Student Voices

Studying abroad is considered a ‘high impact’ activity for the undergraduate student who takes advantage of it during their academic career path. Read below what UIC students have to say about their experiences studying abroad.

Lucas Von Der Lindena Biological Science major, wrote a blog while studying abroad in Fall 2013 on a Tropical Rainforest Studies program in Northeastern Australia.

“To say that studying abroad was ‘amazing’ would be an understatement. The experience was something so invaluable and profound that as a tourist, I wouldn’t be able to gain. It was an academic and cultural journey I wished I got lost in and never found my way out.”Osamah Hasan, Botswana Summer 2012 Osamah


Read more about Osamah Hasan’s experience and those of three other LAS students in atLAS.

Spring 2014 Gilman Scholarships Enable Global Studies…read about these study abroad students in the summer 2014 edition of atLAS

Shira Marcus, a senior in the Department of Psychology, studied at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Magdalena Sosinska, a junior in psychology, spent her Gilman semester at Uppsala University in Sweden where she took coursework in psychology and holocaust history, as well as a Swedish language course.

Biochemistry sophomore Paulina Struk spent her Gilman semester at Australia’s University of Sydney where she studied psychology and statistics, psychology of the brain and behavior, and philosophy and psychiatry.

English major Raven Wells is studying Japanese language at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo, Japan.

Naheed Ahmad, a senior pursuing a biological sciences degree with a minor in psychology. Ahmad spent her summer studying Moroccan culture and modern standard Arabic in Fez, Morocco.

Shannon Hargravesa junior majoring in earth and environmental sciences. Her summer experience took her to Iceland, where she studied renewable energy and sustainable technology at the University of Westfjörds in Ísafjörður, and the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Gabriela Renowho spent her summer studying in Dakar, Senegal. The ambitious junior is double-majoring in French and political science with a minor in Spanish taking courses in African literature and Senegalese government and politics.

David Granskog, a photography major in the College of Architecture and the Arts, also pursuing a minor in English, spent the summer term 2010 studying abroad in Copenhagen with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. David was the recipient of two study abroad scholarship awards.

Monica Fetherston, pursuing a double major in Spanish and political science. For her study-abroad experience, she spent spring 2012 semester of her junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alexander Guevara, working toward a degree in criminology, law and justice. Guevara spent 12 weeks based in Fez, Morocco studying colloquial Moroccan Arabic.

Gilberto Moran, an economics major who spent spring semester of his junior year studying economics and Spanish history at the Madrid campus of St. Louis University.

Grant Buhr, a senior majoring in sociology, went to Ecuador. Buhr immersed himself in the culture and development of the country, focusing on language, culture, politics, history, identity and the challenges of implementing the country’s new constitution.

Adam Kuranishi , a political science major with a minor in African American Studies, won a Critical Languages Scholarship and studied intensive Arabic in the summer of 2009 in Tangiers, Morocco followed by a semester at the University of Jordan in Amman.

LaTrease Davenport , a first generation college student, won two scholarship awards which fully funded her study abroad program in the Fall of 2008 in Namibia and South Africa.

Isna Kugshia , a biological sciences major, studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and took a range of courses including a graduate seminar on race, culture and identity.

Anand Sandesara , a pre-med double major in history and biology studied abroad three times as an undergraduate in The Netherlands, Egypt, and Denmark before graduating in 2009.


Student and Program Blogs

Below is a list of some of our program partners with hyperlinks to their student blogs.  Those writing are students from colleges and universities all over the US who have participated on these programs.

Alliance for Global Education

CAPA International  

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

IAU College

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)

The School for International Training (SIT) 

The School for Field Studies 

Temple University 

University College Dublin

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center  

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