Student Experiences

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UTC students are writing about their experiences abroad.

Check out what they have to say, then meet with an advisor to find out how you can have your own unique study abroad experience! 


UTC in the Bahamas (Spring Break 2018):

JheDienne Adams: Forget Ford, Be Built San Sal Tough

Jordan Barnes: Frolicking Among the Bahamian Plants

Greyson Dukes: A Wider World

NinaSimone Edwards:  Journey to San Salvador

Itzel Guzman Hernandez: Taking Tropical Geology and Ecology in San Salvador, Bahamas

Brittany Jaggars: Tropical Ecology in the Bahamas

Jesse Moore: Knowledge Abroad

Elnaz Nourabadi: The Island Life For Me

Nicholas Perry: San Salvador Study Adventures

Stephanie Swart:  San Salvador: A Trip to Remember

Jessica Wicker:  San Salvador: An Island Unknown

Thomas Wiegand: Study Abroad Experience in San Salvador, Bahamas

UTC in the Balkans (May 2019):

Miette Craig: Business in the Balkans

Brooke Harper: Doing Business in the Balkans

Jackson Malcolm: A Perspective Changing Trip to the Balkans

UTC in the Balkans (May 2018):

Paige Amoroso: Business in the Balkans

Claudia Craig: Same Sky, Different Land

Savanna Gifford: Balkan Experience

Casey Honaker-Stinnett: A Balkan Experience

Willard Jackson: Doing Business in the Balkans

Hailey Johnston: Balkans Unplugged

Jordan Lehman: A Different Side of Europe

Christina Maximos: Balkan Adventures

Bronwyn McEwen: Studying Abroad in the Balkans

Lynna Nguyen: Business in the Balkans

Christina Padavana: The Beauty of the Balkans

Caroline Rabiner: My Study Abroad Experience in the Balkans

Eleanor Thompson: Back to the Balkans


Catarina Mendes Felgueira: Belgisch Avontuur


Justin Friar: Decisions and Changes

Annabelle Huffman: An Intern in China

UTC in China (July 2018):

Brandon Layne: Daily Life

Will Patterson: You Should Come to China

Madison Singley: China: Five Cities in Ten Days


Mallory Barbier: Adventures of an Aspiring Scientist in the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica

Reese Black: What I Took Away from My Semester Abroad

Amber Boyd (Featured Program Scholarship recipient): My Studies in Costa Rica

Madison Butler: Pura Vida

NinaSimone Edwards: A “Pura Vida” Experience

TriDereka Hall:  Costa Rica Adventure

Caelan Shurina: Tropical Trip

Jesyah White: Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

UTC in the Galapagos (Spring Break 2019):

Garrett Allen: Walking with Tortoises: A Trip to the Galápagos Islands

Evann Bailey: The Galapagos Experience

Natalie Church: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Isabell Denton: Honors in the Galapagos

Chloe Goodman: Reflecting on London

Mackenzie Gossett: My London Adventure

Madeline Martin: London Calling

Bethany Peyton: To Study Abroad, Or Not To Study Abroad

Sayuri Madrigal: Je t’aime, Paris

Tessa Ross: Trop chouette

Sarah Shuler: My Time Abroad

Mae Stuart:  Planting Roots at the Olive Trees Under Cézanne’s Feet

Katherine Wilkes: European Daydreams

UTC in Germany (May 2019):

Kelley Kindle: Memories of a Lifetime

Caleb Starnes: German Currywurst is Not Bad

Dilynn Wray: My Trip To Germany

UTC in Germany (May 2018):

Janelle Ayala: A Sight for Sore Eyes: Germany

Samantha Houston: Culture Shock is a Good Thing

Nichole Fabrizio: Germany is the Place for Me

Dawn Jones: My Study Abroad - Berlin, Germany

Mitchell Voelker: A Tour of Germany

Grant Walker: What A Time

Annalisa D'Andrea: Athens, the City of Ruins

Brooke Harper: A Summer in Greece

Daniel Smith: Study Abroad in Athens

UTC in Haiti (October 2017):

Calie Collier: A Week in Haiti

Katherine Meares: Study Abroad in Haiti Reflection

LeeAnn Schober: UTC in Haiti

Max Michael: Haiti Reflection

Morgan Jackson: My Study Abroad Experience in Haiti

Nicole Nickels: Haiti

Troy Upleger: Haiti Study Abroad

Veronica Cordova: Study Abroad Reflection on Haiti

Zackery Pylant: Haiti: Overall Reflection

Savannah Wexler (Featured Program Scholarship recipient): Interning Abroad in Asia

