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University of Notre Dame - Fremantle, Australia

Caroline Murray

Nursing

Hi, my name is Caroline and I am a senior nursing student from Gloucester, Massachusetts. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Western Australia during the fall semester of my junior year. I can honestly say, it was the best four months of my life. I lived in a little town named Fremantle, or “Freo.” Through my travels around Australia and nearby countries, I was able to meet new friends, sky dive, bungee jump, and even hike through areas that made me believe I was living in a postcard. The study abroad experience promoted cultural immersion; this brought me to engage in a maternity and midwifery clinical at a nearby hospital as well as a volunteer day at a newly founded hospital in Bali, Indonesia. Aside from the travel fun, the students and professors at UNDA had a unique way of making every lesson an interactive learning experience. I truly believe studying abroad provided me with memories that will last a life time.

Aubrey Keplin

Nursing

Hi im Aubrey and I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in the land down under! Traveling to Australia had always been a dream of mine and being able to while in college was awesome! I am going into my senior year of nursing and hope to be a critical care nurse one day! I love the sun so I love anything outdoors and if it includes the beach!

Gabby Branciforti

Psychology

Hi everyone, I'm Gabby. I am a senior from Westchester County, NY, studying Psychology with minors in Honors and Speech-Language Pathology. I got the opportunity to study abroad in Fremantle, Australia in Spring 2018 and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life! I got the chance to travel to so many other places in and near Australia, that I never thought I would get to see. Besides traveling, I love to dance, volunteer, the beach, and just hanging out with my friends. I can't wait to get to know you and help you along your study abroad journey!

Bahamas

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Dolphin Communication Project

Cassidy Baldauf

Biology & Management

My name is Cassidy I am a senior and a Biology / Business management double major on the Pre-Med track. One of my favorite things to do is sing, which is why I am a member of the choir here at SHU and hold a position on the E-Board. When I am home on Long Island I am always at the beach or on my boat. I love traveling and studying abroad gave me the opportunity to go places and do things I never thought I would. I have participated in three study abroad programs during my time at SHU traveling to Luxembourg, Dingle and the Bahamas. All of these programs were short ones, about two weeks in length, which is an amazing opportunity that SHU Study abroad offers. The memories made studying all over the world will stay with me forever and have shaped me into the person I am today.

Nicole Malatestinic

Psychology

My name is Nicole Malatestinic and I am a junior psychology major with a minor in biology. I am hoping to obtain a master's degree in Occupational Therapy in the near future. I was lucky enough to study abroad in Bimini, Bahamas during the summer session. This unique experience is one that I will never forget, and something that I will never regret signing up for. I am an avid sports fan, and on the Dance Team here at SHU. Besides class and practices, you can catch me at the gym, or in the library doing schoolwork. I hope to travel more in the future, and hope to enrich my education.

France

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CIEE Paris

Celia Hanlon

Global Health Science

My name is Celia Hanlon. I am a Junior Global Health Science major and a Speech Language Pathology minor from central Massachusetts. I studied abroad my second semester sophomore year in both Paris and London. I participated in the open campus program with CIEE. I fell in love with the experiences I got to have while away. I am a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and participate in choir at SHU. I love dogs, working with kids and photography. Because of my travels I have a newfound love for fish and chips, macarons, stroopwaffles, gelato, and paragliding. I made some amazing lifelong friends while I was away and would 100% recommend looking into the study abroad experience to anyone who wants to step out of their comfort zone.

Danielle Paradis

Health Science

Hi! I am Danielle Paradis, a senior at SHU. I studied abroad in Paris, France last fall semester and had the best time of my life. I love to travel and experience new cultures so there was plenty to explore and learn. I was able to combine my passion for health science and theatre through classes and exploring the cities I was in. I got to eat tons of yummy food while taking in the picturesque views of so many countries. I made so many new friends while living in what became a second home and wouldn't trade the experience of studying abroad for anything!

Ireland

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SHU in Dingle

Julia Pizzuto

Communications

Hi I’m Julia! I spent my spring 2019 semester exploring Dingle, Ireland. I am a communications major from Long Island, New York. My major is part of why I chose Dingle, since it offered the opportunity to take unique classes and intern with several people and organizations abroad, including shadowing on interviews and working with the Other Voices music festival! Dingle was an absolute dream, from hiking the mountains, to sailing in the bay, to enjoying everything about the lively Irish culture. In addition to Ireland, I traveled to 7 countries with the friends I made abroad and experienced different cultures and perspectives. Of all the places I visited, Dingle will always feel like a second home. I am from a small town and lived by the water my whole life, so living in a little town on the edge of Ireland felt right – but no matter where you’re from the people of Dingle will welcome you in like family.

