Search This Blog

05 December 2019

2019 #HogsAbroad Photo Contest Winners

The winners of the 2019 Study Abroad Photo Contest were announced and displayed during the opening session & International Bazaar during International Education Week.

During the previous school year, over 1,100 students studied abroad in 50 different countries.

These students submitted images capturing the places they visited, the people the met, and the wide range of "classrooms" they worked in -- including community clinics, cathedrals and temples, coral reefs, archeological sites and even a jungle or two.

This year’s photo contest was the largest ever, with over 400 photos submitted in 8 categories. The winners are displayed here and will be archived in the University Library’s ScholarWorks collection. The photos will also be displayed in Mullins Library throughout the winter.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Agrodome Alpacas
Myles Joyce
U of A Faculty-Led: Human & Animal Interaction in New Zealand, January Intersession 2019
"The Agrodome, a massive farm in Rotorua, was home to the most photogenic alpacas known to man."

Trevi Fountain Wish 
Kalyn Jackson
U of A Rome Center: Summer Campus, Summer 2019
"This is a selfie of me throwing my coin in the fountain the wrong way at the Trevi Fountain. Even though my wish will not come true I still enjoyed my experience and loved the outcome of this photo!"

Selfie with the Pyramids
Timothy Burnett
U of A Exchange: Politecnico di Torino, College of Engineering, Spring 2019; Torino, Italy
"I traveled to Egypt for my spring break. This is my selfie from the pyramids in Giza, Egypt."

A Day In The Life 

A Day in Uyuni
Alex Duckworth
U of A Faculty-Led: International Photojournalism in Bolivia, Summer 2019; Uyuni, Bolivia
"The class spent three days traveling around the Uyuni salt flats."

Ciutadella Park
Hannah Taylor
AIFS Barcelona, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture, Summer 2019
"This park was a part of my friend group's daily lives in Barcelona. Whether we went for a picnic, to read a book, to take a walk, or to do a project, we definitely spent our time there."

Gelato Experiment
Austin Lawrence
U of A Exchange: Politecnico di Torino, College of Engineering, Spring 2019; Torino, Italy
"This was a class on gelato making using liquid hydrogen."


The Dance
Crystal Smith
U of A Faculty-Led: Spanish Immersion & Service Learning in Puebla, Mexico, Summer 2019; Peubla, Mexico
"This photo was taken at a hotel in which we stayed in Cuetzalan and these young performers treated us to this display of traditional song and dance."

Battle of the Oranges
Kelsea Crabb
U of A Exchange: Politecnico di Torino, College of Engineering. Spring 2019; Torino, Italy
"Every year the city of Ivrea in Northern Italy hosts one of the oldest and strangest festivals in the country. Teams battle in the city piazza's throwing more than 500 tons of oranges at each other over the span of three days giving it the title of the largest food fight around."

A Holy Day
Margaret Woodruff
U of A Faculty-Led: Tibetans in Exile Today (TEXT), Summer 2019; Dharamsala, India
"We were fortunate enough to be in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama's private residence is located, during the holiday honoring the Buddha's birthday and the day of his enlightenment. Celebrations included large numbers of people circumambulating the Dalai Lama's temple, the hanging of prayer flags, and a free meal provided to everyone in attendance. In this photograph, two monks sit, praying for compassion for all sentient beings."
Global Classroom 

Sharing Their Stories
Margaret Woodruff
U of A Faculty-Led: Tibetans in Exile Today (TEXT), Summer 2019; Delhi, India
"The purpose of the TEXT trip to India is to work with the Tibetans in exile to share the stories of their lives. We conducted a series of oral interviews with Tibetans that had fled to India from their home country in hope of a better life, free from persecution. This photo was taken before we started recording our first interview of the trip, with TEXT student Andrew Kutchka conducting the interview and our friend Gesge Yeshi Choedup as translator. The woman that we spoke with ended the interview by saying how she hoped that one day she would be able to return to Tibet and that we would join her. At that point, it was clear to all of us how important it was to give these individuals a platform where they could share their amazing stories of resilience and compassion."

