Matt Garofalo '07 was an English major
with a thirst to "leave the ordinary" when he chose to spend a semester abroad in
New Zealand. Matt vividly remembers not only the new insights he gained through
his classroom studies in literature but also the many novel adventures he enjoyed,
from playing with a local soccer team to hiking through a wilderness of glaciers
and volcanoes. "To this day, some of my experiences there rank among the most important
of my life," he says.
Read more about Matt Garofalo's
The Office of International Education at Randolph-Macon College connects students
with study abroad opportunities
around the world.
A semester abroad provides an opportunity not simply to visit but to live in another
country, to make new friends, become immersed in a culture, master a language, experience
Other students may choose to enjoy a January
(J-term) travel course for a more focused study abroad experience; R-MC's
J-term travel classes range across the globe, offering everything from an exploration
of wine-making in Australia and New Zealand to service opportunities in Haiti.
For many students, study abroad leads to new goals for education, graduate school,
even career choice. And one comprehensive study indicated that students who had
participated in study abroad programs believed they gained significant personal
and career skills from their experiences, from the ability to comfortably navigate
in unfamiliar settings to a greater respect for and understanding of other cultures.
Many students say that study abroad was a life-changing experience.
Find out more about study
abroad at R-MC.
Explore more study abroad stories
Corinne Campbell '11: Chile
Charlotte Cathey '12: France
Krystin Husz '12: Rome