"What I didn't know was how helpful all the locals would be as I gained command of the language. In addition, I got to experience the carioca culture: drinking coconuts on Ipanema beach while conversing with Brazilians, strolling through the colorful streets of Santa Teresa and marveling at the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the world."
"Going abroad strengthened my independence and flexibility. I had to adapt to navigating an unfamiliar people, language, and culture. As I enter the real world, I feel more confident because I now know that I can make the best out of an initially daunting experience."
"Studying abroad adds a whole new layer to your personality and life experience. As you learn more about yourself abroad, you find what life goals and career paths are most appealing, are better prepared for introspective interviews, and become more marketable."
"I was worried about my study abroad options coming into Columbia because my major involves dead languages, but I have been able to go abroad and enrich both my own personal life and my academic one as well."
"I enjoy studying at Oxford because there is nothing else in the world I could imagine myself doing. My focus is not studying for some future benefit but, studying for its own sake and for the intrinsic enjoyment reading brings."
“I came back realizing that these four years aren’t about becoming something great or discovering your destiny but about learning how to be a better person and how to be a member of a community, locally or globally.”
BCGS was a challenge in all the best ways possible. We were pushed outside our comfort zones, but the triumph and sense of accomplishment we felt afterwards, was perhaps the most rewarding part of all.
"As a political science major, my understanding of political systems is from a US perspective. Immersing myself in a place with different norms helped me to appreciate the importance of history and cultural particularity in approaching questions of governance."
It was BCGS that built my confidence to live and work in Germany permanently after graduation.