Ancient Classroom
Davis Campbell
U of A Faculty-Led: Honors Passport to Sicily- A Mediterranean Mosaic, January Intersession 2019; Sicily, Italy
"This photo is of us learning from a lecturer while sitting on ancient ruins on Mozia Island"

Sustainable Thinking Clothing Exhibit
Dominique Savage
U of A Rome Center: Summer Campus, Summer 2019
"With our weekend trip to Florence, our Economics class explored the wonderful exhibit called Sustainable Thinking in the Ferragamo Museum. The Ferragamo shoe company illustrated that some of their products and materials are sustainable conscious. This photo was taken in the "Transformation" room exhibiting "transformed fibers made from secondary raw materials."

Hogs Abroad

Hogs on Top of the World
Caleigh Cristensen
U of A Faculty-Led: Coastal Caribbean Biology, May Intersession 2019; San Ignacio, Belize
"Standing on top of a Mayan Ruin in Belize just after we called the hogs."

Hog on an Alp
Esther Heckmann
U of A Exchange: Regensburg Universitaet, Regensburg, Academic Year 2018-2019; Regensburg, Germany
"Reppin' UARK at the summit of one of the Alps in Southern Germany"

Woo Pig Sooie!
Lily Ledyard
Semester at Sea - Spring Voyage, Spring 2019
"Calling the hogs on the back of our floating campus!"

Desert Sunset
Adrian Bradley
USAC Spain: Spanish Language, Culture, and STEM in Valencia, Fall 2018; Valencia, Spain
"This photo was taken during the sunset in the Sahara desert located in Morroco."

Young Chimp
Gopi Lukhi
U of A Faculty-Led: Tanzania - Ecology, Evolution, and Peoples of East Africa, Summer 2019; Gombe Nation, Tanzania
"Portrait of a young chimpanzee at Gombe National Park."

A Dinosaur Fight
Emily Wilson
U of A Faculty-Led: International Photojournalism in Bolivia, Summer 2019; Uyuni, Bolivia
"Because the Uyuni salt flats are so vast we were able to take all kinds of bizarre photos. This photo engages perception play while we fight and run away from a toy dinosaur."


Mäori Waka
Myles Joyce
U of A Faculty-Led: Human and Animal Interaction in New Zealand, January Intersession 2019; Auckland, New Zealand
"At the Mitai Mäori Village, the locals displayed their culture through various forms - one of them being a ride in a waka (Mäori for canoe). The warriors dressed in traditional attire as they chanted war songs accompanied by a drum. Meeting the Mäori people was the highlight of my time in Rotorua."

Doña Rosa
Crystal Smith
U of A Faculty-Led: Spanish Immersion and Service Learning in Puebla, Mexico, Summer 2019; Peubla, Mexico
"This photo was taken at a black clay workshop and Doña Rosa showed us how she worked the clay into a beautiful pot before asking for volunteers to learn a few of the techniques. Doña Rosa uses a special technique that is only found in her city of Oaxaca, Mexico to make the black clay shine.

Topkapi Palace - Istanbul
Dayton Thurn
U of A Rome Center: Architecture & Design, Spring 2019
"Topkapi Palace - Istanbul"


Beautiful Arch
Adrian Bradley
USAC Spain: Spanish Language, Culture, and STEM in Valencia, Fall 2018
"This photo was taken in a chapel in Austria. It was the middle of winter and we had walked in just to get out of the snow for a moment."

The Tower That Views the River
Demi Spencer
Intensive Mandarin Chinese and Chinese Culture, Summer 2019; Nanjing, China
"Yuejiang, or The Tower that Views the River, allows visitors a glimpse into the modern city of Nanjing, while preserving history and Chinese traditions."

