Sung Kyun Kwan University by Noelle Walas

*(Previously Written)* My name is Noelle, and this is my second blog post regarding studying abroad. In the past, I have travelled to Ghana with the school. This year, I am in South Korea for my final year of university. I am a Marketing major, soon to be starting class at Sung Kyun Kwan University (성균관대학교). I chose the opportunity to study in South Korea because I travelled here three…

Carnival by Jerry Delgado

In the beginning of 2020, there were many different cultural events I have personally witnessed and attended in Trujillo, Spain, where I studied abroad but the one that had the town talking was Carnival. Carnival is a special event that causes people to party non-stop usually from Friday until Tuesday. The children are usually out of school until the end of the week. Not only do the adults take part…

Applications Open for Cougar Ambassador Program – Deadline March 1

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 Cougar Ambassador Program. This peer mentorship opportunity gives current CofC students the opportunity to assist the Center for International Education in welcoming new international students to our campus and supporting them as they transition to life in the United States. Please encourage your students to apply by March 1st! Students may apply here.

Making Friends in a New Country by Maddie Davis

If you’re anything like me, one of your main goals of study abroad is to come back fluent in your host country’s language! Whether you’re just starting out or have been taking classes for years, making friends is one of the best ways to learn. Making new friends can always be a little intimidating but being immersed in a new culture and language makes the act feel insurmountable. Lucky for…

Study Abroad in Bamberg, Germany by Erin Hauptmann

*(Previously written)* Servus (Southern Germany Hello)! My name is Erin Hauptmann, I am currently a College of Charleston Sophomore studying abroad in Bavaria, Germany at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg. I am majoring in both German and Supply Chain Management and minoring in Global Logistics and Transportation and German Studies. I started learning the language about 9 years ago as a way to reconnect with my heritage (Hauptmann is an extremely…

Alumni Spotlight: Madi Crow ’20

As an International Studies and Spanish double major at the College of Charleston (2016-2020), I was eager to try study abroad from the moment I arrived on campus. Beginning my Freshman year, I studied abroad in Peru for a Spring Break Excursion to study food sustainability in the Andes Mountains and to China to explore Chinese Identity in Music for a Maymester. It was truly astounding how much I learned…

Alumni Spotlight: Sophia Stoios ’21

Sophia Stoios is a senior honors student at the College majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a European Concentration and minoring in Economics. She studied abroad in Spring 2019 with our exchange program at the University of Tartu, in Estonia. After coming back from Tartu, Sophia joined the CIE team as one of our peer advisors for three semesters. She is currently interning with the non-profit, Ibu Foundation, that helps to…

Short-term Study Abroad Programs Versus Semester-long Programs by Micah Feinstein

I am exceptionally fortunate to have studied abroad several times during my college career. I have completed four short term study abroad programs through CofC. These programs have varied in length and destination: from a one-week spring break trip in Cuba, to two two-week Maymesters in Ghana and Iceland respectively, to a three-week summer program in England and France. Now, I am halfway through my semester abroad in Greece. Other…