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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

No matter what your goals are, we believe that studying in another country will contribute to your academic, personal, professional, and spiritual development. The Global Engagement Office is here to help you plan a rewarding and meaningful international study experience.

  • Studying abroad is a great way to enhance your appreciation of global communities. These programs enable you to explore the rich complexities of diverse cultures and civilizations around the world.
  • Students from ALL degree programs are encouraged to learn more about study abroad opportunities at Marian University. No matter what you are studying, having an academic experience in a new cultural context will give you fresh insights and help you develop creative problem-solving skills.
  • Set yourself apart from the crowd. Employers are increasingly looking for people with global communication skills, yet only around 10% of US undergraduate students study abroad. Studying abroad can give you a competitive edge as you search for future jobs, internships, and graduate opportunities.

Want to get started? Email to learn more or to set an appointment with a study abroad advisor!


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Study Abroad Alumni

study abroadStudent Spotlight: Faith Abatayo

Program: CEA Medical Spanish Immersion in Buenos Aires

What was your favorite part of your study abroad experience?

"My favorite part of my study abroad experience was being able to experientially learn about the healthcare system and about scientific research through shadowing. I was able to gain 60 hours of shadowing in a variety of specialties, from neurology and neurosurgery to molecular genetics and physical therapy. My shadowing experience allowed me to practice my Spanish speaking skills and form connections with the doctors, residents, and medical students."

How has your study abroad experience impacted your life?

"My study abroad experience has impacted my life because I learned how to truly be independent in all aspects. This independence allowed me to learn what my strengths and weaknesses were and gave me the chance to form connections with others. I was able to meet so many people from around the world and also around the US, who all came from different backgrounds. This enabled me to gain new perspectives on the world, especially since the cultural beliefs in Argentina are so different. My study abroad experience has stimulated and bolstered my desire to travel and see the world and I hope to do so again in the future."

What advice would you give to a student who is considering studying abroad?

"I would suggest that you conduct a lot of research about the programs and the courses that you are interested in taking while abroad. I would also recommend doing research on the country or the city that you will be staying in as doing so allows you to make the most of your time while you are there. Additionally, it is important to be open-minded as the culture might be different from what you are used to, and being able to adapt quickly allows you to have fun."

Student Spotlight: Lindsey Meyer

student abroad

Program: USAC Lyon, France

What was your favorite part of your study abroad experience?

"Making the friends I made and taking public transportation.  It was really nice to walk everywhere and get on the trams and buses and the metro; it really made the city accessible.  I also didn't realize I'd learn so much about the United States when I went abroad!  Only around 3 other people in the program were from the Midwest, so it was cool to see what phrases were and weren't used across the States and some minute cultural differences."

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your host culture?

"Everything is much smaller.  Roads (except for the main ones), apartments, fridges, portion sizes, grocery stores, etc.  You're expected to go grocery shopping more than once a week to get fresh ingredients, and the bread you buy goes stale in two days (unless you get bagged bread, which, why would you do that when you can get a baguette for 0.99!!!).  It takes a lot of planning and consideration."

How has your study abroad experience impacted your life?

It's given me another lens with which to see the world.  I had several before going abroad: I could see the world through gender, sex, sexuality, race, religion, class, ability, and now, after studying abroad, an international lens.  Its weird to go out of the country for more than a few weeks and realize just how America-centric the Western world is.  And, you just don't see that when you live in the States because, to you, the States is most of your world.

What advice would you give to a student who is considering studying abroad?

Go for it, but plan wisely.  Look everywhere for scholarships, even if you don't think you'll get them.  But also, this is an opportunity of a lifetime!  When else will you get to live abroad for several weeks on end?  When you decide to go, save up and know how you're getting food and what you have to buy and what you can bring with you.  And enjoy yourself!

Student Spotlight: Anne Hoffman

2022-05-13_Berlin-Potsdam_Fototreffen_101Programs: Marian University German Hospital Internship and Salzburg College

What was your favorite part of your study abroad experience?

"My favorite part was able to be in the surgery room with the surgeons while they were performing a procedure. I also loved the field trips to Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen. Visiting Dr. Feldmann's house was incredibly fun as well. For Salzburg, all the excursions we did were amazing! I learned so much about the culture and history of the city." 


How has your study abroad experience impacted your life?

"I want to travel more. I feel like I've become more independent and am willing to travel alone now."

What advice would you give to a student who is considering studying abroad?

"Try to learn the language if you're going to a country that does not speak English. Keep an open mind when you encounter another culture."

Student Spotlight: Mary Carmen

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