China

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.

Costa Rica

ELIZABETH DRDA '19 | Costa Rica

Elizabeth is a Biology Pre-Med major with minors in Spanish and Chemistry who always wanted to study abroad but wasn't sure she'd be able to with her required courses. She had the opportunity to spend her summer in Costa Rica, so it didn't interfere with her academic plan. Living with host families allowed her to improve her Spanish in an immersive environment, and she hopes to use her Spanish as a future physician. Her favorite parts of the trip were exploring the beautiful natural wonders and spending time with her host families.

Germany

Kyle Eaton studied abroad in Berlin, Germany

KYLE EATON '20 | Berlin, Germany

Kyle is a digital communications major and business minor who loved exploring new places and making friends while abroad. He sees his time in Berlin as the highlight of his college career, maybe even his life, and is grateful for the opportunity for both learning and exploring.

Ryan Eaton studied in Berlin, Germany

RYAN EATON '20 | Berlin, Germany

Ryan is a digital communications major with a concentration in design and a minor in business administration. The new places, people, and experiences were the highlight of his time abroad. Although challenging at times, he grew in his education and as a person.

ALLISON LIU '21 | Wurzburg, Germany

Allison is an Actuarial Science and Computer & Data Science major with a German minor. 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.

England

Elizabeth Barto studied abroad in London, England

ELIZABETH BARTO '20 | London, England (Semester)

Elizabeth is a psychology major who spent a semester abroad in England, and is grateful for the exposure to different cultures that came with her time abroad. She feels that meeting new people with differing perspectives and experiences will be valuable to her career, and it has already influenced the way she sees the world.

Alli Karavas participates in a study abroad trip in London

ALLI KARAVAS '19 | London, England (Semester)

Alli is a junior English and Sociology double major with a Global Studies minor, and after spending three months in England she feels that studying abroad was without a doubt the best decision she has ever made. The places she visited while abroad have changed her entire perspective of the world and people in it. In her opinion, every college student should experience studying abroad.

Isaac Reese studies abroad in London, England

ISAAC REESE '19 | London, England (Semester)

A Criminal Justice major with a Psychology minor, Issac enjoyed the variety of classes offered in England for his major and minor. He believes that the different people in his classes was a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of diverse people and how their laws differ around the world. Issac describes traveling as the most exciting part of being abroad, because of cheap airfare and train tickets.

Italy

MAGGIE KERGICK '19 | Perugia, Italy (Semester)

Maggie is an English and Secondary Education major. To her, one of the most valuable aspects of studying abroad was the opportunity to teach English in an Italian middle school. Outside of her studies, she was able to form lasting friendships and travel to places she'd only ever seen in pictures. She's grateful for her home away from home in Perugia!

COURTNEY MENGEL '19 | Perugia, Italy (Semester)

Courtney's passion for studying the history of art and research writing led her to become a dual major, and studying abroad it Italy, was like experiencing an interactive textbook. Although she enjoyed the formal classroom setting, the opportunity to see works of art and learn first-hand was the highlight.

Melanie Phifer studies abroad in Perugia, Italy

MELANIE PHIFER '19 | Perugia, Italy (Semester)

Melanie is a Global Studies major and Politics minor, and her main interest is Human Rights. While studying abroad, her favorite moments were those spent making life-long friends and embracing the different cultures of the countries that she had the opportunity to visit.

Netherlands

Brooke Stauffer participates in a study abroad program at LVC

BROOKE STAUFFER '19 | Maastricht, The Netherlands & London, England (Summer)

Brooke is a business major and religion minor, which means that she is constantly learning about how to interact with different types of people. Studying abroad provided her with opportunities to practice her interpersonal skills in situations outside of the classroom. She believe that the study abroad experience is unique for every individual, but that you will undoubtedly learn valuable life skills not offered during an ordinary lesson.

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.

Maya Calderwood studies abroad in New Zealand

MAYA CALDERWOOD '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Maya is an Art and Visual Culture & Digital Communications double major with a concentration in programming. She loved interacting with new people from all over the world during her time in New Zealand, and she felt that she benefited from exposure to different perspectives and ways of life during her experiences abroad.

Colton Denlinger studied abroad in New Zealand

COLTON DENLINGER '20 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Colton, a business administration major, most enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and complete independence of studying abroad in New Zealand. His two-week trip around the South Island bungee jumping, canyoning, swimming with dolphins, and experiencing Milford Sound made the trip worth the twenty hours of flying it took to get there.

RACHEL ERDMAN '20 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Rachel is an Exercise Science major who studied abroad in Hamilton, New Zealand. She believes that the entire experience was the best endeavor she has ever undergone, and the people, scenery, and many excursions like zip-lining made it such. Studying abroad is important to Rachel because of the amazing opportunity to explore new cultures and yourself, all while receiving an education.

RACHEL FELICIONE '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Rachel is a junior physical therapy major. During her time abroad, she most enjoyed the traveling. She was able to meet so many people, all of whom were different and allowed her to experience new cultures and ways of living. Her time abroad has helped her to see the world from a new perspective.

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!

Bryce Larison studies abroad in New Zealand

BRYCE LARISON '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Bryce is a junior Business Administration major with minors in Economics and Environmental Studies. During his study abroad experience, he was not only able to get in touch with his hobbit side, but also come away with experiences that he'll never forget. He was fortunate enough to make lifelong friendships with students from nationalities ranging from Dutch to Lebanese. Experiencing the pristine natural world of New Zealand, tramping on active volcanoes, and swimming with dolphins allowed him to experience another way of life and culture that he grew to love and will never forget.

ABIGAIL SAMUELSON '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Abby is a Biochemistry major, and science has been an important part of her academic life since high school. While study abroad in New Zealand, she had the opportunity to experience the impacts of science on another culture. Sh had the chance to take a course that introduced her to different forms of experimentation, which she brought with her back to the Valley.

Makenzie Walck studies abroad in Hamilton, New Zealand

MAKENZIE WALCK '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Makenzie was a Psychology major prior to her study abroad trip, but when she came home she realized exactly what career she wanted for her career. The very next semester, she added a global studies minor in hopes of pursuing a career as a study abroad director, just like Jill is at LVC. Without New Zealand, she believes that she may have never found her true calling and love for travel.

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.

Lexi Windsor studied in New Zealand

LEXI WINDSOR '19 | Hamilton, New Zealand

Lexi is a neuroscience major with a minor in psychology. She decided to study abroad because she wanted to see what college was like in another country, and decided to do so in New Zealand. Lexi enjoyed traveling and studying simultaneously during her time abroad, and her favorite part of her semester was road tripping and making friends with people from all over the world.

Spain

WILLIAM DOWD '19 | Valladolid, Spain

William is a neuroscience major with a Spanish minor. His courses at LVC have been heavy in elements of biology, chemistry, and psychology, but he was excited to spend a semester In Spain focusing on his minor. While there, he had a number of amazing opportunities including visitng Barcelona, visiting the Prado Art Museum in Madrid, and attending a soccer match. Thanks to the supportive staff and friends in Spain, his experience is one that he will never forget and that he encourages others to pursue.

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.

MADIE SZEKERES '19 | Valladolid, Spain

Madie is a Business Administration and Spanish double major with an accounting minor. Studying abroad was a pivotal moment in her life, because she was able to experience real-life in ways that books are not capable of teaching. Not only did her Spanish language skills improve, but she learned about life in another culture which she found extremely rewarding. She is forever grateful to her experience in Spain for her growth as an individual and for enhancing her life.