My name is Rachel Elder and I am a 3rd year student studying Biomedical Engineering. Last summer I studied abroad in China through UVA in Shanghai. I became involved in Chinese for the first time at UVA my first year, but I can honestly say I learned more in my study abroad than in my entire two years of classes here at UVA. Initially on coming to UVA, I had no expectations of studying abroad or learning a foreign language.
My name is Josh Bicer and I'm a fourth year studying Economics and Government, with a minor in Spanish. I studied abroad twice last summer, the first half in Valencia, Spain, and the second half at Oxford University. I also worked as an intern for the US State Department at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany this past summer. Education abroad has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was introduced to new opportunities, people, and ideas that I never would have been exposed to before.