It is no surprise that Auburn University's study abroad program has taken off in the past few years. With the numerous destination additions made to the map, Auburn students are more likely to get involved in the study abroad program and travel to foreign countries.
Beginning the summer following their freshman year, Auburn Abroad allows students to take trips to countries all over the world. Auburn University sends students to destinations on every continent.
The trips range in length depending on which semester the student chooses to travel. Summer sessions are four or five weeks, but students can also spend a semester or an entire year abroad.
The program provides orientation sessions taking place Thursdays at 3p.m. and 11a.m. on Fridays in 242 Foy Hall. At these orientation sessions, students can learn about the many destination possibilities should they choose to study abroad while attending Auburn.
Auburn Abroad does not limit students to trips pertaining to their major, so students can participate in any of the available trips in order to receive credit hours.
Not only does Auburn allow its students to take classes abroad, but it also gives students opportunities to take an internship abroad as well as providing exchange programs.
Lauren Harris and Emory Hopson are two Auburn University seniors who traveled across Europe this past summer through Auburn Abroad. The group in the English department visited London, Paris, Ireland, Scotland and Amsterdam. The students learned about different countries’ cultures while having the opportunity to earn college credit.
“My favorite part about studying abroad was that we only had class Monday through Thursday, so we had the entire weekend to travel,” Harris said. “We were able to immerse ourselves in the culture, and, instead of just seeing the sights, we were able to interact with the people and see how they lived.”
Anyone interested in Auburn's study abroad program is encouraged to attend the Fall 2012 Study Abroad and Passport Fair Sept. 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from all over the world to learn more about the availability of different programs. Students are encouraged to register and could possibly win a $500 scholarship.
Hopson said she had a fantastic experience studying abroad, and it helped open doors for her. She is now an intern in the Auburn Abroad office.
“I would recommend to any student that is thinking of studying abroad to go because it teaches you life lessons and shows you the culture of other countries,” Hopson said.