North Central College - Naperville, IL

Share Your Experience

If you have studied abroad on a program through North Central College and would like to share your experience with others on this website, please complete the attached I Story form and return to:

Whitney Ewing, Study Abroad Advisor

CM #276

Study Abroad I Story Form



Carly Johnston

C. Johnston Jordan

Amman, Jordan

"I knew I wanted study abroad to be a life changing, dynamic experience, which is why I chose a program located in the Middle East. Everyone thought I was taking an unnecessary risk based purely off of news, past events, and prejudices, not reality. The truth is I feel completely at home here in Amman, Jordan. I have never been targeted because I'm an American woman, nor have I felt threatened, even in light of recent protests surrounding an anti-Islam movie. My eyes have been opened to not only how skewed and uneducated American views are towards Muslims, the Middle East, and North Africa, but also to what a welcoming, beautiful culture this region of the world has to offer. Along with my Arabic studies and independent research, I am also volunteering at a refugee service, tutoring both the children and the advanced English classes. I'm hoping to return to Amman, Jordan after graduating from North Central College in June 2013."- Carly Johnston




Chase Wiggs

C. Wiggs Spain

Barcelona, Spain

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"My study abroad experience here in Spain has had its ups and downs. There are those moments where the city of Barcelona is absolutely breath taking and I never want to leave, and then there are moments in which I wonder how I decided to come here. Then there are the moments when I’m having an entire conversation in Spanish with a native Spaniard without any trouble and it makes all those doubts fade away."-Chase Wiggs




Maxine Lange & Elizabeth Stewart

NCC in Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2012

"I believe that this study abroad trip has opened many doors for me. I have had to opportunity to study another language in another country, and while studying I was able to do volunteer work children with special needs. I have also been able to make new friends and experience many new things while in Costa Rica. This has been an experience of a lifetime and it was all possible because of North Central. This school is amazing!"- Maxine Lange

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Studying abroad has been an amazing experience. It’s difficult to convey just how much I have enjoyed this experience. From an academic level I’m learning a lot more than I would have in a classroom at NCC. I have to speak Spanish, and often times when I don’t know a word I have to figure out how to get my point across without using that specific word. I’m experiencing a different culture, and I’m learning things that I may have never learned otherwise. I’m also having tons of fun. I’m doing things I would have never even thought of doing back in the United States. I’ve jumped off the top of a waterfall, gone white water rafting, hiked through trails, learned how to dance local dances, and so much more. This experience really has been the best thing I have ever done, and I recommend everyone must study abroad. It’s so much more than just taking a vacation. You’re immersed in the culture in a way most people don’t get to experience."- Elizabeth Stewart





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