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UMass Boston student Malijah Ayers studied in Cannes, France through study abroad provider AIFS in the spring 2017. In her study abroad report she writes: 

"My semester abroad in France has been the most amazing experience I’ve had in all twenty-two years of my life. The people, the places, the stories are all something I will never forget and I highly recommend everyone studying abroad to do it at least once... If anyone were to ask me whether I would do it all over again, I would immediately answer yes without hesitation." 

 Student Ibrahim Mohamed in a desert UAE

Ibrahim Mohamed (economics major), student at College of Liberal Arts, received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2015 academic term. Mohamed studied at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al-Ain, a partner university of UMass Boston. Mohamed received the Gilman Critical Need Language Award. 

Emma Hays (Art major), studied at John Cabot University (JCU) in Rome, Italy for the fall 2015 semester. Emma enjoyed all aspects of her time abroad, but found art classes in Italy to be the most rewarding part of her academic experience. She wrote a report on her experience, and concludes the report saying "For a student looking for incredible food, culture, and beauty, I would suggest Rome be at the top of your list. Pieces of me now belong to each new friend I made there and each place I explored, and even though those pieces will remain scattered around the world, I’ve never felt happier or more whole. Beyond the experience itself, Rome was the beginning of incredibly meaningful friendships, a life of adventure, and a journey of self-discovery." John Cabot University is one of the many exchange universities we are partnered with. Students pay UMass tuition to study abroad at universities like JCU.  

UMass Boston student Xing Yi Wu studied at Shaanxi Normal University in China through the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) program in which 16 UMass Boston undergraduates studied in China for 5 months in the spring of 2017. 

UMass Boston student Anthony Giallongo studied on exchange at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK during the spring 2017 semester. Anthony describes Glasgow in his study abroad report below.

"What struck me most about Glaswegian culture was how similar it was to America back home. Glasgow and its people felt very similar to Boston. I would certainly recommend that other Bostonians travel abroad to Glasgow. It provides an amazing chance to see another part of the world without feeling too out of place...I got to meet some amazing people and learn about cultures I never would have had the chance to back home. I also got to go through some stressful times traveling alone across the world that now I feel like I can do anything and travel again (which I plan to do, the “travel bug” is real!)" 

UMass Boston student Angela Franco scuba diving in Cairns, Australia.

UMass Boston student Angela Franco studied on exchange to Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. She writes about her experience here. Her favorite course was "an elective which was called Aquatics in the Outdoor Environment. It was honestly one of the best decisions we made! This class took us snorkeling twice, sailing three times, and sea kayaking (we saw many dolphins’!) with an overnight camping trip!" The photo above is her scuba diving in Cairns! 

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