Study Abroad with HSU

November 27, 2023 Madison Lewis

Studying abroad may seem scary or unachievable, but Dr. Allan Landwer, Professor of Biology and Director of the Hardin-Simmons University International Studies Program since 2009, encourages students to try this unique experience. Landwer says studying abroad is a life-changing experience. 

Ashleigh Power and Teresa Vazquez overlooking a castle.

Ashleigh Power and Teresa Vazquez overlooking a castle.

Ashleigh Power, a sophomore at Hardin-Simmons, studied abroad last semester in London. 

“Traveling abroad helped me grow in so many ways,” Power said. “Seeing new places, people, and cultures gave me a sense of wonder. It helped me learn independence from traveling on my own. It made me appreciate the things I have back home, as well as appreciate the new world I discovered around me.”

Although the trip was based in London, Power shares that she traveled all over Europe. 

“For class, we took day trips to Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), Stonehenge, Bath, and other places,” Power said. “On my own, I went to Cornwall, Manchester, and Paris. For Spring Break, we traveled together all across the island, from York to Edinburgh, Fort William, Liverpool, and even Caernarfon, Wales. Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.” 

Power encourages HSU students to consider studying abroad. 

“When the world becomes your classroom, that is when you truly start to learn,” she said. “You can sit and learn about history, or you can go and see it for yourself. History, culture, art, language, and religion can only be fully experienced once you go and see it yourself. I will warn you, though, once you experience another culture, you may never be satisfied with simply reading about it again.” 

You can learn more about studying abroad with HSU by clicking here.