Student Stories

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a study abroad student? Well, here is your opportunity to read firsthand what FAU students are saying about adding a study abroad experience to their academic studies. They did it--and so can you!


Being immersed in a culture so vastly different than your own may seem incredibly scary at the start, but truly broadens your mind to the educational and professional opportunities abroad and pushes you to overcome obstacles both independently and collaboratively with others. - Alexa, Kansai Gaidai University Exchange Program, Japan AlexaJapan


The uniqueness of Venice, the beauty of the language, the charisma of the locals and the warmth Italian culture, are memories that I will always cherish. Not only did I had the opportunity to live and study in Italy for six weeks but I had the chance to immerse myself in a beautiful culture, which definitely change my perspective in life. - Kelly, Faculty-Led Study Abroad in Venice, Italy,

Through my participation in a study abroad program I learned a variety of essential skills, from how to effectively engage in cross cultural communication to advanced Spanish language skills. Through these experiences I have retained memories and skills which will undoubtedly be of use to me not only in my future professional career as an attorney, but for the rest of my life.  During my time in Costa Rica, I stayed with a local homestay family for the duration of my trip and was able to learn about Hispanic culture in a manner which was never present in a classroom environment.  I was able to explore a variety of locales within the country, from the Pacific Beach town of Jaco to zip lining near the Volcano Arenal in Monteverde. I also learned more about Costa Ricense culture by interacting with a wide variety of people, from my professors to shop owners, even Uber drivers! - Renzo, Costa Rica Direct Enroll Program


There are opportunities for hilarious mistakes, glorious triumphs, and expanding your knowledge of the world.   It's impossible to put my finger on a single moment. Grilling wagyu beef at a Yakiniku Restaurant in Kyoto. Walking across a scenic and ancient bridge in Arashiyama. Getting vertigo from the sheer height of the Tokyo Skytree. Making foreign friends. Cultural exchange. The whole of two months might as well have been my favorite moment.- Michael: Kansai Gaidai University Exchange Program, Japan

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