A Lucky Summer in the Fair City

Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be the best thing possible.   This past summer I stepped out of my comfort zone and spent 7 weeks in a country that I had never been to before. It was my first time traveling to Europe and it was the longest time I have spent […]

When in Wien

When I talk about my abroad experience, I could tell you about so many things. I could talk about the way I was ready for the physical travel, but not ready for the lifelong friendships I would make. I could tell you about how I wasn’t prepared for the culture shock or the way I […]

International Women’s Day Celebrates Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi Post-Doctoral Fellow, Entomology Office of International Programs/University Outreach Esther’s International Involvement: I have a passion for International work. I am heavily engaged in International work both in my native country—Kenya and other countries in our global world. On a beautiful summer day of August, 6, 2011, I attained what at times seemed to […]

International Women’s Day Celebrates Nighet Ahmed

Nighet Ahmed Graduate student (Ph. D in Adult Education) Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology Nighet’s International Involvement: Today, the United States stands at a threshold of being a diverse and pluralistic society with people from multiple cultures, speaking multiple languages. Similarly, Auburn University has seen an exponential growth in the enrollment of its international student […]

Libérté, Egalité, Fraternité

Everyone is spooked that something bad is going to happen if the thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday. I am not one for superstition, but November 13th, 2015 was a night filled with horror. The week leading up to that night, I had taken my parents on a short tour through France […]

Semester in the “Fairytale City” (Prague)

I had always known that I wanted to study abroad. I was fortunate enough to grow up as an only child to parents who suffered from “wanderlust,” so I traveled a lot as a kid. I went to China, France, and Australia along with a whole laundry list of places with my parents as a […]

Looking Back on a Semester in Spain

From a young age I’ve been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit with my family. It’s something we’ve always enjoyed doing and something I really wanted to do more of. When I first arrived at college and learned about the Study Abroad program, I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I wasn’t sure […]

A Year in Incheon — A Year of “New”

Korea has always played a big part in my life, long before I ever set foot off that airplane at ICN in August of 2015. My grandmother, born in North Korea, fled to the South at a young age with a few of her siblings and lived in the port city of Busan before meeting […]

Challenge Your Limits

Studying abroad – for me I saw it as an opportunity to live my life in a completely new way, a test, and a chance to develop a new perspective on the world. It had the potential to be an unparalleled experience, but there were so many questions to tackle first. Where would I go? […]

Learning, Loving, Living: My Month in Madrid

Before May 15th, my view of the world was extremely limited. Sure, I had seen the bathroom where Elvis died in Memphis, TN, walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge where Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others began their march to Montgomery in Selma, AL, and even touched the chair William Faulkner sat in when […]

A New World Awaits

From early childhood, I had seen pictures and videos of other countries and the beauty they held. The thought of visiting another county multiple hours over the ocean was a farfetched thought for me but I was determined that one day I would get to visit Europe. I dreamt about the adventures and experiences that […]

A Year in the Southern Hemisphere

I’m here to tell you about one of the best years my life spent in Chile. You are probably thinking right now where is Chile? That’s a random country, why there? Chile is the longest country in the world. It lays on the west coast of South America with the sky scraping,  snowcapped Andes Mountains to the […]