McCombs Study Abroad Photo Contest

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Fall 2014 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 or BBA Short-Term International Program in the Spring and Summer of 2014. 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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Suivez votre nez

Suivez votre nez

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By Kimmy Wong

ESCP Paris, | Paris. France

Kimmy Wong
"During the first day of studying in Paris, we were welcomed with an introduction from one of the school's most esteemed professors. His biggest advice to us was to 'follow our noses' and go wherever our hearts and adventurous spirits take us. I can definitely say that during the six weeks I was there, I saw the unimaginable and learned the unexpected. Every day was a new experience, and I grew to see the world from an entirely new perspective."

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"Falling" for the China's Beauty

"Falling" for the China

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By Samin Huque

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, | Hong Kong

About to walk across a waterfall during my 2 day hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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Searching For Nessie

Searching For Nessie

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By Patrick Palmer

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

Patrick Palmer
My summer in Edinburgh was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences I have had. Scotland was very scenic and rich in history. It was interesting being there in the midst of the referendum debate as well. During a day trip to the Highlands, our group had the chance to take a boat ride out on Loch Ness. Unfortunately Nessie eluded us, but that didn't spoil the great times we had!

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Worlds Away

Worlds Away

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By Alex LaValle

National University of Singapore, | Singapore

Alex LaValle
I have many fond memories of living in the clean and modern Singapore. However, the most eye-opening experience was traveling to nearby countries. Sometimes crossing a border felt like crossing into a new world.

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Asa Delta no Rio de Janeiro

Asa Delta no Rio de Janeiro

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By Phoebe Johnson

Fundação Getulio Vargas, | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Living in Brazil taught me how to take risks and enjoy life while also trying to stay alive. I traveled to some of the most dangerous cities in the world alone as well as with companions, while constantly meeting new friends and learning the language as I traveled. The entire semester was an adrenaline rush in itself, but hang gliding (or, Asa-Delta in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro was an extra thrill.

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Room with a view

Room with a view

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By Annie Bernica

Copenhagen Business School, | Copenhagen, Denmark

I studied abroad at Copenhagen Business School this past summer, and while I was abroad I got to visit 7 other countries around Europe. This picture was taken in one of the very first cities I traveled too: Loreto Aprutino, Italy. Yes, no one has heard of it, I know. The city is mostly retirees and oil olive producers, but I had some relatives in the area, and check out the sunset in this tiny village! Quite debatably the most beautiful view from a hotel room window I will ever see in my life!

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Koala-ty Time in Australia

Koala-ty Time in Australia

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By Kristen Stanley

Australian National University, | Canberra, Australia

Kristen Stanley
I had many indescribable memories during my time abroad in Australia, one of which was holding Gemma the Koala. Cohunu Koala Park in Perth is one of only three places in the world where you can interact with a koala. Holding a koala was one of my goals while abroad and it was one of the first things I did upon arriving.  Getting in touch with local animals such as Gemma is one reason why I loved my time abroad so much.

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Cassill in a Castle

Cassill in a Castle

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By Julia Cassill

University of Bath, | Bath, UK

Julia Cassill
One of our first weekend trips was to the city of Cardiff in Wales. Only a short train ride away from Bath, Cardiff was full of historic buildings, fun attractions, and amazing memories.

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Sunset on the Ferry

Sunset on the Ferry

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By Jennifer Rubin

University of New South Wales, | Sydney, Australia

Jennifer Rubin
Living in Sydney was a dream come true for me. Every single day was a new adventure with new people and experiences, which allowed me to grow in ways I never thought possible. Sights like this reminded me that it was no longer a dream of mine, but a true reality.

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Kings of Arthur's Seat

Kings of Arthur

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By Jordan Bernstein

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

Jordan Bernstein
This photo was taken atop Arthur's Seat, which is the main peak of a group of huge hills in Edinburgh. My two friends and I (pictured above) loved climbing/hiking up Arthur's Seat and gazing out over the city of Edinburgh, as you could see out over almost the whole city from that peak.

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#art

#art

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By Tori Cernak

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

Tori Cernak
When asked about my favorite part of studying abroad in Paris, my response is always just walking around the city. Everywhere I look is something interesting and beautiful. I love the mix of traditional and modern styles.

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What I didn't think Hong Kong would look like

What I didn

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By Aditi Bhandari

Chinese University of Hong Kong, | Hong Kong, China

Aditi Bhandari
I took this photo of Stanley Harbor on one of my first days in Hong Kong. Till then, I had only known Hong Kong as a modern jungle of glass and steel. It was almost sunset, the breeze was cool, and the boats looked so relaxed among the pieces of sun reflecting off the blue water. This was the moment I fell in love with Hong Kong.

