Why Study Abroad?

Isabel Wade smiling

CIEE Dakar, Senegal
International Relations/French

Describe your typical day:
When I didn’t have class I would work at my internship with the Senegalese committee for Human Rights. I got really close with many members of my host family and spent a lot of time with them.   

Favorite food discovered while abroad:
Mafe—it’s a peanut curry on a bed of rice. Senegalese food consists of a lot of dishes with peanuts but had some cool Moroccan influenced food too.  

What was your favorite part of the city to visit?
The Corniche was a beach area with a sea-wall of sorts where everyone exercised. I loved to run there, it was really beautiful.


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Off-Campus Study Office Staff

The study abroad mission of the Office of Off-Campus Study at Claremont McKenna College is to connect students to off-campus academic and cultural immersion experiences that support their personal, professional, and intellectual development in a globalized world. Our goal is to assist students in developing intercultural communication, cultural awareness, scholarship, and leadership skills in order to enhance their ability to navigate and succeed in their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.

“Go abroad with an open mind. Inevitably, not everything goes according to plan. Some of the most fun experiences that allowed me to grow as an individual occurred when I least expected it. Learning to be flexible helped me rise above some challenging moments when I had to take a step back and begin to appreciate the initially frustrating aspects of my host country. Lastly, finding a balance between school and free-time is a must, as overemphasizing one or the other can leave you feeling less-than-fulfilled.”
Kayla Nonn ’15, Trinity College in Rome

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