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Student Travelogues

The entire group of students visiting the DMZ that separates North and South Korea
January 4, 2013

This summer, I had the opportunity of a life time. Never before would I have thought that I, Kate Bassett, would find myself in Seoul South Korea. But Hey!! I did, and it was worth every bit of it.

January 4, 2013

Ireland was a trip of a lifetime and I will never forget this experience or the people I became friends with!

Leeds' city centre on a sunny day
January 4, 2013

Leeds was the perfect city for me. Leeds Uni is the size of Penn State, so the campus felt a bit like home. I’m really glad that I decided to take go out of my comfort zone.

January 4, 2013

As a study abroad student in U.S from Malaysia, studying in Paris is a truly special and wonderful experience.

Arno River with the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in the background
December 18, 2012

I’ve learned that traveling is the best way to grow as a person. The different cultures, people, language and environment allow one to step outside their comfort zone and really explore every opportunity.

December 18, 2012

1 country. 40 days. 14 Penn Staters. Millions of chickens. I lived in rural Tanzania for a month and am grateful for every minute I spent there.

Knowth with a bright yellow canola field in the background
December 18, 2012

As well as the desire to learn more about my roots, Ireland gave me the realization that no matter how big the world is, no matter how far apart people are, no matter how different the culture is, there are always those similarities that people share and can relate to each other with.

December 18, 2012

Never let fear or doubt stop you from grabbing such an amazing opportunity. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I will never forget the experiences, memories, and friends I made along the way.

December 4, 2012

I would encourage all students to participate in a study abroad trip and to dismiss any hesitations that they have about traveling because the experiences that they have will last a lifetime.

December 4, 2012

I look forward to returning to Urukundo next summer to see how the agricultural practices are holding up and to witness the progress in animal productivity...

September 29, 2012

This past summer of 2012, I attended a study abroad trip with Dr. Marianne Fivek and Dr. Ann Swinker, and fifteen other students from Penn State. The trip was for an embedded course on French Equine Industries in Normandy. The objective of the trip was to learn about the horse business in France, which included, breeding, transportation, dressage, racing, showing, and selling.

Me with a Kangaroo at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
August 28, 2012

My love of exploring new places, my passion for Steve Irwin, and my fascination of the world down under...

A handful of the friends that I made on my program and myself (far right) on a trip that our program planned for us to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
August 28, 2012

Although I love Penn State, my semester in Galway, Ireland may be the best couple of months that I’ve had during my college experience.

August 28, 2012

To sum up Costa Rica in one sentence I would have to say that the people are welcoming, the landscapes are breathtaking, and the culture, food, and activities are perfect! Make the trip!

July 20, 2012

I have never been on a plane, let alone, overseas. I took this opportunity to go on this trip because of the endless possibilities, to experience a different culture and explore where my ancestors have originated from.

Monkey Temple
July 20, 2012

Aside from all the wonderful things I saw, I am extremely grateful for all the friends I made on this trip. This trip tested my confidence and my independence and from it, I believe I have become a stronger person...

June 14, 2012

This 1 week field trip to Honduras is intended to provide a broad overview of the many issues facing local development initiatives in rural communities. The trip will expose us to local projects and initiatives developed during the last few years in the Yeguare valley to improve the local economy and reduce extreme poverty. These changes are slow and difficult and not always with positive results. Our hope is that this trip will help provide insight into difficulties of rural development.

Lindsay laying a variety of seeds in one of the raised seed germinators.
June 14, 2012

One of the most inspiring messages from the trip was from one of the Embera women who explained that the community of Piriati lived day-by-day...