Perspective Change
McLain Stalker
U of A Rome Center: Marketing in Rome, Summer 2019
"This photo was taken walking through a cave on our hike down the Dolomites. It was a trial for most and very lengthy. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or challenging oneself to have a more positive outlook during trial is a game changer."

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at

12 September 2019

Learn About the Application Process for Peace Corps

Are you motivated with a passion for service? Do you wish to explore other cultures and help underprivileged communities? If so, the Peace Corps could be a great fit for you after graduation.

Learn about the application process for Peace Corps from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Mullins Library Room 104.

The Peace Corps regional recruiter, Corbin Johns, will be visiting the University of Arkansas to provide the workshop for interested students. He has served as a Youth in Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of eSwatini from 2016 to 2018, and was responsible for building the capacity of primary and secondary school students in HIV/AIDS education and English proficiency.

He will also be hosting an information table at the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same day, at the Unions Connections Lounge.

RSVP is appreciated, but not required.


Did you know the University of Arkansas has a partnership with the Peace Coprs to prepare students for service through the campus Peace Corps Prep certificate program? A new website has been launched to help students prepare for the Peace Corps through their academic and co-curricular activities, and to guide them through the Prep program. The site also features returned volunteers working at the university. Students interested in completing the Peace Corps Prep certificate program should visit the new Peace Corps Prep website or contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange or the Peace Corps Prep Program Advisor, Alshaatha Alsharji at

09 September 2019

Meet One of Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors: Mia Dalton

Me in Mykonos, an island of Greece.
Hey y’all!! My name is Mia and I am a junior studying political science with a minor in Spanish. I spent the last two summers studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA) in Málaga, Spain and Athens, Greece
Me and my friend Sarah at the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Greece.
This is my second year as a peer advisor and I love being able to help other students discover how incredible the world is through study abroad. In fact, I sent four of my closest friends abroad last summer and loved hearing all about their adventures. My biggest advice for students is to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities at the University of Arkansas. Many students don’t believe they are able to study abroad for reasons ranging from majors to financials, but trust me we can get you there! 
The city of Toledo in Spain.
I personally spent the last two summers away on honors college scholarships and could not be more grateful. In Spain I was enrolled in an intensive Spanish language course and stayed in a homestay with a local family where I enjoyed home cooked Spanish meals. We were in the city of
Málaga on the Mediterranean Sea and took trips to many other Spanish towns and even one to Morocco. In Greece, I lived in student apartments in a suburb outside of Athens. Living with other students and attending an American college was a very different experience from my previous summer in Spain. We took classes in English with Greek students and were responsible for our own meals. Not knowing the language was also an interesting experience, but luckily most Greeks know English. I spent my weekends traveling to Greek islands and exploring the different cultural norms in each of the isolated towns. I loved my teachers in Athens (and the gyros)! 

Both of these experiences have taught me so much about inter-cultural connections and interactions, as well as increasing my self-awareness of my strengths and weaknesses.

Learn more about International Studies Abroad (ISA) programs in Málaga, Spain and Athens, Greece.

Come meet Mia and the other peer advisors for a HogsAbroad 101 drop-in session at the Study Abroad House! Come to the office weekdays from 3-5 pm to get all the study abroad basics. Peer advisors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program.

05 September 2019

Meet One of Our Study Abroad Peer Advisors: Meg Feeley

In the center of Bilbao at Plaza Moyua. 
Hi! I’m Meg Feeley, a junior at the University of Arkansas. I am studying International Business with a minor in Spanish. I was able to study abroad in the summer of 2019 through USAC in Bilbao, Spain.

