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Education Abroad

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Jillian Tidlow

Hello, my name is Jillian Tidlow. I’m very excited to be an intern this coming year as my experiences abroad have been instrumental in shaping my plans for the future. I spent the summer of 2016 in Shanghai on the U.Va in Shanghai: Chinese program to improve my Chinese and to experience a very different culture from my native American culture. The following summer I went to Ghent with the U.Va in Belgium: Acoustic Phonetics.

Katey Summers

My name is Katey Summers, and I am a fourth year double majoring in Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies. If I had not participated in education abroad, I would have missed out on multiple and varied opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth. One of the most important lessons I learned from abroad is how important it is to face situations that scare or frighten you. Prior to each of my three study abroad experiences, I departed with a mix of fear, excitement, and uncertainty.

Sam Spadaccini

My name is Sam Spadaccini and I am a fourth year Spanish and American Studies major. One of my greatest passions is meeting and getting to know new people. I live for these moments in which I can connect with someone no matter where they are from or the language they speak. If I had not participated in education abroad in Valencia, Spain for the semester, I would have missed out on befriending some of the most interesting and meaningful people I have ever met. From the start, I decided to integrate myself into the city of Valencia.

Sarah Rupert

My name is Sarah Rupert and I’m a fourth year majoring in Foreign Affairs and French. I spent the Spring 2017 semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco on the “UVA in Morocco” program. I lived with a host family, which was an incredibly rewarding experience in terms of both what I learned about Moroccan culture as well as the relationships I formed.

Melaina Pope

My name is Melaina Pope and I am a 3rd year majoring in Statistics. Studying at the National University of Singapore has allowed me to become even more inspired to achieve my academic and career goals. The academic environment in Singapore was one that was very focused, and the social atmosphere was one of great understanding for many cultures. Not only have I gained valuable insight into what it is like to understand others from different cultures, I have also become more independent and open-minded, which are important qualities for an increasingly global marketplace.

Sophia Padilla

My name is Sophia Padilla, and I’m a fourth year majoring in Spanish. I studied abroad in Valencia for my entire second year, and it quickly became my home. Throughout the year I mastered the art of cooking authentic paella, I learned how to communicate well in Spanish, and I adopted the mentality of “No pasa nada.” One of my favorite memories was introducing my host sisters to funfetti cake mix and making a birthday cake for my host mom. I cherish these small moments that I was able to experience as a result of actually living in Spain.

Peyton Johnson

Hi my name is Peyton Johnson and I am a fourth year who studied abroad in Valencia, Spain spring semester of 2017. Part of the reason that I actually chose UVA was because the UVA in Valencia program specifically. I am studying Biology with a minor in Spanish and am on the pre-med track so for me studying abroad in Spain had a lot of benefits. Because Spanish is such a widely spoken language in the U.S. I wanted to improve my language abilities so that I will be able to better communicate with future patients. Further, because the U.S.

Tiffany Jenkins

My name is Tiffany Jenkins; I’m a fourth year double majoring in Spanish and Global Security in Justice! I participated in the UVA in Valencia program during the fall of 2015. As someone who had never been out of the country before, everything was new to me. If I decided not to go to Valencia, my world would have stayed so small. I was able to learn the intricacies of a new city and culture, better my Spanish, and make memories that will honestly last a lifetime.

Edgar Hoover

My name is Edgar Hoover and I studied abroad at the Technical University of Berlin in the Spring of 2016. As a mechanical engineering student with aspirations of driving technological innovation in the automotive industry, studying abroad in Germany provided invaluable insight into other teaching methods and approaches to engineering than I was previously accustomed to.

Alex Harden

My name is Alex Harden and I’m a fourth year studying Environmental Science. In July 2016, I began my experience abroad by attending an independent program called the Transatlantic Academy on Sustainability in both Bremen and Hamburg, Germany. Through this, I was introduced to a number of global sustainability initiatives, including Germany’s transition to renewable energies, while studying alongside German and American students. Following this, I travelled to Lampedusa, Italy, where I worked in a sea turtle research and rescue center.


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