Student Stories


Sherri Cummings

College: Brooklyn College
Location: Ghana

“I have met some amazing lecturers, bonded with other scholars and had wonderful experiences that I will carry with me for a lifetime. Because my studies are centered on the African Diaspora, going to Ghana has made me realize that it doesn’t matter what part of the African Diaspora you are from, there is one collective narrative that we all share … and that narrative needs to be told to future generations.”


Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Joshua Trinidad

College: CUNY BA at Hunter College
Location: Japan, Brazil, Puerto Rico, France, Colombia

“There is simply no replacement for study abroad. Nothing will challenge you more, forcing you to adapt and grow and thrive, and nothing will prepare you better to become a positive contributor to our global community. Whether your area of focus is language, culture, science or politics, remember that there is no better classroom than our world. And remember that wherever you go, there you are.” Joshua Trinidad: World Languages and Literatures / Translation and Interpretation


Rebecca Strobel

College: Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island
Location: England, Greece, Australia, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

“Studying abroad gives students first-hand exposure to the world’s diverse cultures, peoples and histories, and no other experience is as effective in helping one understand the intricate and complex nature of the roles we play as citizens of the increasingly interrelated global community. It was the most formative aspect of my undergraduate career.”


Katherine McSherry

College: College of Staten Island
Location: England and Italy

“During my stay in London in 2012, I saw the Olympics and attended two events, women’s cycling and the women’s triathlon. This experience was amazing, and I loved seeing all the famous places and sites I had read and learned about. During the Rome program, I traveled all over Italy. The food, the people, the city all made this an amazingly beautiful trip that I will never forget, and I will always love. Until we meet again, Rome.” A Summer Abroad: London, England


Maria Peralta

College: John Jay College
Location: Bali, Indonesia

“Getting accepted to go abroad and obtaining the support I need showed me a new way of seeing things; a higher SELF who learned to move forward and to be open for anything.”


Rhode-Elise St. Jacques

College: Medgar Evers College
Location: France and Japan

“Studying in Japan gave me the chance to see the culture first-hand and to appreciate its traditions. It was wonderful to be in a place that has given so much to the world through technology and innovation and to have visited Doshisha University in Kyoto and Chuo University in Tokyo.”


Vahid Sula

College: Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

“The best camera or the highest-quality image can’t capture the moment like you can if you’re living it. Whether I look back and see myself playing on the beaches with sea lions, snorkeling effortlessly and watching hammerhead sharks and stingrays or diving to spot ray-finned sharks sleeping beneath coral and giving a friend an underwater handshake, these moments and countless others have come to define me.” A Summer Abroad: London, England


Fulbright Scholar Susan M. Tsang

College: City College
Location: Indonesia

“A study abroad program can invigorate and inspire those who were uncertain about what they want to do by providing them an experience where they must learn to be independent and apply what they have learned in the classroom. Being in Indonesia, I was able to better understand them as people and how I can help them achieve their goals, making our working relationship much stronger. This allowed me to establish my future research program in Indonesia, which will be invaluable going forward in academia.” Two CCNY Alumnae, Doctoral Student Named Fulbright Scholars


Holly Kiang

College: CUNY BA at Baruch College
Location: Brazil, Barbuda, Honduras, Iceland and Kenya

“Studying abroad has helped me define my academic and professional path through extensive and integrative field experience. Being able to learn from many professors and peers from throughout the U.S. and abroad, I gained insights into various research methods, cultural concerns and what it means to be a global citizen. Not only did I get the chance to travel for the sake of experience but also realize my goals for the rest of my undergraduate career and prepare me for my future studies. I gained confidence in my independent work as well as working extensively in close quarters.” Holly Kiang: Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change


Alexis Rizzica

College: College of Staten Island
Location: Italy

“This, so far, has undoubtedly been the best experience of my life … I never want to come home!” Study Abroad in Italy