Students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures are always off to interesting places to learn and experience the languages and cultures they study. Featured here are a few stories about those experiences. If you've studied abroad and wish to share your experience, please contact Amanda via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsey Chandler traveled to Spain from May 21 to June 21, 2014. In her story, One Summer, Countless Memories, she shares her best souvenirs, memories that will last a lifetime.
In May of 2014, I got on a plane for the very first time to fly eight hours over the Atlantic ocean to a place that I had never imagined I would be able to visit: Madrid, Spain. Before that, the American East Coast was my only home, and the hub from which I saw the world comfortably. It was difficult to wrap my mind around the idea of studying abroad. For me, international travel was always just a dream. (read more...)
Brandon Cortino traveled to Novgorod, Russia from June 22 to July 13, 2014. In his story, Trip to Novgorod and back, he shares what he learned about Russia and his experience there.
I have been a student at Appalachian State University since Fall semester 2012, and have studied Russian for as long as I’ve been here. My experience was as the first and only American to go to the city of Novgorod for the third annual summer school at the state university located there; and as such my group of colleagues was not American but instead Swedish. When I first arrived in the area I was lost and confused; however before even the Swedes arrived (As I had flown to Russia a day before them) I made several friends. (read more...)
Doug Mulford traveled to Argentina from May 5 to July 7, 2014. In his story, The Truth About Study Abroad, he shares the realizations he made about himself and the experience of studying abroad.
As a Spanish major, I’ve had plenty of classroom experience focusing on international relations, language barriers, and culture shock, to name some of the various dilemmas our own internationals experience here. I’m also involved in ASU’s organization International Appalachian, and have spent 3 years interacting with the internationals that arrive here at ASU. However, previous to my semester abroad most of my own international experience was limited to what I learned in class. These experiences were essentially all theoretical, as I hadn’t personally gone through the ups and downs of life abroad. I think many students have a false assumption that going abroad is a perfect experience, as I did myself. (read more...)
Ready to start planning your own trip abroad? Check out the Office of International Education and Development for opportunities!
Before you go abroad, check out the webinar the library created to help you prepare: [Adventure begins in the library: International resources] or if you're in a hurry, check out the preview video now and come back to the webinar later!
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Dr. James Fogelquist
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DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
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Dr. Amanda Romjue
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The World Language exchange was created in 2013 to manage the sharing of less commonly taught languages across the UNC system. This exchange offers access to a variety of languages such as Persian, Cherokee and Ancient Greek as well as courses that explore culture.