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For Bao “Terry” Cao ’19, a double major in sociology and sport management from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, coming to UMass Amherst marked the first time he had lived in another country. Within a year, however, he had settled in and decided he was ready for his next cross-cultural adventure: a UMass Amherst study-abroad program.
He was not disappointed in his choice: “Studying abroad completely changed me,” Cao says.
Kailee Kennedy ’18 realized the importance of diversifying her study abroad experience and chose three unique opportunities for expanding her practical knowledge of public health
and intercultural communications. After securing three scholarships to fund the bulk of her trips, the Commonwealth Honors College student with a double major in public health and Spanish was able to fulfill her study-abroad aspirations.
In a pilot program, 15 Emerging Scholars in Commonwealth Honors College spent two weeks during the summer in the Dominican Republic learning the country’s history and culture—and even finding the time to build a vegetable garden at an elementary school. The study-abroad
experience for the first-generation college students is part of an effort by the campus to increase participation in international education.
Thank you, UMass Amherst! #YouAreWelcomeHere!
Sharon Chen, Communication '18, spent her Spring 2017 semester at Kansai Gaidi in Japan. She was one of fourteen UMass students awarded the Gilman International Scholarship- Official Page for their education abroad.
Check out her adventures in Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Hiroshima!
Five years ago, Eliza Shirazi ’13 was a communication and public health major at UMass Amherst, studying abroad in South Africa, and teaching a kickboxing-inspired group fitness class. Now, Shirazi, founder of Kick It By Eliza, has 60 trained instructors and plans to bring the unique fitness program to international venues. “I wouldn’t have the courage to do all this without the experience of study abroad,” Shirazi says.