Student Voices

This page is devoted to showcasing study abroad student experiences and insights.  Explore below to learn about the programs, places, perspectives, and people that made study abroad an unforgettable part of the Purdue experience for students like you!

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Click the play button beneath each photo to hear interviews with our alumni:

Andrew Arndt

Major:  Economics;  Minor:  Political Science

Bocconi University (Fall Semester)

Andrew talks with us about what it's like to study abroad on an exchange program in Italy, adjusting to a new academic system and navigating the language barrier without knowing Italian.  He shares his worries prior to departure, his advice for other students, and what he misses about Italy.

Joanna Bastian

Major:  Biomedical Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

Global Leadership in Peru for Freshmen (Fall Semester)

Engineering Teaching and Research with High School Learners in Kenya (Summer)

Leibniz University Hannover-Summer Science and Engineering Projects (Summer)

Joanna talks with us about doing three study abroad programs on three different continents!  Learn about how she made study abroad work as a BME student, how she's grown in her intercultural competence journey, and what advice she has to share, and pick up a few packing tips!

Paul Samms

Major:  Psychological Sciences;  Minor:  History

CAPA-London: Wrongful Convictions (Summer)

Paul discusses why he picked his program, what London is really like, and being of Afro-Caribbean descent and finding community in London.  He also talks to us about living in a big city, safety, and his advice for future study abroad students.

Shreya Desai

Major:  Neurobiology & Physiology;  Minor:  Psychology

IFSA-Buenos Aires: Psychology in English (Summer)

Shreya talks to us about what it was like living in Argentina, taking classes abroad, staying with a host family, and being a woman of color abroad.  She also shares her advice for other students. 

Victoria Malone

Majors:  Developmental & Family Science, Spanish;  Minor:  Human Rights Studies

Spanish in Mallorca (Summer)

IFSA-Argentine Universities Program in Buenos Aires (Fall Semester)

Victoria talks about studying abroad for a summer and a semester, living with host families, taking courses taught in another language, and doing an internship abroad.

Carmen Michlovich

Major:  Public Relations & Strategic Communication;  Minors:  Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences, Sociology

IES-Paris: Business and International Affairs (Spring Semester)

Carmen talks to us about studying in Paris, what she was nervous about, getting a visa, living with a host family, and what is was like to have to come home early due to COVID-19.



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