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Anthony Buccheri

Australia, Oceania

University of Wollongong

All my life I loved to travel, and I wanted to explore as much of the world as I could so being in another country for several months was an opportunity I could not pass up. I knew I wanted to do a semester abroad ever since I was a freshman in high school when … Continued

Jillian Rider

Sweden, Europe

Gothenburg University

Moving to Gothenburg, Sweden has been one of the best choices I have made in my life. In the fall of 2017, I applied through the University of Albany for one semester at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. After being there for one week, I was in love with where I was. Gothenburg is … Continued

Aayush Deo

Italy, Europe

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Coure Exchange Program

Studying abroad has been one of the best decisions of my life. To live in a new country where you don’t speak the language is a challenge I feel everyone should have to face once in their life. The opportunities that present themselves to you once you are living on your own in a new … Continued

Dylan Marshall

Morocco, Middle East

Al Akhawayn University

I have the privilege to be studying at Al Akhawayn University this semester in the Atlas Mountain Region of Morocco. During my time in community college and at the University at Albany, I have participated in several programs abroad. My initial trip was a summer semester in Paris where I learned about French Grammar and … Continued

Chante Mayers-Barbot

South Africa, Africa

Fulbright Grantee

As a University at Albany junior completing a semester abroad, Chante Mayers-Barbot fell in love with South Africa. Thanks to a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) scholarship, she returned to spend nearly a full year as a United States cultural ambassador – an opportunity that allowed her to immerse herself in the country’s way of … Continued

David Crawford Jones

Namibia, Africa

National Archives of Namibia

David Crawford Jones (SUNY Albany, History MA 2007, PhD 2014) conducted ten months of research in Namibia in 2009 on a Fulbright grant. Working in the National Archives of Namibia in Windhoek while conducting oral interviews throughout the country, David collected histories of crime and punishment in twentieth century Namibia, when the country was colonized … Continued

Timothy Smith

Guatemala, Central America

Indigenous Municipal Government of Solola

Dr. Timothy Smith was a Fulbright Grant recipient for 2000-2001 (Guatemala). Over the course of the year, he worked with the Indigenous Municipal Government of Solola and with various indigenous NGO’s that culminated in the first bilingual social science text produced in both Kaqchikel Mayan and Spanish. After returning from his Fulbright year, he spent … Continued

Miguel Astor-Aguilera

Mexico, North America

Fulbright Grantee

Miguel Astor-Aguilera (Anthropology 2004 Ph.D. University at Albany/SUNY) is an Arizona State University Associate Professor of Religious Studies/Director of Graduate Studies whose scholarship concentrates on ethnography, material culture, archaeology, and socio-religious theory. He was awarded a 2001–2002 Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant to conduct ethnographic research in Quintana Roo, Mexico. His Fulbright sponsored research focused on … Continued

Emily Finnegan

India, Asia


This past summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to live, study, and work with international students from all over the world in Bangalore, India. The program, WE BUILD 2011, was sponsored by the Indian non-profit Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) and centered around this idea of what it means to be a … Continued

Melissa Newkirk

South Korea, Asia

Yonsei University

For me, one of the most exciting prospects of transferring to university from community college was the chance to do a study abroad. During the first weeks of my first semester, a study abroad coordinator came to talk to my class about the benefits of doing an exchange and really put the seed into my … Continued