This International Education Week, Nov. 13-16, students gathered in the Bronco Student Center to hear different perspectives from other students who had studied abroad.

Five students shared their experiences on coming back from different countries. They presented on a variety of countries including China, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and Peru.

The audience was small but attentive.

Kristina Campuzano, a third-year civil engineering student, presented on her study abroad experience in Germany. (Taylor Boomsma | The Poly Post)

Students who presented shared their reasons for wanting to study abroad, their cultural experiences while studying in a foreign country and encouraged others to consider studying abroad.

Third-year civil engineering student Kristina Campuzano talked about her summer in Germany and the cultural differences she noticed there.

“Usually in America after class, we’re doing homework,” she said. “They don’t really get homework.”

Another major cultural difference that Campuzano noticed while in Germany was the value of family and time off.

“A lot of things are closed on Sundays,” she said. “They really value family time away from work. They have more separate lives, where here we have that work/life balance where they kind of intermingle.”

There was a short intermission between presentations to give away prizes in a raffle.

Hospitality management student, Starla Hampton, studied culinary arts in Italy.

She said her experience abroad gave her more than just college credits.

“Culture, sights, meeting new friends and trying new things. That’s what we want to do when we’re studying abroad,” Hampton said.

After all the presentations were finished, there was a short time for the audience to ask the student panel any questions about their time abroad.

The whole week was full of events educating students on the value and logistics of studying abroad.

The main goal of International Education Week was to encourage students who are thinking about traveling and helping them with any questions about the process.

For information about studying abroad, visit the International Center in Building 1, room 104, or call (909) 869-3267.

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