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Elise Hanks-Witaszek studied in Shanghai, China

ELISE HANKS-WITASZEK ’21 | Shanghai, China

Elise is an actuarial science and analytical finance double major. Studying abroad allowed her to learn a language that she would have never dreamed of learning, and gave her the opportunity to intern with an international finance company. She enjoyed seeing first-hand the inner workings of the company, and is grateful for the chance to have experienced a variety of different cultures.


Allison Liu studies abroad in Germany

ALLISON LIU ’21 | Wurzburg, Germany

Allison is an actuarial science and computer & data science major, with a minor in German. She enjoyed the challenges of being totally immersed in a foreign land, surrounded by strangers speaking a foreign language. Her experiences abroad tremendously enriched her understanding of the German culture and language, and her personal identity. She believes study abroad can remind us how much more there is t learn and love in the world in each of our busy lives.


LVC physical therapy student Celia Yost in Italy

CELIA YOST '24 | Perugia, Italy

As a physical therapy major, I was thrilled to have the chance to study abroad and experience unique classes that are not originally built into the LVC program! Staying in Perugia, Italy was an incredible experience, and I felt deeply immersed into the Italian culture by being in a smaller town with a rich history. I encourage everyone to study abroad, as the experience of living in another country for a few months was the highlight of my college experience so far!

Anne Baney studies abroad in Italy


Anne is a physical therapy major who found that study abroad taught her to navigate the unexpected while learning so much about the world. She loved looking at life from a different perspective while traveling, making life-long friends, and learning and living in the Italian culture. Her semester in Perugia taught her valuable things about herself and her ability to successfully adapt to the unfamiliar.

LVC student Rachael Barrick studying abroad in Italy

RACHAEL BARRICK ’21 | Perugia, Italy

Rachael, a speech-language pathology major, always wanted to study abroad and found her time in Italy did not disappoint. Studying abroad allowed her to get out of her comfort zone and open up to people who come from different backgrounds and cultures. The friends she made while abroad are unlike others because of the unique bond they formed as they maneuvered new sometimes difficult situations.


LVC student Haley Knoebel studies abroad in the Netherlands

HALEY KNOEBEL ’22 | Maastricht, Netherlands

With a set future goal in mind, Haley, a business administration major, never expected to study abroad and called her experience “eye-opening”. She not only made new friends but also grew her professional network to include connections she made while in Europe. Her short experience allowed her to see her career from a new perspective. She sees study abroad as an experience that could no simple summer internship or regular school year could compare too.

New Zealand

Sarena studied abroad in Hamilton, New Zealand

SARENA BHASIN ’22 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Sarena is a physical therapy student who studied abroad in New Zealand. During her semester abroad, she enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. At LVC, she is the president of the Yoga Club, as well as a member of Students Helping Seniors, ValleyFest, LVC Outdoors club, and many more.

Abby Hamilton studied in New Zealand

ABBY HAMILTON ’20 | Hamilton, New Zealand

As a physical therapy major, Abby thought that studying abroad during her time at LVC would be nearly impossible, but she will be forever glad that she worked to make it happen. From climbing volcanoes to skydiving, to jumping off cliffs and trying new foods, learning new words, and even meeting lifelong friends, exploring new countries while studying abroad has been the greatest experience of her life. She is eagerly looking forward to her next trip abroad, whenever that may be, and, in the meantime, hopes to encourage as many people to travel as she can!

PEARL WEBER ’20 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Pearl is a Physical Therapy student, and after spending a semester in New Zealand she can say that studying abroad has impacted her life immensely. The places she visited, people she met, meat pies she ate, and self-discovery that was made created the perfect abroad experience for her. Traveling is one of Pearl's passions, and thanks to a LVC this was easily incorporated into her DPT education.

