As alumni of CMU study abroad programs, you are part of a community of thousands who, as students, opted to take the road less travelled. Today, less than 2% of US students enrolled in higher education study abroad. You are part of an exceptional group who opted to step out of your comfort zone and into a new country and culture in order to enrich your CMU experience. 

Congratulations on pursuing study abroad! We hope that your experience has continued to benefit you academically, personally and professionally.   

Please contact us if you would like to:

  • share a story of how study abroad influenced your life
  • share advice with current or prospective study abroad students
  • support study abroad scholarships
Also, click on the links below for:
  • profiles of study abroad alumni
  • our newsletter, CMU Abroad
  • resources for recently returned students

Recently returned?Alumni Profiles

Check out our Returning From Abroad pages for information on:

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Emily Marvoshemily-marvosh.jpgBachelor of Music, ‘03

Major: Vocal Performance

Studied in Austria

Today: Freelance Musician

“Studying abroad is valuable for students going into education as well as performance, everyone is improved by experiencing as many things as possible.”

Read CMU Abroad
the newsletter of the Office of Study Abroad
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Bachelor of Arts ‘09

Majors: Merchandising & Design

Interned in Germany

Minor: Advertising

Today: Designer, Esprit, Germany

“I’ve learned so much from living in different countries - about how things are different from the US, but also about how I understand and value things and experiences in my own life.”

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Give a life-changing gift ... support a study abroad scholarship.

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Bachelor of Arts ‘85

Majors: Journalism, Political Science

Studied in the UK

Today: Chief Research Officer, Kantar

“If you’re willing to open yourself up to the possibility of change, then study abroad can be one way to learn more about yourself in relation to others.”

Scholarship Recipient Testimonials:

The scholarships that I was awarded guaranteed that I would be able to study abroad cost and worry free. I
think I was able to enjoy China to its fullest because I did not have the shadow of debt hanging over

- Daniel studied abroad in Shanghai, China

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Bachelor of Arts ‘85

Majors: German, Marketing, Political Science

Studied in Germany

Today: Managing Member & Founder, Elektrosign

“Studying abroad is one of the most eye opening and enriching personal experiences.”

To finance my study abroad experience, 

I received scholarships through the Honors Program and the Study Abroad Office. Additionally, I was able to apply my academic scholarship to expenses Amberly.jpg
beyond tuition including program fees and flights. Thanks to this assistance, my experience abroad was affordable

- Amberly studied in Florence, Italy

What's your story? 

Did study abroad influence your life or career path? 

Tell us about it!

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When I finally applied for study abroad, cost was a big worry. The scholarships made it possible. I heard I was receiving the CMU Study Abroad Scholarship just after the semester ended. I was so excited Inari Thorensen.jpg
I actually started crying. That was when I realized, “This is actually going to happen!

- Kaitlin studied abroad Japan Center for Michigan Universities

Samantha.jpg“I received three scholarships to help fund my study abroad. Without these scholarships I for sure would not have been able to go.”

- Samantha studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico


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