Learning Abroad is always looking for students to share their Learning Abroad experiences through our Social Media Influencer Program and our various contests throughout the year. Whether you are a prospective student, returned student, or a member of the community, we encourage you to follow our Learning Abroad students as they learn and explore in a different country and culture.
Kara Steab is a Civil and Environmental Engineering student, minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She loves outdoor activities, such as paddle boarding and hiking, and she is also interested in arts and crafts, reading, and travelling. Ever since Kara learned about the Utah Asia campus, she was determined to go. Even though COVID-19 delayed her plans to learn abroad by a year, she has finally been given the opportunity to go. She's excited to try different foods, visit Seoul, Busan, and Jeju island, and admire the architecture.
Hi everyone! My name is Susma Gurung and I am a Senior pursuing Marketing & Sustainability Studies at the David Eccles School of Business. I am doing a Learning Abroad Program through International Studies Abroad (ISA) and taking courses at the American School of Paris in France.
Hi! My name is Sophie Hansen and I’m a pre-med student majoring in Biology with an Anatomy & Physiology emphasis and minoring in Pediatric Clinical Research. I’m studying in Denmark this Fall on the DIS Copenhagen Medical Practice & Policy program. I’m so excited for my semester abroad and all of the amazing adventures I will have, people I will meet, and knowledge I will gain. I can’t wait to take you along!
Hi! My name is Deyvy Armendariz! I am a 2nd-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology Program at the University of Utah's College of Health. I am going to Oaxaca, Mexico, for the Communication and Culture in Health Professions program during Fall Break. I am a native Spanish speaker, and I am excited to explore Oaxaca and use my Spanish-speaking skills to help others. I'm stoked about it, and I can't wait to learn more about Oaxacan culture and share my experiences. I hope during the trip, I can expand my audiology skills and work towards becoming a well-rounded clinician.
Hey everyone! My name is Dylan Beattie and I am a sophomore studying kinesiology at the U! I am studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA) in Barcelona, Spain. I'm excited to share my daily life here and all the amazing experiences I have throughout the week!
HI! My name is Kylie Lo and I am a triple major in sociology, criminology, and psychology. I will be doing a psychology program over at the University of Utah Asia Campus! Learning abroad has always been a dream for me! I am so excited to share my experiences with you all! Get ready for lots of food, travel, and other fun adventures!
Hi! My name is Maddy Enderle and I'm a Junior at the University of Utah majoring in Health Society & Policy, minoring in Professional Sales and Business Development. I will be learning abroad with CIEE in their open campus block, global institute program in Rome and Sydney this spring. I am so excited to explore Rome and Sydney this semester and live in two totally different locations, getting two very unique experiences while learning abroad!
Hey! I'm Kayla Atwood and I'm a sophomore business student at the University of Utah, minoring in Spanish! I'm going to Spain for a semester to study the language, and hoping to return fluent in Spanish. I'm stoked about it and I can't wait learn about the culture and share my experiences!
Hi, my name is Natalia! I'm a double major in Biology and Economics. This spring semester I will be doing an exchange at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I have always dreamed of going to Amsterdam and now I get the chance to live there for a full semester. I love to travel and see new cultures and I can't wait to experience all that my program has to offer!
Hi, my name is Nina Yu! I'll be studying Journalism at the University of Utah Asia Campus: Communication in South Korea this fall. I will also be reporting from The Daily Utah Chronicle while abroad so look forward to my articles. I am so stoked to start this semester-long adventure and to share all the upcoming scenery, campus life, and eats with everyone!
Hi! My Name is Rylee Bunten. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City. I am a double major in psychology and criminology. This fall I will be in the exchange program at The American College of Greece, located 30 minutes outside of downtown Athens. I am so excited to take part in this amazing adventure and to be able to live the Mama Mia life of my dreams for a semester
Hi, I'm Meg! I am a senior at the University of Utah studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. I am currently doing an exchange program at the University of Sydney in Australia! I love traveling and Australia has always been on my list, so I'm beyond excited to be spending an entire semester living in Sydney!
