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! 

Blogs by location

Blogs by major

Blogs by location

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

Hayley Edde (Featured Program Scholarship recipient): A Story That Never Ends: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

Kevin Finch: My Time Abroad

Kate Anastas: Let the World be Your Classroom

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

Auggie Burke: Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Madison Butler: Pura Vida

NinaSimone Edwards: A “Pura Vida” Experience

TriDereka Hall:  Costa Rica Adventure

Katherine Kite: Tico Time

Anna Lunsford: Discomfort

Caelan Shurina: Tropical Trip

Jesyah White: Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Morgan Williams: I didn't expect this at all...

UTC in Costa Rica (Summer 2019:

Kathryn Combs: From a Saying to a Lifestyle

Nora Cooper: My Study Abroad Experience in Costa Rica

Rachel Hogh: New Beginnings

Princess Petrus: The Ways of the World

Michael Roberts: Bolding Going Where People Have Gone Before

Lindsey Sherrill: A Glimpse Into Tico Time

Brenna Yap: An Open Letter to 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

Olivia Buchanan: Pau-ing Out

Terricka Foster: Paris - Summer 2019

Lauren Gilmore: Grenoble, France: The Experience that Changed Me

Alyson Howard: My First Trip Abroad

Casper Kittle: Un Mois dans 'La Ville Rose’ [One Month in 'The Pink City’]

Sayuri Madrigal: Je t’aime, Paris

Thaddeus Mattox: Paris Through My Eyes

Tessa Ross: Trop chouette

Sarah Shuler: My Time Abroad

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

Bethany Ward: Greece is Round and Paris is Flat

Katherine Wilkes: European Daydreams

UTC in the Paris (Summer 2019):

James Cox: My Trip to Paris

Adam Misner: Living as a Local in Berlin

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

Sarah Moore: Dublin Dream

Heidi Schuessler: Every Penny's Worth

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

Kaylyn Miette Craig: A Home Away from Home

Ashley Micillo: It Is Possible

Natalie Poland: Ciao, grazie!

Hannah Rowan: Summer in Italy

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

Allyson Adam: A Great Moment

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 (Featured Program Scholarship recipient): Migration Study in Mexico

CIEE Open Campus (Global Institutes):

Kristin Dowling: The Experience of a Lifetime

Laurel Pelren: Learning to say “Pura Vida” and “Viva Mexico”

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

SIT Study Abroad (International Honors Programs):

Lilly Roberson (Featured Program Scholarship recipient): Four Continents in Four Months

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

Taylor Rogers: Time Abroad in Peru

Lauren Williamson: Siqui Ta Muchay

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

Kayla Ritchie:  Summer in Warsaw

Nicholas Wolf: A Semester in Krakow, Poland

Maggie Smith: Crazy Poor Asians

Laura Anderson: Rooted in Africa, Global in Reach

Lauren Dunn: UTC to UCT

Samaria Grandberry: Internship in South Africa

Madison Himes: More Than Just "Lion" Around

McKenzie Jaynes: Studies in South Africa

UTC in South Africa (December 2019):

Jacob Cook: Cape Town: A City of Wealth and Poverty

Myranda Westbrook: Amazing Opportunity and Life Changing Experience

Bailey Davidson: Copia de a Year of Salamanca

Anna Douglas: My Time Abroad

Lindsey Farrell: Turning Travel Into Adventure

Sarah Gantner: Found: Lost American

Rowan Green: Studying Abroad in Barcelona

Alexandria Kellon: My Experience Studying Abroad

Kalya Massey: A Semester in Granada

Katherine McClanahan: Fearless

Emma McDonald: Emma's Study Abroad Adventure

Mary Meyer: Oh My Gaudi!

Hayden Moneymaker: Mallorca for a Month

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 (2019):

Braley Gentry: An Unforgettable Spanish Summer

Peter Zeglen: Pardon

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

Stories from our Spring 2020 study abroad students; learn about their experiences studying abroad and how they dealt with a global pandemics impact on their time abroad.

Molly Bellomy (Msida, Malta): Study Abroad in Malta

Jacob Cook (Geneva, Switzerland): An Unexpected Adventure

Auora Cotton-Suda (Stirling, Scotland): Expectations

Sierra Davis (Melbourne, Australia): My Global Life-Changing Experience

Isabell Denton (Florence, Italy): Studying Abroad in Florence

Hayley Edde (Ulsan, South Korea): Continue to Remember the Magic: University of Ulsan Fall 2019 and almost Spring 2020

Gabrielle Lasater (Cusco, Peru): Becoming Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

Audrey Lawson (Multi-Location): Voyage of a Lifetime

Melinda Loper (London, England): Studying Abroad Changed My Life

Samantha Medio (Stirling, Scotland): Studying Abroad: My Experience in Bonnie Scotland

Daniel See (Stirling, Scotland): Y'aright, mate?

