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### Enhancing Students’ Academic Journey: WVU Education Abroad

When Rachel Johnson journeyed to Cannes, France, for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, she described it as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. She engaged with executives from global media firms and witnessed award-winning public relations campaigns.

A journalism graduate student, Johnson participated in the festival as part of her public relations course at the Reed College of Media last summer. Reflecting on her experience, she remarked on the distinct cuisine and picturesque landscapes of southern France, emphasizing the camaraderie and sense of community fostered among fellow travelers.

Following her return, Johnson penned a narrative detailing her and her peers’ adventures for the Reed College of Media Magazine.

For individuals aspiring to enhance their academic pursuits or explore beyond U.S. borders, WVU offers a diverse array of study abroad opportunities. Vanessa Yerkovich, the Director of Education Abroad, highlighted the range of options available, varying from week-long to year-long programs, with a preference for faculty-led initiatives.

Payton Ogden, a sophomore majoring in advertising and public relations, partook in a faculty-led excursion to France and Italy, where she chronicled her experiences and undertook an advertising project. Her encounter with locals in Genoa, Italy, particularly stood out, offering a glimpse into the authentic essence of the city.

In conjunction with faculty-led trips, WVU facilitates exchange programs through third-party entities, broadening students’ horizons beyond the conventional offerings. These initiatives enable students to immerse themselves in a different academic environment while maintaining ties with their home institution.

Alumni like Ali Bagshi, who ventured from Saudi Arabia to WVU as an exchange student, emphasized the transformative impact of studying abroad on personal and academic growth. Bagshi underscored the significance of forging connections and gaining diverse perspectives during these immersive experiences.

Yerkovich advises interested students to consult their academic advisors well in advance and utilize the Education Abroad Advising Request form to explore tailored program options. For comprehensive details on WVU’s Education Abroad opportunities, visit their official website.