Hey everyone! My name is Solana Galvan, I'm a senior at the University of Utah. I am pursuing a major in International Studies with an emphasis in Global Health and two minors in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to study abroad in South America with CEA's Social Science and Liberal Arts program. I will be living in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the fall semester, and I am so excited to immerse myself in the culture and experience everything South America has to offer!
Hey! My name is Jaime Cross and I am a second year pre-architecture student here at the U! I will be studying abroad in the Architecture, Design, and Planning program in Volterra, Italy for fall semester. I'm super excited to see where this experience takes me and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.
Hi, my name is Hallie Bradshaw and I am an International Studies and French major. I am studying abroad with USAC in Lyon, France for the Fall semester. I can't wait to be immersed in the culture, and my goal is to become fluent in French!
Hi! I am Madison Kuledge! I am a Junior at the University of Utah majoring in Communication with a minor in German. This fall I will be studying at Aarhus University which is in northern Denmark on the Baltic Sea. I am beyond excited for this opportunity to be studying and living in another country. I love learning about and experiencing new cultures. I'm ready to experience Danish culture and everything that Aarhus has to offer me!
Hey there! My name's Trey McEuen, I'm a current BFA candidate in the Musical Theatre Program at the U! I have a passion for telling stories, engaging people and audiences, and of course: singing and dancing. I'm psyched to have the opportunity to be a part of the Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London learning abroad program, spending my summer studying what I love. I can't wait to visit some of the most famous theatre destinations in the world, like William Shakespeare's Globe, and see shows on internationally renowned stages.
Hi my name is Isabella Silva. I am a Strategic Communications major with a design minor. This summer I will be studying sustainability in the Fijian islands!
Hello! My name is Alston and I am a film major here at the U. This summer I'll be going to Cefalù, Italy to participate in the Film and Media Arts Learning Abroad Program. Last year I did the same program in Genoa and I had such a great experience that I decided to go again. I'm really looking forward to the new places I'll go and the friends I'll make along the way!
I am an International Studies major and photo minor who is participating in the Himalayan Film Program in Nepal. I love traveling and have been wanting to go to Nepal for years. My goal is to capture meaningful and honest stories and share them with others.
Hi I'm Avery Hazelbaker! I'm a Mathematics major on a Pre-Med track at the University of Utah in hopes of going to Medical school to become an Allergist. I'm more than excited to spend my summer in Paris, France learning differential equations through the CEA Engineering program! I'm hoping to become immersed in and learn from the culture and fulfill my dream of living in France and traveling Europe.
Hola! I'm Lizzy Guerra, a senior this semester! Currently pursuing a degree in International Studies with a focus in culture & identity as well as a minor in Spanish. I am also taking the pre-reqs for PA school where I'd like to do a specialty in Dermatology. I am beyond excited to share my journey with all of you in Oviedo, Spain for the Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Program. I live for adventure and to be given this opportunity is a dream for me. I am going to take in every second of this program and learn as much as I can about the culture, the country, and the people!
Ciao, amici! My name is Sarah Bell and I am a junior at the University of Utah majoring in Communication Studies. A few summers ago, I traveled to Italy and came home desiring to learn how to speak Italian. I signed up for Italian language classes at the U and have enjoyed it so much that I decided to look into heading back to the beautifully country for a study abroad. This summer, I will be participating in the Intensive Italian Language program in a small, hill-top town called Montepulciano. I am thrilled for this opportunity to become more confident speaking Italian, be immersed into a new culture, make new friends and eat my way through Italy.
Hello hello! My name is Alli Hoffman and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biology and French here at The U as well as a minor in Chemistry. I started learning French when I was 9 at school in Dubai and have been in love with the language ever since. I am ecstatic to finally be able to experience the French language outside of the classroom this summer in Grenoble, France, where I will be taking classes though The U's Faculty-Led Intensive French Language and Culture Program!
Hi! My name is Hailey Hewitson and I just finished my first year of pharmacy school here at the U! Before pharmacy school, I received a bachelors degree in microbiology and a minor in music from Cal Poly. This summer I am studying abroad in Ghana and Paris with the Global Public Health Program. I will be researching antibiotic resistance in Ghana and learning about public health in Paris. I am excited to share what I learn and experience in Ghana and Paris with you!