Madeline Strom (St. Andrews, Scotland): Adventure Awaits

Abbey Vernon (Copenhagen, Denmark): My Self-Discovery Journey in Denmark 

Carson Woods (London, England): Fortune Favors the Flexible

Christopher Hickman: The Secret Life of Cole Hickman

Rhiannon Ong-Halleron: Sleepless in Saigon

Blogs by major

College of Arts & Sciences

Art History

France: Casper Kittle


Graphic Design

Peru: Lauren Williamson

Scotland: Fiona Cauley



Ecuador: Natalie Church 


Photography & Media

Bahamas: Stephanie Swart

Italy: Ashley Micillo


Bahamas: Itzel Guzman Hernandez

Bahamas: Jesse Moore

Bhutan: Diana Sevier

Scotland: Jade Harry

South Africa: Madison Himes

Spain: Braley Gentry

Spain: Kirsten Hein



Argentina: Summer Smith

Australia: Olivia Cagle

Belgium: Catarina Mendes Felgueira

Costa Rica: Mallory Barbier

Costa Rica: Courtney (Madison) Butler

Costa Rica: Lindsey Sherrill

Ecuador: Garrett Allen

England: Melinda Loper

France: Terricka Foster

India: Isaac Fournier

Italy: Melinda Loper

Italy: Lauren Sutton

Kenya: Isabel Gray

Kenya: Kristi Kanan

Spain: Ryan Ledford

Spain: John Walker


Costa Rica: Katherine Kite

Costa Rica: Kate Anastas

Costa Rica: Auggie Burke

Costa Rica: Princess Petrus

England: Chloe Goodman

France: Bethany Ward

Italy: Allissa Dickey

Peru: Jenna Yates

Spain: Bailey Davidson

Spain: Cassie Whittaker

Spain: Sara Noble

Language & Literature

England: Madeline Martin

Italy: Amanda Cosme

Italy: Daniel Peralta

Spain: Collin Saulters


Rhetoric & Professional Writing

Bahamas: Brittany Jaggers

France: Lauren Gilmore

Spain: Jason Dale


Creative Writing

Costa Rica: Nora Cooper

England: Mackenzie Gossett

France: Sarah Shuler

Biodiversity, Conservation, & Natural Resources

Bahamas: Greyson Dukes

Multi: Laurel Pelren

Spain: Alex Schwartz


Environmental Policy & Planning

Bahamas: Thomas Weigand

Scotland: Hannah Black

Scotland: Aurora Cotton-Suda

South Africa: McKenzie Jaynes

South Korea: Madison Brown

Spain: Gabrielle Morris


Earth, Atmosphere, & Geological Resources

Scotland: Sophia Calles

Scotland: Jacob Burleson

Scotland: Megan Cuffe

International Studies

China: Hayley Edde

France: Mae Stuart

Hungary: Amy Gugliemino

Hungary: Jessica Neill

Peru: Gabrielle Lasater

South Korea: Hayley Edde

Spain: Camden Eckler


Liberal Arts

Chile: Britany Green

Guatamala: Heather Dietrich

Hungary: Paige Anctil

Mexico: Britany Green

General Mathematics

Spain: Peter Zeglen


Actuarial Science

France: James Cox


Bahamas: Thomas Weigand

France: Lauren Gilmore

France: Sayuri Madrigal

France: Tessa Ross



Chile: Britany Green

Chile: Emily McAndrew

Costa Rica: Reese Black

Costa Rica: Kathryn Combs

Costa Rica: Rachel Hogh

Costa Rica: Michael Roberts

Costa Rica: Lindsey Sherrill

Costa Rica: Brenna Yap

Czech Republic: Selena Chavez

France: Sayuri Madrigal

Guatamala: Heather Dietrich

Mexico: Britany Green

Peru: Gabrielle Lasater

Spain: Bailey Davidson

Spain: Tanesha Colquitt

Spain: William Day

Spain: Alexandria Kellon

Spain: Douglas Ledford

Spain: Ryan Ledford

Spain: Sara Noble

Spain: Noah Sykes

Spain: John Walker

Spain: Camden Eckler


Bahamas: Greyson Dukes



France: Olivia Buchanan

International & Comparative Studies

Bahamas: NinaSimone Edwards

Costa Rica: NinaSimone Edwards

China: Hayley Edde

China: Will Patterson

Croatia: Jessica Wicker

France: Katherine Wilkes

France: Mae Stuart

France: Tessa Ross

Japan: Ethan Gossett

Mexico: Jared Steiman

South Korea: Hayley Edde

South Korea: Anna Yarbro

Spain: Bailey Davidson

Spain: Sarah Gantner

Spain: Rowan Green

