in a brief paragraph. Life moves fast and I am happy that I took the time to take advantage of this opportunity because there may not be another time in my life where I can live with another family, expose myself to new people and different things, live out of a suitcase, and be so free and independent. I would not change my abroad experience for the world. I will cherish it forever in my heart.
Webster University Switzerland
I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Geneva Switzerland, and I am so glad that I choose to study there. Because Geneva is so centrally located in Europe I was able to travel every weekend. Even though every weekend I was in a new city, I was easily able to appreciate all of Geneva during the week. Studying and living in a whole new country was such a learning experience in all aspects of my life. I met people from every background through my program, and in the cities I traveled too. I am so grateful that I was able to have an experience like this, and it only made me want to go and travel more. Geneva will always have a place in my heart, and I can’t wait to go back.
While in Switzerland, I was able to travel to 12 countries and 50 cities. My time was dense and something that I will carry with me forever. Geneva became a second for me and the friends that I made became a second family. There were many highlights and incredible moments but some of the opportunities that this study abroad experience gave me were unlike what I could of imagined. During my time traveling, I was able to meet up with a family member that I had never met before, I walked through the town where my family name came from, I went hang gliding, I learned a new language, I tried food I had never heard of and I learned that world is an exciting place. Studying abroad taught me how travel is not a way of life is a part of life. The opportunity that Sacred Heart has given me is something that I hope every student has the chance to experience because it opens your eyes to what is always in reach.