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Study Abroad Takes Students Around the World

November 16, 2016

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Cody McInnis studying aboard in New ZealandFrom England and Scotland, to Spain, New Zealand, and more, Saint Anselm students are taking their studies abroad.

Now a few months into their respective trips, students have settled in, started classes, and are already embarking on unique adventures that will help them grow academically and personally in their host countries and beyond.

Emily Rice '18 is spending the semester in Scotland, taking classes and working as an intern for Member Scottish Parliament (MSP) Mary Fee. Rice completed intensive coursework during the first five weeks of the semester, taking a number of politics, Scottish history, and culture classes at the University of Edinburgh. After finishing her classes, Rice began a 10-week full-time internship where she conducts research and helps write briefings and speeches for Fee's debates, as well as working with Fee on a research project on mental health of women in prison.

As a double major in history and politics with a minor in French, Rice was drawn to Scotland not only because of the country's beauty and interesting culture, but also because of their current political situation with Great Britain's impending withdrawal from the European Union.

"I couldn't pass up the chance to not only observe first hand, but actively participate in a government that is undergoing so much transition right now," Rice says. In her free time, she took advantage of the opportunity to see more of the Scottish countryside, hiking through the Black Spout Woods to the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Scotland on the border of the Highlands.

Juniors Emily Vallari and Brendan Walsh are testing their language skills in Germany and Spain, respectively.

A mathematics and German studies double major, Vallari decided to study abroad in Freiburg, Germany as she had taken German since the seventh grade. All of her five courses are at IES Abroad: Freiburg (Institute for the International Education of Students), covering topics including literature, economics, media, society, and politics, are taught in German, and she also only speaks German at home with her host family.

Walsh is an international business major and Spanish minor studying in Madrid, Spain at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Taking two classes taught in Spanish and living with a local host family, Walsh has fully immersed himself in the language. He is also studying international relations and international marketing.

"Living in a home stay taking two Spanish classes, and just being in a Spanish community has improved my Spanish more than I could have imagined," says Walsh.

Cody McInnis was looking for a unique study abroad experience including outdoor exploration- and that's exactly what he found in New Zealand. The junior psychology major (pictured above) has learned about the country and about himself as he embarks on adventures and takes classes on leadership, astronomy, and photography at Auckland University of Technology.

In the course of his travels to every corner of the North Island of New Zealand, McInnis has raced down sand dunes in the northern-most point, camped along the east coast to see the sun rise before anyone else in the world, chased sheep and encountered penguins and baby seals in the south, and explored the White Cliffs in the west. He has also paraglided over the mountains of Queenstown and relaxed on the beaches of Fiji.

Both Catherine Doucette '18 and Sarah McVann '18 are taking their studies to England. Doucette, a fine arts major with a concentration in art history, is spending the entire academic year abroad studying at the University of Leeds in order to fully learn and experience all that the country has to offer. Completely immersing herself in British culture, she has explored castles and cathedrals, attended rugby matches, and enjoyed traditional afternoon tea; she also continues to visit as many art museums as possible.

McVann is taking advantage of her time in Kensington to learn about advertising, public relations, and gender in film at Richmond, the American University in London for her communication major. In addition, she is taking a class called Museums of London, in which she and her classmates visit a different museum in the city every Wednesday. Since Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are only a five-minute walk from where she is living, McVann has many of England's greatest landmarks right in her backyard.

Saint Anselm College's Office of International Programs provides students with many opportunities to study abroad, whether traditional semester-long programs or short-term, faculty-led Global Seminars. The college also offers a program in Orvieto, Italy, where Saint Anselm students and faculty live, learn, and explore Italy's Umbria region.

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Story by Lauren Wanless '17 

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