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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.

Social Media Influencer Info & Application

Spring 2024

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Rory Breemer

BI Norwegian Business School - Exchange

Hi! My name is Rory and I am studying at BI Norwegian Business School this spring semester. In Oslo, I am going to be continuing my work towards a marketing major. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my academics while experiencing a place I have never been.⁠

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Sophia Cain

ISA London, England: Criminology, Dance, Education & Liberal Arts - Affiliate

Hey! My name is Sophia Cain. I'm a sophomore at the U double majoring in Criminology and Psychology and also in the honors college. I am studying abroad in the Spring of 2024 with the ISA- London England program at the University of Roehampton. I will be abroad from Jan. 17th until June 7th! I am very excited about this opportunity and experience and to share them with all of you!

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Nathen Larsen

ISA Prague, Czech Republic: International Business & Economics - Affiliate

Dobrý den! My name is Nate Larsen, I am a junior studying finance and will continue to study business and humanities at Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic. I am excited to learn about different cultures, explore Europe, and make memories and friends that will last a lifetime. I am eager to share with everyone the awesome things Prague has to offer!

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Lexi Gabel

University of East Anglia - Exchange

Hi! My name is Lexi Gabel and I'm a sophomore! I am majoring in Psychology, minoring in Integrative Human Biology, and am on the Pre-PA track. The spring 24' semester I am doing an exchange program at The University of East Anglia in England! I'm super excited to share my experiences and time abroad!

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Marcella Schrift

Communication and Culture in Health Professions - Faculty-Led

Hi guys! My name is Marcella Schrift, and I am a first-year graduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. M.S. I will be studying abroad during the week of Spring Break in the Communication and Culture in Health Professions Faculty-Led program. I'll be practicing Spanish with the locals and providing health services to the Community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Follow me during the week of Spring Break to see what our group is up to!⁠

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Chloe Hagan

U Asia Campus - Honors College Program

Howdy! My name is Chloe Hagan, a third-year student pursuing an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Philosophy, with a minor in Chinese. I resided overseas in Hong Kong from 2015 to 2019 and in Australia in 2022. I am thrilled to be a part of the prestigious honors learning abroad program in South Korea, and I am fully prepared to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance my international experiences in pursuit of my future professional objectives in foreign service. When it comes to exploring new places and traveling, I can be a bit of a chaotic person, but I hope it makes for some fun content for you to enjoy!

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Lexi Gabel

Yonsei University - Exchange

Hello! My name is Caleb Hague-Smith and I'm currently a sophomore here at the U. I'm majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in French. I decided to study in South Korea in order to immerse myself in a new language and culture, and also because of the food lol. I'm stoked for the amazing new experiences, adventures and and people I will meet and cant wait to take you all along with me!

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Marcella Schrift

American College of Greece - Exchange

My name is Isabelle Moulton and I am a Sophomore at the University of Utah double majoring in Psychology and Family, Community, and Human Development. During the Spring Semester of 2024, I will be studying as a Foreign Exchange student at the American College of Greece. ACG is a small American Accredited University just outside of Athens. I am so excited to spend the next couple of months exploring and learning all about Greece!

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Chloe Hagan

U Asia Campus - Global LEAP

Hi everyone!! My Name is Ava Birchmier, and I’m a freshman at the U majoring in Health and Kinesiology. This spring semester, I will be studying abroad with Global LEAP at the Utah Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea. I am so excited to share with you all the incredible experiences and adventures and share more about the Global LEAP program.

Past Social Media Influencers

Coming Soon

Fall 2022


Ellie Jensen

CIEE's Open Campus Block Program

Hi! I'm Ellie Jensen and I'm a Junior at the U double majoring in HSP and Psychology, with a minor in Leadership Studies. I'm studying abroad for the Fall 2022 semester with CIEE's Open Campus Block Program through the U. I'll be studying for 6 weeks in Paris, 6 weeks in Rome, and 6 weeks in Copenhagen. I'm eager to share my experiences of a lifetime these past four months. Follow along with me this week to see what it's like to study for finals in Denmark.⁠



Summer 2023


Kendall MacMillan

Film and Media Arts in Cefalù, Sicily

Hi! My name is Kendall MacMillan and I am about to go into my senior year as a Ballet and Film and Media arts double major! I am in Cefalu, Sicily studying abroad to make a short film! I am excited to share my experience in this artistic/learning process!!!


