Study Abroad

Paige Triola ’14 holds a tree frog.

June 22, 2012

Paige Triola ’14 Explores Environmental Conservation in the Costa Rican Rainforest

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Paige Triola ’14 (Chalfont, Pa.) remembers the moment she stepped into a rainforest for the first time. “It’s really humid, it’s extremely green, and it just looks like every square inch is taken up by some sort of living thing,” she says.  “It was also very noisy.  The birds were squawking [...]

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May 7, 2012

Students Have Life-Changing Experiences in Africa

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To learn about another culture, you can watch the documentaries, read the books, study the maps and artifacts, listen to the experts—but nothing can come close to the experience of actually being there. Nothing can match taking an early morning jog near your hotel and crossing paths with two giraffes or visiting Oldupai gorge, the [...]

Chris Kelly ’13 in Ecuador

April 5, 2012

Chris Kelly ’13 and Emily Defnet ’13 Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

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Geology and international affairs double major Chris Kelly ’13 (Boyertown, Pa.) and chemistry major Emily Defnet ’13 (Pottstown, Pa.) have achieved national distinction as recipients of Goldwater Scholarships. Awarded for academic merit, the Goldwater is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Each student’s award will cover [...]

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February 21, 2012

Peruvian Adventures: Students Explore the Country’s History and Culture in Faculty-Led Course

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After he graduates, Justin Barry ’12, a double major in English and international affairs, plans to teach English abroad. Over winter break, he reaffirmed this goal during a three-week course in Peru. “I want to engage in various research projects around the world, involve myself in volunteer work, and write about my experiences,” he says. [...]

Ericka Chehi ’12 with her host little brother

February 21, 2012

Ericka Chehi ’12 Follows Her Dream to Become an Economist in China

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 In the spring of 2007, while Ericka “Missy” Chehi ’12 (Greenville, Del.) was still a junior in high school, she took a whirlwind three-week tour of China as part of a leadership development program. Though she spoke no Chinese and spent only a brief time in a handful of cities—Hong [...]

Lafayette students study abroad in Russia

January 30, 2012

Students Explore the Culture and History of Russia

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“Taking this trip to Russia was enlightening and it was awesome to be engulfed in another culture,” says Casey Schmalacker ’12 (Great Neck, N.Y.), a double major in economics and government & law.  “It was so great having professors who could help you acclimate to the different culture, while also allowing you to go out [...]

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January 30, 2012

Tatiana Logan ’13 Explores Culture and Education in Senegal

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“There is something about finding yourself so completely out of your element that helps you define your own culture and your place within it. The people I met during my study abroad have redefined my definition of warmth. They were willing to help anyone at the drop of a hat, would give and give and [...]

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January 13, 2012

Devon Thorsell ’13 Studies Wildlife Conservation in Tanzania

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“Tanzania is the land of The Lion King and if you have seen the movie you remember the opening scene with all the animals: elephants, lions, ostriches, gazelles, storks, leopards, buffalo, cheetah, giraffes, hippos … that was my life for three months.” Devon Thorsell ’13 (Lake Forest Park, Wash.), an international affairs major, spent the [...]

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January 6, 2012

Students Spend Winter Break Learning All Over the Globe

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More than 120 students are studying in England, Hawaii, Japan, Kenya, Peru, Russia, and Tanzania during the winter break. This is the 34th year in which Lafayette is offering concentrated, three-week, faculty-led courses during the January interim session between semesters. In many courses, students take part in hands-on field work and meet prominent business people, [...]

Xinwei Xu '13 in London

December 7, 2011

Xinwei Xu ’13 Gains Global Perspective Studying Economics in London

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As a Chinese citizen studying international affairs at an American college, Xinwei Xu ’13 is gaining a clearer perspective on both countries. “The world is becoming smaller and smaller under globalization, so I think it’s important for you to have a global perspective, and to start by understanding what the two biggest powers on earth seem [...]