Isabella Karabasz in Australia with the sea in the background

I’ve come out of this semester on exchange stronger, more confident and more perseverant. This allowed me to complete personal goals that had nothing to do with academics or languages; I ran my second half-marathon in Alicante and improved my finishing time by twenty minutes!Isabella Karabasz, on exchange at Monash University, Australia AND Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Bailey Nimmrichter admiring the scenery from atop a mountain in Norway

If you have the option to go on exchange somewhere, go someplace completely unfamiliar and new. Throw yourself into a new culture and look forward to the unknown. You’ll meet amazing people, travel to some amazing places, and make some very special memories. I’m so grateful Bishop’s gave me this opportunity.Bailey Nimmrichter, on exchange at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

Brooke Gorham posing in front of Mississippi State University

My advice for anyone considering an exchange, or who are going on one, would be to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Get out there, talk to people, do new things! You will find that your exchange will be the best time of your life and you will meet people that will be in your life for a very long time after your exchange.Brooke Gorham, on exchange at Mississippi State University, USA

Juliet Goulet eating ice cream with a friend

It was never my intention to go on an international exchange. I always figured it was too expensive, too unknown, too unnecessary… I’m glad my friends pushed me to try new things and a university that gives its students the chance to follow their dreams to Europe. It is truly amazing how your life can change when someone believes in you and gives you a chance.Juliet Goulet, on exchange at Southampton Solent University, England

Louis Thibault on top of a hill with the sea in the background

My year abroad was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to learn a lot about yourself, to become fluent in another language, to get to know another culture, to become more open-minded and adaptable, and to see incredible places.Louis Thibault, on exchange at Universidad de Alicante and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Emily Long smiling in front of the famous Trevi Fountain in Italy

On exchange, I’m learning about my boundaries and learning how to move past any fears and forge my future. I would recommend all of you to think about going on exchange yourselves. It is the cherry on top of the already wonderful BU experience!Emily Long, on exchange at the University of Bologna, Italy

Phil Sedgwick sitting at the edge of a cliff with a friend, overlooking the city and the sea

Putting yourself in an unfamiliar place for several months can challenge, build upon, and strengthen your character. The skills you will develop abroad are ones that you will use for the rest of your life… Don’t think twice about this opportunity; go forward and be brave.Phil Sedgwick, on exchange at Rhodes University, South Africa

Maria Wagner feeding a kangaroo in Australia

Going on exchange was the best experience of my life! I now have friends from all over the world, and I got to learn about my friends cultures as well as learn the Australian way of doing things!Maria Wagner, on exchange at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Hannah Swiatkowski posing, with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Deciding to study abroad is hands-down one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This time has been full of opportunities I didn’t see coming. I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and experiences I’ve had so far, and could not be more excited for those still to come!Hannah Swiatkowski, on exchange at SKEMA Business School, France

Zoe Compton standing in front of a huge tree in the amazon

Everyone should get the chance to study abroad and open their eyes to a whole new culture and way of life.Zoe Compton, on exchange at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador