The Global Experience
At Dickinson, study abroad isn't just about touring other countries. It's about experiencing new cultures, immersing yourself in a new way of life and reshaping your worldview.
Named a top-5 institution for long-term study abroad by the Institute of International Education, Dickinson encourages students to deeply engage their host countries and become global citizens rather than global tourists. Below, some Dickinsonians who recently returned to campus share stories and images highlighting this distinctive approach.
Heather Jaran '13: Bologna, Italy
Not knowing Italian, not having lived in a city before and never having traveled outside the country by myself, I had no idea what to expect from Bologna.
Ailin Pipkin Gabay ’14: Hyderabad, India
India, a twister of feelings and smells and images and noises and hearts beating in the streets. Myriad stimuli sparkling around, and yet there is space for inner peace.
Emily Haas '13: Yaounde, Cameroon
Whether it was sitting with my host mom as she peeled oranges in our den or engaged with the locals making personal connections, Cameroon is now my home.
Christina Wolf '13: Florence, Italy
As an art-history major with a fascination for the Italian Renaissance, living in Florence, Italy, for a semester was a dream come true.
Christopher Mealey '13: Brisbane, Australia
Much of my time revolved around exploring the varying ocean habitats, as well as simply staring out at the expansive horizons connecting the crystal-blue colors of the sea and sky.
Juliana Mayhew '13: Turks and Caicos
When I first stepped onto South Caicos and saw the old weathered town overlooking the most beautiful turquoise ocean, I knew I would enjoy everything it had to offer.
Rebecca Thompson '13: England
I witnessed the national pride of England, through the colorful balloons, waving flags, Union Jack decorations and the singing of “God Save the Queen.”
Jordan Elizabeth Mohr '13: Hyderabad, India
The chaos of the crowded cities in India seemed overwhelming when I first arrived. As I spent more time in the country, though, I began to see fractions of the cities, composed of individual lives.
Jamie Bugel '13: Caribbean
Living on a small island in the Caribbean for three months opened my eyes to what living in nature was really like.
Christopher Mealey '13: South Caicos
Most of my time spent on South Caicos was split between two things: the ocean and the local kids.
Michael S. D'Aprix '14: Greece
I was able to work closely with professors in the field, but I was also given the opportunity to see, in depth, the immense history Greece has to offer.
Brian Sperling '13: Bologna
When we all arrived in Bologna we hardly knew each other, but in the matter of a few short months we had all become great friends.
I am so grateful that I had this opportunity to see the deep history and culture.
—Michael S. D'Aprix '14