Study Abroad Trips

Because we live in an increasingly global society, Shorter University gives students and faculty the tools to make lasting connections with other cultures. At Shorter, we develop global citizens by promoting intercultural understanding and encouraging students to study, work and live abroad.

If you are a Shorter student or faculty member also traveling abroad this summer, feel free to e-mail your updates to lpalumbo@shorter.edu.

Chelsea Powers
Psychology Major
Tasmania, Australia, Spring 2013

“Studying Abroad in Tasmania, Australia has been one of the hardest, craziest, most rewarding experiences of my entire life.  I’ve made some great friends from all over the world, and enjoyed learning about not just the culture in Australia, but all over the world.  I have LOVED being in Australia and this has been an experience unlike any other. I have learned so much about myself while I have been here as well. I have had to be completely and totally dependent on God and trust my own decision making. I would encourage any student at Shorter to spend at least one semester abroad!”

Chelsea Powers with a kangaroo

“Zoodoo is a wildlife park in Richmond, just a 30 minute drive from the city of Hobart, where I attend Uni. They have the native Tasmanian devils, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and so much more! It was such a fun trip and an opportunity to see some of Australia’s native wildlife!”

Chelsea with friends snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

Chelsea with friends snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

“Through the GlobaLinks program, I had the opportunity to go to Cairn,s a city in Queensland Australia, before I came to Tasmania. Cairns is where the Great Barrier Reef is located and because I had the opportunity to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!!! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”

Chelsea jumping up on an extension bridge

“My best friend came to visit me while I was here, and so we took a road trip with two of my Canadian friends who are also on study abroad here.  We went to Blackman’s Bay, Hastings Caves, and the Tahune Airwalk.  Tazzy is such a beautiful place and these are just a few of the places we were able to go!”

Chelsea at an Australian Rules Rugby game

“Footy is Australian Rules Rugby, which is a little different than regular rugby.  It is very popular in Australia.  I had the opportunity to go to a match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and North Adelaide. It was an awesome game and we were so close the action!! The Kangaroos won by only 10 points! A very close game for Footy! I had a blast cheering them on!”

 

Lauren Thomas
International Studies major
Lima, Peru, Fall 2012

“My time in Peru taught me many things: that the rainy season in a desert really just means lots of clouds and little sunshine, that it is easier to try new foods without knowing exactly what they are before trying them, that time is relative and patience is truly a virtue, and that there are so many kind and amazing people all over the world; but mostly I learned to trust God to bring me exactly where He needs me and to rely on Him for all things in my life.”

Lauren with a native of Peru

“This is me in front of the Huaca Pucllana, a massive ceremonial center for the limeños, a pre-Wari empire based in present day Lima.”

Lauren at Huaca Pucllana

“This is a group picture of the English Conversation Group that I helped to form on their service day in a settlement area outside of Lima. This group came together to practice English with two American girls and quickly became friends and the start of a community that will eventually form a church in the upper classes.

After focusing on community service and social issues one week, the group decided that they wanted to give back to a community and make a difference in the lives of others. After gathering food, candles, and other supplies for two weeks, a small group from the conversation group spent the day delivering baskets of love, cleaned and painted the soccer goals, and treated children for lice. The boldness and love that these few Peruvians showed to their fellow citizens was overwhelming and wonderful to see.”

Lauren with an English Conversation Group in Peru

Eating jungle food with my roommate.”

Lauren eating native food in Lima