We are living in an unprecedented time. But as Gamecocks, we know that we are made
of boundless resilience. The Education Abroad Office cares about the health and safety
of our students and we are here to support them through this crisis and beyond. For
decades, we have been providing students with experiences that have positively impacted
their lives, their families, and their careers. We promise to continue to tell your
amazing stories. So please, keep sharing your pictures and your stories with us. We
will show our Gamecock community the boundless resilience that we are made of.
We're all in this together.
Amid the news and concern over COVID-19, I wanted to preemptively tell the university
how pleased, relieved and satisfied I am that the school is taking a fact-based, sensible
approach to current study abroad programs. I consider her continued placement to be
very good for her in every way, from academics to health. Thank you for continuing
an intelligent analysis as decisions are made. We have a serious situation at hand,
but panic won't help, and our students' well-being includes not disrupting any programs
-Haley Gorenberg (Parent of a student who studied in Chile)
Donny Place -
"I mean the opportunity to go to another country is just a really awesome experience
and you get to meet really cool people. Studying abroad definitely makes you think
differently as you learn in a different style, but non academically it allows you
to travel and see the world outside the us and get introduced to ideas and thoughts
and cultures that you might not otherwise experience.”
Skyla Lewis -
"I was in Florence, Italy for about a month before we were asked to leave and it was
the best month of my life. I think my biggest thing to realize about the whole situation
is that I might not have gotten the entire time abroad, but I got one month, and that’s
more than most people could imagine so for that I’m thankful. Italy and its people
are what I’ll miss the most, in just one month the people of Florence made it feel
like a second home."
Gorenberg Screwvala -
"I would encourage any STEM major to study abroad if you can! Whether you’re studying
to be a geoscientist (as I am) or a doctor or an engineer, it is illuminating to put
your studies and potential career in a global perspective. I happened to be the first
UofSC student studying with the School for Field Studies, in its Chile program that
was itself in its first year. There were certainly challenges to being among this
first group of U.S. students in Puerto Natales, but I’m grateful for the opportunities
I had to interact with the culture and landscape of Patagonia as both a student and
Kali Gibbons -
"Studying abroad in Australia is something that I have been planning on doing for
years, and it was a dream come true to be able to spend 2 months in Melbourne this
semester. It was really incredible having this opportunity to travel to a country
that I otherwise probably would have never made it to! I loved getting to make friends
from all around the world, immerse myself in a new culture and environment, and have
the chance to learn so much about myself, in just this short amount of time. Australia
was truly the adventure of a lifetime, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time
I spent there! "
Taylor Stoia -
“I loved studying abroad and this situation could have been so bad if it wasn't for
the help of USC. I still had the time to experience 5 countries, meet an endless amount
of different people, and take risks I would have never taken! The adventures I had
abroad will be my favorite memories through my life and I'm so happy I can sit at
home safe now and reminisce on what an amazing time those 2 months really were."
Ashleigh Rufty - Location:
“Swansea is great, I really enjoy it here. Wales is a beautiful country and I am really
glad that I decided to study here compared to somewhere in England. I have been able
to make friends from all over the world which has been amazing. Everyone here is so
nice and helpful; the pride that they have in being Welsh is so wonderful to see.
I watched my first rugby match this weekend between England and Wales (which is the
biggest rivalry) and even though Wales lost everyone was quite jovial and just excited
to cheer on their fellow countrymen."
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