The Muse Scholars have benefited from Hunter's many rich Education Abroad offerings. Read below to learn about the scholars' experiences with the programs in England, France, India and Spain.
Class of 2017
Alison studied Spanish Language & Literature in Madrid, Spain during Summer 2014. Participants lived with local host families, an integral part of the program that provides insights into Spanish culture and a daily opportunity for language practice.
Students also got to experience one of the liveliest cities in the world by visiting ancient places such as Segovia from the Roman Days; Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in Europe; Avila, the medieval world city; and more.
During the 2016 Fall semester, Kim will be studying in Amsterdam. Previously, Kim studied in Bali, Indonesia, with John Jay College of Criminal Justice during the Summer 2015 semester, taking courses in her major, Psychology.
The Bali program focused on what it means to be a person, considering gender and sexuality, and how success/failure, well-being/illness and healing are understood in the Balinese context. Field activities and day trips were included.
Krisha studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the winter semester of January 2015. She took an Italian Renaissance class there, which surveyed the effects of the Renaissance in literature, art, politics, and philosophy by studying the works of great writers, thinkers, and artists of the era. Since this course was held in Florence, the birthplace of the Renissance, students were taken to visit important buildings, churches, and museums- bringing the class discussions to life. Students also kept a cultural journal in which they reflected on site visits with the class as well as those they visited on their own.
Maureen studied Contemporary British Drama in London during Summer 2015. This four-week course explores the diversity of theatrical offerings in London, aiming to give students a wide-ranging, diverse and historically rich understanding of British theatre as it is practiced today in both traditional and experimental venues.
Students attend performances ranging from Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy to classics of the modern British stage and contemporary works by leading dramatists. Special attention is given to the complex ways in which certain British theatrical institutions - the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Haymarket, and the Donmar Warehouse - present different styles of production based on varying aesthetic aspirations.
Class of 2016
Ezra spent his Spring 2015 semester in Amsterdam, studying at the University of Amsterdam. While abroad, he worked with on a visual art exhibition to honor student protests that erupted at the university, contextualizing the contemporary demonstrations with the history of democratic dissent there. The exhibition, titled "Strijd" ("Struggle"), is also on view at Freie Universitaet in Berlin. You can find more information about the exhibition here.
Victoria studied during the Spring 2015 semester at Deakin University in Australia, where she took classes related to her major, Physical and Environmental Geography, and her minor, Theatre.
Joy studied Media and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London during the Spring 2014 semester. Queen Mary is one the largest colleges of the University of London, which has an international reputation for academic excellence and a wide range of undergraduate programs.
Queen Mary is the only campus-based College of the University of London in central London and offers a friendly and welcoming study environment. The College is located in the vibrant East End, two miles east of the Tower of London, close to the new Docklands financial center and just 15 minutes from the center of London.
Marie has studied in Amsterdam.
Class of 2015
Colleen studied Contemporary British Drama in London, England during Summer 2012. This four-week course explores the diversity of theatrical offerings in London, aiming to give students a wide-ranging, diverse and historically rich understanding of British theatre as it is practiced today in both traditional and experimental venues.
Students attend 12 plays, ranging from performances of Shakespeare and Restoration Comedy to classics of the modern British stage and contemporary works by leading dramatists. Special attention is given to the complex ways in which certain British theatrical institutions - the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Haymarket, and the Donmar Warehouse - present different styles of production based on varying aesthetic aspirations.
Karie studied Japanese Culture and Business in Tokyo, Japan during Winter 2015. A one-week culture program was held at a seaside retreat center in Chiba, where students learned about basic Japanese history, culture, and survival phrases through classroom discussions and field trips.
Following the culture program, students spent the remaining time in Tokyo and attended lectures at the prominent Rikkyo University, College of Business. Students studied how the differences in policies and culture can impact international business decisions. The course consisted of a wide-range of lectures covering topics such as Sports and Environmental Business, group projects with Japanese students, and visits to corporations such as the Panasonic Center and the Nissan Yokohama Plant.
In addition, Karie and her peers visited many of Tokyo's attractions, such as the largest Buddha in Japan, the Tokyo Tower, the Meiji Shrine, and Studio Ghibli Museum, and watched an intense Grand Sumo tournament.
Emily studied French language in Compiegne, France during Summer 2013. Run at the prestigious L'Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), about 50 miles north of Paris, this program provides 25 hours of French language instruction weekly at several different levels. CUNY students study alongside students from different countries of Europe.
In addition to daily French classes, Hopkins and her classmates took weekly field trips to see cultural monuments - such as the Château de Pierrefonds, a castle from the Middle Ages - and other local sites, including Parc Astérix, an amusement park based on a famous French comic.
During Summer 2014, Joy studied in India. She learned about Tibetan art-making and collage in Dharamsala, where the Tibetan government-in-exile operates, many Tibetan refugees live and the Dalai Lama resides.
Joy spent five weeks in the SUNY Purchase program learning about Tibetan and Indian culture, making art and practicing yoga. After the completion of the program, she remained India independently for three additional weeks, making photographs, studying yoga and meditation and continuing her immersion in Tibetan and Indian cultures.
Andrew has studied in Paris with Queens College (CUNY).