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Hi everyone, I’m Allyson! I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Med and minoring in Spanish and Chemistry. I had the incredible opportunity to spend last fall studying with USAC’s program in Valencia, Spain. I am thankful to have received many scholarships to fund my time abroad, including the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. While in Valencia, I volunteered at a local after school program and served as a tutor for children from low-income and immigrant families. I fell in love with the culture of the community and the amazing people I met throughout my journey. In those five months abroad, I traveled to eight different countries and did things I’d only ever dreamed of doing. I para-glided over the alps of Switzerland, rode camels through the sands of Morocco, picnicked under the Eiffel Tower in France, played with monkeys in the United Kingdom, and so much more. I’m so excited that you are looking into studying abroad during college! Living and studying in another country for a time, whether a summer, semester, or year is completely worth it. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to know more about the different scholarships and programs offered here at UAB. 
  OdionHi everyone! My name is Odion Ovbiagele, and I’m a senior studying Public Health, Human Rights, and Spanish! I completed the USAC Alicante (Spain) program in Spring 2020. Despite the fact that COVID-19 cut my experience short, I am abundantly grateful for the great opportunities and experiences I had during my time there. While in Alicante, I completed an intensive four-step language course along with supplementary courses like “Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills” and “The Economic and Political Institutions in the European Union.” I also taught an English Conversation class at a high school near my host university, which definitely aided in my language immersion process while giving me the opportunity to give back to my temporary home. Outside of studying abroad in Spain, I've traveled to Australia, Iceland, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Bahamas. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about scholarships, service learning opportunities, and ways to navigate your identity abroad! 
Hi everyone, I'm Mason! I am a junior pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor Chinese. I'm also studying Spanish! When not exploring our vast, beautiful world, I like to immerse myself in the fictional worlds of books. Cafes are my favorite places to study because coffee is the fuel of my life, but in my leisure time I like to let out some stress jogging by the beach. After completing my undergraduate degree, I would like to pursue a law degree in order to become a child advocate. I have mostly recently been to China and Uruguay!  I can't wait to show you your options for studying abroad! Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want to know more about the different scholarships and programs offered here at UAB. 

ZahabHi everyone, I'm Zahab! I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. When I studied abroad I went to Meknes, Morocco with ISA. There, I learned Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, and completed a service-learning project as well. My service-learning project was focused at an association for children with down syndrome. My role was to help them learn English and assist their teacher with arts and crafts for the day. I'm interested in learning languages, travelling, singing, watching Netflix, and hanging out with my cat. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about ISA programs or service-learning opportunities abroad!