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Study Abroad: A once in a lifetime opportunity with BU

Posted by boston.com  December 5, 2013 10:49 AM

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With the college semester finishing up, many students are preparing to come back to Boston, and some are getting ready to leave, all as a part of Boston University’s study abroad program.

The study abroad program is something very important to the BU community. The university was one of the first to offer students the ability to study abroad, and the first university to offer internships on six continents.

“I think it is great that BU offers such a wide variety of programs for its students,” said Jacob Ondeck, a BU senior. “It really just allows them to get the chance to experience things they might not ever get the chance to experience again.”

It seems like there is something for everyone with BU’s study abroad program. From Auckland to Quito, or Dresden, BU has more than 75 programs in more than 30 cities and 20 countries for students to choose from. The program also gives students the option to spend the semester in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

Academic programs are offered for every major at BU. From journalism to hospitality administration, students can go abroad to focus on their skill area. Programs are offered in both English and non-English speaking countries, also giving students the opportunity to focus on their foreign language skills.

Kayla Bograd-Denton, a junior at BU, studied in Madrid and said the program, while challenging, really helped her improve her Spanish in ways she probably could not have in the US.

However, what seems to differentiate BU’s study abroad program from programs at other universities is its internship program. There are more than 4,000 internship courses available for students. In the past, students have interned with the London College of Music, the Sydney Film Festival, Paramount Pictures, and more. The most special thing about the internship program is that everyone is guaranteed an internship. The university promises to find each student a personalized internship, based on his or her academic interests.

Overall, it seems like most students are simply excited to study abroad for the experience. They have the opportunity to live somewhere else and discover new things.

“I’m so excited to go live in Sydney for the next few months,” said Mallory Orr, a BU junior who will spend the spring semester in Australia. “I don’t know if I would have gotten the chance to ever go down there in my life, at least for such a long period of time, so I love that I have the opportunity with my university to do so.”

Some students even use the opportunity to travel to other parts of the world. Especially in Europe, where traveling to other countries is very easy.

“I am having a blast in London,” said Hayley Lukaczyk, a BU junior who is currently spending the fall semester abroad. “I like that it’s a major city and I have the ability to travel around. During my time here I’ve been to Amsterdam, Stockholm, and a few smaller cities in the area. It really is an amazing opportunity.”

BU encourages its students to study abroad, whether it is to learn something new or to simply have fun. They make the process extremely easy for students, holding an information session every Wednesday. The information session helps students figure out what and where they are able to study, all of the necessary things to think about, and all the steps required to apply into the study abroad program.

“I highly suggest studying abroad to everyone,” said Lukaczyk. “It’s been an experience I’ll never forget.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and the Boston University News Service.

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