Learning a Critical Language
Last fall, I received an email from RIT about study abroad opportunities. As a Computer Science M.S. student, I had no idea that I was even eligible for study abroad programs and was not familiar with the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The goal of the CLS program is to increase the number of Americans trained in foreign languages critical (no pun intended) to American prosperity, yet aren’t frequently taught in American schools.
An Unexpected Homestay
One of the reasons I chose to study abroad in France was to improve my French-speaking skills via immersion. The most immersive experience possible is living in a homestay, where I would live with a local French family, so I chose that housing option. I figured that I would live with a couple and possibly their kids. I was excited to experience the typical French/Parisian family life. A few months before I left, I filled out a form detailing my housing preferences and living habits and waited to hear back for my homestay assignment.
Summer Psychology in Croatia
When I initially decided to study abroad on the Summer Psychology in Croatia program, I imagined the classes would be identical to RIT Rochester’s psychology courses (I had already taken two psychology courses at the main campus). When I arrived to my first day of class in Croatia though, I quickly realized I would reap the benefits of an RIT course – the grading structure, the language of instruction being English, etc.
Virtual Entrepreneur Experience with HEX
From January 4th to January 9th, 2021, I participated in a virtual study abroad opportunity called the HEX Discovery Program. This six-day-long program was hosted by the Hacker Exchange, an organization based out of Australia that helps teach young adults leadership, entrepreneurship, and networking skills. During the program, a group of 30 participants from universities worldwide came together on Zoom to learn from guest speakers and work in teams to create a new product. At the end of the six days we pitched our product to a panel of judges.
Experiential Learning in Italy
While studying abroad at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in Florence, Italy, I participated in an Experiential Learning program that FUA offers called Special Project Experiential Learning: Book Publishing. I, along with ten other students from different majors, including photography, graphic design, videography, and book publishing, worked on FUA’s magazine, Blending. This magazine is published online as well as physically printed each semester. There is also a monthly newsletter and radio podcasts to complement the magazine.
Going Cellular Silent
The summer after my first year at RIT, I studied abroad in Zagreb, Croatia. It has been one of my favorite college experiences so far. I made so many memories that I will cherish forever and friends that will last a lifetime. During my planning for the trip, I came across different phone plans that I could choose. My sister had gone abroad previously, and she decided to get a SIM card when she landed. She had cellular service that she could use to communicate with her friends and for social media. I decided to do something a little different. Instead, I chose a plan that would charge me for
Studying Abroad as a Deaf Student
Studying Abroad in Zagreb, Croatia was an extraordinary experience with my two Deaf best friends. You might wonder how we studied abroad in a country with a different language, both written and signed. We went to RIT Croatia, an English-spoken university at the Zagreb campus. RIT provided interpreters for the entire semester program. Croatian Professors spoke in English to my Croatian classmates. The difference-maker for us, Deaf Americans and ASL interpreters, was the teacher would sometimes abruptly stop the lecture because he forgot how to say a specific word in English.
From Study to Work Abroad
After the first few months of living as a college student in Christchurch, New Zealand, I already knew that one semester abroad would not be long enough for me. I loved everything about the kiwi culture, including the wonderful accents, breathtaking scenery, delicious meat pies and other snacks, and the overall laid-back approach to life. Even after living in New Zealand for a semester as a student, I still felt like a tourist on a mad dash to soak up as much fun and excitement as possible. I wanted the chance to slow down and become more assimilated into everyday life.
So, you want to extend your stay abroad?
When I decided to study abroad (both times), I knew it was going to be an incredible experience. I was excited to visit a new country, experience a different culture, and taste amazing food! Japan and France definitely delivered on all of those fronts. This is why I encourage students to go on faculty-led programs. The professors are always super knowledgeable about local cuisine, museums, and quirky stores that no one else would think to tell you about.
Study Break? Time to explore Dubai!
It’s the weekend and you finished all your work and have the whole weekend to yourself. You think to yourself, “What can I do?” But you remember that you’re literally in Dubai - so it’s time to go exploring!
Top 5 Things to Do in Florence, Italy
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Florence University of the Arts during the Spring of 2020. I loved my time abroad and here are my five favorite experiences during my time overseas.
Embracing My Identities in the UAE
I have many different identities that I embrace and traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made me the most comfortable with almost all of them. I consider myself to be a Black, deaf woman and during my time in the UAE, I could be unapologetically me (for the most part). Although I was fortunate enough to study abroad twice during my time at RIT, I am able to reflect more about my experience in Dubai.
Mapping Out & Planning Your Travel
Hi! My name is Kansas Cushing and I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, and was also able to visit London and Amsterdam while abroad. You’ll want to make the most out of your experience when you’re in a new country and will need to figure out some of the best locations to visit. It can feel overwhelming being immersed in a different culture, and sometimes a new language, but I have a couple of tips that can help you make the most of your travels abroad!
