Student Spends a Year Abroad in Japan

Bridget Hanchek, a senior double-majoring in Japanese and Professional Writing, spent her entire junior year studying in Japan where she expanded her language skills through courses and daily interaction with native speakers.While in Japan, she shared a dorm-style apartment with both students from the United States and students from Japan who were enrolled in accelerated English programs. Bridget Hanchek with a…

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Pop Culture and Animation from the Other Side of the World

Senior Japanese major Lily McCormick has traveled more than 6,300 miles to participate in the Kakehashi Project, a short-term exchange program to Tokyo, Japan, that, for this particular trip, is focusing on pop culture and animation. Through the Kakehashi Project, McCormick and 24 other students were selected to travel from the United States to Japan January 8-16 to deepen their understanding of animation…

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Linguistics Major Discovers How Far She Can Go with Internship Abroad

During her most recent linguistics internship, senior Karen Lovelace pushed herself far out of her comfort zone...about 3,965 miles to be exact. A Linguistics major with a minor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Lovelace spent 10 weeks over the summer in Utrecht, a city in the central Netherlands, at ReadSpeaker, a company that creates audio voices (comparable to Siri) for…

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MSU Education Sparks a Life Abroad

After spending a year in Germany on the Academic Year in Freiburg Program, alumna Caroline Murawski knew she was meant to live abroad. Graduating from Michigan State University in 2009 with a double major in Hospitality Business and German, Murawski has lived and worked in Germany for the past 7 years. Currently, Murawski and her fiancé own and run Big…

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Scholarship Helps Lead Student to Germany

When Evan Dunbar, a senior Management major and German minor, first heard he received the Languages Engaged Scholarship through the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, he knew he wanted to use it to help offset the cost of traveling to Germany, but he didn’t know exactly how he was going to accomplish that goal, so he…

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Interning and Researching Abroad in Two Areas of Study

After spending more than a year in Germany in both research and internship positions, senior double-major Jake Blythe gained invaluable knowledge in both his areas of study: German and Urban Planning. Blythe is interested in exploring how “mega-events,” such as the Olympics and the World Cup, affect the urban development of cities. For each impending mega-event, various cities bid on…

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Strengthening Chinese Language Skills Through Study Abroad

From Castle Rock, Colorado, senior Jack Bock came to Michigan State University because of its study abroad program and to study Chinese. The Chinese and Economic major first started studying Chinese in the sixth grade. “I literally took it because I thought Kung Fu was cool and thought my teacher could teach me some moves, but I found out he…

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Citizen Scholar Gains Inspiration from Study Abroad to Italy

With help of a generous scholarship from the Citizen Scholars program, sophomore Tiffanie Quinn spent four weeks this past summer studying abroad with the Visual Art in Italy program. Citizen Scholars offers students monetary rewards to be used towards high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, study away, internships, and undergraduate research. After completing her first year in the program,…

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Improving Language Skills from a Year Studying Abroad

Instead of spending her junior year in East Lansing, Honors College student Nicole Koenigsknecht took her studies abroad to Freiburg, Germany, with MSU’s Academic Year in Freiburg study abroad program. A double major in German and English with a minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies, Koenigsknecht enrolled at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität and spent the entire year abroad, attending classes with other German…

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Citizen Scholars Program Funds Study Abroad and New Research

With help from the Citizen Scholars program, sophomore Claire Gault spent this past summer traveling throughout China and studying at Harbin Institute of Technology, located in Northeastern China. She also received funding from Citizen Scholars to establish a composting program in her residence hall. A double major in Professional Writing and Chinese, Gault is a member of the Citizen Scholars…

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