Study Abroad Student Blogs
USC Global Exchange Program
San Ramon, Costa Rica
Global Partner Program: USAC
USC Exchange Student from Leeds, England
2013 - 2014
Global Exchange Program
Global Partner Program – GlobalEd (Internship)
Global Partner Program – USAC
USC Graduate Student Internship Program
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Global Partner Program – CIEE
USC Global Classroom Program
France & Spain
Spring Break 2013
USC Faculty & Staff Program
Global Partner Program - USAC
Global Exchange Program
Program - API
Global Partner Program - CIEE
Global Exchange Program
Global Partner Program - IES
Seoul, South Korea
Global Partner Program – Globalinks
Direct Enroll – Univ. of Westminster
St. Petersburg, Russia
Program – AIFS
San Jose, Costa Rica
Global Partner Program – ISA & ELAP
Will Boggs - Seoul, South Korea
Vitals: My majors are international business and global supply chain operations management. My minors are Chinese and Spanish. I am a sophomore.
Goals: My goals are to take two classes that I need for my undergraduate requirements. However I hope to acquire more information about Asian economies as well as pick up some basic Korean language skills. Naturally from being in South Korea for a month I hope I am able to analyze their culture so that I may compare it to the United States and expand my worldwide perspective.
Motivation: I have always wanted to travel as much as I can and I saw that the trip to South Korea allowed me to take two classes for my basic class requirements while also being very affordable.
Previous overseas travel: I took a trip while in high school to Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland. This past Christmas break I went to Greece and I recently went to Taiwan.
What else you need to know: I love to travel the world and expand my horizons, but "nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina". Go Gamecocks!
Evan Lohmann - Instanbul, Turkey
Vitals: Im a senior here at USC majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in HRTM.
Goals: My goals are to take some classes to finish up my gen ed while exploring the hillsides of Turkey. I want to meet the locals as well as people of different nationalities so that I can have a better understanding of my global neighbors.
Motivation: I came to Turkey because I feel like it is a lesser known country. Not too many people think of Turkey as a place of travel, but I wanted to go somewhere non traditional.
Previous overseas travel: I have been to Canada, England, and all over Northern Ireland
What else you need to know: The Gamecocks are coming to Turkey!!
- London, England
Vitals: I am a second-year history major with a political science minor.
Goals: I mainly want to experience being in another country for the first time and broaden my horizons. My other goal is to have fun and enjoy the country. I hope to backpack while I'm in the UK--I will see the Lake Country or die trying (hopefully not the latter)
Motivation: I have both academic and personal reasons for traveling abroad. I am going to be in Belgium for June and July of 2010 for a Magellan Research Project, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad while I was in Europe. I also want to experience new things and a (slightly) different culture. My program in England allows me to achieve both goals.
Previous Overseas Travel None.
- Havana, Cuba
Vitals: I am a junior International Business and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management (GSCOM) double major with a Spanish minor
Goals: One course that I am really excited to take is the "U.S.-Cuban Relations: Historical Perspective and Actuality" course that is required of everyone on the trip because it sounds like a very interesting course and it will give me insight into the relations between the U.S. and Cuba that never really are talked about. I am also very excited to experience the culture. I love Latin American culture and hope to one day actually live in Latin America. A few of my goals for this summer include improving my Spanish, por supuesto!, learning about an experiencing a country and a culture that I, as an American citizen, am not supposed to know about, and opening my mind even more to differences between myself and my beliefs and those of others.
Motivation: I have studied abroad three times in my life and have also grown up traveling with my family. I have always wanted to visit Cuba, and getting the opportunity to study there for a whole semester is more than I could ever ask for. This want is probably the result of my first babysitter being Cuban. Because of her, I originally spoke Spanish better than English! Another reason I have wanted to go is because we, as Americans, are not legally allowed to go without going through a long tedious process of petitioning the government. I mean who doesn't want to legally break the law? Cuba will be another exciting place I can add to my list of places I have visited!
Previous Overseas Travel I have been to Mexico more times than I can count, but never the touristy places. I celebrated Thanksgiving in London in 2001 and in Paris in 2002 and have also visited Canada. I have also studied in San Jose, Costa Rica twice, summer of 2005 and 2008, as well as in Cadiz, Spain in the summer of 2006.
