Have you been thinking about where you would like to study abroad when you are in college? Maybe you’ve had your heart set on a particular city or maybe you haven’t narrowed down a location yet. Philadelphia University can help you find the right program in the right city for you.
Today, I’d like to share another study abroad story. This one comes from Kevin Templin, a PhilaU senior and University Rambassador, who studied abroad in London…
One of the best things about college is that you can try things you might not be able to do otherwise, like studying in another country. Philadelphia University offered me the chance to do just that. In Spring 2012, I spent a semester abroad in London, England. So far this has been my best experience at PhilaU. Like most people, I had some initial concerns: Who would I hang out with? Would I like living abroad? I’m glad to say these concerns were very short lived. My time in London was so amazing that I hope to return after graduation.
I took classes within my major and in liberal arts allowing me to stay track for graduation. I studied with other college students from around the world. The best class experience I had was in an art history course. Going to museums in London and seeing the art firsthand really brought the power of these works to life more than any book ever could. As a student, I was also able to experience Frank’s House, a building associated with the London Museum that is not able to be accessed by the general public. I had the rare opportunity to see numerous prehistoric pieces of art and to speak with some of the top historians and preservationists in the world. These are experiences I would have missed if I didn’t take the opportunity to study abroad.
While you learn about different cultures in the classroom, studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience these cultures in person. I travelled to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome—which was actually for my birthday! I got to do and see things I never thought possible. Being atop the Eiffel Tower, in the Roman Colosseum, and taking a gondola ride in Amsterdam are experiences that I was able to share with new friends. This was the trip of a lifetime.
My experience has helped shape who I am today, and I long to return as soon as I can. As a business major—in an age that requires a global perspective—the variety of my cultural experiences will only benefit me down the road.
I wish you the best of luck with your college search. I highly recommend that every Philadelphia University student look in to the study abroad programs offered and take advantage of them to maximize your college experience. It is a decision you will not regret.
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