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Study Abroad Returnee Contact Program

The Office of Study Abroad is thrilled to introduce our new class of SARCs, Study Abroad Returnee Contacts! These students have all studied abroad on an approved Tulane program and have now brought their newfound skills and insights back to campus! If you are trying to decide on a study abroad program or are preparing to go, read through their experiences and feel free to reach out to them if you have more questions that can best be answered by a fellow Tulanian!

If you are a returned study abroad student and are interested in serving as a SARC, simply fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/YaCszcbJf33iYuz72.

If you have any questions, please email our student intern, Maddie Cohen at mcohen18@tulane.edu
 
Raachel PodgorskiName: Rachel Podgorski, Class of 2018/2019 (Public Health 4+1)
rpodgors@tulane.edu

Program: Durban, South Africa, SIT Community Health and Social Policy, Fall 2016
 
Field of Study: Public Health
 
How did you explore your hobbies, interests, and passions abroad?

The SIT program was fantastic at allowing each student to study/do something that they were passionate about. I want to work with infectious diseases, and I was able to do my independent study project on infectious diseases at a hospital in Durban. Each student in my program got to do something that was uniquely tailored to them.
 
Emily Weber
Name: Emily Weber, Class of 2018
eweber3@tulane.edu

Program: Buenos Aries, IFSA-Butler, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Communications, Public Health, Spanish, Sociology

 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

Studying abroad improved my Spanish skills a lot. I am a Spanish minor and I would like to pursue a career where I can use Spanish. All my classes and coursework were in Spanish, and I used it every single day.
 
Jamie KatzName: Jamie Katz, Class of 2018
jkatz12@tulane.edu

Program: Budapest, CIEE Central European Studies, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Management, Marketing
 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

While abroad I participated in an internship with a startup company that was trying to penetrate the US market. The experience I got there has proven invaluable in my career search here.
Paul HolmesName: Paul Holmes, Class of 2018
pholmes@tulane.edu

Program: Singapore, National University of Singapore, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Architecture and Urban Planning
 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

Living in Asia totally changed how I see my future career. I'm now applying to architecture firms around the world, especially offices with locations in both the US and Asia. I feel more global having been out of the US.
Leah JarrettName: Leah Jarrett, Class of 2018
ljarrett@tulane.edu

Program: Quito, Ecuador, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Neuroscience, Anthropology, Spanish
 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

My semester abroad confirmed that I want to take a gap year volunteering in Central or South America. Also, since I devoted all my time to anthropology, Spanish and traveling, I realized how much I missed science. I will continue to pursue my clinical interests and apply to medical school during my gap year.
 
sam shoversName: Sam Shovers, Class of 2018
sshovers@tulane.edu

Program: Cape Town, South Africa, CIEE, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Neuroscience, Africana Studies
 
Why would you recommend your respective abroad program or location?

The country and city are absolutely breathtaking, there is nothing in the world that can compare to the perspective one can gain living in post-Apartheid South Africa.
ally gerstleyName: Ally Gerstley, Class of 2018
agerstle@tulane.edu

Program: Prague, CET Prague-Jewish Studies, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: English, Jewish Studies
 
Why would you recommend your respective abroad program or location?

I would recommend Prague to anyone thinking about studying abroad because it is truly a remarkable city that's impossible to dislike. Prague is characterized by a funky atmosphere and fun quirks, and there is always something to do or some event to go to. With the Czech crown as the currency, most things are a lot cheaper than they are in other cities in Europe. It's also a great location for traveling to other cities for a weekend trip by plane or train.
marissa pardiniName: Marissa Pardini, Class of 2017
mpardini@tulane.edu

Program: Madrid, Spain, REUNIDAS Fall 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina, SIT: Public Health in Urban Environments Spring 2016
 
Fields of Study: Public Health, Spanish, Latin American Studies
 
What should students consider when applying and preparing for their time abroad?

I would advise students who are considering studying abroad to think hard about what they want to gain from this experience. It's an incredible opportunity for personal, professional and academic growth, and I firmly believe that if you choose to venture out on your own, you will end up learning more about yourself than you could have ever imagined. Instead of being scared of loneliness and constantly seeking ways to be distracted, I would tell potential students to welcome the uncomfortable feelings of loneliness, solitude, and homesickness. These are all natural feelings, and it's in this vulnerability of allowing yourself to feel where you will grow the most.

Read more about Marissa's experience in Argentina & Spain!
 
haley nemethName: Haley Nemeth, Class of 2018
hnemeth@tulane.edu

Program: Madrid, Spain, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: English, Environmental Studies, Spanish
 
Share a story about a time you experienced cultural immersion.

One time I experienced cultural immersion was when I spent Christmas with my language exchange partner. It was interesting to see the different types of foods that Spaniards eat for Christmas such as shrimp with mayonnaise.
audrey brownName: Audrey Brown, Class of 2018
abrown30@tulane.edu

Program: Dublin, Ireland, University College Dublin, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Geology, Anthropology 

How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

While abroad I had the opportunity to work with an international research team as part of my course at UCD. It gave me so much experience and helped me meet so many people. I am currently applying to research internships abroad for this summer.
katie donahueName: Katie Donahue, Class of 2018
kdonahue@tulane.edu

Program: Rome, Italy, IES, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Political Science, Social Policy/Practice, Italian
 
Share a story about a time you experienced cultural immersion.

