Study Abroad Student Testimonials

Sociology majors have studied abroad to six out of the seven continents and so we have many stories about where students have gone!  Below are just a few.  Interested in sharing your story?  We love to feature new content so talk with Bobby Bryant about having your story featured here or in our Soc Scene newsletter!

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Abbey Guyette (BA Sociology Law, Criminology, and Deviance–anticipated graduation of Spring 2017)
I studied abroad in the summer of 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Along with my Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major, I am also a Spanish Studies major. One of my favorite parts of study abroad was one of the classes I took, called Argentina: Stereotypes and Identities. For me, it was the perfect intersection of my two majors; essentially it was a sociological view of the cultures in Argentina and South America. Although my original  intent was to focus on improving my Spanish skills, I found myself often applying what I’ve learned in my sociology classes at the University of Minnesota to help me understand the new cultures around me.

I would definitely recommend a study abroad experience during undergrad. My study abroad experience in Buenos Aires not only expanded my worldview but sparked new interests in other topics of sociology for me.

 

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Samantha Gallagher (BS Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance-anticipate graduation of Spring 2018)

I studied at the University of Oslo in Norway for five months during spring semester of 2017 living in an apartment with other international students. I learned about the Norwegian welfare model which provides health care, university level education, and maternity/paternity leave rights to all of its citizens. I also studied Nordic politics and EU law which was my first time starting a class and knowing nothing about the subject before going attending the first lecture. Taking these courses opened my viewpoints on public policy and law making that works differently from the US model I’ve studied and sparked new interests for courses I want to take at the U this fall. Stepping outside my comfort zone and going abroad enhanced everything I had learned about Sociology from inside the University of Minnesota the classroom as the norms of Norwegian society forced me to compare its ideals to the US, studying from a world view. Traveling around Europe was another new adventure my abroad experience encouraged me to plan trips to Scandinavian countries, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe around my lecture schedule. I was also able to join student groups where I not only connected with other international/Norwegian students, but these groups planned a free trip to Denmark and ski/sledding events during the long Norwegian winter. Studying abroad was so much more than just leaving one school and attending another. In Oslo, I was exposed to a new way of thinking, new people, new food, new social norms, new courses, and new topics I had never heard or studied before. Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far in my college career and I now feel more comfortable (even excited) in new environments with new people.