While I was in Spain, I got to explore the city and meet people from all over the world. I chose to do a homestay and because of that I learned about the life and the traditions of someone completely opposite of me (and got to live with the sweetest dog ever!). I ate authentic food, spent time with wonderful people who had lived in Bilbao all their lives, and practiced my Spanish everday.
My sweet roommate, Kiñu.
Not only did I visit spots in my city that normal tourists wouldn’t normally go, but I was also able to travel to other countries, such as France and England, and my favorite trip was to San Juan De Gaztelugatxe -- otherwise known as Dragonstone from Game of Thrones.
Before the hike up the 241 steps seen in Game of Thrones. 
Study abroad helps you meet new people and make life long friends.
I wanted to become a Study Abroad Peer Advisor because it is my goal to help other students find a program that will exceed all of their expectations! I recommend that anyone thinking about studying abroad takes the time to search for the program that will meet their needs and not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone. I hope to encourage others to take a chance and go explore the world!”

Learn more about the USAC program in Bilbao, Spain.

Come meet Meg and the other peer advisors for a HogsAbroad 101 drop-in session at the Study Abroad House! Come to the office weekdays from 3-5 pm to get all the study abroad basics. Peer advisors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program.

26 August 2019

Study Abroad Fair: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 #HogsAbroad

Are you wishing you had studied abroad this summer? Don’t miss another opportunity! Get started at the Study Abroad Fair this September!

The Study Abroad Fair features over 50 exhibitors, highlighting 1,000+ programs, including faculty-led, Rome Center, exchange, partner programs, internships, service learning, research opportunities and much more. Program options are available during the summer, semester, or academic year, as well as intersessions.

Don’t speak another language? Not a problem! Check out programs with no language requirements, including opportunities to begin language learning in locations like Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, China, Brazil, Spain. Advanced language opportunities are available as well. The possibilities are endless!

Worried about cost? Did you know that many U of A students transfer their semester and summer financial aid and loan packages to study abroad and earn additional scholarships just for study abroad? Study abroad can be a reality for students on a budget!

Please join us on September 17th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge, to explore the amazing study abroad options available at the U of A! Start making your dreams a reality!

12 August 2019

The Art of Teaching #HogsAbroad in Ireland

Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah Pannell. I am a senior in the College of Education and Health Professions studying Childhood Education. This summer I studied with the U of A Faculty-Led: Education in Ireland - The Art of Teaching.

Prior to leaving for our trip abroad we met once a month to discuss what we would be doing, what we would be teaching, and assignments we needed to complete before we depart. During a meeting we paired up and brainstormed what lesson we would be teaching while abroad. Outside of the meeting we had to complete a lesson plan which was adjusted up until the week before we left to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. Having these meetings helped calm the nerves of studying abroad because we had endless opportunities to ask questions and get all the answers we needed and more.

After months of preparation we finally made it to Ireland and it was absolutely incredible. We went to five different schools around the country. We visited two in Limerick, two in Galway, and one in Dublin. No school we went to was the same. We saw small countryside schools that had classrooms with students from two to three different grade levels as well as schools with three different classrooms for one grade level. My partner and I taught in classes ranging from Junior Infants (Pre-K) to third class (third grade). Our lesson we taught to the students was about the American flag; how it came to be and what it represents. All of the students were so interested in learning about the flag and were even more interested in learning about us and where we come from. It was so fun to teach them and be fully immersed in the schooling experience in Ireland. At multiple schools we were taught how to play hurling which is one of the most popular sports in Ireland. At one school we learned how to play Gaelic football as well as, how to Irish dance which was my absolute favorite. 
Irish people are the kindest people I have ever met. Everywhere we went we were always welcomed by them saying “you are very welcome here.” Anytime we went to a restaurant we were never rushed to leave or seen as an inconvenience when we showed up as a large group looking for a table. All of the workers or owners in the small shops would make conversation and ask about where we were from, why we were here, and were so caring and curious about who we were. I never felt uncomfortable around the Irish culture and community. It was such a great place to be and I hope to go back soon! 
Sarah spent the summer 2019 term in Ireland with our faculty-led program, Education in Ireland - The Art of Teachingwith the help of our Office of Study Abroad Scholarship.

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at