LVC Student Rachel Kagarise studying abroad in New Zealand

RACHEL KAGARISE ’21 | Hamilton, New Zealand

As a physical therapy major, Rachel enjoyed the wide range of thrilling outdoor activities New Zealand had to offer while learning what it truly meant to be independent. Throughout her time in New Zealand, she pushed herself out of her comfort zone to visit new places and try new things. While traveling, meeting people and trying new food, she learned more about the world beyond her comfort zone.

Jessica Kroboth in New Zealand

JESSICA KROBOTH '22 | Hamilton, New Zealand

When I heard about the opportunity to study in New Zealand, I couldn’t resist the adventure. Through this trip, I learned to see the world in a new way and appreciate a different culture. Even though I was faced with many challenges, the experience allowed me to gain valuable skills in order to navigate future situations.

LVC student Jenna Lysakowski studies abroad in New Zealand

JENNA LYSAKOWSKI ’21 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Initially hesitant to study abroad, Jenna, a physical therapy student says studying abroad was the best decision she has ever made. While studying abroad was always on her radar she never expected to go to the farthest location offered by LVC. Her trip pushed her beyond her comfort zone where she found life-long friendships and a new perspective on culture and life outside of LVC.

Kira Marlow in New Zealand

KIRA MARLOW '22 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Being able to travel is such a privilege, but being able to live and function in a country for an extended period of time is something that not many people get to experience. Study abroad truly shapes a person and gives them new outlooks on life which they can hold with them and use throughout their time. I am now confident in my abilities to adapt to situations and interact with a multitude of people.

Taylor Meredith in New Zealand

TAYLOR MEREDITH ' 22 | Hamilton, New Zealand

The opportunity for physical therapy students to study abroad with LVC was a huge factor in my decision to come here. During my time abroad, I enjoyed making new connections with students abroad as well as the students from LVC. I loved planning weekend trips with our group because they were always exciting and meaningful as they were independent experiences we all planned together.

LVC Student Christina Ward studies abroad in New Zealand

CHRISTINA WARD ’21 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Biology major, Christina says her study abroad experience not only taught the life skills she can use in the future but also taught her to see the world from other perspectives. While in New Zealand her eyes were opened to a world of diverse cultures, traditions, and struggles. During her time there, she learned how to improve her interpersonal skills, the value of intercultural communications and effective communication.

LVC student Kaylee Scheirer studying abroad in New Zealand

KAYLEE SCHEIRER '21 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Kaylee, an exercise science and athletic training major, went to New Zealand looking for adventure and found another place to call “home”. She was amazed at everything she learned and the people she met. Because of the friends she met and the adventures she went on, New Zealand now holds a special place in her heart, and she says she will never forget her time spent there.


LVC student Ashlee Lemont studies abroad in Spain and the Netherlands

ASHLEE LEAMONT ’21 | Valladolid, Spain/ Maastricht, Netherlands

No foreigner when it comes to language and culture studies, Ashlee found that studying abroad allowed her to truly immerse herself in her culture and language studies. As a French, Spanish and self-designed foreign affairs triple major, Ashlee saw each day of her abroad experiences as a new adventure where she learned more about herself in ways she ever expected. Through her time abroad she learned change is hard to accept and can be uncomfortable, but it serves as a reminder that she is still learning and growing.

Jennifer Lopez studied abroad in Spain

JENNIFER LOPEZ ’21 | Valladolid, Spain

Jennifer is a double major in Spanish and speech-language pathology. Her experiences as a first-generation college student and as the only speaker of English as a first language in her family, she was eager to practice and learn more about the Spanish language. Her time abroad allowed her to improve her speaking and writing, and her favorite memories include time spent with her host mom and traveling across Spain and Europe. She is grateful for her time abroad and hopes that everyone has the chance to study abroad.

LVC student Samatha Lowe studies abroad in Spain

SAMANTHA LOWE ’21 | Valladolid, Spain

Sam, speech-language pathology and Spanish major loved her experience abroad, specifically the time she spent with her host mom. While living with her host mom, she found herself fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture. The experience taught her not only about Spanish language and culture but also more about herself.