Alyssa Baron is a third year student at the University of Florida majoring in Business Administration, with a concentration on the European Union, and minoring in Entrepreneurship. She previously studied abroad on the UF in Florence – Language, Art and Culture program in Florence, Italy, during which she had the opportunity to travel all over Italy (Cinque Terre being one of her favorites), Budapest, Hungary and Split, Croatia. Her most recent overseas experience involved working with a BBYO leadership seminar in Israel this past summer. Outside of her studies, Alyssa enjoys traveling, doodling, photography, spending time outdoors, playing soccer, wandering the streets of new cities, and meeting new people. In the fall, Alyssa will be studying abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia at Dubrovnik International University. Last summer she visited Croatia (often referred to as Europe’s best kept secret) and knew she had to return. While there, Alyssa fell in love with the landscapes, the people, and the culture. She is also looking forward to witnessing firsthand Croatia’s transition to being a member of the European Union.
Gracie Connell is a second year student at the University of Florida studying foreign languages, specifically French and Japanese. She previously studied language and culture on a summer exchange program in France and has also traveled to the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, and Canada. In Gracie’s spare time she enjoys acting, knitting, and baking. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying new foods. Gracie will be studying abroad in Paris, France for the 2014 academic year through Academic Studies Abroad (ASA). She is looking forward to exploring the culture and history of this beautiful country and hopes to become fluent in French.
DanQing Huang is a second year Innovation Academy student at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Business Management and Information Systems and minoring in Innovation and possibly Accounting. Danny is originally from China and has previously traveled to the UK, Vietnam, and Singapore as a tourist. She also studied abroad last fall with the UF in London – Business/Internship program. In her free time, Danny enjoys dancing, learning new languages, and talking to people from different cultures. Traveling and getting involved in student life on campus are also some of her favorite things to do. This semester Danny will study abroad at UF’s business exchange partner institution, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou is where Danny lived for fifteen years until she came to the United States. It used to be her dream school, so she wants to make her childhood dream come true by spending a semester there.
Ally Kalmbach is a second year student in the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and Sustainability, and working towards a Master of Arts in Architecture in the future. Ally’s previous travels have been mainly stateside (up and down the East Coast, Washington state, and Cancun, Mexico), but she cannot wait to explore Europe while studying abroad in Spain this fall through CIEE’s Architecture & Design program in Barcelona. Outside of architecture and design, Ally loves fashion and photography and doing freelance modeling. She also enjoys playing soccer, dancing, staying fit, listening to music, cooking, and enjoying a good book. Being an architecture lover, Ally chose to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain, because in her opinion, it is unlike any other city in the world. She feels incredibly lucky to have this opportunity and to study some of the world’s most renowned architecture.
Sora Lopez is a fourth year Architecture major at the University of Central Florida participating in a UF study abroad program this fall. Her previous travels abroad, include vacationing in the Dominican Republic, but this will be Sora’s first time studying abroad. Outside of her studies, Sora has a wide variety of artistic interests. She loves music (she plays the violin), reading, writing, art, and design, which is why she chose to study architecture. She also loves photography and travels with her camera wherever she goes. This fall, Sora will be a participant in the UF in Vicenza – Architecture program in Vicenza, Italy. She chose this program because of its focus on architecture, but she is also excited to spend time in Europe, as she always dreamed of going to Italy. Her program will visit Switzerland and Spain as well.
Kasey Pressley is a third year senior majoring in English and minoring in Communications at the University of Florida. She has previously traveled to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada, as well as a great portion of the Caribbean and various locations in Mexico and Central America. This is Kasey’s first experience studying abroad in addition to her first time across the Atlantic Ocean! In her free time she enjoys reading and writing, various modes of art, and dabbling in natural remedies and homemade goods. Her interests include, but are not limited to literature, history, astronomy, historical fashion, nature, animals, dead-and-dying languages, romance novels, natural medicine, gender, and cultures, among others. This fall, Kasey is studying abroad through Arcadia University’s program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. And appropriately, as per her major, it was novels that brought her to this country specifically. Kasey has always held a love for Celtic cultures (part of her family is Welsh and, more distantly, Scottish), though she thinks the culture is beautiful and fascinating in its own right. After having read several novels located in, about, and/or pertaining to Scotland, she decided (rather spontaneously) that Scotland was where she wanted to study abroad.
Karlyle Smith is a fourth year student at the University of Florida majoring in Advertising, with a concentration in Business Management. He previously traveled overseas to London, but does not remember much, as he was only three years old at the time. He has also been to Jamaica on several occasions for a few weeks at a time. Karlyle’s interests outside of his education include playing basketball, listening to music, reading and learning new things. This semester, he will be studying on UF’s business exchange program at SKEMA Business School in France. The program is located in Sophia Antipolis, in the heart of the French Riviera and surrounded by a thriving technological market. This is Karlyle’s first time studying abroad, and he is thrilled for this opportunity.
Marianne Strassle is a fourth year student at the University of Florida, double majoring in Political Science and Telecommunications. Her family loves to travel, so when she was younger, they would always have summer traveling plans. She has previously visited Colombia, Switzerland, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, India, and Germany. Last summer Marianne studied abroad on the UF in Brussels – European Studies program in Belgium and had the chance to visit everything dealing with the European Union. In her free time, she loves traveling, watching movies, and shopping (antique markets). Whenever she travels to a new country, her favorite thing to do is taste all of their desserts. This semester Marianne is studying in Paris, France through UF’s exchange partner institution, L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo). As a political science student, she chose this exchange program because of its emphasis on international relations. She also chose France as her study abroad destination because she has been taking French for the past two years at UF and hopes to practice and improve upon her language skills.
Postcards are one of the forgotten treasures of international travel, but they are still one of the most exciting items that we receive from our students who study or live abroad. These postcards give us the opportunity to stay caught up on what our students are doing and where they have been while also giving us a quick snapshot of what they have seen. Over the years we’ve received hundreds of these postcards and we’ve decided that we’d like to share these with you as well. You can view, reblog, or sumbit these online at ufpostcards.tumblr.com. Below are some of our favorites:
While we’ve posted some of the more memorable postcards, we’d love to have more! You can send your postcards to the address below (maybe address it to your favorite study abroad advisor) and include a couple of lines about what you’ve loved most about studying abroad. We’ll be sure to send you an email once we’ve received it with a link to the post online.
Mail your postcard to:
The University of Florida International Center (or a UFIC staff member/advisor)
PO Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611-3225
Here at the University of Florida International Center, we constantly are looking for new ways to update and innovate our ways of making UF a more internationally connected place. With that, the International Center is proud to announce their new Facebook Page and Twitter account. Please make sure to visit both pages to “like” and “follow UFIC!
The 50th 100th 150th and 200th person to “like” our page will win the iconic UFIC t-shirt and will be announced here on the UFIC Blog from Abroad.
As you’ve noticed, we’ve given our blog a little face lift. With a little color change here, and a new picture there, we are working make this blog stand out while maintaining our Gator identity. In addition to these visual changes, we will be adding new content to this blog to keep you more informed about all the different programs and opportunities’ UFIC has to offer Student, Faculty and Staff. Keep checking in with us to see the latest updates.