Hello, my name is Brandon Dennison and I am entering my senior year majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Chemistry. Upon graduation, I plan on attending medical school. I am thrilled to be learning abroad this summer on the "Wilderness Medicine in the Alps" Learning Abroad Program. This program takes place in Chamonix-Mt. Blanc, France. We will be hiking throughout the alps located in France, Switzerland, and Italy. I cannot wait to learn about life-saving medicine practices while backpacking in some of the worlds most pristine and beautiful mountains.
Bonjour! My name is Jacqueline Gutierrez and I am a proud Latina who is pursuing a career as an Immigration Lawyer. I am double majoring in International Studies and Criminology, and also have a French minor. With that in mind, I am super excited about the opportunity to study in Grenoble, France this summer as part of the Intensive French Language and Culture Program. I am so thankful for the chance to immerse myself in a completely new culture and push further towards fluency in the amazing language. I have no doubt that this will be a life-changing experience that will bring a positive impact on both my personal and academic life. I'm READY!
Hey! My name is Aislynn Hoang and I am a Computer Science Major! I am in the ISA Intensive Learning Abroad Language program for summer 2019! I will be spending a month in Shanghai, China. Come check out where you could be next summer!
Hola! My name is Diana Martinez and I was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised here in Salt Lake City. I'll be the first college graduate in my family, and I plan to major in accounting and minor in entrepreneurship. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do the Global Entrepreneurship Program in Europe where I'll be living in Nice, France. Throughout my time I'll be traveling to Rome, Tel-Aviv, Paris, Cairo, and hopefully more beautiful places!
Aloha, my name is Tiyanni Mahi and I am from Maui, Hawai'i. I have had an adventurous first three semester of college, attending BYU Provo for a semester, Dixie State University for a semester, and Fall 2018 was my first semester at the U. I am majoring in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Psychology, and planing to attend Physical Therapy school. I am thrilled to be spending my forth semester of college abroad as an exchange student at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. I am all about taking advantage of what life has to offer and I can't wait to get lost in another country full of exciting, new opportunities.
Chile, Argentina, & Peru
Hi there! I'm Jessie Jolly, a senior at the University of Utah. I am pursuing a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in sustainability and development and a business administration minor. I am so excited for the opportunity to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Program in South America where I'll be living in Santiago, Chile for the spring semester, taking classes, and interning for an amazing company. I know this will be an incredible experience and I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in the culture and everything Chile and this program has to offer!
Hi, I'm Tim Austin, a History major studying at the University of Utah. In addition to History, I've been studying Spanish for the past 7 years and love the language. I will be doing an exchange program at the University of the Americas Puebla, in Cholula, Mexico. I'm incredibly excited to learn more about Mexican history and culture, improve my Spanish and take in the local architecture, food, music and environment, all while attending great classes and making new friends.
Hello! My name is Julia Friedrichsen, and I am originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota. I am a second year student at the University of Utah with Pre-Architectural Studies as my major. I would also like to pursue a minor in French. I am ecstatic to say that I will be spending this fall on the architecture department's trip, "Architecture, Design, and Planning in Tuscany." I can't wait to visit Europe for my first time and experience the ornate buildings as well as the beautiful landscapes of Italy. While abroad, I hope to proliferate my knowledge of European culture and pick up some of the language!
Hi! My name is Nicole King, a 2nd year graduate student in the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program. I will be traveling to Bangkok and Mae Sot, Thailand with other PA students to provide free health services and learn about different approaches to medicine. I am passionate about working with underprivileged populations, especially those internationally. Having been to Asia for a medical/surgical mission in the past, I'm excited to go back for health-related work and explore what Thailand has to offer.
Hi! My name is Emma and I just finished my freshman year at the University of Utah studying modern dance and kinesiology. I was born and raised in SLC, but love to travel and experience new places. I will be studying in the Greece from Minoan to Modern Times program, where I will explore thirteen different cities throughout Greece. I can't wait to learn about the ancient ruins and temples and better understand their integration into modern cities while learning from the people of Greece, providing me insight on the capabilities and differences of humans worldwide. I am excited to be able to share my travels and what I learn along the way!
