Since its establishment in 1965, Central College Abroad has been committed to providing rich global opportunities to students across the United States. Nearly 50 percent of Central students study abroad on one of the college’s eight distinct summer or semester-long programs—and it’s a life-changing experience.
Not only do students explore the world, they benefit from cultural opportunities that challenge them and open their eyes to new opportunities. Hear it straight from some of the students and leaders—as Central College Abroad is gearing up for its 50th anniversary next year, students are more excited than ever to share their stories and reflect on their experience.
Have any great stories from when you studied abroad? An amazing internship experience? Or a challenging cultural moment that changed your world view? Sound off in the comments below!
“The fall 2013 Bangor group headed to Snowdonia National Park as their first excursion. Walking a mile and a half to the site, the group stopped for a picture at Y Garn Mountain and Lake Llyn Idwal in what is known as the Devil’s Kitchen.” —Tecwyn Vaughan Jones, resident director in Bangor, Wales
Students are just tube stops away from central London where they can explore historical sites like the recently named Elizabeth Tower which houses the world’s most famous clock bell, Big Ben.
Mark Hentschel ’15 takes a dive in a Mexican cenote—a natural, water-filled sinkhole-during an excursion to Tulum, Mexico.
Bienvenue à Paris! Aside from the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable sites in Paris and one that students visit often.
“This is Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria—it was a great place to visit because it started off as a hunting palace, so the grounds are extensive. They include multiple walking paths and a labyrinth. It also has the oldest zoo in the world that started as an imperial menagerie.” —Erin Baldwin ’14, German and international business majors, studied in Vienna, 2012-13 year
“Our group went to a beach while in Morocco. All of us were so excited to ride the camels, and we were led down the beach by a native Moroccan. It was definitely an unforgettable experience while abroad!” —Madison Drees ’14 (left), sociology major, studied in Granada, spring 2013
Leiden, The Netherlands
“I took a day trip to Lisse with a couple friends and we had the chance to see the annual ‘Tulip Time’ parade and visit De Keukenhof, a park designed around multiple flower gardens. It was an awesome experience to be able to see the roots of their traditions and how the people celebrate in the Netherlands.” —Bre Stephenson ’14, business management major, studied in Leiden, spring 2013