Vitals: Majors: International Business, Finance
Minors: Spanish, Chinese
Goals: To learn more about doing business in China and to be able to speak Chinese better.
Motivation: I wanted to be able to experience China for an extended period of time and really become familiar with the culture.
Previous Overseas Travel 23 countries spanning South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and Antarctica. This will be my second time in China.
Vitals: I am a Junior, and I plan to major in Business Management and minor in HRTM (Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management)
Goals: My main goal for studying abroad, other than to do well in my classes, is to enjoy myself. I want to face my fears, do things I've never done, and hopefully grow as a person from the experience.
Motivation: My motivation for studying abroad started out as simply wanting to see a new country and experience a new culture, and it has kind of changed into getting away from it all. Getting away from all the drama on campus, and just being alone and free for a while.
Previous Overseas Travel I have been to Vancouver, Canada for a week, and took a cruise to the Bahamian Islands as well
What else you need to know: I hope that the accounts I give of my daily life can help other students understand better what it would be like to live in Leeds for a semester, and I hope that those accounts encourage people to travel abroad as well, whether or not to Leeds.
Academic Year 2009/2010
Vitals:I'm a senior pre-med student striving for a degree in biology, minoring in german and music, and completing a performance certificate for classical piano
Goals:I want to try to finish my degree overseas and also, naturally, learn as much as i can about german culture and language!
MotivationBeing in germany will help me complete my german minor. not only will i be able to better learn the language and customs there, i will also be immersed into a new culture which will definitely be beneficial to my career choice in the long run by opening my mind to new experiences and thoughts. plus, who wouldn't want to spend a year in europe?!
Previous Overseas Travel I spent a summer in Germany teaching english to elementary school children.
Vitals: Major: I'm a senior Music Composition major with a Japanese minor, working on also completing a performance certificate in Piano.
Goals:My original goal was to come to Japan for a semester, Fall 09, and do a research project in music and then come home to graduate. I've decided to stay til August, because there's too much to do for just one semester! I'm working on getting better at Japanese, seeing as much of the country as possible, and just trying to figure out what Japan is really like. My research project, "Exploring Japanese Musical Traditions", funded by the Magellan Scholars program and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, is really starting to shape up. My main goal with this is to pull as much inspiration from the Japanese philosophy on music as possible and use it in future compositions.
Motivation I travelled before I was in college, but didn't plan on doing study abroad. My mom encouraged me to try the Maymester thing, and I've been hooked since then. After visiting Japan for the first time, I knew I had to come back. And after staying here for a few weeks, I knew that one semester wasn't long enough.
Previous Overseas Travel I travelled to Japan in May of 2008 and Taiwan in May of 2009 on Maymester Trips. Before that, I travelled a lot with my family on various trips. I've been to Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Austria.
Vitals: I'm a senior pre-med Spanish major.
Goals: My goal with studying abroad is to experience a different part of the world through Spain's diverse culture and way of life. What excites me most is the opportunity to spend 3 months in a completely different part of the world. This will be my first time ever traveling to Europe and I intend on getting the most out of this experience. I can't wait to be immersed in the rich culture of Spain that includes the food, dance, entertainment and many other things.
Motivation My freshman year I decided to change my major to Spanish because I loved the language and become intrigue by the different cultures. As my junior year approached, I wanted to travel to a native Spanish speaking country to get an idea of what the Spanish culture was like outside of the classroom. I traveled to Ecuador and absolutely fell in love with the language and the people. Every since then I have had a desire to explore different parts of the world especially those countries where the primary language is Spanish.
Previous Overseas Travel I have traveled to Ecuador and the Bahamas (if that counts).
- Lüneburg, Germany
Vitals:I'm a hopeful international business and finance major with a double minor in Chinese and German.
Goals:Over the summer I plan to sharpen my German language skills and go see all the sights around Europe...if I have time on the weekends..
Motivation I wanted to study abroad in Germany because I am a German minor. Also, I want to go see all the cool sights in and around Germany. How many people can say that they've hiked in the Alps?
Previous Overseas Travel Went to Rome in the summer of 2007. That's about it...