UTC in Hungary (Spring Break 2018):

Paige Anctil: Experiencing the Daily Life of Others

Amy Gugliemino: HunGREAT

Zareya Moore: Gypsy Soul

Jessica Neill: A Magyar Spring Break


Wesley Bolton: When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

Kaylyn Miette Craig: A Home Away from Home

Mary Simerly: Fun Times in Florence

UTC in Italy (Spring Break 2019):

Amanda Cosme: Old Roman Times in New American Minds

Allissa Dickey: Achieving A Dream

Sarah Hawkes: When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

Savannah Hodge: Roaming in Rome

Melinda Loper: Roma, Italy

Morgan Olivio: Studying in Rome

Daniel Peralta: A World of Opportunity

Chelse Reed: My Time Abroad

Lauren Sutton: My Own Power

Julia VanHooser: When In Rome

Lindsey Wyatt: The Italian Language is Kind of Like Spanish, but Not Really

Rhiannon Ong-Halleron: My Summer in Amman

Warner King: Can't Put It Into Words

UTC in Kenya (May 2018):

JheDienne Adams: Chapati na Chai Tafadhali

Wyatt Branch: Asante Sana

Aubrey Buttrey: A Very Un-American Experience

Andrew Cox: Giraffes Do Create Traffic

Isabel Gray: My Kenya Experience

Opeletia Helton: Redefining

Austin Holdsworth: The Spirit of Harambee

Kristi Kanan: Kristi in Kenya

Shelby Musselman: Authentic Africa

Anna Sinders: African Not Believe I Went to Kenya

Katelyn Thompson: My Month in Kenya

Emily Wilson: Trip of a Lifetime

Britany Green: A Semester in Oaxaca

Jared Steiman: Migration Study in Mexico

CIEE Open Campus (Global Institutes):

Kristin Dowling: The Experience of a Lifetime

Cara Kingrea: A Semester in Copenhagen, London, and Rome

SIT Study Abroad (International Honors Programs):

Lilly Roberson: Four Continents in Four Months

Callie Cantrell: Study Abroad and Non-Profit Work in Peru

Taylor Rogers: Time Abroad in Peru

Jenna Yates: Living the Peruvian Life

UTC in Peru (December 2018):

Miette Craig: Christmas in Peru

Madison Gaither: My International Experience in Peru 

Lynna Nguyen:  Peru for a Summer Christmas

Jarred Stanford: Self-Growth while in Peru

Madison Stiner: When In Peru

Keri Toth: Peru: An Impactful Experience

Mickayla Turner:  Around Peru in Eight Days

Angella Valencia: Cross-Cultural Management in Peru



Laura Anderson: Rooted in Africa, Global in Reach

Lauren Dunn: UTC to UCT

Samaria Grandberry: Internship in South Africa

McKenzie Jaynes: Studies in South Africa

Bailey Davidson: Copia de a Year of Salamanca

Lindsey Farrell: Turning Travel Into Adventure

Rowan Green: Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Alexandria Kellon: My Experience Studying Abroad

Mary Meyer: Oh My Gaudi!

Lillian Redpath: You Can Totally Do It

Collin Saulters: Omnipresent Kebab

Visesiya Uwifashije: The Unforgettable Journey

Cassie Whittaker: Seville, Spain Summer 2018

UTC in Spain (Summer 2018):

Tanesha Colquitt: The Spanish Summertime

Jason Dale: Un mes en España

William Day: Looking Back on my Study Abroad Experience

Emily Gaylor: A Summer in Spain

Camden Eckler: While in Spain

Douglas Ledford: Spain

Ryan Ledford: The Facets of Spain

Sara Noble: A Summer in Spain

Tara Reese: Taking a Leap of Faith

Alexandra Shea: The Great Spanish Melting Pot

Chandler Shelton-Swenson: Abroad in Spain

Lindsey Sherrill: Take Every Opportunity

Noah Sykes: A Summer of Adventure

John Walker: Two Months in Spain

International Summer Undergraduate Research Program (2017):

Kirsten Hein: International Research Experience in Cádiz, Spain

Alex Schwartz: Summer Research in Spain

Gabrielle Morris: Spain in a Nutshell

Connor Wilkins: Reflections on Spain

Rachel Emond: Summer Undergraduate Research

Christopher Hickman: The Secret Life of Cole Hickman