My three years here at UVA has gone by incredibly fast, but each year has proven to be, without doubt, better than the last. My second year spring semester, I had the awesome opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy, I mean what better place to study art history than in the art history capital of the world!? I had the time of my life. There are countless opportunities for when students can decide to study abroad. Either in the fall semester, the spring semester, for a summer semester, or if for whatever reason a student did not want to be away from UVA’s beautiful grounds for that long of a period, a three week J-term study abroad course is often the way to go. The J-term course spans the break between end of fall semester and beginning of spring semester. Regardless of what your major is and/or what college you are enrolled in (College of Arts and Sciences, Architecture School, Engineering School, etc.,) there are programs offered in many countries of the world including Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, New Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom – just to name a few.
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to ask as college student in their final year what they regret most about their college experience, chances are they might say that they’re bummed they missed out on the opportunity to study abroad. I strongly encourage you to get out there if you get the chance to and go abroad for a semester. After all, it’s one thing to learn about a completely different culture inside the classroom, and another thing to completely immerse yourself in that same culture through a study abroad experience!!