Karina spent Spring 2017 semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, studying at the University of Sydney. This picture was taken at the iconic Sydney Opera House, one of her favorite places. During her time abroad, you could find Karina either here or at one of Sydney’s many beautiful beaches. Her favorite part of being there was the laid-back culture and all of the great memories she acquired while traveling with friends. Karina made the most out of her time abroad by exploring the city while also traveling within Australia and to nearby countries! It was a worthwhile experience that she will never forget and Karina definitely plan on returning again some day.
Annie (BNS ’19) studied at the University of Sydney, Australia, during Spring 2017. She was able to take classes for both her major and minor (computer science), as well as her personal favorite elective, glassblowing. Here she’s pictured working with what would eventually become a misshapen tumbler. When she wasn’t getting creative while trying to avoid injury via flaming hot glass, Annie often found herself eating avocado toast, hiking along beautiful coastal trails, and biking around the Sydney harbor. Her five months in Australia were filled with adventure, from Bali to the Outback, as well as lifelong memories and friendships. Annie absolutely recommends studying abroad to explore cultures and classes you probably wouldn’t experience at Northeastern. If you need more convincing, check out her photo blog here.
Claire spent Spring 17 semester studying abroad at Bond University in Goldcoast, Queensland. This picture was taken a few days after she arrived in Australia, when traveling to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Fun fact: this kangaroo is female and expecting a Joey very soon! According to Claire, “My experience abroad was absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about it. There is a certain growth and change that occurs when you are able to travel across the world and be independent for a bit!” Claire will continue her worldly adventures this upcoming fall at an international co-op in Peru.
Lucy, BNS ‘17, spent her semester abroad at University of Auckland, New Zealand in Spring 2016. Despite the closed eyes in this picture, New Zealand opened her eyes to the beauty of nature and how important it is to appreciate the planet we live on as well as the people we share it with. This picture was taken on her mid-semester break when she took a road trip of the South Island, getting to explore and adventure and tentatively drive on the left side of the road. She has also participated in international coop and a dialogue, and would recommend Study Abroad to anyone interested in broadening their scope of the world!
Kristen spent the Spring 2016 semester at the Free University of Berlin, taking classes to complete her history minor. She was able to pick up some basic German skills while learning about Berlin’s incredible past as well as its modern challenges. She even made it to a few soccer games at the Olympic Stadium. Living with a host family, she got to experience daily life in a new country, which is something she recommends everyone try at some point. Kristen also had many opportunities to travel elsewhere in Europe, including to Munich, where she ate her weight in giant pretzels like this one.
Cassandra studied at Queen Mary, University of London during Spring 2015. In her photo, she is attempting to fend off the London rain during an architecture field trip to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. She fondly remembers her surprising helicopter ride over Caerphilly, Wales with a her new Queen Mary flatmate. The views of the Valley–which include sheep, hills, and a castle were incredible, as was their daily “cuppa” and homemade roast dinners. You can read three posts about her study abroad experience on her travel blog.
Meghan is a 5th year BNS student who studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland for Spring 2015. Her favorite part (aside from the ceilidhs, kilts and haggis) was participating in a cancer fundraiser where she hitchhiked from Edinburgh to Prague (1200 miles) in 3 days. “Edinburgh was a great place to be a BNS student — all the classes are taught by experts and fellow students were really passionate about what they do.” She loved it!
Nicole studied abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia in Spring 2015. She embraced the Aussie culture by learning how to surf, feeding kangaroos, skydiving, bungy jumping, hiking in the outback, kayaking in Tasmania, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Nicole enjoyed learning about a new culture by immersing herself in her classes and by getting to know her Australian professors and fellow students. The most memorable part of her trip was definitely the people she met there- “Everyone was so friendly! This is very telling of the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that Australia is known for.” Overall, Nicole recommends that fellow BNS students should plant themselves in another part of the world for a few months and learn how to navigate life away from the norms they are accustomed to. From barbies on the beach to bushwalking in the outback, Australia has so much to offer and the trip of a lifetime.
Ryan studied at University College Dublin in Ireland during the fall of 2014. It was an incredible experience for Ryan and one of the highlights was meeting his Irish grandmother’s extended family. Ryan made close Irish friends in the college softball club and was able to explore every corner of the country. In the classroom, Ryan took a couple courses, namely Human Anatomy and Stem Cells, which has greatly influenced his career path. He now find himself confidently preparing to apply to medical school thanks to these experiences.
Shannon studied at Bond University in Queensland, Australia in the Spring of 2014. Shannon will never forget the hours she spent SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier Reef and the plethora of life that she could see. While diving, she reflected on the vast impact of human actions on such a wonderful and delicate ecosystem. Getting an up close look at fish and other marine animals in their natural habitat heightened her interest in animal behavior, marine biology and conservation.
During the 2016 Spring semester, Jennifer had the opportunity to study abroad in London, United Kingdom at the City University of London. Not only was she able to experience living in one of the world’s most vibrant, global cities, but she was also fortunate enough to travel around to several other countries and experience a multitude of European cultures. Following this semester, Jennifer feels more confident as a global citizen and is grateful for each experience and adventure.
Nareh spent the Spring semester of 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Being completely alone in a brand new country gave her the opportunity to experience so many things for the first time. Yes, New Zealand has an amazing landscape which allowed Nareh to hike for hours among the stunning views like the one in her photo, but importantly, the experience taught her more about herself than she could have ever learned by just staying in Boston. Nareh highly recommends taking a few months to find a place that you love, friends from all around the globe, and most importantly yourself.
During fall of 2014, Rain studied in Amsterdam, Holland. Even in her fourth year, she was able to take BNS courses for credit – which was great. She had countless opportunities to travel around the Netherlands and Europe, totaling ~10 cities in 6 countries. Also, it helped her land a third co-op at a Dutch company! Previously, Rain went on a Dialogue to Cape Town, South Africa to study social enterprise after learning about a surgeon who started one. She explored constantly, both for academic and cultural purposes. Cape Town was the most incredible place she has ever been!
Forbidden City interior by Tommy Chen (2018)