Studying Abroad As A STEM Major
I knew pretty early on that studying abroad was something I wanted to do while in college. As a STEM major, I thought it would be interesting to gain a new perspective on my field and see how people from around the world approach scientific problems and develop applicable solutions. I also wanted to take the opportunity to travel before feeling tied down to a job after graduating.
How Changing Scenery Can Change Your Life
It wasn’t one moment of studying abroad that changed me. Rather it was a slow accumulation of small moments and subtle revelations that led to the realization that the person I was before had given way to the person I had become. Change is something that happens slowly, and the awareness of it happening is even slower. It often happens in the small everyday events that go unnoticed. In London, I walked to class almost every day and often took new routes to see more of my neighborhood. Some mornings I would stop at a café for breakfast or go to lunch with friends after class.
Oh no! My passport!
One of the many perks of studying abroad is international travel. Depending on where you go, traveling from country to country can be as easy as a $12 bus ride. While studying abroad in Croatia, I decided to make the most out of my time there and took a trip one peninsula over to Italy. A couple of other students and I bought overnight bus tickets for Venice. The route was relatively simple: we would take one bus from Zagreb to Ljubljana, and then a second bus through the rest of Slovenia straight to Venice. I couldn’t have been more excited.
Scotland Top 5
I studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland in the spring of 2019. Studying anywhere in Europe is such a cool experience and I genuinely recommend it to everyone. These are my top 5 experiences while I was there.
Everyday Adventures in Zagreb, Croatia
My name is Marshall Hurst; I grew up in a tiny town named Vineland in Ontario, Canada. You might be wondering, "Where the heck is Vineland?" Vineland is only 17 minutes away from the Lewiston-Queenston Border to the United States. The cultures are pretty similar, just that we follow the metric system, have British-influenced words such as colour with the 'U.' Fascinating, eh?
How to Make Study Abroad Part of Your Story
Deciding to study abroad is a big decision that doesn’t come easily to everyone and I wanted to share some of my experiences to help educate others who are considering studying abroad.
Making Your Own Decisions
My path to studying abroad was an interesting one to say the very least. My older brother years prior had studied in Sorrento, Italy. Since then I wanted to see different parts of the world and learn important lessons along the way. I wanted to throw myself in a radically different environment. I wanted to train myself to become adaptive and aware of how different things could be. In other words, I wanted a global mindset, and RIT was my opportunity to start that journey.
How to Stay Healthy While Studying Abroad
My name is Rachael Daly and I studied abroad in the fall of 2018 at the RIT Weihai campus in Shandong, China. While studying abroad I was able to travel around the country visiting the cities of Weihai, Beijing, and Xi’an. This was a big experience for me because I had not previously been out of the country before and living in a place so different from the United States. This especially applies to food! Not only was the food and drink vastly different from that of the U.S., but the reasons surrounding the different selections were important as well.
Being Black Abroad
Identity - it’s what defines us, grounds us, and ultimately who we are. We each have a multitude of identities ranging from race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. While each of these identities play a significant role in who we are, I believe that race/ethnicity is the most apparent of them all. Unlike many of the other identities, you can’t escape the skin you live within. When encountering strangers in public, the first thing they see is my blackness.
Where I Left My Footprint in Europe
I did not know that I was in for an adventure of a lifetime as the airplane touched down in Zagreb, Croatia. For the first time in my life I was completely alone in a country where I did not know the language, however it would not be the last. Throughout my six weeks in Europe I left my footprint in a total of five different countries and fell in love with an aspect of every one.
Home and Back Again: Retracing My Family's Heritage
When I made the decision to study abroad, it was a no-brainer where I wanted to go: New Zealand. Of course, my decision was heavily influenced by the picturesque nature of the country, including snow-capped mountains, endless opportunities for hiking (“tramping” to the locals), sprawling green pastures dotted with sheep and cows, and stunning natural beaches. However, the other major reason why I wanted to spend a semester abroad in New Zealand was because that is where my mother was born and raised.
What to do with all those Study Abroad photos
My name is Riley Kieffer. I studied abroad a few years ago in Dublin, Ireland. While I was abroad, I traveled to nine different countries (including my host country). I took thousands of photos, and that is no exaggeration. I also kept my ticket stubs from places I visited and got bookmarks and postcards from each place as souvenirs. I posted some of my photos to Instagram and it was a great way to share my experiences with friends and family.
Being LGBTQ+ While Studying in a Religious Country
I have been an out and proud lesbian since I was a sophomore in high school. I was in my schools’ gay-straight alliance. It hasn’t always been easy, but I was lucky enough to live in a relatively accepting community and a very accepting family. I am not ignorant of how much privilege I have had growing up in my community and feeling accepted.
Internship in Italy – Black History Month Florence (BHMF)
In spring 2020, I studied with RIT affiliate, Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA), in Florence, Italy. While in Florence I worked as a social media intern for Black History Month Florence (BHMF). I completed 2 months in person and the rest online due to COVID-19.