"Studying abroad introduced me to an educational system that remains influenced by Soviet theories of education. There was a heavier focus on knowledge rather than analytical skills. The differences between Russian and USA academics made me more aware of my studying strengths and weaknesses."
My fears were replaced with pure excitement and anticipation of all that I would then see and do over the next six months.
"Both times that I studied abroad were eye-opening and made me more conscious of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Learning languages abroad also helped me develop newfound confidence in myself, for which I am deeply grateful."
What I study at Columbia is completely different than most of what I was studying in Kenya, but it didn’t matter.
"Taking two field-based research courses, my days were spent not in a classroom but instead throughout the floating city’s various islands. Outside of classes, we were immersed in Italian culture from the delicious cuisine to the various customs of daily life."
"Spending a year abroad at Oxford certainly taught me a lot not just about my major, but about myself and my identity."
Study abroad provided me with the mechanism to not only enrich my language learning experience, and my understanding of the world, but also to rediscover some of the hidden beauty in everyday life.
My BCGS study abroad experience paved the way for my return the following summer to work as an EMGIP fellow in the German parliament and my graduate studies at the London School of Economics in European Politics.