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Study Abroad Opportunities & Testimonials

Learn more about HES study abroad opportunities and the study abroad experiences of our students.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Student Testimonials

Caitlin is an Interior Design student in the Department of Architectural Studies who graduated in May 2014. She went on a study abroad trip to Italy, Ireland, Scotland and England for four weeks.

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I chose to study abroad because I had always wanted to travel throughout Europe and had never had the chance until I came to college. I also knew that studying abroad would be a really great learning experience for me.

ARCH student in Italy

What opportunities, related to your academic field, did you experience while studying abroad?

Since I am minoring in art history, it was also really interesting to go to museums and see the art that I had learned about in class.

Describe your study abroad experience:

I studied abroad in Italy in May 2012. Our group traveled throughout the entire country and visited cities including Rome, Florence, Verona, Tivoli, Pisa, San Gimignano, Venice, Genoa, Siena, Orvieto, Naples/Pompeii, and Portofino. I also studied abroad in Ireland, Scotland, and England in May 2013. Our group started out in Ireland and went to Shannon, Killarny, the Ring of Kerry, Cork, Blarney, Cashel, and Dublin. From there, we traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland. Next we traveled to England, where we visited York, Oxford, Bath and London.

Would you recommend your study abroad opportunity or studying abroad in general, to other students?

I would recommend studying abroad to other students because it is a really great experience both personally and academically. Studying abroad is a great way to experience the world and other cultures. I think everyone should do it at some point if they get the chance.

What was your favorite thing about study abroad?

My favorite things about studying abroad were getting to experience different cultures, seeing the different kinds of architecture, trying different foods, and meeting a lot of new people.

Jerica is an International Apparel Management student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management who graduated in May 2015. She went on a study abroad trip to London for one semester.

Why did you choose to study abroad?

Studying abroad was something my family had always encouraged. I felt it was important to fully immerse myself in a new culture for an extended period of time. Also, as I am looking to enter the fashion industry, which is a truly globalized industry, having experience overseas is a real asset.

TAM student in Paris

What opportunities, related to your academic field, did you experience while studying abroad?

Because London is such a huge capital for fashion, many of the assignments in my classes at the London College of Fashion required field work outside of the classroom. I had the opportunity to attend London Fashion Week (no shows unfortunately), observe the evolving street style culture and the increasing commerciality of fashion. Prior to my study abroad in London, I had an internship in New York City with a jewelry designer. The designer showed at Paris Fashion Week in October, and invited me to work in their showroom in Paris for the week. Luckily, Paris is just a quick train ride through the “chunnel,” and I was able to take advantage of the amazing opportunity to work for a designer at Paris Fashion Week. That was truly a surreal moment.

Describe your study abroad experience:

I went through the study abroad company, SAI (Study Abroad Italy) for my London experience, and was roomed with three other girls also attending the London College of Fashion for the semester. London College of Fashion is one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world; a member of the larger University of the Arts – London, which also houses one of the most well known fashion design schools in the world; Central Saint Martins. Though the emphasis of my program was on Fashion Merchandising, I was able to extensively explore my creative side through my classes at LCF. Some of my favorites included; fashion styling, fashion public relations, and fashion marketing in the UK. The unstructured, project based curriculum of LCF was a great learning experience, and the group projects gave me experience navigating cultural differences in a work setting. In addition to the prestigious schooling I received in London, I was able to meet many London natives, who served as great tour guides. One friend took me to Parliament Hill, for the best view of London. I also attended the London Jazz Festival right on the Thames River looking across at the London Eye. One of my most memorable experiences was waking up at 6AM to go to "Duck and Waffle," a 24 hour restaurant located on the top floor of the Heron Building in the City of London, to watch the sunrise over the city. Totally worth the early morning.

Would you recommend your study abroad opportunity or studying abroad in general, to other students?

I cannot recommend studying abroad enough! It is worth the time, work, and expense. The best decision you will ever make. It is truly a life changing experience.

Angie is an Architectural Studies student in the Department of Architectural Studies who graduated in May 2015. She went on a study abroad trip to Ireland and the United Kingdom for two weeks.

Why did you choose to study abroad?

I like to travel and wanted to experience how other cultures live.

ARCH student at Stonehendge

Would you recommend your study abroad opportunity or studying abroad in general, to other students?

I would definitely recommend this trip to other students. I learned a lot and it's especially great for Architectural Studies students to learn about architecture abroad.

What was your favorite thing about study abroad?

My favorite part was in Scotland. We visited the Scottish Parliament building. I was most looking forward to seeing this building on the trip. I had seen pictures so I was looking forward to seeing it in person.

How has this experience changed your experience as a student?

This trip has made me want to keep going to school for Architecture. I feel that I am more knowledgeable now. It is so different and eye opening to see a building in a picture in class and than seeing it in person.