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Semester Study Abroad

South Korea- Neveen, Summer 2017

Neveen in South Korea

"There is no end to the beauty of this world! Wherever one goes, there are always new things to see and experience.  What’s more amazing than to go around the world and experience different cultures; or to get experience and learn not only outside of classroom but outside the whole country?!?  Studying abroad allowed me to have more experience, make new friends around the world, learn new language, experience different culture, make amazing memories, and much more. Most importantly, it taught me to be open minded about diversity by accept and appreciate the change and differences in others."

Check out this article about Neveen's Study Abroad Trip!

Neveen in South KoreaNeveen in South KoreaNeveen in South Korea


Travis in Manchester

United Kingdom- Travis, Spring 2017

"Study Abroad was a wonderful experience that allowed me to see the world in a new way.  I could never have imagined that I would be able to travel to Europe until I was given the chance to study abroad at Bangor University in Wales.  While there I was able to travel throughout Wales and also visit many nearby countries such as Italy, Ireland, and made several trips into different parts of England.  The curriculum was more strenuous than what I was used to, but I feel that UNC-Pembroke had provided me with a good foundation of knowledge and that I was prepared for the challenge. 

I felt a great sense of pride in knowing that I was globally competitive and able succeed in this academically rigorous environment. 

I was able to make friends not only with students from the UK, but with other Study Abroad students from around the world.  I would recommend that anyone who is considering Study Abroad take advantage of this great opportunity!"

Travis in Italy

Chile- Mireida, Fall 2015

Study Abroad Chile

"Through the family, friends in the university, and professors I learned many things about Chilean culture. I learned about myself as well. I understand better who I am, which is shocking because I thought I knew myself pretty well. I was challenged academically and personally. I found classes very different from what I am accustomed to and I felt homesick at times. It was a challenge that I had never faced, but I learned to build a support system and talk to my fellow classmates that were also abroad..."

"I was able to travel to Machu Picchu, Peru during spring break. Oh the journey was fun! Endless hours traveling by bus with ten foreigners is an unforgettable experience." 

"My studying abroad experience was successful and enriching! Only bad thing is, now I just want to travel more and see all those friends I made from around the world." 

Read more about Mireida's experience in Chile.


Faculty-led Study Abroad

Thailand- Political Science Department, December 2015

FLSA Thailand 2015

"Thailand overall was a great experience, and now I want to travel around the world and learn more about different types of cultures."

"I liked Thailand. It gave me a different view on life and how people get by in life. I have learned to be more appreciative of what we have, because a lot of people are not as fortunate."

"I really enjoyed all the temples we visited, especially the ruins at Sukhothai. Much of the time, anything we learn in history focuses on the Western world. Thai history is rich, and the Thai kingdom has been around for over two thousand years."

"So, my overall experience in Thailand was excellent. I learned many things about the country and its culture, society, and its history, as well as the importance of FLSA Thailand 2016Buddhism... to the Thai people. The highlights of my trip were the elephant camp, the river boat ride to see the waterfall, exploring Bangkok's markets, and the Grand and Summer Palaces."

"Traveling so long on the plane is very rough, but it was all a part of the experience. I really do feel like I've gained a lot of knowledge on Thailand after observing their society as a whole, whether it was from a religious or cultural perspective."

FLSA Thailand 2016"I loved the trip. I tried new food and got to visit places that hold history and value in the Thai culture. I would definitely go back..."

"I am thinking about studying abroad again soon, but for a whole semester. I loved seeing different people and tasting different food. I am thankful for the chance to explore another culture."

"I would love to do this again, either back in Thailand or somewhere else.... I have to put that passport to some good use."