Hometown: Canton, Mich.
Meet Al, an international business major who trekked to Quito, Ecuador, to strengthen his understanding of the Spanish language. Al took two classes while in Quito, studying the history of Andean civilization and a language and literature class.
Though he was initially nervous to be away from his friends and family for so long, Al says he knew when he arrived that he had made a great decision. “My Spanish-speaking comprehension skyrocketed. I learned things they can’t teach you in school.”
The road less traveled. “I climbed a mountain, I scaled down waterfalls, I learned how to salsa. I could go on for days about all of the things I did that weren’t necessarily academic, but added value to everything I learned.”
An experience to share. “When applying for internships and jobs, it’s the first thing employers ask me about. In the world we live in now, it sets me apart from other people to say that I could fully immerse myself in another culture for an extended period of time.”
Lifelong penpals. “I created bonds with my host family, Ecuadorian students, and other international students that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m really grateful for the opportunity. The experience was worth every penny.”
CMU students studying abroad and beyond
Highlights of studying abroad include:
- CMU has more than 150 programs in more than 40 countries, spanning six continents.
- There are study abroad programs that last anywhere from one week to an academic year.
- The tuition exchange program allows you to pay your regular CMU tuition. There are scholarships offered on campus and nationally that are only available to students who study abroad.
To learn more about studying abroad,