“In a few important ways, Morocco did not feel especially foreign to me. It is a Muslim country, and I am a Muslim. It is largely an Arabic-speaking country, and I speak enough Arabic to navigate comfortably.”
“We innovate to adapt: make changes in response to change.”
“When conversing with my small group, I was given the opportunity to take a deeper dive into what authentic Hong Kong life is like.”
“To me, learning languages is a way of showing respect, and it also allows me to access nuances of culture that would otherwise remain opaque.”
"Coming to Amman, I knew that gender dynamics would be more pronounced in a Muslim country, but was surprised by the extent of the divide."
“¿Oceanía es un continente? I thought, feeling the puzzlement show on my face."
"In any foreign country, speaking to locals in their native language will instantly win you some favor; however, this is especially true in Hungary."
"Meeting locals in Salamanca is made incredibly easy by the IES program and the community of Salamanca, whether you like to meet people through sports, bars, or classes."
“Ever since I was little, I have wanted to go to Spain,” says Ashley Land '16, a media studies major studying in Salamanca, Spain, through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) program.
For Leyth Swidan '16, studying in Amman, Jordan, is one way he is gaining the international experience crucial for a potential career with the U.S. Foreign Service.