Rebecca: Spring in Madrid

Rebecca Ellis is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Madrid, Spain.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Madrid – Business.

Rebecca Ellis

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a sophomore English major concentrating on Advanced Writing. While I am currently in the process of applying for a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language, I am also considering picking up a minor in Spanish. I am a member of the Global Scholars and Peace Corps Prep programs, and hope to be accepted as a volunteer in the Peace Corps upon graduation.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have traveled abroad but never for longer than two weeks! I have been to Europe twice; once to Italy as a high school graduation gift and once to England to visit a friend studying in London. I’ve volunteered in Nicaragua on two week-long mission trips while in high school, and I spent Christmas 2014 in Barbados.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    This is my first study abroad experience.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I will be spending the Spring studying in Madrid, Spain. ​I chose the UF in Madrid program because I wanted to study abroad for an entire semester in an environment where I did not speak the dominant language. For a while I considered the business college’s program in Rome, but with my background in the Spanish language, I knew Madrid was the right place for me! My goal this semester is to improve my Spanish language skills to such a degree that I am conversational in business environments and can listen to Enrique Iglesias without feeling totally ignorant. I’m also a big fan of Spanish food so it’s a win all around.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    On the professional side, I am really looking forward to my marketing and sales internship with MadridEasy and learning how to work in a bilingual environment. On the casual side, I’m looking forward to endless tapas and getting to know my fellow Global Gators.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I am an avid reader and a history geek, a swimmer and a runner, an amateur foodie and a professional napper.

Reeva: Spring in Osnabrück

Reeva Tari is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Osnabrück, Germany.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Hochschule Osnabrück – University of Applied Sciences – Business Internship.

Reeva Tari

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a third year student majoring in Business management and minoring in German language.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I will be studying abroad in Osnabrück, Germany. I chose to study here because I want to immerse myself in the German language and culture. There are also endless opportunities to travel. Not to mention, every city’s Main street looks straight out of a fairy tale!
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to adopting a new way of life—experiencing the food, people, and energy of the city! I also thrilled to have an international internship through my study abroad program in my host city. I am excited to see how this opportunity will allow me to grow personally as well as professionally.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy trying new cuisines,  watching war movies (specifically about WW2), and weightlifting (which has become the sport I am most passionate about)!

Danitza: Spring in Utrecht

Danitza Yukopila is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Utrecht, Netherlands.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Universiteit Utrecht.

Danitza Yukopila

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a junior pursuing Public Relations major with a business minor. I’m also doing course work for my masters in Intercultural Communications.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I was born in Colombia, so I’ve been to Colombia many times throughout my life to visit family. When I was 15 years old, my older sister studied abroad through UF in Rome. My dad and I decided to make a trip out of it, and we backpacked through Croatia to Italy, and dropped off my sister for her semester abroad.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I’ve never studied abroad before.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    After I saw the great experience and impact studying I chose to study in Utrecht, the Netherlands. I chose to go here after meeting awesome Dutch people that were on an exchange program. I was choosing between Mannheim, Germany and Utrecht, and when I met so many people from Utrecht; I decided that’s where I wanted to spend my semester abroad. I truly enjoy learning about Dutch culture and can’t wait to see what this semester brings.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am looking forward to learning some Dutch and traveling around the Netherlands and all of Europe.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy traveling, eating and meeting new people.

Taynah: Spring in Reims

Taynah Diniz-Alves is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Reims, France.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques – Reims Campus.

Taynah Diniz-Alves

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a senior majoring in International Studies, with a focus on European Affairs, and minoring in French and Francophone Studies.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have been to Canada and the Bahamas. Both for leisure. I lived in Brazil until I was 15 years old.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I will be studying at Sciences Po – Reims. I chose Sciences Po because of its reputation for excellence in the field of International Relations and Political Science. I am positive it will be an invaluable learning experience. I chose France because I have been learning French for the past 6 years.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am looking forward to see how I cope with being completely on my own in a foreign country. I like to feel challenged. I also want to learn as much as I can about everything and everyone. I want to understand how French people think, and learn more about their language and  culture. I can’t wait to be speaking French 24/7 and traveling around Europe during school break.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I enjoy traveling, exploring new places, meeting different people, being active, classic movies, reading, art, fashion, and cooking.

Courtney: Spring in Dublin

Courtney Evans is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Dublin, Ireland.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in Dublin – Business/Internship.

Courtney Evans

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    Hello! I am a sophomore majoring in International Studies with a focus in the Middle East and a minor in Non-profit organizational leadership. I’m hoping to add Teaching English as a Second Language or International Development and Humanitarian Assistance within the next year.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have been abroad before! The summer before my junior year of high school, I took an educational two-week trip to Italy with my AP European History class.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have not studied abroad before, but it has been on my list of things to do since I came to college!
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland for spring semester! I chose Dublin because the republic is young, the people are known to be friendly, and the entire country has a very rich history (also it has a history of being beautiful so). My family is mostly Irish, therefore I am even more eager to get to step foot in the same places my ancestors may have.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to the people. My whole life I have had friends from all different walks of life, and I am so eager to get to see what the Irish are like.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I am very interested in international politics, movies, and old books. In my spare time, I can often be found window-shopping for kitchenware, running on campus, doing yoga, reading a book (still trying to get through the Game of Thrones series), or taking selfies with my cat.

Rachel: Spring in Strasbourg

Rachel Kline is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Strasbourg, France.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Georgia State University – Strasbourg (European Union Studies).

