Stories of Study Abroad

Yolanda Mosley in India

Semester in India

India is beautiful and vibrant and amazed me in a new way every day. It was challenging to adapt to a new way of teaching, but it was also very rewarding.

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Lauren Rezak in Costa Rica

Field Research in Costa Rica

My semester in Costa Rica has been a pivotal experience in my college career — I experienced what it meant to be a hands-on resarcher.


Michelle Cerami in Cuba

Study Abroad in Cuba & Japan

I knew the experience I would have in Cuba would be unlike any other and wanted to take advantage of visiting before it became invaded by Western cultural imports like Starbucks or the Hilton.

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Lion Peak Hong Kong

Getting out of your comfort zone

I gained so much from this experience. Every time I think of Hong Kong, it puts a smile on my face. It was that great! I was able to learn more about myself and get out of my comfort zone. I learned that I am more independent than I thought and that I can be quite fearless.

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Japanese Home Stay

Science Majors Abroad

I gained lifelong friends, international connections, a better understanding of the world I live in, and skills that will help me the rest of my life, such as being able to communicate with people who don't speak the same language or being confident in uncomfortable situations.

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Carnival in Nice

A year of French-immersion in Provence

My experience in Aix-en-Provence is something I would not change for the world. It was not always easy being so far from home, in a country with a language I am not fluent in. But I learned that I am capable of more than i imagined, and that knowledge is priceless!

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Kenyan girl

Generosity as a Posture in Kenya

What does it mean to be engaged now in your mind, body, and spirit? Prayer? Sensual awareness? Patience? ...What does it mean to live in a posture of generosity?


Roberta Gaugert

Oh, the place you'll go on Semester at Sea

We went to 10 countries and places I would have never gone before. I went to India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt and Turkey... places that the year before I would have never thought I could have done or felt comfortable doing. It was incredible because it really opened up my perspective on just about everything.

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Blythe Cherney

Two Time's the Charm: Thailand and Oxford University

We studied with Oxford professors and Cal Lutheran faculty. It was a great way to be connected with CLU and really stick with what I was studying, which was Political Science, and also get to study with teachers from a really prestigious institution.

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