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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!

Want to learn more from past participants?  Be sure to check out our Returned Student Search where you can contact study abroad alumni mentors directly and get answers to your questions from a student point of view.  You can also schedule an appointment with one of our study abroad advisors

If you are interested in being featured on this page, please email studyabroad@purdue.edu!

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

Mari Morais

Major:  Mechanial Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

ESTACA (Spring Semester)

Mari tells us about her time at ESTACA, the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and having an open mind, navigating food restrictions in France, and more!

Olivia Battaglia

Olivia Battaglia

Major:  Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences;  Minor:  Human Development & Family Studies

CAPA-Florence:  Global Cities (Spring Semester)

Olivia talks with us about her time in Florence, how cost-effective study abroad was for her, how her classes incorporated Italian culture, and encourages others not to be afraid to go alone.

Dan English

Dan English

Major:  Electrical Engineering;  Minors:  Global Engineering Studies, Mathematics

Ruhr University Bochum (Spring Semester)

Dan talks to us about his travelling experiences, balancing planning and spontaneity, life as a student in Germany, and advice on how to prepare for your time abroad.

Holly Shaver

Holly Shaver

Major:  Agribusiness;  Minors:  International Studies in Agriculture, Spanish

UMN-Toledo (Spring Semester)

Holly shares her experience on a co-sponsored program, how she learned about AG without doing an AG-focused program, how she completed her minor with interesting classes, and how scholarships funded half of her program.

Nick Mori

Nick Mori

Major:  Industrial Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Spring Semester)

Nick takes us through what it was like to live through COVID restrictions in Hong Kong, exploring the best the area had to offer, differences in classes, and his advice for future students.

Rachael Snow

Rachael Snow

Major:  Industrial Engineering;  Minors:  Mathematics, Spanish

Tec de Monterrey-Queretaro (Spring Semester)

Rachael shares why she's glad she ended up going to Mexico, her experience with a host family, how to get involved in different activities, and must-try Mexican food recs.

Nate Hood

Nate Hood

Major:  Creative Writing;  Minor:  Philosophy

IES-Dublin:  Writer's Program (Spring Semester)

Nate talks about his semester in Dublin, gaining confidence in traveling, the "Nate Adventures" he went on, and meeting someone special along the way.

Josh Keagle

Josh Keagle

Major:  Mechanical Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

GEARE Karlsruhe (Spring Semester)

Josh chats with us about his time in Germany, studying abroad as a GEARE student, navigating the highs and lows of study abroad, and his advice for other students.
Brian Boone

Brian Boone

Majors:  French, Philosophy;  Minor:  Theatre

IES-Paris:  French Studies (Fall Semester)

Brian tells us about a difficult adjustment the first few weeks, why he's glad he chose Paris, what it was like living abroad during the pandemic, some of his favorite memories, and his advice for other students.

Viswamber Reddy Chandupatla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Mari Morais

Major:  Mechanial Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

ESTACA (Spring Semester)

Mari tells us about her time at ESTACA, the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and having an open mind, navigating food restrictions in France, and more!

Olivia Battaglia

Olivia Battaglia

Major:  Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences;  Minor:  Human Development & Family Studies

CAPA-Florence:  Global Cities (Spring Semester)

Olivia talks with us about her time in Florence, how cost-effective study abroad was for her, how her classes incorporated Italian culture, and encourages others not to be afraid to go alone.

Dan English

Dan English

Major:  Electrical Engineering;  Minors:  Global Engineering Studies, Mathematics

Ruhr University Bochum (Spring Semester)

Dan talks to us about his travelling experiences, balancing planning and spontaneity, life as a student living in Germany, and advice on how to prepare for your time abroad.

Holly Shaver

Holly Shaver

Major:  Agribusiness;  Minors:  International Studies in Agriculture, Spanish

UMN-Toledo (Spring Semester)

Holly shares her experience on a co-sponsored program, how she learned about AG without doing an AG-focused program, how she completed her minor with interesting classes, and how scholarships funded half of her program.

Nick Mori

Nick Mori

Major:  Industrial Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Spring Semester)

Nick takes us through what it was like to live through COVID restrictions in Hong Kong, exploring the best the area had to offer, differences in classes, and his advice for future students.

Rachael Snow

Rachael Snow

Major:  Industrial Engineering;  Minors:  Mathematics, Spanish

Tec de Monterrey-Queretaro (Spring Semester)

Rachael shares why she's glad she ended up going to Mexico, her experience with a host family, how to get involved in different activities, and must-try Mexican food recs.

Nate Hood

Nate Hood

Major:  Creative Writing;  Minor:  Philosophy

IES-Dublin:  Writer's Program (Spring Semester)

Nate talks about his semester in Dublin, gaining confidence in traveling, the "Nate Adventures" he went on, and meeting someone special along the way.

Josh Keagle

Josh Keagle

Major:  Mechanical Engineering;  Minor:  Global Engineering Studies

GEARE Karlsruhe (Spring Semester)

Josh chats with us about his time in Germany, studying abroad as a GEARE student, navigating the highs and lows of study abroad, and his advice for other students.
Brian Boone

Brian Boone

Majors:  French, Philosophy;  Minor:  Theatre

IES-Paris:  French Studies (Fall Semester)

Brian tells us about a difficult adjustment the first few weeks, why he's glad he chose Paris, what it was like living abroad during the pandemic, some of his favorite memories, and his advice for other students.

Viswamber Reddy Chandupatla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.