For students in the University of Chicago’s study abroad programs, the classroom becomes temples in China, archaeological sites in the Middle East and museums in Paris.
College students’ experiences challenge who they are—and how they think—in ways that are transformative. A range of faculty-led programming blends the academic rigor and intellectual curiosity that’s central to the College curriculum with the University’s commitment to international education.
“Through their experiences abroad, College students develop new lenses through which to see and reflect upon not just their academic subjects, but also themselves,” said Sarah Walter, associate dean for international education and director of study abroad. “These opportunities give students a more diverse worldview and broader perspective that help them contribute to solving local and global challenges.”
Currently 48 percent of UChicago undergraduates study abroad. In the last academic year, 637 students studied abroad through 59 programs in 32 cities across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, gaining cultural fluency and honing language skills while studying a civilization at its center or focusing on a particular theme.
While away from Chicago, UChicago’s Study Abroad office encourages students to capture and share their experiences and adventures as part of its annual contests. What follows are the recently announced winners of the photo and video contests: