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Study Abroad

Study abroad offers students career-enhancing experiences and new perspectives vital to personal growth. Students discover, explore and experience economics, arts and culture, science and education in a new part of the world.

Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global and Multicultural Education will host a Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the KUB Ballroom. BU’s study abroad program offers students career-enhancing experiences and new perspectives vital to both personal and professional growth.

Students discover, explore and experience economics, arts and culture, science, and education in a new part of the world. The once-in-a-lifetime experience allows them to contribute to greater intercultural relations and improved ecological sustainability.

The Study Abroad Fair gives students the opportunity to gain insight about the different study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities available to them. In addition, students can meet both BU and international students who have studied abroad and learn about their experiences.

“London was a place I've always wanted to go to for as long as I can remember,” said Ashley Sulon, a sophomore mass communications major pursuing a minor in music. “With it being in the summer, too, I was able to get myself ahead in credits!”

Sulon said her favorite memory was sharing the experience with one of her closest friends.

"Making so many memories on this trip was the best part,” Sulon said. “I loved learning about the history of Britain and how it differed from America history. Just branching out of my comfort zone with these classes was beneficial to me academically. We also had weekends off to travel, so my friend and I got to experience Hamburg, Germany and Paris, France. Each place had their own unique lifestyle, and it was amazing to experience all the food, culture, and people.”

Choosing the London trip came about from a sort of duality

“I had always been interested with British culture and history," said Troy Platukus, a senior digital forensics major. "The city has been around for way longer than any city in the United States, so I knew there would be a lot of cool areas to explore. I am also a big fan of the British Social Realism film movement, so I knew there would be great opportunities to experience all different arenas of art.”

London Study Abroad

As a self-proclaimed film buff, visiting the studio lot where the Harry Potter movies were filmed was a memorable moment for Platukus abroad.

“It was incredible to see the real locations from what was such a large part of my childhood,” Platukus. “I was also a big fan on the Imperial War Museum, and visiting the 'off-West End' theatre productions. These were often times performed in areas not much bigger than classrooms, with 100 seats maximum. The ingenuity of completing these productions with such limited space was fascinating.”

Platukus admits his time in London was life changing.

“Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing a different country is integral to our growth and transition from college students to adults in the ‘real world,’” Platukus said. “The experiences I had on this trip will stay with me forever, and I include my trip to London on the list of the best decisions I've ever made.”

Finance major on extended business trip to Europe

Denmark Study Abroad

Two of Lilla Feher’s biggest college goals were to go to Europe and position herself for success in business. With the help of PASSHE’s Study Abroad Award program the junior Bloomsburg University finance major is accomplishing both this fall.

“I chose Aarhus, because the credits would transfer back to Bloomsburg and its business school is in the top 100 universities in the world,” explained Feher, also an information and technology management major. “The education was the most important part to me. Also, I had been hearing fantastic things about Denmark.”

Some of these fantastic attributes include Denmark being named the happiest country in the world in 2016. The city Aarhus, where Feher is studying, was named the 2017 European Capital of Culture.

“Here in Denmark I am part of the ‘Business and Social Sciences’ faculty,” Feher said. “I’m taking all business classes here, including international finance, which I think is amazing I can take it ‘internationally.’”

As far as career goals, Feher says she wants to become a personal financial advisor.

“I would love to keep ties with Denmark and potentially even work here,” Feher said. “So we will see where life takes me after this journey.”

Celebration of Cultures

We want to highlight activities that celebrate the diversity of the campus community on Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Academic Quad. We also to provide a venue for the campus community to learn about other cultures through music, dance, and food. BU's Office of Global and Multicultural Education also supports study abroad and this event is a taste of “abroad” in Bloomsburg.

In addition to the many BU clubs and organizations, our international students are very involved. They will do the henna painting, provide entertainment, and participate in the soccer game against the faculty and staff. This is our second year the event is held.