Study Abroad

Journalism students travel abroad to England, Wales

University of Alabama journalists are currently on a two-week expedition to England and Wales to collect stories for the sixth edition of the Alpine Living Magazine. Alpine Living is an international travel magazine produced and edited solely by UA journalism students as a showcase of their writing and photography skills. Every other year, students travel near mountainous regions around the world to create the magazine. This year, the group made their first stop in England.

UA establishes new research center in Cuba

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship at the University on Feb. 6. The new research center will build on the activities of the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, providing educational opportunities in Cuba for UA students and faculty. The establishment of the Center comes at a historical time as the United States and Cuban governments work toward normalization of relationships between the two countries.

Mexico native studies in Germany, Alabama

Often when people think of international students studying abroad, they only consider them coming to the United States to get a taste of another culture. Breaking the mold is Alejandra Guillot-Ontañon, a senior majoring in anthropology and German, who is originally from Mexico City but studied abroad in Germany as well as at The University of Alabama.

Photo contest lets students share experiences

While studying abroad, students can capture moments of another culture via their camera lens. When they snap a picture, they are keeping alive a memory of their time in that country. Some students are sharing their experiences studying abroad with photographs this week in the Capstone International Study Abroad Photo Contest

Bruna Rossati trades Brazil for Bama

Bruna Rossati is a senior majoring in chemical engineering who came to Tuscaloosa from Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, as part of a cultural exchange program between The University of Alabama and other Brazilian universities. Next year, Rossati will transfer from the English Language Institute to The University of Alabama and join the College of Engineering along with her Brazilian peers in order to experience college life in America before going back to Brazil at the end of next year.

Students benefit from exchanges

Fear almost kept Kathryn Lewis from achieving one of her goals while in college. In the spring of 2014, Lewis packed her bags for England, where she was traveling to be an exchange student at the University of Leicester.“I had always told myself that I wanted to study abroad in college, and then I actually got the chance and I applied,” Lewis, a senior majoring in secondary education, said.

Bama Bloggers Abroad offers international voice

In Bilboa, Spain, the narrow cobblestone streets are lined with cafes, old churches and people drinking wine. Celena Novick stands out among a crowd. Novick, a senior majoring in Spanish, is one of 29 University of Alabama students who are now blogging about their study abroad experiences via

Academics on the open ocean

The idea of going to school on a massive cruise liner while visiting foreign nations around the world was the fantastical premise of Disney’s “The Suite Life on Deck.” But exactly such an experience is a reality for students participating in the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program.

Students studying abroad sooner

A growing number of students are beginning to travel abroad following their freshman year, shifting traditional trends that showed students were waiting until their junior or senior years to head overseas, according to an article in USA Today. Students choose to study abroad earlier based on their high school experience, their major and availability of programs, as well as the desire to see the world. Within the last five years, many students have entered college with advanced placement credits that count for a semester, or sometimes, even a full year of college credits, according to an article in USA Today. Kelcey Armstrong, a senior and intern in the Capstone International Academic Programs office, studied abroad in Meknes, Morocco following her freshman year and recommended that students study abroad earlier in their college career. “There is no reason to wait,” Armstrong said.

Six students awarded study abroad scholarships

Six students have been awarded the UA Away Scholarship to study abroad by The University of Alabama Division of Student Affairs as part of the Community Service Center’s Alternative Break program. UA Away, created in part by Mark Nelson, vice president for Student Affairs and vice provost, offers the six students—Froy Batsielilit, Lisa Bochey, Nicole Nealon, Nicholas Kelly, Carson Economy, and Kristen Pugh—the chance to travel during spring break to Guatemala where they will participate in service opportunities like construction projects and mentoring children in poverty-stricken areas. “Maximizing student learning means we must encourage our students to become global citizens,” Nelson said.