Having never traveled outside the country, Madalyn Goss made sure her first-ever international trip was worthwhile. This Political Science major, who is also pursuing a Middle East Studies minor, spent two weeks this winter studying in Saudi Arabia through a fellowship she earned through the Bloomsburg University Model Arab League, participating in the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations conventions.

Goss was among 10 selected students for this prestigious program, which extends beyond the two-week study abroad experience. Participants also engage in a variety of activities back home after their time in Saudi Arabia speaking on their experience, presenting public lectures and writing articles reflecting on their new perspective of Saudi Arabia and Middle East culture.


Newly minted graduates go in all directions once they walk the commencement stage. For one Husky, her graduation journey went international.

Jeanine Hubert, an anthropology major, completed her undergraduate degree commitment this summer with a four-week study abroad research program in Nicaragua. Through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy, Hubert spent most of June studying primate behavior and rainforest ecology on the island of Ometep — settled in the middle of the largest freshwater lake in Central America.

Specifically, Hubert observed two groups of monkeys native to the island collecting 25 hours worth of data in the rainforest. Through her research, Hubert found there may be a strong correlation between the primates’ eating behavior and the evolution of their tails.

In addition to her field success and degree completion, Hubert admitted she also discovered from her time abroad something just as long lasting — if not more memorable — within herself.

“There was a moment I looked around and realized that I don’t know what force brought me to this place, but there’s a piece of my heart that will always be tucked away on the island of Ometepe,” Hubert said. “So cliche right?”

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A group of Bloomsburg University students recently completed a study abroad experience at the Universidad del Centro Educativo, Rosario, Argentina, where they visited historical and culturally significant and studied the Spanish language and literature.

Participating were Spanish and secondary education majors Mallie Culpepper, Adriana Berlin, Kelly Mason and Abigail Messinger, a Spanish and speech-language pathology major. Specifically they visited Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Misiones and Montevideo, Uruguay.

At Misiones they visited a Guarani village and the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires they attended a Tango Night, besides touring the city and Caminitos, the Italian Argentina barrio were Maradona, famous Argentina world soccer player, was born. They also visited the stadium where he played.

G’day Huskies! Five students and a recent graduate have spent three weeks of summer traveling through Australia exploring many different activities and cultures the continent offers. Led by West Chester University faculty member Jason Phillips, along with nine others from various university across the country, these Huskies ventured on a 22-day journey through some of Australia’s most beautiful locations.

Evelynn Guzman, a student in the School Counseling College Student Affairs (M.Ed.) graduate program, highly recommends going abroad as she never did in her undergraduate years but feels she learned more about life and herself on this trip than she ever could have imagined.

Through scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, hiking through some of Australia’s best-known natural landmarks in the Northern Territory, surfing some waves on beautiful Bondi Beach and attending a performance of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony at the world famous Sydney Opera House (and many more), the students rank their exploration and education tour one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.

Pictured (L-R): Kelsi Cantone ’14, Evelynn Guzman ‘13, graduate school ‘15, Lindsey Dotzel ‘15, Erin Richardson ‘16 and Maria Bostjancic ‘16.


Recently, 19 students and two professors traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy for a two-week intensive study abroad experience. The group was comprised of seventeen undergraduate and two graduate students, all teacher candidates in the Department of Early Childhood and Adolescent Education or the Department of Exceptionality Programs.

The purpose of this experiential program was to learn about the Reggio Emilia approach, a world-renowned early childhood education philosophy, in its birthplace.

Through observations and interactions with teachers and students within the Reggio schools, in conjunction with lectures led by master teachers, pedagosistas, and administrators at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, everyone gained a better understanding of the Reggio approach and how it can positively impact their future Pre-K-grade 4 classrooms. This inquiry and arts-based approach to young children’s learning was perceived by all as conducive to cultivating competent learners and human beings who (re)think, collaborate, and create.

Teacher candidates used the Reggio philosophy to strengthen their understanding that educators are a “compass for children” acting simultaneously as a guide, problem-poser, researcher, observer, and a documenter, all in the pursuit of nurturing and making learning visible.

After she signed up for BU’s Cameroon-Ethiopia Winter Study Abroad program, Sonia Anderson had a DNA test discover that one of her ancestors came from Febe, a small village in Cameroon on the outskirts of Yaounde, the capital city. While visiting Yaounde, the entire study abroad group led by professor Essono, who also hails from Febe, accompanied her to the village. Anderson received an enthusiastic and emotional welcome as reflected in the speeches, hugs, tears, drumming and dancing, which enhanced the quality of the experience for all of the students who went on the trip.