Our travelers can barely stand the excitement! With only 3 days to go, the GCU pack has an itch that cannot be scratched! Europe is calling our name, as we pack our bags, finish up last minute homework, and make our last minute arrangements. We will be loading into a GCU van on Thursday afternoon to catch our flight from Newark Airport! For those of you out there looking to keep track on the status of our safe arrival, our flight leaves at 5:30pm and will land in Dublin, Ireland at 4:55am (11:55pm EST). Then there is a second flight from Dublin to our destination which will arrive at our destination at 9:25am (3:25am EST). We cannot wait to begin exploring! Bye for now!
Ciao! I had the privilege of studying abroad in Florence, Italy. From my daily espresso shot in the morning, runs across the Ponte Vecchio, strolls in and out of new museums and luxury fashion stores, mouth-watering cuisine, entertaining nightlife, learning a new language, being awed constantly by the rich architecture and artwork within the city, being fully immersed into a new culture, living in an adorable apartment with roommates from all over the world, and staying in a central location that is easy travel to my next destination is a few of the reasons why I loved studying abroad in Florence. While abroad, I learned how to “adult” and seek opportunities for myself. For example, if you get a full weekend trip at a competitive discount only one hour before departure – pack your bags and run for it! I enjoyed visiting the south to north end of Italy, London for Fashion Week, Munich for Oktoberfest, Greece for some fall break island hopping, Budapest for the history, Austria for their world-famous Christmas markets and “Sound of Music” tour, and Switzerland for the Alps and chocolate of course! Beyond the Italian lifestyle and travels, academically I was challenged and I really enjoyed my Italian professors. Florence easily became my home away from home. The experience I received from studying abroad is rare and I will be talking about my four months in Italy forever. If you choose to study abroad you will find your experience to be one of the most humbling and liberating experiences you will encounter in college. There is no better time to travel and continue your education globally. For now, I will count the days until I’m back in my home away from home or traveling to my next destination…
By : Lisa Milburn ’19 (Studied abroad Fall ’17 in Florence, Italy)
In the Fall semester of 2017, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Australia! This experience exposed me to an amazing culture. It was really awesome to become part of Australia’s life for 4 months. I have a heightened perspective of the world around me, and it helped me realize that the routines I experience everyday in the United States isn’t the end all be all of my life. Australia is a beautiful country/continent and I am so lucky to have lived and studied there for such an extended period of time. I recommend studying abroad 100 percent and I would definitely go again!
-Daniel Smoke ’20 (studied abroad Fall ’17 in Gold Coast, Australia)
Throughout my semester abroad, I really emerged in the culture and experienced many things that the country had to offer. I went to Australia. I went to an amazing university named Bond University, which was located in Gold Coast, Queensland. Personally, going into this “Last Minute” decision, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After taking long flight after flight, and adjusting to the time zone, I was in full effect. Living on campus, making friends with people from all over the world, and going out a little too much… I was literally living the dream. I managed to make more friends in Australia than I probably made in the last few years here in the United States. The way they taught classes in Australia was even better than school here, in the U.S.. I passed all of my classes and went to explore some amazing places all over Australia. Sydney, Brisbane, Straddie Island, and dozens of beaches throughout Queensland. I managed to do everything on my bucket list. If anyone is thinking about studying abroad and they don’t know whether or not that they should, DO IT. This experience was the best I’ve ever had, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I still keep in touch with the friends I made over there on Snapchat and Facebook, and most likely will go back in the future. Australia left me with some amazing friends and memories, and I definitely left Australia with a piece of me.
– Evan Boyce ’19 (studied abroad Fall ’17 in Gold Coast, Australia)
Jackie Sweeney & Lauren Sorce are studying this spring semester in London at St. Mary’s University. Take a look at their first two weeks of exploring the city and Stonehenge!
We’re almost there! In less than a month seven GCU students and two faculty members will be heading to Italy! Here’s a look at our amazing schedule!
May 2: Depart the US
May 3: Arrive in Rome and tour the Pantheon!
May 4: Touring the Colosseum and Ancient Rome
May 5: Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
May 6: Traveling to Florence! Site visit to the Duomo and beginning our research!
May 7: Tour of the Uffizi Gallery; guest lecturer on Italian immigration
May 8: Meeting with Italian students; Visit to Accademia
May 9: Travel day to Venice; Tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Palazzo Ducale
May 10: Walking Tour of Venice
May 11: Heading home to the United States
We are prepping for our service trip to Nueva Vida. Currently we are spreading awareness of our mission and asking for any donations of medicine, and supplies for the health clinics we will be working in. We are also excited to help build another health clinic for the community. In order to prepare we are brushing up on our Spanish to be able to communicate with the locals. We are eager to learn about their culture and way of life after the hardships they endured post Hurricane Mitch. We hope to lend helping hands and gain a new perspective on life.
We are about three weeks away! Passports are ready and loaded, suitcases are being dusted off, and excitement is high! We are all looking forward to a great time, experiencing new things, and gaining new appreciations for new cultures! Here is a before photo of our travelers!!
Juan Quintero has just arrived in Lisbon, Portugal where he will be spending the spring semester studying abroad! Follow his photos and updates on our Global Lions Facebook group
Deborah & Faigy have now been living & studying biology and chemistry at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) for the past month! They have made friends from around the world and have been taking in all that this incredible city has to offer!