Connecting to my Major While Abroad by Cyril Langston

I’m a junior arts management major and there is nothing I’d rather be studying. Museums, theaters, concert venues— I love it all. When I decided on the CofC faculty-led English and communications study abroad program in Florence, Italy for a semester, I got a lot of questions about why I would choose a program that is outside of my major, and I’ll admit that it sounds risky; however, I couldn’t…

Exploring the Country of Italy by Mitchell Rupp

By studying abroad in Rome, Italy, you are living in the perfect spot to travel and explore the rest of the beautiful country. Rome is almost right in the middle of the “boot” which makes it easy to travel around. With almost every city being accessible by a quick and cheap train ride, you are able to experience a whole new part of Italy whenever you would like. For my…

Reflection on Florence and Europe: Major Takeaways from my Time Abroad by Hannah Bain

For future students interested in studying abroad, my advice would be to do your research. Find out where you want to go, specific places you really want to see, and book any trips as early in advance as you can. However, I would also advise not being too hung up on your plans. Expect things to go wrong, because they will. You’ll have a travel issue, you’ll have awkward instances.…

Studying in the Amazing Island of Sicily by Lauren Ollis

My name is Lauren Ollis. I am a sophomore at the College majoring in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in Italian Studies. This spring, I am studying in Taormina, Sicily at Babilonia Language School. I chose this specific program because I wanted something different. I wanted to live in a small town that didn’t have too many tourists and be able to work on my language skills. While…

Carnivale in Acireale by Lauren Ollis

The easiest way to describe Carnivale is basically as the early-spring Halloween. Everyone is dressed up as their favorite movie character or animal, there’s food vendors with sweet treats barely visible due to the mass of kids surrounding them, and colorful decorations line the streets symbolizing the occasion. In reality however, Carnivale is much more chaotic and definitely much more fun. Instead of kids running from house to house trick-or-treating,…

Five things I’ve learned so far studying abroad in Florence, Italy by Kalie Henderson

After only a month of living in Florence, I have learned so much about my host city and the norms of studying abroad. Here are five things I have learned so far while studying abroad that have helped me adapt and immerse myself in a new culture! Attempting to speak your host country’s language goes a long way! I came into this program knowing very little Italian other than some…

Reflection by Marlee Lord

My study abroad was truly the adventure of a lifetime. My class on the palaces of Florence was the perfect way to learn about the city I was living in. I loved learning the stories behind these incredible structures that I walked by every day. Living in Florence gave the art and architectural history of the city another dimension. Studying abroad also opened my eyes to a whole new culture.…

Reflection by Ashley Butler

My time in Florence, Italy has ended, for now after a month of learning about Parent and Child Interactions based on Cultural Influences. This particular psychology course has taught me a lot for my future. Since I know that I want to work with children in the future, this class has taught me many lessons. Not only were my academic goals accomplished with learning about this subject but also I…