Paige Larkin

Health Science

I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland the spring semester of my sophomore year! I'm a Health Science major with a concentration in Global Health, and I'm looking into Dental School. I'm a very outgoing, adventurous person, but I'm also what you can consider a "home body" so I was a little nervous going abroad. But it ended up being the best four months of my life! I love to be outside and explore, and I love to meet new people, so Dingle was perfect. It was a small town so we got to know all the locals, but I could also go on a hike and explore a new part of the county every day. I woke up every morning excited to see what the day would hold, no matter if it was raining or not! Going abroad really makes you realize and learn about what you're capable of doing and you learn so much about who you are! I loved going out of my comfort zone, even if it was hard, it was so worth it.

Jacqueline O’Rourke

Journalism

My name is Jackie O'Rourke. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during the Spring 2019 semester of my sophomore year. I absolutely had the time of my life. I am a junior at Sacred Heart studying Journalism. I write for The Spectrum and Her Campus Sacred Heart. I am from Massachusetts so I am a huge Boston Sports Fan. Other Things I love include Iced Coffee, Friends (the tv show), Kate Spade, Taylor Swift, and Dingle of course!!

Sophia Caruso

Nursing

Hi, my name is Sophia Caruso! I am a rising junior and I recently studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland in Spring 2019. I am also a nursing major and I never thought it would be possible to study abroad with such a rigorous major. I would recommend this experience to all students who are looking for a new challenge. I loved being able to immerse myself in Dingle's way of life and connect with the locals in town. On campus at Sacred Heart I am apart of Greek Life, Student Nursing Association, Dance Ensemble, and I have a job on campus! I love meeting new people and traveling around the world!

Mikayla Amato

Nursing

Hi, I’m Mikayla Amato and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for the spring 2019 semester. I am a junior nursing major here at Sacred Heart. I chose to study abroad to open up my horizons and to totally emerge myself in a different culture. The Dingle community was so welcoming and friendly and really made us feel at home which helped to make our transition that much easier. I was able to make amazing new friends and create memories that are going to last forever. After studying abroad, my outlook on life has really changed and realized that the world is a lot bigger than just the community we have here at Sacred Heart. These past four months were the best months of my life and I would recommend everyone to take that leap, step out of their comfort zone, and study abroad.

Caitlin Beranger

Exercise Science

My name is Caitlin Beranger and I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during my sophomore fall semester. I am an exercise science major and I am from Needham, Massachusetts. At Sacred Heart I am part of the exercise science club, Love Your Melon Crew, and the club lacrosse team. I enjoy sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. My semester in Ireland was the most fun, eye-opening, and happiest four months of my life and I would love to be able to help others find a program that suits them. Studying abroad helped me to gain independence, a more open outlook on life, and many new friends.

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SHU in Dingle - Summer

Lauren Weinstein

Marketing & Management

Hi! My name is Lauren Weinstein. I am a sophomore from Mansfield, Massachusetts. I’m a double major in Marking and Management. On campus I am apart of the club figure skating team, The Spectrum, and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. I’ve always loved to travel and go on adventures. I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland for two weeks in the summer of 2019. It was an experience of a lifetime. I made some great friendships and grew as an individual. I highly recommend studying abroad!

Julia Kukulka

Accounting

Hi! My name is Julia Kukulka and I studied in Ireland for the 2 week summer session. I am an accounting major entering my junior year. On campus I am a member of the sorority Delta Zeta. Some of my favorite things to do are draw, try new foods, and of course travel the world. Going to Ireland was the best impulsive decision I had made and I can’t wait to study abroad again!

Nicole Langlais

Nursing

My name is Nicole and I am a senior nursing student at Sacred Heart with minions in both Psychology and Honors. I had the life changing experience to be able to study abroad twice so far at Sacred Heart. In summer of 2017 I did the two week summer program to Luxembourg and summer 2019 I did the two week summer program to Dingle Ireland! I absolutely loved my experience that I gained with both these study abroad experiences! It opened my eyes to new cultures and breathtaking parts of the world. While abroad in Dingle Ireland I was able to do one of my nursing clinical's, this being a memory that will last a lifetime and throughout my career in nursing. I was able to see so many parts of world through SHU Global Affairs and studying abroad was one of the best decisions that I have made in college! I would recommend these experiences I gained while being abroad to anyone! Going abroad allowed me to grow as a person, and gain more experience in the career I am soon going to be entering. I created new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime! I cannot wait to travel to more destinations around the world!

