Welcome to education abroad at McDaniel College!
McDaniel College is dedicated to providing meaningful study abroad experiences for students, whether that is by studying at our branch campus in Budapest, Hungary, or one of our exchange programs, or with one of many affiliated programs. Studying abroad can be a life changing experience, and we are here to guide you through that process. Please explore the resource links for students, parents, and faculty.
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Studying abroad exposes students to new academic interests, career goals, and world views. To learn about the impact study abroad has had on McDaniel students, check out the stories below.
My name is Theadora Westlake-Stearns, and I studied abroad during the Fall 2016 semester at Université Saint-Louis in Brussels, Belgium. I took this photo while visiting Brugge, one of many cute medieval towns in Belgium's lush countryside. I love this program because of how easy it is to travel. From Brussels, most places in Europe are a quick plane or train ride away. I also feel lucky to be able to learn about so many different cultures while staying here in the city. I lived in a house with students from Belgium, France, Lithuania, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Basque Country, Mexico, and Japan. Most importantly, once you've tasted a Belgian waffle you'll never be able to go back to IHOP pancakes.
Theadora Westlake-Stearns ‘19
Exchange to Université Saint-Louis, Brussels, Belgium
My name is Cris Juarez, and I studied abroad in Peru last January as part of "The Forest Online: Entrepreneurial Storytelling on Perú's Amazon Frontier" Jan Term taught by Dr. Scullion and Professor Ambrose. We traveled to Peru and spent some time in both Cusco and Lima, but the majority of our trip was spent in the jungle in the Madre de Dios Region, one of the most highly biodiverse areas in the world, and one of the few remaining areas of intact, old growth jungle in the country. The purpose of our class was to experience this remote location and hone our storytelling skills to report on different aspects of the location and culture.
Our class was divided based on interests into teams; I was part of the Forest Protection Team since I'm an environmental studies major and very interested in forest ecology. Our team studied sites of recent deforestation and the effect on forest ecology, as well as the cultural causes and drivers of deforestation. One of the most important things I learned studying deforestation in Peru was that it was an incredibly complicated issue, and there did not exist the clear concept of a "good" or "bad" guy in this situation. The majority of deforestation was taking place under small scale, subsistence operations out of economic necessity, not out of corporate greed. The issue was a systemic one of poverty and lack of viable economic alternatives, and thus had to be approached from multiple perspectives and with an open mind to be analyzed and ultimately fixed.
One of the things I loved about Peru was the rich and beautiful culture. Peruvians are deeply connected to their Incan roots, and the beauty of the architecture juxtaposed with the wild greenery was something unbelievably refreshing to see nearly every day. Machu Picchu was probably my favorite place that we visited...seeing the beauty of nature next to the amazing stonework of the Incas was a truly otherworldly experience for me.
Cris Jaurez ‘17
Jan Term 16: The Forest Online: Entrepreneurial Storytelling on Perú's Amazon Frontier
I’m Monica Patel, and I’m currently a junior at McDaniel. For the Fall 2016 semester, I studied abroad at McDaniel’s campus in Budapest, Hungary. I am double majoring in Communication and Business Administration, so the Budapest campus was great because I didn’t have to worry about falling behind on my major requirements. The campus is small, with only 80 four-year students in one building, but you meet so many people from different cultures and make so many new friends. Most people don’t have classes on Fridays, so I spent most of my three-day weekends travelling through Europe, such as Krakow, Amsterdam, and Brussels. When I decide to stay in Budapest on the weekends, I spend the days exploring new parts of the city that I haven’t seen yet.
I never thought that I would study abroad during college, but McDaniel made it easy with the fact that financial aid and scholarships transfer over, and the administration here were really helpful when the group of 16 American students and I landed in Budapest. Studying abroad has taught me so much. It has taught me to be independent, be culturally aware, and be open to new experiences. The beginning was frustrating at first with culture shock and homesickness, but I’m immensely happy that I pushed myself to take on this new experience.
Monica Patel ‘17
McDaniel College Budapest
SIT is an experiential learning environment where we had classes on site, took educational field trips around the country, and spent our last month in country working on our self designed independent study projects.
I chose Nepal because it was outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to push myself into a country I knew nothing about and a language I couldn't speak. I came out with a deep love for Nepal and its people. I am forever changed by what I witnessed and took part in. If you ever get an opportunity to go to this beautiful country, grab it.
Leigh Brownell ‘16
Affiliated Partner Program: SIT Nepal: Development and social change