Spain: Tanesha Colquitt

Spain: Camden Eckler

Spain: Connor Wilkins

Spain: Rachel Emond

Spain: Alexandria Kellon


Public Administration & Non-Profit Management

Bahamas: Jessica Wicker

Ireland: Sarah Moore

Multi: Lilly Roberson



American Politics

China: Brandon Layne

Multi: Audrey Lawson


Public Policy

Croatia: Kayla Ritchie

Poland: Kayla Ritchie


Legal Studies*

Balkans: Caroline Rabiner

Bhutan: Harrison Hall

Italy: Chelse Reed

Argentina: Christina Padavana

Balkans: Christina Padavana

China: Madison Singley

Costa Rica: TriDereka Hall

Costa Rica: Lindsey Sherrill

Germany: Mitchell Voelker

Italy: Morgan Olivio

Jordan: Rhiannon Ong-Halleron

Kenya: Aubrey Buttrey

Multi: Cara Kingrea

Scotland: Samantha Medio

Singapore: Maggie Smith

South Africa: Laura Anderson

South Korea: Maggie Smith

Spain: Emma McDonald

Spain: Mary Meyer

Spain: Alexandra Shea

Spain: Lindsey Sherrill

Vietnam: Rhiannon Ong-Halleron

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Software Systems

Bahamas: Brittany Jaggers

Balkans: Casey Honaker-Stinnett


Information Security & Assurance

Greece: Daniel Smith


Cyber Security

Japan: Jonathan Gautreaux

Kenya: Allyson Adam

Engineering Management

France: Thaddeus Mattox

College of Health, Education, & Professional Studies

Child and Family Studies

Costa Rica: Brenna Yap

Guatamala: Rebecca Messer

Italy: Natalie Poland

Malta: Molly Bellomy


Elementary Education K-5 & English as a Second Language PreK-12

Spain: Katherine McClanahan



South Korea: Jacob Hendrix

Exercise Science

Australia: Sierra Davis

Brazil: Justin Friar

Costa Rica: Anna Lunsford

Czech Republic: Samantha Capps

Germany: Adam Misner

Italy: Hannah Rowan

Italy: Sarah Hawkes

Italy: Savannah Hodge

Multi: Kristin Dowling

New Zealand: Tarason Moore

Peru: Taylor Rogers

Scotland: Daniel See

Spain: Lindsey Farrell


Sport, Outdoor Recreation, and Tourism Management

Spain: Hayden Moneymaker



South Africa: Samaria Grandberry

Botswana: Hannah Smith

Botswana: Grace Vincent

Ireland: Heidi Schuessler

Italy: Mary Simerly

Italy: Amanda Cosme

Kenya: Warner King

Kenya: Katelyn Thompson

South Korea: Sydney Fitzgerald

Thailand: Mackenzie Lefler

Gary W. Rollins College of Business

Bahamas: Nicholas Perry

Denmark: Abbey Vernon

Kenya: Andrew Cox

Argentina: Lynna Nguyen

Bahamas: Jordan Barnes

Balkans: Lynna Nguyen

Ecuador: Isabell Denton

Germany: Dilynn Wray

Italy: Isabell Denton

Peru: Madison Gaither

Peru: Keri Toth

Spain: Noah Sykes

Business Finance 

Argentina: Macy Cudd

Australia: Sawyer Kelley

Balkans: Jackson Malcom

France: Alyson Howard

Germany: Caleb Starnes

Germany: Grant Walker

Argentina: Candance Melton

Balkans: Brooke Harper

Balkans: Paige Amoroso

Balkans: Miette Craig

Balkans: Savanna Gifford

Chile: Emily McAndrew

Germany: Janelle Ayala

Greece: Annalisa D’Andrea

Greece: Brooke Harper

Italy: Miette Craig

Kenya: Wyatt Branch

Peru: Miette Craig

Peru: Madison Stiner

Peru: Mickayla Turner

South Africa: Lauren Dunn

South Africa: Jacob Cook

Spain: Kayla Massey

Switzerland: Jacob Cook


Business Analytics

South Africa: Myranda Westbrook

Argentina: Macy Cudd

Argentina: Kelsey Pearlman

Argentina: Bronwyn McEwan

Bahamas: Elnaz Nourabadi

Bahamas: Brittany Jaggers

Balkans: Claudia Craig

Balkans: Bronwyn McEwan

Germany: Kelley Kindle

Germany: Samantha Houston

Germany: Nichole Fabrizio

Japan: Brandon Wolfkill

Kenya: Austin Holdsworth

Kenya: Anna Sinders

Kenya: Emily Wilson

Peru: Jarred Stanford

Spain: Emily Gaylor

Spain: Tara Reese

Sweden: Cole Hickman

Thailand: Elnaz Nourabadi