Emma Rydzy

English

My name is Emma Rydzy and I'm a senior at Sacred Heart! This coming may, I will be graduating with an English degree and shortly after, I will start my masters program in secondary education. On campus, I'm involved in Kappa Delta, Order of Omega, Student Ambassadors, and I was an orientation leader this past June. My love for traveling led me to apply to the study abroad program in Dingle, Ireland! This past May, I spent two weeks at our Dingle campus learning about the Irish culture, exploring our little town, excursions, and traveling to Killarney. Being able to study abroad is one of the best opportunities I have taken advantage of here at Sacred Heart, within my last three years!

Chloe Lal

Exercise Science

Hello! My name is Chloe Lal and I'm super excited to be a part of the 2019-2020 Global Ambassador Program! I am a junior majoring in Exercise Science on the DPT 4+3 track with a minor in Dance. In addition to being a Global Ambassador, I am also the President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, a member of the SHU Dance Company, a Peer Mentor for the College of the Health Professions, and a member of the Exercise Science Club. The two places I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in were Bari, Italy (Summer 2018) with 15 other members of the SHU Dance Company, and Dingle, Ireland (Summer 2019) both of which were two week programs full of unforgettable experiences and memories. If you are interested in studying abroad or have questions, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the Global Ambassadors! I can't wait to hear from you!

Katie Quinn

Biology

My name is Katie Quinn and I am a Senior here at SHU. I am a Biology major with minors in both Chemistry and Honors. I studied in Dingle, Ireland for the late spring program in 2018 and absolutely loved it! Participating in this program was a life changing experience that opened my eyes to new cultures and breathtaking sights. I did not know anyone that would be attending, but I was so excited to experience life abroad and meet new people. Now I have created memories that will last a lifetime! I also participated on a service trip to Guatemala during spring break of 2019. Studying abroad was the best decision that I have made, and I would recommend this experience to everyone! This experience allowed me to grow as a person, become more independent, and create new long-lasting friendships. I cannot wait to meet you all and help with your future study abroad experiences!

Nicola Paerg

Strategic Communications and Public Relations

My name is Nicola Paerg and I am a Junior at SHU. I am a Strategic Communications and Public Relations major with a minor in Business Management. At the end of my freshman year I had the opportunity to participate in the SHU in Dingle study abroad program. This brought me to Ireland for two weeks, taking a sports marketing course. The program allowed myself and my fellow classmates to immerse ourselves into the culture, while also gaining academic experience. In my particular course, we were connected with the local Rugby team. Our project for the class was to create/design potential merchandise for the team and develop a projected profit margin as well. It was interesting because we were able to learn about the Country's sport and we could interact with the locals. The atmosphere was extremely warm and the people were more than welcoming towards the SHU students. I made lifelong friends while abroad that were classmates, peers, and Dingle natives. I encourage others to take this amazing, fun, and unique opportunity to study abroad in such a wonderful environment.

Tara Zanni

Communications

My name is Tara Zanni and I’m a rising Senior studying Communications with a focus in Public Relations and Advertising! I did the two week study abroad program in Dingle the first summer session and I’m so happy I went. I’m 75% Irish and always wanted to see where my family came from. This program gave me the perfect opportunity to do just that and take a class in the meantime! It was perfect and I miss it every day.

Kathryn Andes

Journalism

I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland during the pre-fall session prior to my freshman year and it was an amazing experience, I got to see a part of the work I’d never been to and make memories with new friends. I also studied abroad in Milan, Italy and took fashion brand marketing for two weeks in the summer. I learned so much about the fashion industry and had one of a kind irreplaceable experiences with great friends.

Nikki Ziner

Communications

Hi all, my name is Nikki Ziner and I am senior here at SHU. Throughout the past three years here, I have studied abroad for two two-week programs in Dingle, Ireland as well as a two-week program in Luxembourg. Studying abroad twice in Dingle, both in the summer and winter, gave me the cultural experience of a lifetime. Going to Luxembourg was one of the best trips of my life due to all the different countries and cities we were able to travel to in a short period of time. I was able to go to Paris and Metz, France and Trier, Germany. Studying abroad has allowed me to grow not only as a student but also outside the classroom.