I am a Parks, Recreation, and Tourism major. I will be participating in a National Taiwan University exchange program which is located in Taipei, Taiwan. My dream is to immerse myself in Taiwanese culture, become proficient in the Chinese language, and to continue practicing Kendo while I'm in Taipei.
Heredia, Costa RIca
Matthew Dutson is a senior majoring in physics with minors in mathematics and computer science. In his final semester he is traveling to Heredia, Costa Rica to study Spanish and Latin American culture. After graduation he plans to pursue a graduate degree in computer science, with the eventual goal of a career in machine learning and data science.
Nicole is a graduate student in the University of Utah's Physician Assistant Program. She will be traveling with a group of 8 students from the PA program to rural Nepal. The group will help to provide health screenings, gather data for public health projects, and participate in a knowledge and skills exchange with local Health Assistants (Nepali medical providers who are similar to PAs). Nicole has spent one and a half years in India on two prior trips, and has always dreamed of going back to the region to do health-related work. She absolutely cannot wait to hike lots of steep mountain passes and eat momos along the way!
Hi! I'm Nick Hendrickson, a skier from Utah that competed for the the University of Utah Nordic Ski Team and studies Urban Ecology. I am starting my studies in Innsbruck, Austria pursuing International Business and will complete the program in In June. When I'm not studying I spend most of my time traveling, skiing, climbing and look forward to sharing all of it!
Paul Bowles is a senior at the University of Utah. He is graduating this spring with a BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and Security. He will be studying in Havana, Cuba this October. Paul is passionate about traveling and immersing himself in new cultures. Depending on how his summer travels go, Cuba could be country #25 for Paul (his goal is to experience 100 countries in his lifetime). He couldn't think of a better way to reach this incredible milestone than with the University of Utah's Cuba fall break program!
My name is Zeke Greer and I recently finished my sophomore year at the University of Utah. I'm pursuing a degree in business finance with a minor in Japanese. Having spent five years of my childhood living with my family in Japan, I am incredibly excited to finally be going back again. I look forward to the semester I will be spending at Akita International University where I hope to immerse myself in the language and local culture.
My name is Hannah Hanson and I am a senior seeking a BA in Environmental and Organismal Biology and a minor in Book Arts, this coming fall break I will be learning abroad in Cuba! The program I'm attending is called "Cuba: Community, Complexity, and Change", I will spend a week in Havana analyzing the political, social, economic, and environmental past and future of Cuba. I am excited to document and reflect on my experience in Cuba using social media and blogging. Though my trip is significantly shorter than many of the other learning abroad opportunities I can't wait to immerse myself in my experience abroad.
Hello! My name is Mckenzie Madsen and I am a University of Utah Accounting major completing an exchange semester at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. I love the outdoors, reading good books, eating great food and meeting new people. I have dreamed about studying abroad since I was in middle school and am so excited to finally be doing it in such an incredible country!
Harry is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish. He is excited to be traveling to Puebla, Mexico to attend the Universidad de las Americas Puebla as part of an exchange program during fall semester of 2017. Harry is looking forward to immersing himself in the language and culture of Mexico as he seeks to improve his Spanish language skills. Along the way he hopes to eat a lot of good food, meet new people, and make great memories.
Incheon, South Korea
Annette Harris is a graduate student at the University of Utah pursuing a dual Master of Public Policy/Master of Public Health degree. She traveled to Seoul, South Korea to attend the University of Utah Asia campus and complete a course in practical data analysis. Annette is developing a career in health policy with a research interest in health care reform.
Taya Wallace is a freshman at the University majoring in history with a minor in anthropology. She is thrilled to be going to Rome, Italy this summer with the Humanities in Motion faculty led program. She looks forward to perusing the amazing museums and architectural wonders such as the Pantheon and the Coliseum. She is excited to learn more about Roman history and the impacts it has had on the formation of new nations, such as the United States. She can't wait to drown herself in a new culture and tons of gelato.