Allison Wannenmacher

Exploring Nutrition and Food Culture in the Mediterranean: Faculty-Led

Hey everyone! My name is Allison Wannenmacher, and I am a junior majoring in Nursing and minoring in Nutrition! I am studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain and Florence, Italy this summer. I am participating in the U's Exploring Nutrition and Food Culture in the Mediterranean! I am excited to experience new cultures and learn about nutrition along the way.⁠


Julianne Hodges

Exploring Nutrition and Food Culture in the Mediterranean: Faculty-Led

Hello! My name is Julianne Hodges and I'm a senior at the U studying kinesiology and nutrition. I'm from Iowa but I've been living in Utah for the past 3 years and now I'm spending the majority of this summer in Europe. My program highlights the Mediterranean diet in specifically Sevilla, Spain and Florence, Italy. I've learned so much so far and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to study food culture first hand.⁠


Madison Pearce

Exploring Nutrition and Food Culture in the Mediterranean: Faculty-Led

Hello! My name is Madison Pearce, and I am double majoring in applied mathematics and philosophy of science at the U! The Mediterranean diet has many beneficial qualities and getting to dive into the history of it in the countries where it was born is a dream come true. I cant wait to share it with you all!⁠


Hannah Teo

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture in Oviedo, Spain

Hola everyone! My name is Hannah Teo, and I am studying Biomedical Engineering and Spanish on the pre-med track! I will be studying in Oviedo, Spain on the Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Program. I'm excited to improve my language skills and share my adventures in Spain this summer!


Juliana Moyano

CIEE Summer Arabic Language Program in Amman, Jordan

My name is Julie Moyano, and I am a sophomore here at the U! I am majoring in cultural anthropology and minoring in Arabic. This summer I will be participating in an Arabic intensive program through one of the U's affiliates, CIEE, in Amman, Jordan. I am excited to share with you all my experiences here in Jordan!


Brinley Warren

Wilderness Medicine in the Alps

What's up! I'm Brinley and I am going to be a junior this coming fall at the U. I am majoring in Health and Kinesiology and I am going on a two week study abroad this summer called Wilderness Medicine in the Alps which is in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc! I am so excited for this trip and to share my experiences and the beautiful things I get to see while in the Alps.


Adriana Perdomo

CEA Madrid, Spain - Spanish Language & Culture

Hola!! My name is Adriana Perdomo and I’m a rising senior at the U double majoring in Spanish and International Studies. This summer, I will be in Madrid studying with CEA's Spanish Language & Culture program at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. I’m excited to show you all my day-to-day life in Spain! ¡Hasta luego!


Danny Nguyen

U Asia Campus: Communication Summer Abroad

Hey!! My name is Daniel Nguyen and I"m currently majoring in Biology and Marketing with a minor in Communications. I'm doing the Communications program at the University Asia Campus in South Korea Incheon. People call me THE LIFE OF THE PARTY so come learn and party it up with me!


Asha Brown

Intensive French Language & Culture in Grenoble, France

Bonjour!! My name is Asha Brown and I am currently studying in Grenoble, France.🇫🇷 I am taking French intensive courses at the CUEF. I am majoring in International Studies and Peace and Conflict studies and I am so excited to bring you along for my last week in my study abroad! ( this a picture of me on a day trip to Geneva and geeking out about the United Nations!!)


Felix Velazquez-Zamora

Transitional Justice, Narratives and Politics in Colombia

I am majoring in political science, history, Latin American studies, international studies, and religious studies, so a total of five majors. The program I am in is transitional Justice, Narratives, and Politics in Colombia


Fall 2021

Student Influencer Kara Steab PhotoKara Steab

*U Asia Campus

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.

