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  • Postcard from Spain

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    This is a picture I took when my program took us to Mallorca for the weekend. This was the highlight of my time in Spain because it was the moment when we really bonded, and did so on the beaches of the Mediterranean. We traveled a lot…

  • Credit: Celia Kohler
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain, summer
  • Força Barça!

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The game ended 0-0, but I feel like a winner for watching FCB play in Barcelona! Barça fans could give Cameron Crazies a run for our money any day. They love their football club, and they love being from Barcelona! Program excursions like this one plus my local…

  • Credit: Abby Muehlstein
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Spain
  • NZ Lighthouse

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The highlight of New Zealand was being able to go out and explore one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen every weekend. This is a picture from the Catlins -- an area on the southeastern tip of the South Island. I will come back…

  • Credit: Henry Taylor
  • Major: Biology
  • Tags: New Zealand
  • Interning in China

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Last year was the first time Duke in China participants could also participate in an internship. Of the 39 who were in the language intensive program, 4 (including me!) stayed after for three weeks, getting to know what it's like to live as an adult working woman…

  • Credit: Zoey Kang
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad with Duke in Oxford is a very worthwhile experience. I took a course called Science, Ethics, and Society, in which we studied and debated about various ethical issues. It was a precious experience to take a course in a collegiate university and be able to…

  • Credit: Tiffany Ho
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Las Hogueras de San Juan

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The people of Alicante, a small town on the Eastern coast of Spain, consistently look forward to an extremely important annual tradition: Las Hogueras de San Juan. This festival lasts a week and is centered around the wooden sculptures built and beautifully painted by local artists. In…

  • Credit: Lauren DaSilva
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Adventures in España

  • Dear Global Edcuation Office,

    Hola desde España! Spain was an amazing place to spend the 2016 summer! It was incredible to learn about the culture and vast history of Spain as well as the  beautiful landscape and architecture. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the beautiful quiet mountains of Asturias…

  • Credit: Daniel O'Connell
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Fernsheturm View

  • Dear Global Education Office, 

    The time I spent in Berlin was absolutley amazing. On the last day in one of my classes, Art and Architecture, we were able to go to the top of the Fernshehturm, in former East Berlin. We were able to see an incredible view of the…

  • Credit: Sydney Smith
  • Major: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Weekend in Marajó

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    One weekend towards the end of the program, we traveled by boat to Marajó, a large island in Brazil's Amazon Rainforest. The trip consisted of an early-morning boat ride from Belém, where we interacted with people commuting in and out of the metropolis, plus a ride on a smaller…

  • Credit: Remy Freire
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Tags: Brazil, Duke in Brazil
  • Livin' La Pura Vida

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in an entirely new culture. The Ticos, what the Costa Ricans refer to themselves as, live by the motto "Pura Vida", or Pure Life. Staying with a Tico family for a month allowed me to…

  • Credit: Harry Liu
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Duke in Bologna

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Pictured here is the beautiful Piazza Maggiore, which I was lucky enough to walk through each day on my way to class. After passing through the Piazza, we would make our way through narrow streets lined with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables and people gracefully tipping…

  • Credit: Sarah Perrin
  • Major: ICS
  • Tags: Duke in Bologna, Italy
  • Bois de Boulogne

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Pictured is a family rowing along the Lac Inférieur in Bois de Boulogne, one of best of more than 400 parks and gardens throughout Paris. Although there are countless monuments and museums to see, I think one of the best aspects of the city is the abundance…

  • Credit: Brittany Wong
  • Major: Chemistry, French
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • The Hoguera of Ignorance

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    How incredible is this statue made entirely of paper and wood? During our last week in Alicante, these gigantic hogueras (Spanish for “bonfires”) appeared in the streets almost overnight, blocking major roadways and decorating the city. Each neighborhood spent an entire year creating controversial statues that pointedly…

  • Credit: Sam Sadler
  • Major: Neuroscience & Global Health
  • Tags: Duke in Alicante, Spain
  • The Unexpected

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Four weeks into my summer classes in Beijing, my teacher came to me with an intriguing opportunity: a Beijing-based study abroad company wanted to host an information session for Chinese students intending on applying to American universities, and they hoped the participation of several current American college…

  • Credit: Samuel Slack
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: China, Duke in China
  • Chutes Montmorency

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Here you can behold the beauty of Montmorency Falls – a natural wonder located just outside Quebec City, the provincial capital. Montmorency and St. Lawrence rivers shaped Quebec’s trade and economy, serving as waterway transport for wood, one of Canada’s natural resources. Through Duke in Montreal, I…

  • Credit: Alina Pak
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Tags: Canada, Duke in Montreal
  • A summer of becoming Madrileñas

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    In the short 6 weeks with Duke in Spain, I know that I have made some of the best memories I will have throughout Duke. From cities to grand cathedrals, Mallorcan beaches, the Picos de Europa mountain range, and not to mention the best gazpacho I will…

  • Credit: Mathilde Ooi
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain, summer
  • Duke in Paris

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Une partie de mon cœur reste à Paris. Part of my heart stays in Paris. Through Duke in Paris, I spent an incredible six weeks living like a Parisian and improving my French. I never imagined that Paris would become similar to another home or that I…

  • Credit: Madison Mastrangelo
  • Major: Double major in Public Policy and Global Health with a minor in French
  • Tags: Duke in Paris, France
  • Rooftops of San Jose

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the highlights of my time in Costa Rica was receiving a bird's eye view of the city of San Jose. This picture highlights the differences between my view of Costa Rica and the view out the window of my dorm at Duke. At the beginning…

  • Credit: Anna Balas
  • Major: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • A Midnight Cruise

  • Dear Office of Global Education,

    Studying abroad in St. Petersburg was an unforgettable experience. The classes themselves were interesting and informative, but the city itself became a teacher of incomparable value. Each day of exploration led to new discoveries and adventures. St. Petersburg, a city that is in every way a…

  • Credit: Noah Burrell
  • Major: Math and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Russia, Russia
  • A Spanish Excursion

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The time I spent studying abroad in Spain includes some of the best memories that I have made to this day. One notable example of these is when we were visiting Asturias and a couple of us saw a mountain in the distance which looked fun to…

  • Credit: Brandon Dalla Rosa
  • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
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