Rhoads Hall Lounge
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Academic Programs Abroad
Comments From Program Alumni
Learn about how study abroad has impacted their lives after college
graduated in December 2011 with degrees in
business management and liberal studies. Her
study abroad experiences set her on an
exciting journey. Brittany says, "Study
abroad not only let me take courses to
satisfy my ISU requirements, but it allowed
me to live in a country I had only dreamed
of visiting. I traveled around Western
Europe, ate tasty treats, met lifelong
friends, and expanded my view of the world."
Her time in Italy jump started her
global experience. After Brittany returned
she started working for Janis and went on
two shorter programs to Taiwan and then
These programs prepared Brittany the
international experience required by her
summer internship for Global Village."
This was a six week internship that allowed
me to practice business consulting,
participate in development seminars and
interact with 110 other inters from 48
All of her experiences paid off. When
Brittany graduated she already had a job
lined up with Leadership exCHANGE, a study
abroad organization based in Bloomington,
IN. Brittany says, "I started out
pursuing study abroad because I wanted to
travel, but the additional experiences I
encountered have shaped my career."
Studying abroad gave Brittany wonderful
memories and an edge into the professional
Brittany encourages all students to take
advantage of study abroad opportunities, "It's
going to impact your future in more ways
than you can anticipate.
"I graduated from in May of 2010 with a
degree in Finance.
Five years after studying abroad, I still can’t explain how
significant my summer in China has impacted me. My service learning program
(half spent studying in Beijing, half teaching English in rural China) still
catches employers eyes on my resume and ensures I always have something unique
to discuss during an interview or networking experience.
Spending time in a country where I didn’t speak the
language or understand the culture has made me more culturally sensitive.
My time studying abroad has made some of the fondest
memories of my life. I went alone and didn’t know anyone on my trip. I now have
friends all over the United States through social media and it’s possible to
actually keep in touch. I gained social and personal awareness. My experiences
have made many things including moving across the country, traveling for
business, and adapting to many new situations easier.
The one memory I will never forget in China is a visit to a
rural village. We were given tea in plastic Dixie cups that were literally
melting in our hands. In China, you don’t drink the tap water, but while I
listened to the family speak about how little they had (the tea was a HUGE
gift), I humbly drank the tea in complete honor. I realized that even though I
was in a service-learning program, I would take more from my experience than I
would ever give.
If you are considering studying abroad, stop considering,
pick a program that will challenge you, and go. You’ll get more from the
experience than anything else you will ever chose to do. You can see anything in
books, but the experiences you gain are impossible to duplicate or even imagine.