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Jump in Triomphe!

Jump in Triomphe!

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By Briana Brooks

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

Paris really was the experience of a lifetime! It was great to be in a place imbued with so much history and my goal now is to encourage everyone to study abroad!

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Sunset over the Sierra Nevada

Sunset over the Sierra Nevada

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By Jim Hartman

BE Global, | Barcelona, Spain

After climbing the mountains behind the world famous La Alhambra, the best sunset in the world is seen pouring into Granada over the Sierra Nevada mountains. As said by Bill Clinton, "From there I saw the most beautiful sunset in the world.

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Mountain Biking Under a Sky Full of Color

Mountain Biking Under a Sky Full of Color

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By Shane Kok

Copenhagen Business School, | Copenhagen, Denmark

Shane Kok
My study abroad and European backpacking trip was an unbelievable adventure. I learned to live life fuller, I learned to appreciate my opportunities, and I learned to smile more. I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I made lifelong friends.

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Life is Better When You're Laughing.

Life is Better When You

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By Taylor Eickenhorst

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, | Vienna, Austria

Taylor Eickenhorst
As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination. I met up with two close friends from freshman year in Paris and we decided we were just going to live in the moment instead of stressing about a list of things we had to see before we left. We went walking around the city all day without any plans at all and it was the best trips I had all semester. By the end of the day, we somehow ended up dancing together on top of the Eiffel Tower. That trip was not only one of my favorite memories to date, but one of my happiest.

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Top of the Morning

Top of the Morning

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By Connor Campbell

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

Connor Campbell
Our dorms in Edinburgh were right on the base of Arthur's Seat, the mountainous remnants of an old volcano in the city. Determined to see a sunrise from the top, me an another student hiked in the dark to watch the 4:00 a.m. daybreak. The summit, which was normally swarming with tourists, had never been so beautiful or peaceful.

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Paris-"Flipping" into my Heart

Paris-"Flipping" into my Heart

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By Samantha Horst

Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, | Paris, France

Samantha Horst
My five weeks studying abroad in Paris was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. I have never laughed so long, never loved a place so much in such a short time frame, and never understood what living life to the fullest meant until I went to Paris.

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Colors of Innovation

Colors of Innovation

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By Julian Dunning

National University of Singapore, | Singapore

Julian Dunning
On my final night in Singapore, I took a stroll through the Gardens by the Bay and saw one of the most unique innovations Singapore has to offer - the colossal Supertrees. Culture abroad is often seen as a look into the past, but this innovation shows we can also look abroad for the future. Notice the miniaturized people walking the bridge between the trees to get a sense of scale for these wonders. One of the most modern and successful casinos in the world, the Marina Bay Sands, sits in the background looking onto the garden. I loved every minute in Singapore and will continue to embrace the innovations from abroad as I look to the future.

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Gondola Rides > Uber Rides

Gondola Rides > Uber Rides

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By Leslie Grimes

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

"The week I spent in Italy while studying abroad is a week I will never forget. As we made our way through the country, falling deeper in love with each city that we visited, we ended our journey in Venice during the Carnival Festival. The ornate masks, beautiful food dishes, leisurely gondola rides and hospitality of the people truly made this a week that I will remember for the rest of my life. Until next time, Venice...."

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Work Brings Freedom.

Work Brings Freedom.

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By Alan Dukor

ESCP Paris, | Paris France

Alan Dukor
My semester in Europe had many journeys and experiences. The one I will never forget is my visit to Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. I will never forget the feeling of horror walking on the grounds. I will Never Forget. Will You?

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Love Me Some Louvre

Love Me Some Louvre

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By Jacob Guss

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

Jacob Guss
In my four months in Europe, I was lucky enough to travel to a multitude of countries and create memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. With that being said, my home base city of Paris had a magic about that I found just could not be matched. One of my favorite nights in the city of lights came earlier in the semester when after hours of aimless exploration, my roommates and I stumbled upon one of the cities most iconic sites, the Louvre. While taking in the sounds of street musicians, we just sat in stunned silence taking in the magnificence that was before us. Nights like these undeniably made my study abroad experience the best time of my life.

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Hanging with a Thaiger

Hanging with a Thaiger

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By Robert Torres

Thammasat University | , | Bangkok, Thailand

Robert Torres
Spending five months in Thailand was one of the most eye-opening and exciting experiences of my life. During my time abroad, each day was taken as it came. I learned to relax and enjoy each minute of my time spent interacting with exotic animals, eating bizzare food, visitng new places, and meeting locals or other international vistors. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone is the recharge you need. Eventually I will find my way back for another visit.

