Oklahoma to Ireland: A Professor’s Perspective

Going from Oklahoma to Ireland probably involves less culture shock than many study abroad experiences.   The Irish speak English—although theirs sounds different than ours.   Ireland is very rural, but many of us Okies are used to seeing lots of cows and horses (although sheep are more common there than they are here).  Of course, there … [Read more…]

Cover Story: Bringing a Global Perspective Close to Home

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in Italy so far is that I have seriously taken for granted my understanding of the world. I’ve been used to being able to speak and be understood and to move around in the world easily. Up until now, I have never had to wonder if people I … [Read more…]

That Grandest of Taxis – An Alumni’s Adventures in Morocco

As over four decades of service across Africa show, the Mercedes W123 is a nigh indestructible vehicle. To this day, it ranks as its manufacturer’smost popular car and has served as daily public transport for travelers from Dakar to Mogadishu, from Tunis to Cape Town. In Morocco, I traveled in W123s – the so-called grands … [Read more…]

Spirits Soar: Digital Storytelling for Study Abroad Narratives

For students who study abroad, jet lag is often the least of their difficulties adjusting to life back in the US. How do you begin to process everything you’ve experienced? What do you do with those memories? The OU Writing Center offers digital storytelling workshops for students returning from overseas. Using their own words and … [Read more…]

September Submissions: Global Perspective at OU

It’s time to kick off the semester – with global perspective!   Are you an international student at OU? Or have you studied abroad? As we transition back to campus we want to focus on culture differences, similarities, and insight from these! We would love submissions (250-500 words) on the following questions: Culture Shock – … [Read more…]

Fun in Rio: OU Engineers in Brazil!

The Gallogly College of Engineering offers a study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The class is called Professional Development and looks at the business and more innovative side of engineering. One of the coolest places we got to visit was a nuclear reactor! Our group got to get an in-depth tour of an … [Read more…]

La Joie de Vivre: Lessons on Work in France

The French call it la joie de vivre. As an American in Paris, I wasn’t exactly sure what to call it. Most of my classmates were international students, and naturally I gravitated towards other Anglophones, particularly at the beginning of my semester abroad. One of my best friends was a boy from Manhattan. We both … [Read more…]

Radost FX: A Happy Meal in Prague

The best meal of my five-month exchange in the Netherlands was not actually in the Netherlands. As amazing as the Dutch cities and culture are, they’re actually not known for their food other than stroopwafels (the greatest desert known to man). Instead, the best meal I had was a midnight dinner at a vegetarian restaurant … [Read more…]

Unexpected sojourn to a beautiful beachside campout

During my time in the Netherlands, I hung out primarily with the other international students. Anyone who studies abroad can tell you, it’s not always easy to make friends with the locals, especially if they would rather speak their own language instead of interact. As the group of 30 or so Geosciences students I knew … [Read more…]