University at Albany Study Abroad & Exchanges
95% Rating
(10 Reviews)

University at Albany Study Abroad & Exchanges

The University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), is an internationally recognized public research institution that brings the world to more than 17,000 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The variety of perspectives and life experiences of the student body and faculty that represent more than 100 nations provide a diversity that enriches learning. Our students can choose from 118 undergraduate majors and minors, and 138 graduate programs. In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers, many actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes immeasurably to the public good. As mentors, they provide numerous undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Julia
Female
25 years old
Buffalo
University at Buffalo- SUNY

My weeks at el Colegio

10/10

Every Tuesday for over eight weeks during my study abroad, I went to work with kids in a local bi-lingual middle school. I would pull out as many as five to six and work with them more intimately on the subject for that hour. This was an amazing experience to add to my many memories of studying abroad. The exposure to knowledge and freer ways of thinking that the children have access to amazes me. I loved the opportunity to speak with them in English and correct their speaking mistakes. I also became very aware of how important it is for me as an educator to pronunciate effectively so they are able to hear the differences between our languages and the sounds of our letters. This made me realise the direction of my teaching career will focus more on ESL learning with people of all ages.

How can this program be improved?

I would say the level of classes was a lot "easier" than I had been expecting. I would say one area to improve upon is the English speaking outlet provided by some teachers and enforcing less use of our native tongue. I found some of the classes not as challenging as I had hoped, partly because of the use of English.

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Jesse
Male
23 years old
Hastings on Hudson
Connecticut College

Learning About Cuba in Multiple Ways

9/10

The best part of this experience was that I was able to learn about Cuba in a multi-faceted way. Firstly, the classes were very informative and taught by some of the top professors in Cuba. But I also learned just as much by living with my host-family, who were so nice, loving, and welcoming. We had many great conversations, and it's great to hear from as many people about growing up through Cuba's complex history. Our visits to places like the Pedagogical Institute were also incredible. The whole trip was balanced with plenty of learning and plenty of fun.

How can this program be improved?

There were perhaps a couple of times where our schedules while traveling outside of Havana could have included more free time and less strict scheduling. But these trips were still very good.

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Deanna
Female
23 years old
Durham, North Carolina
Duke University

The Most Immersive and Real Cuban Experience You Can Get

10/10

If I had to design my ideal study abroad program, the end result couldn't be better than this program in Cuba. This program brings together diverse, passionate students from around the nation and gives them an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in Cuban culture. Every day you will be challenged by your courses, professors, homestay families, Cuban friends, and US peers to rewire your brain and think differently about Cuba's unique societal structure, democracy, and US-Cuba relations. You will leave this program better understanding your place, personally and politically, as a global citizen. And- you'll do all of this while having the most fun time of your life! From dancing salsa and listening to Cuban jazz to spending lazy days on the beach, you will get a taste of what makes Cuban culture and people so vibrant.

How can this program be improved?

I am actually struggling with an answer for this. I would recommend just a change in allocation of time in the classroom, so that students would be free to immerse themselves in Cuba after lunch after a morning of classes. However, I want to stress how valuable these classes are. They are absolutely essential to informing your experience, so I merely suggest combining them to be in the morning. These suggestions were given to our professors after the program, and I believe they have been heard.

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Lyam
Female
24 years old
Albany, New York
University at Albany- SUNY

Life Changing Experience!

9/10

This trip to Cuba was everything i dreamed of and more! My absolute favorite part was being able to stay with a host family, and truly grasp the Cuban experience. The families were very friendly and accommodating. Most people in the neighborhood are aware of the program and recognize the students, receiving them with open arms. I remember the last week of my program, the parents of one of my peers invited us over to have a small going-away gathering. We had a party on the roof and had music provided to us by our very own host-brothers. This is just one of the many gestures we experienced from the hosts families. This trip allowed me to experience the world in a different way; food, music, culture, history, and more. Cuba is a country that can offer you so much, you'd never want to leave! I know i sure didn't. And until this very day, i am counting down the days until i can once again meet with Cuba again.

How can this program be improved?

Overall, the program is equipped with various topics and forms of learning. However, the communication between the instructors and the students prior to their arrival is crucial. A more detailed list of necessary academic tools (not just items needed for your trip), is highly recommended. Moreover, the requirements of assignments should be more detailed (or more direct).

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Sasha
Female
23 years old
Brooklyn,NY
University at Albany- SUNY

The Start of my Travel Bug

10/10

Going on excursions to places that were actually interesting was the best part of our curriculum. We explored Volkswagen, Natura, and the markets. I really liked that we got to visit their version of the stock exchange. It' was a great balance of fun and education during the time. Because of this trip I'm planning on going back to Brazil again. Hopefully I can show my friends the same amazing things that I saw and more.

How can this program be improved?

Where we stayed in São Paulo was pretty awesome. We loved the hostel because of the convenience of the caipirinha at the door. But we lacked space and wifi. We were rarely at the hostel but when we were the wifi was crucial. The space just made it mandatory to get to know our peers.

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Cuba

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Ireland

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Spain

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Brazil

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Puerto Rico

University at Albany Study Abroad & Exchanges
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Russia

University at Albany Study Abroad & Exchanges
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India

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India

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Cambodia

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