McCombs Study Abroad Photo Contest

International Programs

Vote for your favorite photo!

Fall 2015 Photo Contest


Welcome to the BBA International Programs Study Abroad Photo Contest.

All photos were submitted by students who studied abroad on a BBA Exchange Program Fall of 2015. Please vote for your favorite photo via the link above. Each UT student and McCombs Faculty and Staff can vote for only one photo. The photo contest gallery and descriptions of the photos can be viewed in person in the entrance hallway outside the Undergraduate Program Office, CBA 2.400. Enjoy!

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Midnight in Hong Kong

Midnight in Hong Kong

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By Alex Zou

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, | Hong Kong

Alex Zou

"Vibrant, yet calm. Dense, yet remote. Diverse, yet united. As a gaze across the glimmering skyline on Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, Hong Kong seems to be the perfect mix of city and nature. A harmony of two opposites."

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Sunset at the Port

Sunset at the Port

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By Alisha Paul

University of Bath, | Bath, England

Alisha Paul

"It was a beautiful end to a fantastic day exploring Genoa."

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Ver-sights

Ver-sights

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By Amanda Roensch

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

"This photo was taken by my friend Chris while touring Versailles. Studying abroad in Paris, France opened my eyes to a new world of cultural exploration, and this picture captures the awe and curiosity that I experienced each time I saw something new."


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Yak Friends

Yak Friends

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By Amy Yu

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, | Hong Kong

Amy Yu

"I was really excited to run into a white yak trotting after its nomadic owners during a morning walk along Namtso Lake in Tibet, which sits about 15,500 meters above sea level. I managed to snap a photo before this fella tried to kick me (I was too busy admiring him to notice how close I was getting!)."

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Come gather in my lungs, Scottish wind

Come gather in my lungs, Scottish wind

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By Brianna Reinhard

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

"In Scotland and in my travels, I have seen the bluest waters, felt the strongest winds, tasted the finest foods, and met the best friends. I find myself aching for distant places now. I will return to Edinburgh soon and let the Scottish winds gather in my lungs once again."

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Find Your Wild Side

Find Your Wild Side

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By Christy Kim

London School of Economics, | London, England

Christy Kim

"One of the very unique things about the city of London is that you can be in the fast-paced, bustling movement of Central London at one moment and the tranquil outdoors the next. I was merely 20 feet away from these magnificent creatures when this photo was taken at Richmond Park, one of the Royal Parks of London. Out of the many unforgettable memories I made during this trip, experiencing this feeling of thrill, awe, and freedom all at once was one of the best ways to spend my last few days abroad."

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Longhorns hit the road

Longhorns hit the road

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By David Kaplan

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, UK

"A couple Longhorns and a couple friends road tripping through Croatia for spectacular beaches and an even more spectacular waterfall at the hanging lakes in the Plitvice Lakes National Park."

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Ain't no elephant high enough!

Ain

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By Gabe Rueda

Thammasat University, | Bangkok, Thailand

Gabe Rueda

"Words can't even begin to describe the experience of getting to play with and take care of elephants for an entire day. It was unbelievable to see how human like they are and how much affection they show towards each other. Also, riding them through the jungles of Northern Thailand is something I will never forget. They truly resemble the people of Thailand: always showing love for one another and constantly having fun!"

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It's no Mt. Bonnell, but it'll do

It

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By Haley Brunner

WU, | Vienna, Austria

Haley Brunner

"I studied abroad in Austria but was able to travel to Croatia during my time abroad. The pure natural beauty of this place is something I have never experienced before. After a 4 hour hike up the Croatian and Bosnian border, this picture encapsulates my excitement about making it to the top, but also my joy in being able to see the world."

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un(bali)evable

un(bali)evable

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By Hannah Mahanay

University of New South Wales, | Sydney, Australia

Hannah Mahanay

"Traveling throughout the island of Bali was an experience I'll never forget. The Balinese people are joyful, kind, and so content with what they have. Hindu temples like this one are highly respected and an important part of Bali's unique culture. The scenic views all across Bali are exquisite and I would highly recommend a visit."

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Highlights of Hong Kong

Highlights of Hong Kong

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By Jake Harle

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, | Hong Kong

Jake Harle

"The view of the Hong Kong skyline is one of the most mesmerizing experiences of my trip. The skyline is incomparable to any other, with skyscrapers and bright lights continuing for miles in every direction. Out of the many sights of the city, the view from the harbor was my favorite. The neon lights reflect on the water while Chinese junks sail by, creating an one-of-a-kind spectacle."

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Longhorns under the sea

Longhorns under the sea

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By John Howard

University of Economics, | Czech Republic

John Howard

"Scuba diving in Madeira, Portugal."

13

Meanwhile in Madrid

Meanwhile in Madrid

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By Jon Philip Trujillo

Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICADE, | Madrid, Spain

Jon Philip Trujillo

"My many “aventuras” through Madrid really changed my perspective of life. My image of wonder, my idea of love, my appreciation for language, and my thoughts of friendship, all transformed. Though my physical being is in the States, the memories, laughs, and friends keep my heart in Madrid."

14

Exposure

Exposure

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By Jonathan Fan

Universidad de San Andrés, | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jonathan Fan

"Long-exposure photography extends shutter speed to capture movements into a still image. When flowing water is photographed this way, the water blurs into a smooth line, creating a calm, still effect. As a 2015 graduate of McCombs, this photography technique is a great metaphor for my college career and abroad experiences. As I stood by Colonia Port, Uruguay, waiting for the last glimpse of sunset to disappear down the horizon, I reflected upon the people, culture, and a passions I experienced during college. No matter what happens in the future, what happened here for me at UT has forever changed my world."


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The Sunset Opera

The Sunset Opera

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By Kaleb Pereira

University of New South Wales, | Sydney, Australia

Kaleb Pereira
"Although I had already seen the Opera House multiple times, the view I had on a ferry ride one evening was like no other before. The deep blue waters contrasted with the warm colors of the setting sun reflecting off our the Opera House were the prime example of the true beauty of Sydney."

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Beaches of Boracay

Beaches of Boracay

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By Kelsey Henrikson

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, | Hong Kong

Kelsey Henrikson

"My heart will always belong to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. However, my week long trip to Boracay, Philippines was a spectacular experience that will not soon be forgotten. The week consisted of heart pounding Tuk Tuk rides, delicious tapsilog, beach walking, and meeting fellow travelers from all over the globe. Boracay presents the most breathtaking sunsets I've ever witnessed. Every evening, the clouds are painted red and violet. I miss this place."

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Noxious Kwah Ijen

Noxious Kwah Ijen

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By Krista Grant

National University of Singapore, | Singapore

"My trip to Indonesia was unforgettable. I hitchhiked a ride from the ferry to a homestay, woke up at 3 am and made the trip to Kwah Ijen( a volcano mined for its sulfur) with 4 others girl and made the trek up the steep volcano. One of the craziest things I've ever done. There were Indonesian miners that make the trek everyday without any type of gas mask or eye protection, which is crazy considering how noxious the gas was. It was here where I got to witness blue flames, which you can only see in Indonesia and Iceland. A must see if you're ever in Southeast Asia."

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Italian Nights

Italian Nights

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By Lauren Sheline

ESCP Paris, | Paris, France

"After an amazing five weeks studying in Paris, I got the opportunity to travel through the South of France and Italy with two of my friends. One of the most beautiful and unique places I have ever been is Cinque Terre, Italy (plus Italy has the best food)!"

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Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

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By Leann Rego

ESCP Paris, | Paris, France

"On our last day in Paris, my friends and I had a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and waited for the tower to sparkle at midnight. It was such a magical moment with which to end this breathtaking study abroad experience."

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Gunung Merapi - Mountain of Fire

Gunung Merapi - Mountain of Fire

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By Lianne Kim

Thammasat Universit, | Bangkok, Thailand

"I took my first solo trip throughout Indonesia, and this volcano and its pure turquoise sulfuric acid lake was a sight for sore eyes after hiking an extremely steep incline for 3 hours at 2 AM. The lake isn't visible when you first reach the peak, but as the sun rises, it's incredible to see the lake reveal itself and to see the pink of the sunrise light up the white, rugged sides of the canyon and the footpaths along the peak of it. I was in a state of pure awe for so long - I wanted to stay for hours and soak in how unreal the beauty of it all was. Java is such an underrated gem of the earth, and this is just the tip of the iceberg."

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Sunsets and Silhouettes

Sunsets and Silhouettes

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By Luther Fan

Hong King University of Science and Technology, | Hong Kong

Luther Fan

"Boracay was breathtaking. Two plane rides, a rickety bus and an even more rickety boat made the journey an arduous one, but it was instantly forgotten at first glimpse of Boracay's beautiful beaches. Watching the sunset was a gentle reminder of just how much beauty there is around us. Even if for a moment, it was nice to remember that our qualms and quibbles really are insignificant elements of our colorful world."

