You have probably heard your family, teachers, and friends tell you that studying abroad will change your life. It will change your life in small ways that you hadn't expected, as well as in the big OH-WOW moments! You will have the opportunity to learn not only about other countries and cultures, but also about your various identities ranging from family to national that make up who you are. In studying abroad, you will distinguish yourself from your peers who didn't. You will develop an appreciation for difference and will view international stories with new insight.

I hope your experience is rich and full of learning. Please remember that your study abroad advisor and the rest of the staff at the Center for International Programs and Services are here to support you in your journey. Don't hesitate to ask for help any time during the study abroad process.

Happy Journey!

Kathleen Sparaco
Director, Center for International Programs and Services