Student Influencer Susma Gurung PhotoSusma Gurung

ISA Paris, France: Business, French Language & Electives at the American Business School Paris

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.


Student Influencer Kaitlyn Workman PhotoKatie Workman

*U Asia Campus

Katie Workman is an honors Political Science and Communication major who loves journalism, art and dungeons & dragons. She thought COVID-19 would make learning abroad impossible for her, but the U's Asia Campus in South Korea gave her the chance to travel safely and fulfill her dream! Even though Katie doesn't speak the language or know much about Korea, the U Asia Campus provided a great environment to dive in and learn through immersion! Katie is looking forward to visiting Seoul and Busan, the demilitarized zone, and South Korea's beaches!

Influencer Smanatha Dunaway photoSammy Dunaway

Hi! My name is Sammy Dunaway and I'll be attending the University of Utah Asia Campus in South Korea this semester! I am majoring in fine arts, but while abroad I will be focusing on completing my psychology minor. I'm interested in South Korea and its rich culture and I can't wait to experience it firsthand all while continuing to pursue my bachelor's degree with the U. I'm so happy and grateful that I have the opportunity to share my experiences as Social Media Influencer with the Learning Abroad program!

Student Influencer Sohpie Hansen PhotoSophie Hansen

DIS Copenhagen - Medical Practice & Policy

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!

Student Influencer Devy Armendariz PhotoDeyvy Armendariz

*Communication and Culture in Health Professions

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.

Dylan Beattie Social Influencer PhotoDylan Beattie

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!


Spring 2022

Hattie FosterHattie Foster

CEA Paris, France - Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Hi, my name is Hattie Foster. I am a Junior studying Marketing here at the U. This semester, I am in Paris studying with CEA under the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences program. I chose this program as it is allowing me to pursue my interest in fashion. I am excited for all the adventures to come and can't wait to share them with you!


Andee MazurowskiAndee Mazurowski

Hi! My name is Andee Mazurowski, and I'm a Junior at the U studying Spanish and International Studies. I'm currently studying in Alicante, Spain with USAC this Spring. I chose Alicante to increase my Spanish level, learn about the culture and live on the beach! I can't wait to share my experience and journey with you all!

Tasha BruunTasha Bruun

USAC Italy: Reggio Emilia - Education, Health, Communication and Italian Studies

Hi my name is Tasha Bruun. I am a sophomore here at the U. I am majoring in kinesiology and on the pre-med route. I am studying here in Italy under USAC's Health, Education Communication and Italian Studies program. I’m so excited to live in this amazing culture with some of the best pasta. Can’t wait for you guys to follow me around!


Caprice SteidleCaprice Steidle

Yonsei University

Hello! I'm Caprice Steidle and I am a sophomore at the David Eccles School of Business currently pursuing a Marketing major. This spring, I'll be attending Yonsei University to further develop my Korean language skills through the Korean Language Intensive program. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture, meet new friends, make memories, and push towards fluency. Come join me on my journey to Seoul!

Yasmine JensenYasmine Jensen

U Asia Campus

Hi! My name is Yaz Jensen I am currently a second year student majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I am currently studying at the U Asia Campus located in Incheon, South Korea. I'm so excited to immerse myself into a new culture and strengthen my Korean speaking skills. I can't wait to share with you my adventure in Korea! :)


Maddy LawerenceMaddy Lawrence

CAPA London: Study and Intern Abroad

Hey! My name is Maddy Lawrence and I am a junior at the U. After switching my major 5 times, I have finally landed on Film and Media Arts! I am studying Film through CAPA who partners with the University of London Film Program. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad and while learning more about my major, I am also learning more about myself. I am so excited to show you more about my journey while abroad!