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Longhorns and Sea turtles

Longhorns and Sea turtles

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By David Slywka

University of New South Whales, | Sydney, Australia

David Slywka
Didn't expect to be chillin' with Crush, my favorite sea character from Finding Nemo, when I found out I was going to be studying in Australia. Very grateful to get to hang with the two clowns in this pic. S/O to Jacob Poarch for getting me to go scuba-diving with him!

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A River Between the Mountains

A River Between the Mountains

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By Gary Hsu

University of Hong Kong Science and Technology, | Hong Kong, China

Gary Hsu
This photo was taken when I was traveling through Guilin, China. The river runs between mountains and there are many small farms that dot both sides. Many couples enjoy taking their wedding photos here on traditional bamboo boats.

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Sol Dorado de la Tarde (Golden Afternoon Sun)

Sol Dorado de la Tarde (Golden Afternoon Sun)

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By Carina Velasco

Universidad de Deusto, | Bilbao, Spain

Carina Velasco
In my 5 months abroad, I truly grew roots in Spain and invested in the country's culture. Friendships I developed have transformed into travel plans for Germany and Sweden, and sending pictures now from Texas always brings a laugh to friends far away. This photo is from a trip to Seville, the city famous for its colorful tiles and beautiful cathedral. Behind me is the centerpiece of a gigantic arc surrounding an open plaza, with a grand fountain at the center and a moat along the building. The Plaza de España was glowing that day, in the late afternoon sun. The peace and wonder this plaza inspires is a sensation I will not forget.

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Once in a Lifetime View

Once in a Lifetime View

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By Jee-Ho Kang

HEC Paris , | Jouy-en-Josas, France

This photo was taken on my first day of my Spring Break trip and sums up my time abroad in Europe. Initially, I was a bit worried about being alone in a foreign continent, but this unforgettable moment with the triple rainbow, Alsatian geese, and the Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg in the background, showed me that everything was going to be amazing. I ended up traveling alone for about two months in total to 50 different cities/geographic regions and each and every day was so precious and memorable just like the first.

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50 Stories Above Bangkok

50 Stories Above Bangkok

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By Isabel Arrellaga

Thammasat University , | Bangkok, Thailand

The five months I spent abroad were unforgettable. The people I met and the memories we shared, will last a lifetime. This picture captures one of those memories, a few of us woke up at 4:00am to hike up 50 flights of stairs to reach the top of a skyscraper in time to see the sunrise over downtown Bangkok.

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Where Land Meets Sea

Where Land Meets Sea

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By Andrew Litwin

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

Andrew Litwin
My trip to Italy after my classes was extremely eye-opening and relaxing. This beach scene in Positano is perhaps my favorite place I have ever been in the world. The combination of the mountains, quaint seaside town, and crystal clear blue water was unlike anything else I have ever seen. I truly hope that I can make it back here again some day.

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The Eyes of Texas upon Granada

The Eyes of Texas upon Granada

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By Melissa Avila

University of Deusto, | Bilbao, Spain

Melissa Avila
The picturesque maze of streets and whitewashed houses are situated in the ancient Arab and Moorish quarter of Granada. This was my view from La Alhambra, one of the last Moorish palaces in all of Spain containing centuries of different Arabic and Islamic art and architecture. Visiting the Alhambra and experiencing the rich culture of Granada was by far the highlight of my solo trip through Andalusia.

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Segovia Upon a Hill

Segovia Upon a Hill

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By Dima Horda

Universidad Pontificia Comillas , | Madrid, Spain

Dima Horda
One of my weekend adventures during my time abroad took me to Segovia; a UNESCO World Heritage site. After exploring the city’s historical landmarks, I climbed up John II’s tower to get a better view of the surrounding landscape. Seeing Segovia’s architectural wonders and picturesque countryside cemented this trip as one of my favorites.

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Hook 'em in the UK

Hook

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By Andrew Carillo

University of Bath, | Bath, UK

Andrew Carillo
Studying in Bath a short 1.5 hr ride away, I frequented the City of London- easily one of the most amazing places I've ever been. A fast-paced city rich in architecture, history, and culture, taking in London's breathtaking views and experiencing its dynamic nightlife was quite the adventure. I want nothing more than to go back!

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London's Mystery

London

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By Elizabeth Greeves

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

Elizabeth Greeves
One weekend I visited London with some other Paris participants. Experiencing for myself just the astonishing difference between cities in Europe, namely the ones I visited - Paris and London - opened my eyes to the how many unique cultures there are in the world. It  is amazing how different cultures can be, but how many values stay the same.

