Study Abroad

Bios:

Emma Broches, Middlebury Alexandria, Egypt

Hi! I am Emma Broches and I am a senior majoring in History, with a focus on Middle Eastern History and Arabic. I spent the fall of my junior year studying abroad in Alexandria, Egypt. It was a challenging experience, yet it was also an invaluable opportunity for personal and academic growth. While in Egypt, I signed a language pledge to only speak Arabic for the entire semester, so I took all of my courses in Arabic and I lived in a dorm with Egyptian students. I had some of my most memorable experiences from traveling around the country, but I also met some truly amazing people, including local Alexandrians and students from my program, who I am still in contact with today. 

My study abroad experiences taught me about the value of complete cultural immersion and I hope to encourage everyone else to have similarly enriching adventures! I am excited to share my experiences with everyone, but please contact me if you have any questions (ebroches14@amherst.edu)

Bongani Ndlovu

Hey Guys! I’m Bongani Ndlovu. On occasion you’ll see or hear the name Sabelo used to refer to me. Don’t be alarmed. Sabelo and Bongani are the same person. Bongani, which I prefer, is my middle name. I’m a senior and I come from Durban, South Africa. I’ve lived abroad for over 6 years now, having completed high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy. You might wonder why a person who’s already technically studying abroad would even consider uprooting himself once again. In my case, there are 2 reasons: I’m an anthrophile (made up word by which I mean I love learning about people and culture in all their variety) and I wanted to improve my knowledge of and ability to speak French. I’ve been fascinated with French culture for as long as I can remember and Paris did not disappoint. I spent 5 months in a tiny chamber de bonne, 4 floors above my host family’s apartment. When not struggling to fully comprehend classroom discussions and lectures – all of which were conducted in French – I would fill my days with museum visits, art admiration, discussion of history and politics, fine dining, happy hour shenanigans at various cafés, travel and impromptu, often awkward, exchanges with strangers. In a word: magical. Let me know if you want to talk. I have tons of stories to share. sndlovu13@amherst.edu

Elena Villafana, DIS/University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hi! My name is Elena Villafana. I am a senior who studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a fantastic experience. I learned so many things from the ins and outs of the Danish health care system to where to get the best shwarma in town. I am interested in a career in health care so it was very exciting to learn about the health care system in Denmark and how it differs from the United States. In addition to learning in Copenhagen I was able to visit Estonia and Finland and those trips enhanced my classroom experience. One of the great things about studying in Copenhagen was the chance to travel to other European cities. This was my first trip to "The Continent," so I took full advantage of my two travel breaks, visiting Berlin, Budapest, Paris, Rome and Florence. Some of my best memories are from studying abroad and I still keep in contact with my host family. Please email me if you have any questions at evillafana14@gmail.com.