The Study Abroad Advantage: How it Changes Your Life
Jillian Lope did not know what she was getting into last fall when she traveled to Europe through Seton Hall's study abroad program. The Diplomacy and International Relations major, along with a small group of Seton Hall students, explored the relationship between religion and culture in Poland. When she arrived, Jillian was determined to learn as much as she could. The group attended many events, including Jillian's favorite, World Youth Day. "Seeing Pope Francis up-close and being with fellow college students from all over the world was an incredible experience," she said.
With more than 20 cities and 16 countries to choose from, Seton Hall's faculty-led summer study abroad programs offer learning experiences that bring students face to face with new cultures. From exploring ancient Viking ships in Denmark, to visiting the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, students may earn course credits in locations from Italy, France, and Spain, to India, China, and Japan. Typically, the short-term study tours during the summer months are two to four weeks long. Students may also enjoy similar study abroad experiences during the regular academic year. Visit the study abroad web site to learn about the exciting opportunities that are open to Seton Hall and visiting students.
During her three-week trip to Europe, Jillian also visited
Auschwitz and traveled to three other cities in Poland. The program
turned out to be a great learning experience, according to the Freehold,
N.J., native. In addition to learning about the Holocaust, Jillian
immersed herself in Polish culture and got to know the city of Krakow,
where she lived with a local family. "The architecture was amazing,"
said Jillian. "The trip was exciting and truly life-changing."
A 2016 graduate, Jillian feels that the University's study abroad program gives students an opportunity to come out of their comfort zone and experience new things. "Not only do you expand your worldview; you learn about yourself and become more self-aware," she recalls, thinking back on her own experience last fall.
Jillian points to many reasons students would enjoy studying abroad in Poland. "Whether you want to learn about the country's business, history, international law or art, there's something for you in Poland's ever-evolving story." Because of her experience, Jillian says she sharpened her communication and team-building skills and received college credit toward her major.
Asked what she did not expect about her study abroad trip, Jillian smiled and said, "The most surprising part was definitely the relationships I built. After less than a week in Poland, the 20 students in my program were like a huge family. We traveled everywhere together and shared memories that we'll be talking about for years."
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