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VIVID Memories of Sydney

VIVID Memories of Sydney

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By Ashley McAdams

University of New South Wales, | Sydney, Australia

I had the time of my life while "Down Under," between camping under the stars in the Outback, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, and everything in between! I'll never forget how the amazing country and its wonderful people changed my life forever.

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Thai Anything Once

Thai Anything Once

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By Madison Kuhne

University of New South Wales, | Sydney, Australia

Madison Kuhne
This photo was taken on a holiday trip in Surat Thani, Thailand, where I stayed in a floating bungalow on the gorgeous, untouched Cheow Larn Lake. I learned while studying abroad in Sydney that part of the Aussie culture is to be open to travel and trying new things -- something I definitely took advantage of.

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Take a chance; cross the line.

Take a chance; cross the line.

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By Ricardo Vazquez De Lara

Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka, | Prague, Czech Republic

Central Europe is a magical place I'll never forget: great company, beautiful landscapes, but most importantly memories to last a lifetime. I took a leap of faith into adventure and discovered myself by exploring the continent.

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Where Heaven and Earth Collide

Where Heaven and Earth Collide

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By Bryson Hearne

Universidad de San Andres, | Victoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bryson Hearne
Seriously, you only live once. Take a leap of faith. Go where you have not been before.

Studying Abroad grew my soul. From sharing tea with a native on a bus to traversing Mount Fitzroy of Patagonia, I went places I never imagined I would go. I saw things only National Geographic sees. I was who I wanted to be.

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The True "Disney" Castle

The True "Disney" Castle

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By Amy Yong

Copenhagen Business School, | Copenhagen, Denmark

My day trip to Bavaria, Germany to see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.  We chose to bike ride all throughout the mountains instead of taking the bus. Best decision we made.

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The World is Yours

The World is Yours

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By Tim Portner

National University of Singapore, | Singapore

Tim Portner
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Arms spread wide, I look over Queenstown, New Zealand.  I traveled a lot during 2014 and New Zealand is hands-down the best place on Earth.  Go explore.

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The Heart of Paris at Sunset

The Heart of Paris at Sunset

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By Garland Watkins

University of Edinburgh, | Edinburgh, Scotland

Garland Watkins
My time abroad will always be one of my most precious life experiences. As my home for four months, Scotland will always have a special place in my heart. But Paris has an equally special place. It really is as beautiful as everyone says.

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To the Window, to the (Great) Wall

To the Window, to the (Great) Wall

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By Jeana Thompson

CUHK, | Hong Kong, China

Jeana Thompson
My summer study abroad trip to Asia was the source of many memories that I will never forget, including climbing the Great Wall of China. One doesn't truly understand how beautiful this world is until they see it from angles like this one.

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Magical Normandy Beach

Magical Normandy Beach

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By Avery Tomek

Copenhagen Business School, | Copenhagen, Denmark

Avery Tomek

Visiting the famous Normandy Beach was something my friend Tim and I had dreamed about visiting ever since we were kids, and we were finally able to see it because of our study abroad trip. Taking a two hour train from Paris led us to a small town near the beach called Bayeux, which was exactly how we imagined a town to look like during WWII. A short bike ride from Bayeux took us to Longues-sur-Mer which were four heavy artillery bunkers along the coast just east of the American Omaha Beach. My trip abroad was an eye-opening and life changing experience for me, and moments like this will remain with me forever.

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*** Flawless

*** Flawless

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By Camille Rieck

ESCP Europe, | Paris, France

Camille Rieck
The Louvre at night is one of my favorite spots in all of Paris. The view is breathtaking and there is something so majestic and calming about the way the lights reflect and enhance the architecture of the buildings. It's my parisian happy place!

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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

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By Deanna Wiblitzhouser

National University of Singapore, | Singapore

While studying in Singapore I had the opportunity to travel throughout much of Southeast Asia. The lantern is the symbol of the river-side Vietnamese city of Hoi An. The boys are selling floating lanterns that visitors send down the river with their deepest wishes and hopes.

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Time for an Adventure

Time for an Adventure

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By Rebecca Hooper

VSE, | Prague, Czech Republic

Rebecca Hooper
Studying abroad in Prague was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I loved being surrounded by different cultures and learning how to assimilate into the different countries I was able to visit. It was an amazing adventure that will be hard to top!

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust

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By Bianca Perez

ESADE, | Barcelona, Spain

Bianca Perez
Getting to visit ancient cities rich in history was a highlight of studying abroad. It was also breathtaking. 
Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates