Teresa Leatherow

DIS Copenhagen, Wind Turbine Construction and Engineering
My most memorable experience while studying abroad in Copenhagen was the opportunity I had to climb a 60-meter wind turbine. Not only is this an activity that is harder to do in America, but also it is such a unique way of understanding the engineering components of an off-shore wind turbine. Central to the Danish way of teaching is hands-on, experimental learning- climbing a turbine of this size certainly qualifies as such!

Teresa Leatherow

DIS Copenhagen, Wind Turbine Construction and Engineering
Making an intentional effort to truly and authentically experience another country and culture is crucial for a life-changing study abroad experience. While it is difficult to completely avoid becoming a tourist, be sure to seek out the opportunities and experiences that connect you to your host country and its people. You will learn a lot more and become more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Teresa Leatherow

DIS Copenhagen, Wind Turbine Construction and Engineering
Studying abroad affords students the incredible opportunity of learning a new perspective and seeing the world through a different lens. To me, studying abroad is one of those experiences in life that will give you as much as you put into it. Travel with intention and purpose and be authentic and genuine about learning more about your host country. If you do, it is nearly guaranteed your life will change in some of the best and least expected ways.

Teresa Leatherow

DIS Copenhagen, Wind Turbine Construction and Engineering
Generally speaking, the Danish people are more likely to take their time and enjoy their coffee, another person’s company, or a long walk or bike ride. The pace of life in Denmark is much slower than America and it challenged me, as someone who is used to the chaotic bustle of the American lifestyle, to take the time to appreciate and live much more in the moment. I also enjoyed the mutual levels of respect Danes have for public and shared spaces- the busses in Copenhagen must be some of the cleanest public transportation vehicles in the world!

Teresa Leatherow

DIS Copenhagen, Wind Turbine Construction and Engineering
Cultural awareness and openness are some of the most sought-after skills in the current global market. As technology continues to dominate the global working landscape, it is incredibly important to maintain people skills that come from being opened minded and culturally sensitive. Studying abroad not only demonstrates an interest in learning another approach, but also shows a willingness to be flexible and adaptable in unfamiliar situations and places. 

Leon Sanders III

Temple University Japan 2005-2006
I chose to study abroad for three reasons. First, I always wanted to visit Japan because I felt a connection with the culture that started from my early childhood. As a child I watched Japanese animations – anime – and read Japanese comics. I wanted to know more about the culture that produced such interesting media. The second reason was that I had just fallen in love with Japanese food. There was a sushi/hibachi restaurant near me when I was growing up, and I got to know and like the chefs there. The third reason was I was very fascinated by samurai culture and wanted to learn more about the people who had created such a culture.

Leon Sanders III

Temple University Japan 2005-2006
The biggest professional skill I gained was developing cultural competence, which is interacting with people from cultures all over the world. I still have many friendships and relationships with people I studied with eleven years ago. I got to know many other cultures, not just Japanese, because of the diversity of people I studied with. You really have to have an open mind interacting with other people.

Leon Sanders III

Temple University Japan 2005-2006
Finance was the biggest challenge of my study abroad. I had gone with a scholarship, but was not prepared for the cost of living in Tokyo. I tutored the entire year I was in Tokyo so I was working while I was studying.

Leon Sanders III

Temple University Japan 2005-2006
I wished I knew how to find the best places to get the cheapest food around Tokyo. I learned over time, but it did take time. I would’ve been better prepared if I had had a friend or contact already there or who had studied there who could’ve told me that info. If I went back I would know where and how to spend my money.

Leon Sanders III

Temple University Japan 2005-2006
The most memorable experience I had while studying abroad was a trip I took with my roommate and my friends to Kyoto and Nara and we got to see lots of temples and attractions in the more western side of Japan. The reason that trip stuck out to me is the same reason people from all over Japan come to visit Kyoto during the fall: the leaves change color – the trees turn to the full spectrum of the rainbow, even blue and purple, and they just surround the temples. It’s incredible.