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UC Launches Hands-On Study Abroad Program in Central America

In the tropical paradise of Costa Rica, fourth year journalism and international affairs student Stephanie Rivera embarked on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and cultural immersion.

Leaving behind the familiar sights and sounds of Cincinnati, Rivera set out to study abroad for a transformative semester in this Central American country, rich with vibrant biodiversity and cultural heritage.

The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) at UC places great emphasis on encouraging study abroad and experiential learning opportunities for its students. Recognizing the transformative power of global experiences, the college supports a variety of study-abroad programs that enable students to enhance their academic pursuits while gaining valuable cultural and personal experiences.

In addition to academic growth, studying abroad provides students with the chance to pursue their passions and explore new interests. Whether it’s learning a new language, delving into the art and history of a foreign country, or conducting research in an international setting, students can tailor their study abroad experiences to align with their specific academic and personal interests.

“In college I really lost myself. Studying abroad in Costa Rica helped me to see the colors in life again and see how beautiful it can truly be,” says Rivera. “I got to spend a lot of time with myself so I got to know my strengths and weaknessesI got to know who I am as a person and what I wanted out of my life.”

These immersive experiences not only deepen students’ knowledge and skills but also foster personal growth, cultural sensitivity, and adaptability-qualities highly valued by employers in an increasingly interconnected world.

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