Rachel Kline

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I’m a third year student majoring in Political Science and Economics, and minoring in Leadership and English.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have traveled to France, Italy, Spain, Israel, Croatia, Greece and Turkey either with family or through other programs.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I have never studied abroad before!
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying in Strasbourg, France because I’m participating in a fantastic European Union Studies Program through GSU and CEPA. I’m excited to explore a new part of France, and it’s only two miles away from Germany so I’m sure I’ll be spending plenty of time there as well! The location is perfect because it’s so centrally located and I’ll have the opportunity to participate in various activities included in my program that are very relevant to what I am studying.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I most looking forward to reinventing myself over four months in a place I have never even visited. I’m going alone and with another school which both terrifies and excites me. Abandoning all familiarity appeals to me because I believe it will shape me more as a person.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    At UF I’m very active in Gators for Israel and my sorority Alpha Chi Omega. Additionally, music has alway been a huge part of my life, I was in the Gator Band my first year at UF. Other than that, I like reading, being outside, travel, and patting animals.

Elle: Spring in Lyon

Elle Gough is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Lyon, France. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: USAC – Lyon (Intensive French).

Elle Gough

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a sophomore International Studies Major.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    The farthest I’ve traveled abroad is Canada for Family Ski Trips (a classic tradition for us!).
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    This is my first time studying abroad.  I’m going to Lyon, France for a language intensive study.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I’m most looking forward to the people and the culture.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    My hobbies are hiking, hammocking, and really anything outdoors.

Rhea: Spring in Helsinki

Rhea Patel is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Helsinki, Finland.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Aalto University School of Business.

Rhea Patel

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Mass Communications.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have traveled to Canada, England, Bahamas, France and India.  All for leisure.  Spring 2016 will actually be my first study abroad experience!
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am studying abroad in Helsinki, Finland.  I choose this location because I wanted to go somewhere different, somewhere less common.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am looking forward to the entire experience! I want to learn, travel, and meet new people!
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    Some of my interests include traveling, drawing, dancing, watching/playing all sports, fashion & design, and cooking.

Abby: Spring in Prague

Abby Newman is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Prague, Czech Republic.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: CEA – Prague (Anglo-American College).

Abby Newman

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a Junior, majoring in Elementary Education and Jewish Studies.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    My first time out of the country was with a high school spring break trip to  to England and France. My love of travel continued with a summer program to Poland and Israel. Following my graduation from high school, I spent a year in Israel studying at a university for a semester and volunteering in a pre-school for a semester. During that year I traveled to Spain and Portugal during Winter Break.
  • Have you studied abroad before? If so, where and what did you study?
    I studied abroad at Hebrew University in Israel taking a variety of Jewish studies classes while on a gap year program.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    I am spending my spring semester studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. I chose to study there because it is an unfamiliar culture and will challenge me to explore myself and my interests. Prague is rich in Jewish history and therefore appeals to my major and my interests. Prague is also centrally located which makes traveling on weekends easy.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I am most looking forward to learning about another culture and lifestyle. I am unfamiliar with European culture and tradition. I am excited to volunteer in a school in Prague in order to immerse myself in the local customs and community. I am also very excited to travel around Europe.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    My interests/hobbies include history, travel, hiking, biking, bowling, working with children, working with the elderly, canoeing, exploring new restaurants because I love food, and shopping.

Jennifer: Spring in London

Jennifer Saporito is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in London, England.  If you want to learn more about her program, click here: UF in London – Business/Internship.

Jennifer Saporito

  • What is your year and academic concentration?
    I am a second year finance major interested in obtaining a Masters in International Business.  I am applying to this Masters program in late spring.  I am planning on doing the combined undergraduate and graduate school option.
  • Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and for what purpose?
    I have never travelled or studied abroad before. So, I am quite excited for this opportunity to live and study in London.  Europe is calling, and I cannot wait to travel and see what all of the different countries have to offer me.
  • Where are you studying abroad and why did you choose to study there?
    This spring I am studying abroad in London, England.  London is one of the most diverse cities in the world.  London is also one of the biggest business centers in the world.  Isn’t it crazy that a finance major wants to study business in one of the largest cities designed for this sole purpose?  (I don’t think so.)  I have chosen England because the Heavener School of Business has a wonderful program in conjunction with the Foundation for International Education.  The program I have entered is not only a study abroad program, it is also an international internship program. Therefore, after I complete my first phase of classes, I will enter an internship phase with a local British company while working and learning real-world finance.
  • What are you most looking forward to during your study abroad program?
    I have two things that I am really excited about doing during my study abroad experience.  First, I cannot wait to experience and live in England.  I have always been fascinated by British culture and I absolutely cannot wait to witness it firsthand every single day.  The second thing I am quite excited for is my international internship.  I previously had an American internship last summer and it was a very good experience for me.  However, I believe that an international internship will help me grow so much more as a business student and as a person.  I cannot wait to see what type of cultural barriers might occur and how I am going to handle and overcome these situations.
  • What are some of your interests and hobbies?
    I love to read.  I will read almost anything and everything.  If I’m bored while eating breakfast, I read the cereal box.  In the shower, I read the backs of shampoo bottles.  Reading is one of my favorite hobbies.  I just love being able to get lost in a world where time doesn’t exist.One thing I could not live without is music.  I will listen to almost any type of music genre except for country.  I’m sorry to anyone who likes this genre, but I just cannot do it. (I have tried though.)  One Direction is probably my favorite group because their music is so much fun to listen and dance to.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are all very attractive (PS I love you Harry Styles.)  Getting back to my point, music is very important to me.  You will all probably see that I relate specific songs to events that occur in my daily life.  I might include some of these along with specific blog entries. I just love the way that music is the soundtrack to all of our lives and it is truly international.

    Some of my other hobbies include film, photography (which all of you will get to experience eventually), soccer, volleyball, travelling, and blogging (what a coincidence!).  I like to think that I am a very interesting person and this study abroad adventure is contributing to this notion.  Stay tuned as I go on one of the most incredible journeys of my life.