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This project is a work in progress; we will add material to it as it is received from our students. The views and opinions expressed in the following posts do not necessarily represent those of Learning Abroad and are strictly those of the individual authors.

If you would like to contribute, please submit material to learningabroad@uh.edu. Please note that we may not be able to publish all submissions.

Student Blog Posts

June 19, 2017

Wendy C. 

MSW Candidate, Graduate College of Social Work

GHSI Student Service Learning Program: Athens & Lesvos, Greece

"Too often in our well-intentioned zeal for wanting to positively impact the world, service organizations focus on where to go and what to do, neglecting to observe the reality of these situations prior to acting. Taking the time to listen and understand the stories of those in traumatic situations can be just as important as treating illnesses or providing material support." Continue reading

June 12, 2017

Pietro Antonio C.

Biology Major

GHSI Student Service Learning Program: Athens & Lesvos, Greece

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"Roars erupted from the assembly as we looked on quietly. The members of the Greek Parliament, discussing the ethics of a bill passed by the governing party in the nation, were as enthusiastic in delivering their speeches as they were passionate about their party. We were graciously allowed to look onto their session as a group of students from the University of Houston who wished to understand the migrant crisis and the health policies that revolved around the issue." Continue reading

June 2, 2017

Shreya S.

Human Resource Development Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"15 days remaining in a place that I called home for the last 4 months. It’s sad to think about leaving this place so soon. Most of my roommates have already moved out and reality is setting in that I will have to go back to my ordinary life in the states. I have adjusted so well here in Swansea and truly made the most of my experience. These past couple weeks since coming back from spring break has been a blur with constant studying, farewell parties and bonfires, and of course last minute traveling, time is really speeding by. As the days get closer to leaving I find new things to enjoy about Swansea and Europe in general and it is getting harder and harder for me to admit to myself that I have to leave soon." Continue reading

May 31, 2017

Claire S. 

Psychology Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"Exam season across the world is ALWAYS known as a stressful time, however I will claim that the stress of exams over in the UK seems to be a whole new level compared to the states, or even just my home university. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that most, if not all, of your grade in your class depends on what you get on the final. Back home, in the standard university class, you have multiple assignments, tests, quizzes, and/or essays that determine your grade. It seems to be that the norm in the United Kingdom is to have maybe one assignment/essay and an exam. Those two grades are the only factors that contribute to your grade. And in some classes, you only have one of the above, coursework OR an exam. So, it’s safe to say they put a lot more stress on your exam grade here in Swansea than I’m used to." Continue reading

May 7, 2017

Shreya S.

Human Resource Development Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"These past months have been a complete whirlwind. It seems only like yesterday I was about to embark on a new journey in life and here I am at the end of it. After being here for so long I am not quite ready to go back to Houston. Since being in Swansea I have learned so much about myself, this country, and other people. Just coming back from a 3-week spring break (3 weeks I know its amazing!) and with finals fast approaching I’m taking advantage of all the time I have left here." Continue Reading

May 5, 2017

Claire S.

Psychology Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"One thing that so many people that live in Europe seem to take for granted is the ease with which you can just leave the country. Living in America, if you want to leave, it’s more than likely to be crazy expensive, hours of traveling and takes loads of planning. With our three-week holiday coming up, it was the perfect opportunity to just go to England & France for a week or so." Continue Reading

May 1, 2017

Erika P.

Pre-Psychology Major 

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"Well here we are, at the end of our semester abroad. We have one week of lectures left, revision week, and then finals commence. After having just about a month off for Easter break (yes we get a month off) I’m finally back in Swansea ready to take over finals. The past month has been full of adventures, sightseeing and unforgettable memories with some unforgettable people." Continue Reading

April 16, 2017

Ahad A.

Honors Biomedical Sciences Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

"Here, it was my turn to talk about life. I spoke to her about my family. I told her about the accolade and success my father, sister, uncles, and cousins have all earned in their fields of medicine. I told her about my lack of this accolade and success coupled with the pressure of achieving something that would help me stand amongst my family members. I told her about my childhood of being raised an American Muslim in Post-9/11 Texas. Joy had a unique skill of being able to listen. Truly listen. She nodded her head, she maintained meaningful eye contact, she interjected and observed at the perfect moments. After speaking with a woman facing death, I felt more alive. Joy advised me to live in ways that she could no longer live." Continue Reading


March 31, 2017

Shreya S.

Human Resource Development Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"I was all set to go off to Swansea by myself. At this point my nerves really kicked in. I realized I was in a whole new country by myself and I would basically have to start ‘life’ over again. I would have to make new friends, learn about my area, understand the public transportation system, and figure out how universities in Europe work and suddenly I wanted to go back home to where I was safe and knew how everything worked." Continue reading


March 31, 2017

Ahad A.

Honors Biomedical Sciences Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"Out there, right at this moment, is someone who’s life story would blow our minds. They could be sitting right next to you in the coffee shop you’re in. They could be sitting in a coffee shop halfway around the world. They could be wandering through an airport looking to get a parking permit validated. They could be sitting alone in a cemetery watching visitors walk by. They could be dancing alone in a night club. I hope to use this blog to tell the stories of those I meet. This post is about the one sitting alone in the cemetery..." Continue reading


March 31, 2017

Claire S.

Psychology Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"It’s weird coming to a new country for anyone, however I would say coming from America to the United Kingdom, or even vice versa, is a particularly strange experience. The best way I can explain how it feels, for me at least, is like you’re still in the same country, but just a different universe, where it’s all slight differences. Everyone speaks the same language, just with different inflections and slang." Continue reading


March 30, 2017

Erika P.

Pre-Psychology Major 

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"Study abroad. A pair of words that have crossed the mind of every college student. So many possibilities and endless opportunities. I’ve always wanted to do it, I just never knew when. Then I arrived at the University of Houston where I was finally presented with all the help and information I needed to do something I’ve longed to do for some time now." Continue reading


March 1, 2017

Lorelee G.

English and Political Science Double Major

Swansea University: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

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"First Part: NO luggage. It is as bad as it sounds. Our luggage was tragically held back, so with the clothes I had on and the blanket I bought for the plane to sleep in. An adventure within itself to say the least." Continue reading