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!

Abbey Guyette in front of large historic buildings in Argentina

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.


Deanna Kolas in front of a dark grey historic Irish building

Deanna Kolas (B.A. Honors Sociology General Spring 2016 Graduate)

I studied abroad in Ireland for four and a half months, and it was one of my most memorable experiences. I attended a university in a small town near Dublin, and I lived in an apartment on campus. I learned a lot about Irish culture by taking classes with Irish students, joining clubs on campus, and staying with a host family for a few weekends. I had the opportunity to travel around Ireland and learn about traditions from different cities. I also explored other European countries during school breaks. I formed relationships with people from Ireland, the United States, and other places around the world. Learning about so many different cultures allowed me to view sociology in a new light. I took sociology courses which were taught from an Irish perspective, and it has been interesting to compare this with American material. I was able to observe individuals and societies from different countries, and gain a deeper understanding of sociological concepts. Everything I experienced during my time abroad has allowed me to apply sociological information I learn during classes.