My name is Daniel Steiner, and I'm from North Ogden, UT. It's my second semester here at the U, but this summer I'll be in Genova, Italy studying film! I'm planning to apply to the product design program next spring and might even end up doing film as well. I am really interested in telling peoples story through film, and I am excited to meet people from all different backgrounds and tell their stories as best I can.
My name is Caitlin Silianoff and I just finished my first year studying Political Science and International Studies. I will be spending my summer in Tianjin, China, studying Chinese in the Intensive Chinese Language program. At home in Utah, I like to ski, hike, and bike, but this summer I look forward to practicing Chinese, immersing myself in culture and history, and diving into the challenges and experiences that come with traveling abroad!
Kumasi, Ghana & Paris, France
Chelsea is a graduate student at the College of Pharmacy. She will be spending her summer participating in the Global Public Health in Ghana and Paris Program. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Chelsea moved to the state of Utah in 2011 to explore and experience life out west. When she is not studying pharmacy, Chelsea is traversing new hiking trails, dining at local restaurants, or flowing to yoga at her favorite studio. With regard to the learning abroad program she is most excited about immersing herself in a new culture, learning about unique healthcare practices, and having once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Hannah is a junior majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition. She will be traveling throughout Australia with the ISA Sport Research and Practice program through the University of Canberra during the Summer of 2017. She is excited to experience Australian culture by visiting many cities, hiking through the Blue Mountains, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, visiting with Olympic Athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, and eating lots of new foods.
Alice Ryan is a junior majoring in Musical Theatre. She will be traveling to London, England, this summer with the Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London Learning Abroad program. Alice is so excited to be studying Shakespeare and contemporary theatre in the heart of Europe. She is excited to return to the U with newfound theatrical knowledge and a greater passion to fuel her studies before she enters the professional theatre world.
Lilly is a fourth-year (senior) majoring in English and pursuing the University's TESOL certificate. In Summer 2017, Lilly will go to London, England with the Street Scenes: Imagining Cosmopolitan London study abroad program. Lilly plans to teach English abroad and thinks the London program is a wonderful opportunity to experience living in another country. She hopes that while in London she can meet many new people and renew her love for travel and adventure.
Michelle is a junior, double-majoring in psychology and sociology. She will spend her Spring semester studying at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain through a CEA Affiliate program. She is most excited to immerse herself in the Spanish culture and do lots of traveling around Europe. Michelle hopes to come back from her semester abroad with a more worldly perspective that she will be able to apply to the rest of her studies at the U.
Kylie Kingsbury is a first year graduate student working to get her MPH. She is taking classes at the University of Utah Campus in Songdo, South Korea. Professionally, Kylie works with refugees in Salt Lake County and is interested in global public health. She is looking forward to eating Korean food, watching Korean films, listening to k-pop and learning more about international health issues.
Joe is a senior majoring in Japanese language and pursuing a certificate in Book Arts. He will live in Akita, Japan during the 2016-2017 academic year as an exchange student at Akita International University. Joe is not only looking forward to participating in AIU's demanding Japanese Language program, but also the many chances he'll have to learn first-hand about traditional Japanese bookmaking, printmaking, and calligraphy through independent research. On the off chance he has any spare time left, he hopes to possibly pick up a few Japanese cooking skills, too.
Bryn is a Russian Major who appreciates the power of language to connect humanity. The next step in her odyssey from obscurity to world domination will be spending her Senior year of study at St. Petersburg State University of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia. Studying through Utah Learning Abroad's affiliate SRAS, and with belly-laughing (and probably some ugly crying) as her creed, she hopes to become fluent in Russian as she navigates the circus of discovery that is living abroad. When not immersed in her studies, she plans to spend her time traipsing around every palace they'll let her into; making a slew of embarrassing mistakes; and smiling more than is socially acceptable in Russia - because she won't be able to help it.
