July 14, 2015

All Aboard for Study Abroad!

For many ArtSci students, studying abroad is a pivotal experience in their college career. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in another country, immerse in a totally different culture, and meet new friends from around the world. With 50% of ArtSci graduating seniors having participated in a study abroad program for a semester, summer, or a year, there can be no doubt of its popularity.

 

While the majority of students go abroad spring semester of their junior year, there are numerous other options for those who cannot/do not want to miss second semester of their junior year. Some students choose to go over the summer, while others go fall of their junior year or as early as sophomore year. ArtSci even offers certain programs such as FOCUS for freshmen that gives younger students the opportunity to go abroad with their classmates for a shorter period of time. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee ArtSci can accommodate your abroad needs.


Choosing to study abroad can be an important, life-altering decision, so it’s never too early to consider your prospects and weigh the pros and cons. I did not choose to go abroad, but here are a few ArtSci students who did and earned a unique & fulfilling educational experience.

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Jill Teitelbaum

Rising senior

 

I'm a PNP (philosophy, neuroscience, psychology) student at WashU but petitioned to study Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia. My abroad experience was unforgettable, and I would absolutely recommend University of Queensland to anyone who is looking for a semester of sunshine, adventure, and avocado toast. Whilst staying at University, I fully immersed myself in a co-ed Australian residential college, learning every curse word in the book. Most weekends, I was fortunate enough to travel along the east coast of Australia with other WashU friends. WashU even funded two awesome field trips to Fraser Island and Heron Island through Australian marine biology and terrestrial environment courses. We did tons of snorkeling and learned about all the fish you see in Finding Nemo. Despite the 16 hour plane ride, Aussie is totally worth it.

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Jessica Hayes

Rising senior


My name is Jessica Hayes, and I am a rising senior majoring in Biochemistry and French. I traveled abroad the summer after my freshman year through the program, France for the Pre-Med in Nice. During these five weeks, I shadowed and assisted surgeons at the local hospitals, exclusively in French, and completed coursework for two French healthcare classes. The urban Mediterranean setting offers so many opportunities for students to improve their French, and the multicultural population of Nice presents patients from all across Europe, forcing students to think with a cosmopolitan worldview. That is precisely why I believe this program is unique in its focus and valuable beyond-the-classroom setting. Not only that, I gained incredible friendships with my fellow students, a love and respect for my host family, and a greater awareness of my ambitions and myself. I would recommend this program to any aspiring physician and am always willing to answer questions about the student experience or the academic requirements.

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Daniel Sheinbein

Rising senior

 

My name is Daniel Sheinbein, and I am an incoming senior majoring in PNP (Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology). During my fall semester of my junior year, I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  Although I did take some really interesting classes, such as Modern Scottish History, my experience abroad was built upon indulging in the rich and historic Scottish culture. Some of my favorite experiences abroad include touring several scotch distilleries in the Highlands, camping in the Northern Isles of Scotland, and traveling to other cities across the UK and Europe. Traveling aside, the most important thing I learned from my experience abroad was how to really come out of your comfort zone and befriend yourself. Everywhere I went, I tried new things and surrounded myself with people from all over the world. That was the best part about going abroad.

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Juliet Zirn

Rising senior

 

My abroad experience was a bit unconventional since I took a leave of absence instead of traveling on a WashU program, but that didn’t make it any less the most exciting months of my time at college. In the School of Arts & Sciences, I’m pursuing a major in Psychology, with minors in both Writing and Film & Media Studies. Since I took a break from credits for the semester, I didn’t need to worry about completing requirements and instead was able to focus on improving my Spanish since I went abroad to Madrid, Spain. Without a doubt, the most exhilarating aspect of abroad was the ability to travel to so many beautiful and fascinating places at the drop of a hat. Although living in a foreign country was trying at times, it is an experience I would recommend to everyone… falling in love with another city is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.

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Katy Przybylski

Rising junior

 

I am double majoring in Secondary Education and English with a creative writing concentration. I did the FOCUS: Literary Culture of Modern Ireland program my freshman year, and to this day, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to WashU. Because the program runs both semesters, we really got to immerse ourselves in Irish literature—it’s one of the few things I feel like I’m really an expert on. My classmates in the program became like family (albeit a diverse, dysfunctional family) to me because we spent so much time together in and out of the classroom. We even still have a group chat and get together for reunions! By far the best part of the program was the two-week trip to Ireland in May. What made it so amazing was that everything we had studied throughout the year was coming to life during the trip. We saw plays, went to museums, ate a ton of food, talked with locals and saw some of the breathtaking sites Ireland has to offer—and it wouldn’t have been the same without the company of my wonderful classmates and professors.

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Josh Lin

Rising junior

 

Hey, my name is Josh Lin, and I'm a rising junior in Arts & Sciences. I'm a pre-med student majoring in Biology and Economics. Enrolling in the FOCUS: Irish Literature was literally one of the best decisions I made as a college freshman. Not only did I learned all the things I could about Ireland in a year, I also met one of the most awesome groups of people who I would have never met if it weren’t for this class (basically, non pre-meds). Some might think the highlight was the trip to Ireland, but the best thing about this program is the lasting relationship you build with your fellow classmates and also the professor.