- Melbourne, Australia
Vitals: Rising senior, anthropology major
Goals: I'm really excited about the opportunity to travel internationally alone, and hope to meet a lot of new people and immerse myself in the Australian culture.
Motivation I was awarded a Summer Study Fellowship, and I felt it'd be a waste if I didn't use it. I've always wanted to visit Australia, and when I was researching programs I fell in love with the Melbourne Summer Program offered by IES Abroad. Plus, it's a continent nobody in my family has visited, so I'll get to rub it in.
Previous Overseas Travel I've visited India a number of times to see my parents' families, and I went to Canada a couple summers ago... I don't think Canada counts though.
Academic Year 2008-2009
- Bamberg, Germany
Vitals: Senior International Business & Economics Double Major, German & Spanish Minor
Goals: I'm most excited about becoming completely enveloped in another culture and getting outside of my comfort zone.
Motivation I want to use German in a business capacity, and in order to do so, I need to be able to speak it fluently. The Bamberg Exchange Program is an amazing, affordable way to go about achieving this goal. Also, I really want to take the time now to live in a foreign country and experience a culture far different from my own. Through the exchange program, I can study in another country, all the while receiving direct credit for the classes I take abroad.
Previous Overseas Travel I spent 10 days in the summer of '04 traveling to London, Oxford, Normandy and Paris. During the summer of '06, I participated in the Wittenberg Summer Study program for five weeks in Wittenberg, Germany and was able to travel all over the country as well as Prague, Czech Republic. That same summer I spent four weeks studying in Costa Rica also through a USC summer program.
- Tokyo, Japan
Vitals: Junior Film Studies Major, Computer Science Minor
Goals: I am most excited about living in Asia, because it is very different from the western world. I will be surrounded primarily by the Japanese. I will be the foreigner for a change.
Motivation I decided to study abroad my freshman year of college. My mother lived overseas for awhile, and I want to follow in her footsteps.
Previous Overseas Travel So far in my college career I have traveled to Peru, Venezuela and Zambia. On the trips to Peru and Venezuela I was working as a student volunteer for the Methodist Student Network's annual mission during Spring Break. While in Zambia, I worked with the non- profit organization Stop the Spread to help educate high school girls about the HIV/AIDS virus.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Vitals:And now your starting blogger standing 5'10, weighing in at 189 lbs, from the University of South Carolina: R.J. MAY!!!! Senior, Political Science and Criminal Justice
Goals: To enjoy my time and soak up as much information about the people, culture, and languages of the Middle East.
Motivation USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! But for real, I believe that the benefits of studying abroad would have far reaching affects on my personal, academic and professional goals. By being afforded the opportunity to study in Dubai and learn the Arab language and culture I would gain valuable knowledge that would allow me to contribute to the betterment of society as a whole and give me useful knowledge for my desired profession.
Previous Overseas Travel Does Canada count??? Oh, California, that's like another country.
- Auckland, New Zealand
Vitals:I am a junior, Public Relations major, Business minor
Goals: I am most excited about experiencing a country on the opposite side of the world, opening myself up to try new things and learning as much as I possibly can about the people, culture, history, etc. I am also excited that I will have the opportunity to visit Australia and Fiji while I am there.
Motivation:I have dreamed of studying abroad since before I even came to college. My parents have always encouraged me to travel and have taken me to visit many different places so the opportunity to have my own adventure was exciting and something I knew I couldn't pass up.
Previous Overseas Travel I was born in Scotland and received dual citizenship with the US when I was 17. I lived in Paris, France for about 3 years and I have travelled to many countries in Europe including England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, and many others. I have also been to Mexico, Canada and Belize.
- Semester at Sea
Vitals: Junior International Business and Marketing Major, Italian and Spanish Minor
Goals: My main goal is to experience as many different cultures as possible, immersing myself as much as possible as we journey from country to country.
Motivation: For quite a while now, I have been very interested in working abroad after my collegiate studies. My dream job would be to find a place in an international law firm that would allow my to utitilize both me Spanish and Italian language skills. I feel a semester of international business courses in the Semester at Sea program will give me a first hand experience of both the constantly changing global environment, as well the emerging markets throughout many third world countries.