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SHU in Dingle - Winter

Gillian LeRoy

Interdisciplinary Studies

Hi! My name is Gillian LeRoy and I am a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major with a Mathematics minor. During the Winter 2019 session, I studied abroad in Dingle, Ireland, where I took the class “Irish and American Education in Comparative Perspective”. On campus, I am a member of the sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, where I serve as our chapters President! I love to travel, so when I had the experience to study abroad It was an awesome opportunity to adventure to a new country and learn with fellow classmates.

Italy

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Fashion Brand Marketing - Summer

Lorraine Gagliardi

Marketing

My name is Lorraine and I am a junior at Sacred Heart University. I am studying marketing with a fashion minor in the Jack Welch College of Business. I participated in the Fashion brand marketing program in Milan, Italy. For two weeks in the summer I traveled around the beautiful country of Italy and was enriched by the thriving fashion capital. This experience taught me so much about the fashion industry and gave an inside look at how products are manufactured. Our classes took place at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore within the heart of Milano. This course focuses on identifying characteristics of American and European luxury brands. I loved going on trips to Mantero the silk capital, Linea Pelle the leather factory, and Armani Silos Museum. I truly feel that this study abroad experience changed me and now I have memories to last a lifetime!!

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John Cabot University

Colleen Connaughton

Psychology

Hello! My name is Colleen Connaughton and I studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, during the spring 2019 semester! I also did a Spring Break trip to Nicaragua my sophomore year. I am currently a senior Psychology major with a minor in Speech Language Pathology. I am the treasurer of the NSSHLA club, captain of the Club Volleyball team, as well as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. I love being involved around campus and interacting with new people! Studying abroad allowed me to broaden my horizons and meet so many different people as well as gave me the courage and opportunity to try new things I would have never been able to do before. It showed me how truly capable I am as a person and that I can achieve anything I set my mind to!

Meaghan Hynes

History

I studied abroad in Rome, Italy during Spring 2019 semester! During that time I was able to travel all over Europe! I am from Long Island and I am a junior, I am a history major in the five year education program. I love to travel and experience new things, especially food, and to spend time with friends and family! I’m a member of Delta Zeta and the Eduction Club at Sacred Heart. During my time abroad my favorite two places that I visited were Ireland and Paris.

Courtney Cardona

Social Work

Hi! I'm Courtney Cardona a junior Social Work Major with a minor in Psychology from Long Island! Here at SHU I'm on the club volleyball team, I'm apart of the Student Events Team, a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and I'm apart of HerCampus! I studied abroad in Rome, Italy this past spring semester and It was the best four months of my life. I highly recommend the study abroad experience to anyone, there are so many destinations and so many ways to get the classes you need in and to still have an amazing time! Studying abroad while in school is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Anthony Mellow-Valle

English

I’m Anthony a rising senior at Sacred Heart from Bridgeport, CT majoring in English who loves working out, hanging out with friends, dancing, and most of all traveling the world. I’ve been to Dingle, Ireland during the two-week session as well as summer session 1 in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University. Prior to studying abroad I had never traveled outside of the U.S. Studying abroad has changed my perspective on life, culture, and how there is more to life than just Bridgeport. In a span of 6 months I have travel to two countries and absolutely loved it and have gained lifelong friendships and memories that will last me a life time while seeing beautiful landscapes and learning about each culture.

Leela Gallucci

Media Arts and Theatre Arts

Hi! My name is Leela Gallucci, and I recently spent the fall semester at John Cabot University in Rome Italy! This experience was the best of my life. I love traveling more than anything, and one of my biggest life goals was to live in Italy. As a film major, I was able to take production classes in Rome, and I even made a short film, and got to make movies in Europe! What’s better than living your dreams and getting an education at the same time? I definitely recommend this experience. I was able to learn things about the world and myself that I never knew before, and I got to travel the world. That’s something that not many people get the chance to do.

Alexa Borkowski

Health Science

Traveling the world is the best experience you can get to grow as a person. I studied abroad in Rome, Italy during the Fall 2019 and those four months were truly the most happiest four months of my life. I encourage everyone who has the chance to study abroad to take it, whether it is a two week program, a five week program or the whole semester, pick a country that speaks to you and go. The experience is unlike no other and it allowed me to really grow as a person, learn so many new things, and immerse myself into a new culture and live like a local. I love sharing my study abroad stories, pictures and helping others find the right place for them to study in a different country.

