Study Abroad with Lolo

Segment #7 from Roanoke College


Let’s meet Lolo, an international student from Vietnam who is double majoring in Spanish and screen studies with an anthropology concentration. One of the many experiential opportunities at Roanoke is the study abroad program. Students have the opportunity to see and be part of the larger world. These experiences can open minds, broaden perspectives, and prepare you for a future of amazing opportunities. Go ahead, Lolo.

– Thank you, Alex. There are many options when it comes to choosing a school, but for me, Roanoke College was the clear choice. Coming from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I wanted a tight-knit community where I can get to know everyone. I didn’t want to just be another number in the lecture hall, so Roanoke’s campus size helps my professors see me and my work. The international office here at Roanoke College made me feel really welcome. From orientation to organizing shopping trips that helped me acclimate to life in the United States. The international community bonded through these events and created a support network as we branched out to find our own niches on campus. Even though technically I’m already studying abroad, Roanoke College still encourages me to pursue its various study abroad offerings, just like domestic students. People have gone to countries such as Peru, Greece, and Japan. Currently, I’m deciding between Argentina and Spain, either of which will help me grow academically in my Spanish major. Students can spend three weeks, a semester or even a year abroad with over 100 countries to choose from. The faculty at the Global Engagement Center has been incredible in helping me determine the best time for my year abroad. Their guidance and support have been invaluable in helping me navigate this exciting opportunity. Ultimately, being book smart isn’t enough in this rapidly changing world. To work with and connect with the people, you have to be out there with the people. From business to law to more creative pursuits, you need to understand human nature and the multitude of ways in which it exists. How better to learn this than to study abroad? Sending it back to you, Alex.

– Wow, Lolo, your transition to the United States as an international student is inspiring. Now, over 200 Roanoke students take advantage of the month and semester-long study abroad programs where they have the opportunity to live, work, and succeed in a totally different cultural environment, just like Lolo. Thanks again for sharing your story.

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