Previous Overseas Travel: I spent 3 weeks in high school, visiting Great Britain, France, and Rome. In 2006, I spent 2 weeks doing mission work in Honduras. During the summer of 2005, I spent a week and a half doing mission work in Mexico. During the summer of 2007, I spent 4 weeks traveling all over Australia. And finally I have vacationed in Bermuda and the Bahamas.
- Semester at Sea
Vitals:Junior Visual Communications Major, Spanish Minor
Goals: I am most excited that I get to travel all over the world. I didn't want to concentrate my study abroad to one single country, so I chose a program that would allow me to see many different cultures.
Motivation I've wanted to study abroad for as long as I can remember, but I could never decide where to go. When my mom told me I could go on a Semester at Sea and literally travel around the world, I made up my mind. I chose this program because Iâ€™m deeply passionate about traveling and I am extremely interested in other cultures. This way I can travel to all the countries I've been dying to see.
Previous Overseas Travel Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, & Fiji.
- Dublin, Ireland
Vitals:Junior Print Journalism Major, Media Arts Minor
Goals: I'm most excited about all the new things - meeting new people, being in a new country, new experiences, etc.
Motivation I have friends that have studied abroad - they told me it was awesome, to do it. That and the fact that I have never been abroad, it just seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up.
- Salamanca, Spain
Vitals: Junior Spanish & Religious Studies Double Major, International Studies Minor
Goals: I am most excited about meeting Spaniards and making Spanish friends. Also, I'm excited about becoming more fluent in Spanish and being able to travel around Europe easily. I also hope to work abroad after graduation, maybe in Spain if all goes well, in an international organization like the UN, an American embassy, Amnesty International, etc.
Motivation: I decided to study abroad because I love to travel and I know it's a great opportunity. How many other chances will I get to study in another country? Plus, both of my older sisters studied abroad in Chile and Spain and had a great time.
Previous Overseas Travel: Spain, France, Switzerland, Argentina, and Chile.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Vitals: Sophomore Electrical Engineering Major
Goals: I'm really looking forward to learning Arabic. I love language and this will be the first time I've studied a language that doesn't share our alphabet. This will also be my first time traveling internationally without a group, so I really want to take advantage of the freedom that gives me to plan my own itinerary. There's a lot to do in Dubai and I want to take full advantage of it.
Motivation I'm interested in a career in the Middle East but I have very little experience with the language and culture. I wanted to make sure that my career goal was something I really wanted to do and think that this is the best way to find out.
Previous Overseas Travel Fiji, Australia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nepal, and England. All my trips involved some sort of project. In Fiji, we renovated a youth camp and landscaped a school, in Zambia we dug a well for a remote village, and in Nepal we ran soccer clinics with the street children. The other countries on my list were stops that we made for about a week on the way home.
Tyler was selected as a William Jefferson Clinton Scholar at the American University in Dubai.
- Shanghai, China
Vitals: Freshman Accounting Major, Chinese Minor
Goals: I am looking forward to seeing a new country. Since I am Asian and I have never been to any country in Asia, it will be exciting to see and live a part of my culture that I've never experienced. Even though I will not be in China during the start of the Olympics, I am also excited to see how the country as a whole prepares for this international event.
Motivation I decided to study abroad because this was a great opportunity to learn and have an unbelievable experience. I chose the longest possible summer sessions because I did not want to miss any Gamecock events, but still have as close to a semester-long program. China is not like the other places I've visited, and I believe that China will teach me a lot about the country, dialect, business and myself.
Previous Overseas Travel I have visited Germany, England, United Arab Emirates, Cancun and other nearby islands.
- Tokyo, Japan
Vitals: Senior International Studies Major, Japanese & German Minor
Goals: To see a culture first hand whose language I've studied for a number of years, the experience of living in Tokyo - one of the worlds largest cities, to meet new and interesting people and to polish and improve my Japanese.
Motivation For every action, or lack there of, there is a consequence, I'd rather have had the experience than not, and with an opportunity to so greatly broaden my horizons I'd be foolish not to pursue. I am of the firm belief that individuals should make, and take advantage of, every opportunity they can. I plan on making the most of my Study Abroad experience and to continue blazing my trail into the future in my efforts to live a life less common.
Previous Overseas Travel None
Michael is a recipient of the Freeman-ASIA scholarship for study in Asia