22

Irish I Never Had to Leave

Irish I Never Had to Leave

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By Mauricio Sierra

Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, | Milan, Italy

Mauricio Sierra

"Pleasantly surprised is how I would describe my trip to Ireland. Heading there for St. Patrick's Day I had no set expectations for what was in store, but was shocked by the beautiful sights, wonderful people, and delicious food Ireland had to offer. Sitting on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, looking out into the Atlantic Ocean was an absolutely unforgettable experience."

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Beautiful Burano

Beautiful Burano

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By Namita Pallod

WU Wien, | Vienna, Austria

"I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. It was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I still miss it immensely. This picture is in Burana,Italy. The colorful houses, beautiful canals, and vibrant town captured my heart."

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The Tranquility of Trolltunga

The Tranquility of Trolltunga

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By Nick Sembrick

BI Norwegian School of Managment, | Oslo, Norway

Nick Sembrick

"I've always valued silence and some peace and quiet, but the pure silence that I experienced on this grueling 6 hour, 11km hike was unlike anything I'd ever experienced before. I'd always heard about how beautiful the geography of Norway was, but I never could have imagined anything like this. Seems like it was just yesterday, and I'd give anything to go back."

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Sunrise at el Palacio del Congreso de la Nación

Sunrise at el Palacio del Congreso de la Nación

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By Omar Olivarez

Universidad de San Andres, | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Omar Olivarez

"One of my favorite things to do in Buenos Aires was walk through the busy city streets for miles. On one of my trips I asked a local to take my photo before the beautiful Palacio del Congreso, which wasn't too far away from the apartments that the McCombs students were living in. Buenos Aires was always bustling and buzzed with life. Studying in Argentina has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in experiencing a Latin American country."

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A Glimpse into Forever

A Glimpse into Forever

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By Rachel Moore

Universidad de San Andres, | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rachel Moore

"My time in Argentina was filled with amazing experiences, people, and memories that I will never forget. Taking this trip to Patagonia crossed the top item off of my bucket list, and it was a dream come true. I took this picture after noticing that you could see the Milky Way in the sky with your naked eyes, so I knew the picture would be incredible."

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Life on theEdge

Life on theEdge

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By Sam Devine

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

"The Cliffs of Moher on the coast of Ireland are unlike anything else I've ever seen. You can literally sit on the edge of a 700ft cliff and feel like it's the end of the world. It's also much better when you're new best friend, Monsieur Connor Davis, is there to share the moment."

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Sparkles & Sprinkles

Sparkles & Sprinkles

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By Sana Noorani

HEC Paris, | Jouy en Josas, France

Sana Noorani

"This photo was captured during a road trip to the beautiful Plitvice Waterfalls in Croatia. I had dreamt of visiting these falls since age 13, and finally got to walk in the falls on the brink of my 20th birthday. It was the most wonderful birthday gift – absolutely mesmerizing."

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When Carnaval'ing Leads to Tranquility

When Carnaval

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By Stephani Calderon

Fundação Getulio Vargas, | São Paulo, Brazil

Stephani Calderon

"This is the most beautiful sunrise I've even seen and every 30 seconds was a different scenery. It was easy to keep your eyes open! As the sun was rising behind the mountains, it seemed as if lava was bursting from the peaks. The noise of the waves, birds chirping, and light tones of morning samba was so tranquil... but I guess my exchange friends and I needed it after five days of Carnaval 2015 in Rio!"

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By Tim Nelson

BI Norwegian School of Management, | Norway

"This photo was taken about 5 minutes before landing in Oslo, Norway. After breaking through the low hanging clouds, I noticed the rainbow and thought it was one of the coolest sights I had ever seen. This picture was also a nice greeting by the Kingdom of Norway."

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Broad Horizons

Broad Horizons

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By Travis Gent

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, | Hong Kong

Travis Gent

"Only 10 miles from downtown Hong Kong stands The Dragon's Back, a well-known mountain ridge that provides a pristine view of the rising sun over the South China Sea. Perfect for deep thinking and personal reflection, the view is well worth the early-morning, spider-infested hike."

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#RoomateGoals

#RoomateGoals

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By Vamshi Gujju

ESCP Paris, | Paris, France

"Paris was an amazing experience. From the great monuments to the back alleyways, everything was so picturesque. This photo is at the love lock bridge just before it got taken down."