Kira SincockKira Sincock

U Asia Campus

Hi! My name is Kira Sincock and I’m studying video game design through the Entertainment Arts and Engineering program. I’ll be attending the University of Utah Asia Campus this spring! I’ve always wanted to travel to South Korea and connect with my heritage through amazing foods, sights, and travels. I’m super excited for my semester abroad and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

Bryna SimmonsBryna Simmons

CEA Seville, Spain - Communication, Media Studies & Tourism Management

¡Hola everyone! My name is Bryna Simmons, I am currently a senior studying Strategic Communications with an emphasis in hospitality and tourism. I am participating in a study abroad program through an affiliate school called CEA through the University of Seville in Andalusia, Spain.


Summer 2022

Jonathan LavoieJonathan Lavoie

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture in Oviedo, Spain

HOLA! My name is Jonathan Paulson Lavoie, and I am an English Major at The University of Utah! I'm going to a faculty-led study abroad program for Spanish language immersion in Oviedo, Spain in the Asturias Region from May 18th-June 24th! I'm excited to take you along on my journey for a week as an influencer for the Learning Abroad Program here at the U! Nos Vemos!


Wen LeeWen Lee

Hiii :) My name is Wen Lee, and I just finished up my first year here at the U! I'm majoring in Political Science and English as a Pre-Law student, and this summer, I'm part of the University of Utah's faculty-led program of Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London. London is one of the world's greatest destinations for art and history, and I can't wait to show off everything about this city and my experiences in it, along with my amazing peers and professors!

Hailee FellHailee Fell

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture in Oviedo, Spain

Hi everyone! I am so excited to take you on my learning abroad program! I am a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish and Chemistry. I am also on the pre-med track. I will be studying at the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. My program is focused on intensive language and culture immersion. I chose this program to improve my Spanish, expand my knowledge of the culture, and be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients.

Mili Pioquinto Mili Pioquinto

U Asia Campus

안녕하세요! My name is Mili and I am a junior at the U majoring in International Studies and minoring in Urban Ecology and Korean & Korean Studies! Follow me throughout the week to see what summer looks like at the U Asia Campus!


Loren DeGraaffLoren DeGraaff

Intensive French Language & Culture in Grenoble, France

Salut mes amis! My name is Loren DeGraaff, I'm studying film & media arts with a minor in French. I am studying abroad in Grenoble, France doing language emersion through the University of Utah.


Diana Tran

Diana Tran

Summer School: Yonsei International Summer School

Hi! My name is Diana Tran and I am a rising senior at the U studying graphic design. As a first-generation student, one of my biggest dreams has always been to study abroad. This summer, I am participating in the international summer school program at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea! I'd love for you to come along and follow my journey of experiencing Korean art and culture!

Stephanie DutsonStephanie Dutson

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture in Oviedo, Spain

Hi! My name is Stephanie Dutson, and I am studying International Affairs and Global Enterprise. I will be participating in Learning Abroad's Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Program in Oviedo, Spain. I am so excited to immerse myself in a new culture and share my experiences along the way.


Spring 2020

Kylie Lo Influencer PhotoKylie Lo

*University of Utah Asia Campus: Psychology in South Korea

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!


Madelyn Enderle Influencer PhotoMadelyn Enderle

CIEE Open Campus Block Program in Rome

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!

McKayla Atwood Influencer PhotoMcKayla Atwood

^University of Oviedo

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!


Natalia Pacholarz Influencer PhotoNatalia pacholarz

^VU University Amsterdam

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!

Fall 2019

Nina Yu

*University of Utah Asia Campus: Communication in South Korea

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!

Rylee Bunten

American College of Greece

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

Meghan Tingey

University of Sydney

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!



Solana Galvan

CEA Buenos Aires, Argentina - Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

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!

Jaime Cross

*Architecture, Design, and Planning in Tuscany (Volterra) 

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.


Hallie Bradshaw 

USAC France: French Language and European Studies in Lyon

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!


Madison Kuledge 

Aarhus University 

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!

Summer 2019

Trey McEuen

*Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London

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.

Isabella Silva

*Exploring Sustainability in the Pacific Islands

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!



Alston Crosby

*Film and Media Arts in Sicily

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!