Caroline Bunger

Accounting

My name is Caroline Bunger and I am a senior at SHU! I am from Glen Cove, New York and I studied during the fall 2018 semester in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University. I chose Rome as a place to study because I love the Italian culture and wanted to learn more about the people, the food, and wonderful history that would surround me every day. Studying abroad allowed me to explore new countries and cities almost every weekend. I lived within walking distance from all the major monuments in Rome, which allowed me to learn more about the city I was living in. I went paragliding, learned to cook authentic dishes with an Italian chef, and got to listen to the Pope speak.

Santiago Suarez

Business Management

What's up guys! My name is Santi and I'm a senior at SHU from Stamford. I'm a Management and Accounting double major and serving in my 3rd year as a global ambassador. I studied abroad in Fall 2016 for a semester in Rome and Summer 2018 in Luxembourg which were both amazing experiences. I'm a sneaker head, enjoy traveling, and have visited countries such as Morocco, St. Maarten, & Mexico and have spent numerous summers in Colombia and Greece. I recommend studying abroad as you can make fantastic connections that will last you a lifetime!

Luxembourg

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SHU in Luxembourg

Mackenzie McCormick

Accounting

Hello! My name is Mackenzie McCormick and I am a junior at Sacred Heart University studying accounting. I am involved in a lot of clubs and activities on campus including the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Mind Your Business Pre-Fall Program, Welch Mentor, the accounting club, and the intramural soccer team. During the summer, going into my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Tianjin, China for a month. I was able to travel across the world with my best friend, and gain cultural awareness about the differences between China and America. I also studied abroad in Luxembourg during my spring semester of sophomore year. There, I was given a life – changing and breath – taking experience. The best part of this program was that I traveled to eleven different countries and became immersed in new cultures, where I was able to learn about others and myself.

Jessica Phillips

Marketing & Management

Hi, my name is Jessica Phillips and I am a junior. I am studying marketing and management with minors in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. At Sacred Heart, I am part of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Welch Mentor Program, Student Ambassador program and Student Alumni Association. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends and family, relax and travel. This past spring, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Luxembourg! Over those four months, I traveled to 12 different countries and went on an adventure of a lifetime. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I`ve ever made! It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and experience things I`ve never thought of!

Emma Costello

Business Management

In Luxembourg, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to study in one of the most business oriented countries in the world. Throughout my experience I was able to participate in, many field trips and business excursions that many business students in Fairfield may possibly never experience outside of the classroom. Throughout the semester, my classmates and I were able to visit, Deloitte, KPMG, the U.S Embassy, the Court of Justice, European Investment Bank, European Court of Auditors, Court of Justice, and European Parliament. In addition to attending the 2018 Deloitte Cross-Border Distribution Conference. Luxembourg has allowed me to have a better understanding of the business world in regards to international business and how countries all over the world work for and against one another. As a traveled to over 10 countries over the 15 weeks of the semester.

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SHU in Luxembourg - Summer

Jackie Balacki

Accounting

My name is Jackie Balacki and am currently a senior Accounting Major at Sacred Heart. I'm involved in a bunch on campus, and I have SHU to thank for the amazing opportunities that I have had. I studied abroad to Luxembourg for the two week summer program they had to offer. In the little amount of time I was able to explore Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and different cities in France. This was truly an experience of a life time and has opened up my mind to so many different things. I look forward to the next time I am able to travel abroad since I now have a new found love for exploring.

Netherlands

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Webster University - Leiden, Netherlands

Gillian Kenney

Finance & Management

My name is Gillian Kenney. I’m from Byfield, MA and going to be a senior with a double major in Finance and Management! I studied abroad in Spring 2019 in the Netherlands at Webster Leiden University! My time abroad was the best experience of my life and highly recommend that every student goes abroad for a semester (you won’t regret it!!) I loved so many things about the Netherlands including; the nice and caring people, the overall environment and of course the bikes! Study abroad is all about what the individual makes of it. I went abroad with nobody else from Sacred Heart, but I got to meet some of my best friends from all over the world! It just gives me another reason to travel!!

Spain

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CIEE: International Business & Culture

Deanna Jacobs

Psychology

Hello my name is Deanna, I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Spanish and Global Health. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain in the spring 2019 semester and I was the only applicant for a program in Spain for that semester. I did not know anyone when I left for Spain, but I became best friends with people whom I consider a part of my family now. I loved many aspects of the culture, and some day I know I will return!