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:

Viswamber Reddy Chandupatla

Majors:  Animation, Game Development & Design, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate

A Multicultural Experience – Trieste Summer Abroad (Summer)

Amsterdam:  Creative Thinking and Innovation in Collaborative Leadership (Spring Break)

Communication, Culture, and Decision Making in Germany (Summer)

Vishwa talks about his experience doing three different short-term programs.  He shares what it’s like to do a departmental program, how much free time he had, and what classes were like.  He also explains how his courses abroad applied to his plan of study and how he used these credits to take fewer classes during his semesters at Purdue.

Sohinee Bera

Major:  Agricultural Communication;  Minors:  Art & Design, International Studies in Agriculture

University of Canterbury (Fall Semester)

Sohinee shares about taking classes you just can’t take at Purdue, how a class-related field trip became one of her favorite experiences abroad, how a Purdue connection scored her an international internship, and how her study abroad experience has helped inform her next steps after Purdue.

Claire LeMonnier

Major:  Global Studies;  Minor:  Theatre

IFSA-Summer in Pune (Summer)

Claire chats about studying, interning, and living with a host family in India, as well as her thoughts on the program, some things that surprised her, and the unexpected community she found through study abroad.

Mateo Chance

Major:  Selling & Sales Management;  Minor:  Communication

Purdue London Internship Program (Summer)

Mateo chats with us about doing an internship abroad, how employers have noticed it on his resume, and his overall thoughts about the program.  He also discusses cultural differences between the U.S. and the U.K. and reflects on balancing work, study, and play.

Clayton Hicks

Majors:  Biochemistry, Philosophy

University of Exeter (Spring Semester)

Transylvania:  Dracula and Beyond (Spring Break)

Clayton talks with us about his program in England, making friends with locals and other international students, putting study abroad on your resume, and a few tips to help with homesickness.

Taylor Doehrman

Major:  Natural Resources & Environmental Science;  Minor:  Horticulture

University of Canterbury (Fall Semester)

Taylor shares her advice and talks to us about budgeting for study abroad, maintaining mental health abroad, and what the academics were like.

Irena Wong

Major:  Biomedical Engineering;  Minor:  Psychology

National University of Ireland – Galway (Fall Semester)

Biomedical Modeling for Global Health in Scandinavia (Summer)

Irena chats with us about fully experiencing your host city, differences in how things work at an Irish university, and learning more about not only Irish culture but her own as well.

Nate Venckus

Major:  Computer Science

Uppsala University (Fall Semester)

Nate talks with us about studying abroad in Sweden as a CS major during his senior year, how he managed to make it work despite financial concerns, the benefits of going alone, and how he applied and interviewed for his post-graduation job from Sweden.

Marie Armes

Major:  Environmental Geoscience;  Minor:  Psychology

University of Sussex (Spring Semester)

Marie shares her study abroad advice and chats with us about navigating a new city, fitting study abroad into your plan of study in various ways, and how there's more to the U.K. than London.

Arvindakshan Rajesh

Major:  Finance

Purdue London Internship Program (Summer)

Arvind talks to us about the value of an international internship, unexpected opportunities he found in London, his initial concerns, and how London is the "best of all worlds."

Olivia West

Major:  Sales & Marketing

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spring Semester)

Olivia talks with us about the barriers she faced to study abroad, her philosophy of "seek and you will find," how she was intentional about what she did on her program, finding a faith community, and being Black abroad.

Violet Kuchta

Major:  Brain & Behavioral Sciences

DIS-Copenhagen:  Health and Science Programs (Summer)

Violet talks with us about her study abroad experience in Denmark, the classes she took, and how she's leveraged her experience in job interviews after returning.


Maria Ramirez

Major:  Environmental & Ecological Engineering

IES-Sydney:  University of New South Wales (Spring Semester)

Maria chats with us about studying in Sydney, being abroad during the pandemic, adjusting to a different academic structure, and what it was like to study abroad as an international student at Purdue.



Kara Anderson

Major:  History;  Minors:  English, German

IES-London (Summer)

Kara talks about adjusting to life abroad, what classes and housing were like for her, the benefits of getting to know her host city, and experiencing reverse culture shock back in the U.S.  She also discusses managing time and finding balance abroad while wanting to do it all.

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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