Athena Byers

*Himalayan Film in Kathmandu, Nepal

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.



Avery Hazelbaker

CEA Paris, France - Engineering

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.

Lizzy Guerra

*Intensive Spanish Language & Culture in Oviedo, Spain

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!

Sarah Bell

*Intensive Italian Language in Italy

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.

Alli Hoffman

*Intensive French Language & Culture in Grenoble, France

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!

Hailey Hewitson

*Global Public Health in Ghana and Paris

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!

Brandon Dennison

*Wilderness Medicine in the Alps

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.

Jacqueline Gutierrez

*Intensive French Language & Culture in Grenoble, France

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!

Aislynn Hoang

ISA Shanghai, China: Intensive Chinese Language

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!


Diana Martinez

*Global Entrepreneurship Program - Europe

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!

Spring 2019

Tiya Mahi

Tiya Mahi

New Zealand 

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.

Julia Friedrichsen

Jessie Jolly

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!

Fall 2018

Tim Austin

Tim Austin


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.

Julia Friedrichsen

Julia Friedrichsen


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!

 Summer 2018 

 Nicole King

Nicole King                                      


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.

Emma Lester

Emma Lester


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!

Spring 2018

Vivian BentleyVivian Bentley

Taipei, Taiwan

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.

Matthew DutsonMatthew Dutson

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 FoxNicole Fox


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!

Nick HendricksonNick Hendrickson

Innsbruck, Austria

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!

Fall 2017

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles

Havana, Cuba

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!

Zeke GreerZeke Greer

Akita, Japan

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. 

Hannah HansonHannah Hanson

Havana, Cuba

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.

McKenzie MadsenMcKenzie Madsen

Oslo, Norway

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 WattersHarry Watters

Puebla, Mexico

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.

 Summer 2017


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.



Rome, Italy

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.


Genova, Italy

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.


Tianjin, China

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!



Chelsea Morgan


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.


Canberra, Australia

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


London, England

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.


London, England

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.

Spring 2017

Michelle Graham


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


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.



Anne Platt


Annie is a sophomore painting and drawing major going to Florence, Italy spring semester of 2017 through the CEA Studio Art program. She is ecstatic to engage in a new culture to grow valuable skills like resiliency and cross-cultural competence. She hopes that by going abroad she will by expand her capacity to learn, work with diverse people, and gain skills that will enhance her artistic career.



Vladyslava yaramenko


Vlada is a junior at the University of Utah majoring in International Studies, with an emphasis on Culture and Identity, as well as a Music minor. In the Spring of 2017, she will be traveling to Munich, Germany to study at Ludwig Maximillians University and is very excited to travel abroad to expand her horizons and learn about a new culture. Her passion for cultures comes from her move to the United States from Ukraine six years ago, when she was faced with a culture shock for the first time. Now, Vlada appreciates all the challenges and beauty that comes with adapting to a new culture, and hopes to show other students the process of becoming familiar to a new culture, as she adapts to life and study in Germany.


Fall 2016

Joe Van Alstyne


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 donnellyMADISON DONNELLY

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.

Summer 2016 


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 Luebbert


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

Spring 2016

Delaney Dangerfield


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.


Chelsey Hancock


Chelsey is a fourth-year pharmacy student who will be flying to Thailand this spring to learn more about health care and medicine with the faculty-led Thailand International Elective program. She loves learning about medicine across the globe and spent time in Armenia a few years ago teaching about diabetes. She is also passionate about food, and is THAT person who is going to make you wait before trying your dish in order to get the perfect picture! She is excited to go to Thailand for the mangoes and the monkeys, and can't wait to share her travels and experiences with you!


Erica is a second-year student double-majoring in International Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. She is also working towards her TESOL certificate so she can one day teach English abroad. She lives for adventure and travel and is looking forward to studying at the American College of Greece on her exchange program. Greece will be her 24th country! When she's not reading Bukowski novels, she's either writing or planning her Next Great Adventure.


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.

Last Updated: 4/22/24