Travis is a senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish and Chemistry. He is preparing to attend dental school and one day hopes to provide dental services to those in Central America. He has decided to study abroad in the homeland of his great-grandmother in beautiful Havana, Cuba. He is excited to experience what life is like where his ancestors lived and to get in touch with the community through the program "Cuba: Complexity, Community, and Change." He looks forward to growing from his experience and sharing his adventures with those looking to have an adventure of their own.
Madison is a senior studying Sculpture Intermedia. In fall 2016 she will be studying Swedish furniture design in Växjö/Kalmar, Sweden at Linnæus University. Growing up under a carpenter mother laid the groundwork for her fabrication skills and passion for three dimensional art. She is extremely excited to attend a school specializing in design and to hopefully get a chance to travel north to see the northern lights!
Christi is a sophomore planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She will be spending one semester in Seoul, South Korea where she hopes to improve her Korean and become more familiar with her heritage. Christi loves to travel and is excited to see new sights, meet new people, and know what it is like to be a student in another country.
Ethan is a junior studying Biology and Art History. He will be journeying to Florence, Italy, to learn about art and photography with the CEA affiliate program. Ethan is also a student athlete, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors in his spare time. He hopes to see the Alps while in Europe, and of course, enjoy as much Italian food as possible.
Abeni is a junior majoring in film and media arts and international studies. During the summer of 2016, Abeni will be participating in the film and media arts study abroad program hosted in Genoa, Italy. Abeni loves experiencing different cultures of the world and hopes to pursue a career that combines her love for traveling as well as filmmaking.
Ali is a soon-to-be sophomore who plans to major in Materials Science and Engineering and minor in English Literature. In an effort to push her out of her math and science comfort zone, she is studying English Literature and Irish History with USAC in Galway, Ireland this summer. She is excited to explore the culture and history of Ireland and meet some cool people in the process. When not studying, she will be running around Galway exploring every castle and hiking trail she can find.
Anna is an International Studies major also working towards a TESOL certificate to be able to teach English abroad someday. Anna is overjoyed to be participating in the International Studies Learning Abroad Program at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany this summer! I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, but I'm really excited about the opportunity to explore my German heritage while abroad! When I'm not at school, I spend as much time in the mountains as I can climbing, hiking, camping, and having a good time with my dog.
Conor is a first-year graduate student in the Film and Media Arts department who will be going to Genoa, Italy this summer to make a film and assist in teaching. His passions are traveling and filmmaking, and he is happiest when he can do both at the same time. Having traveled to over 40 countries and made films in many of them, he couldn't be more excited to get the opportunity to flex his cinematic muscles in Italy. An adventure awaits, and he can't wait to share it with you.
Rachel is a second year student who is double majoring in Spanish and Modern Dance with a minor in Business. She is participating in the Learning Abroad Faculty Led Program to Oviedo, Spain. She is excited for the opportunity to become more fluent in Spanish and become immersed in such a fascinating culture. When not taking classes, Rachel plans to spend her time meeting new people, exploring the city, visiting art museums, and learning flamenco dance.
Taylor is a second year honors student, studying Animation with a Drawing minor and Arts & Technology minor. The opportunity to participate in the language immersion program in Oviedo, Spain will be the first time she's been outside of the United States; she couldn't be more excited!! She's extremely stoked for encountering the beautiful scenery, different culture, and wonderful people of northern Spain. She cannot wait to soak in the food, language, and art of this experience.
Katryna is a sophomore studying in the BFA Actor Training Program. This summer she will be spending six weeks studying theatre in London, England. She has been performing since before she can remember and cannot wait to peruse a life-long career in the arts. Katryna is thrilled to have the opportunity to explore the city of London, and plans to see as much theatre, and eat as much food as possible
Delaney is an Anthropology and International Studies major who enjoys the convergence of culture. She will be spending a semester immersed in the Dutch culture of Amsterdam while studying on an exchange at VU University. In the heart of Europe, the Netherlands will satisfy her travel craving, while the people she encounters will leave her wanting more.
Erynn is a junior majoring in Writing & Rhetoric. She will be studying with USAC during the spring semester in Viterbo, Italy. She is excited to continue learning the Italian language and to experience the beauty, culture, and community that Italy has to offer.