"One of the best surprises of study abroad was how smoothly the program fit in with my ongoing education. The transition to and from my school in Berlin was as simple as any other semester at home. Both in terms of finances and credits, it was basically like I was still going to school at Rutgers, but living in Berlin. This really made the whole experience that much more worth it, knowing that I was able to travel and experience another part of the world, while continuing my education and working towards my degree."
"I'm taking only four courses while I'm here. I'm taking one seminar that talks about Contemporary Australia and another course called Australian Pop Culture. I'm excited to learn more about the culture and history here. The other two courses are for my major. The lectures here are a lot shorter than the ones at Rutgers, which I prefer. Courses here are also broken into lectures and tutorials. Tutorials can be equivalent to recitations at Rutgers. They're smaller classes so you can have more of an engaging discussion about your course."
"Taught by Dr. Satyanarayana Das, the Hinduism course gave an insider look to one of the oldest religions in this history of mankind. Dr. Das provided an objective approach and facilitated learning through relatable examples and interesting videos. To supplement class lectures, we were required to write short response papers connecting our experiences to literature being addressed in class. The daily excursions helped us interact directly with the culture being addressed in class as we visited premodern and modern temples, significant holy sites, and the Taj Mahal. In addition, we were invited as guests for a VIP concert and dance performance, ending the trip off with a bang. My favorite experience was when we visited the Taj Mahal. In all its grandeur, the monument stuns and amazes at first sight."
"This trip also made me certain that I have chosen the right major. Holding tarantulas, hiking up steep muddy terrain, inspecting insects, and catching frogs and bats certainly does not sound like a good time to everyone. However, I couldn’t get enough of it. I had so much fun identifying different plant and animal species with our guides and using my binoculars to try to catch a glimpse of different tropical birds. I have learned so much about biology and sustainability through this experience. Although this study abroad program focuses on biology, I was also glad that our professor included many cultural expeditions as well. It’s important to explore all aspects of a place– and to take your blinders off once in a while. I loved that we learned about Ecuadorian rituals, traditions, and daily life."