I lived with an Italian student named Gabriella so was essentially immersed in her life every day. We only spoke in Italian, talking about her job, her studies, her life at home in Perugia. I went out with her and her friends to get an aperitivo pretty frequently. We still write each other letters.
Maya CurtoName: Maya Curto, Class of 2018
mcurto@tulane.edu

Program: Cape Town, South Africa, CIEE Arts and Sciences, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Communications, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
 
What should students consider when applying and preparing for their time abroad?

I think it’s definitely important to prepare for an adventure outside of your comfort zone, which is the exciting part about it. There were so many times when I was in an environment or situation completely different from any experience I have ever had. Maintaining an open mind and empathetic outlook on difference is essential when studying abroad in a new place.
RRoName: Rachel Robertson, Class of 2018
rrober5@tulane.edu

Program: Legon, Ghana, CIEE Arts & Sciences, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Social Policy and Practice, Sociology, Africana Studies
 
Share a story about a time you experienced cultural immersion.

The third week that I was in Ghana, a group of us decided to visit the Northern Region during the Muslim holiday of Eid. The Northern Region of Ghana is predominantly Muslim, much more rural than urban Accra. While we were there, we formed a strong connection with our tour guide who was from a local Muslim community. He invited us to celebrate the Eid with his family, which is not an invitation often extended to "outsiders". We got to witness the community prayer which involved thousands of people, followed by a celebration of animal sacrifices and a feast cooked over an open bonfire. We not only watched the full sacrifice routine, but took part in the feast with the community. It was an experience I will never forget. I am still in touch with many people from that community today.
ZBName: Zachary Benson, Class of 2018
zbenson@tulane.edu
 
Program: England, University of Cambridge- INSTEP, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Economics, Jewish Studies  
 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?
 
It definitely helped with both. My academic experience was enhanced by the ability to study someplace that I had never been before, especially since Cambridge is one of the top universities in the world. As for professionally, being abroad gave me the opportunity to realize that I want to be able to travel more in the future, which has helped me fully realize what I want to do upon graduation.
OHName: Olivia Hermantin, Class of 2018
ohermant@tulane.edu
 
Program: Christchurch, New Zealand, IFSA Butler
 
Fields of Study: Public Health and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  
What should students consider when applying and preparing for their time abroad?

Consider what type of experience you want to have. This is a time in your life when you can immerse yourself in another community pretty much anywhere in the world. I would recommend trying a place that challenges you, and one that has people whose interests align with yours, because that makes it easier to integrate into the community. 
HNovackName: Hannah Novak, Class of 2018
 
hnovack@tulane.edu
 
Program: Amsterdam, CIEE, Fall 2016
 
Fields of Study: Public Health, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship  
 
How did studying abroad affect your academic and/or professional career?

Studying abroad changed my entire perspective on my major. I got alternative insights on public health issues through the Medical Anthropology program at the University of Amsterdam and made strong connections with my professors- I actually have a professor that offered to be my Master's mentor should I choose to return to UvA!

Read more about Hannah's experience in The Netherlands!
 
pamela segallName: Pamela Segall, Class of 2018
psegall@tulane.edu 

Program: University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fall 2016

Fields of Study: Psychology and Italian
  
Share a story about a time you experienced cultural immersion.

I attended a Ceilidh (traditional Scottish evening ball including song/dance) put on by the residence area in which I lived and watched and participated in a traditional Scottish cultural event.
Lily ZName: Lily Zmachinski, Class of 2019
lzmachin@tulane.edu
 
Program: IFSA Butler, Lima, Peru Fall 2015-Spring 2016
 
Fields of Study: Psychology and Spanish  
 
Share a story about a time you experienced cultural immersion.

My host family often had big gatherings for birthdays or celebrations of some sort, since my host mother had 7 siblings this happened often. Being in a house of only Peruvians and sharing a meal and talking made me really feel that I was learning and participating in the Peruvian culture.

Year in the Life of a Tulane Study Abroad Applicant Blog

Follow along with our sophomore Tulane student intern as she applies to study abroad. She is over on our blog, writing about the ups and downs of selecting a program, completing the application process and getting ready to leave campus for an adventure of a lifetime!
 

Fall 2016 Study Abroad Student Blogs



Hayley Alexander
CIEE Thailand: Community Public Health

Hayley Blog

Tatiana Derouen
University of Edinburgh

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Katie Donahue
IES Rome: Language & Area Studies

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Reyna Fa-Kaji
CIEE Rio de Janeiro: Liberal Arts

REyna

Madison Griffith
CIEE Ghana

Maddie G.

Carrie Leibensperger
IFSA Butler New Zealand: Victoria University Wellington

Carrie

Rachel Weltman
DIS Denmark:  (Danish Institute for Study Abroad)

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Past Study Abroad Student Blogs


Altman
Following the International journey of Altman Scholars. The Altman Program in International Studies and Business at Tulane University is a special four-year undergraduate program that integrates liberal arts and business disciplines, extensive language instruction, and two study abroad experiences. Altman Scholars earn two degrees –  a B.A. from the School of Liberal Arts and a B.S.M. from the A. B. Freeman School of Business. Altman Scholars specialize in a region of the world in which their chosen foreign language is spoken, and will be able to combine practical and theoretical knowledge of global economies with deep cultural and linguistic competency.
 


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Perth, Australia
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