Read stories from IAFS students as they study abroad with help from a Global Grant! Students share their stories and photos, inviting us along with them as they learn and experience new things while abroad. 

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Hear from Global Grant Recipient Aspen Reeves

Sept. 27, 2023

Meet Global Grant recipient, Aspen Reeves! Aspen is currently participating in the ISA Chile: Valparaiso Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals program where she's spending the year in Vaparaiso, Chile. She's started classes with Chilean locals, and when she's not in class she's been exploring the city and learning...

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Hear from Global Grant Recipient Sarah Bian

Aug. 2, 2023

Meet Global Grant Recipient, Sarah Bian! Sarah is participating in the Global Internships: Amsterdam, Netherlands summer program where she's completing a software development internship. Hear about her experiences below. I am at a software development internship at a local fintech startup in Amsterdam where I help develop an app that...

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Hear from Global Grant Recipient Daisy Vu

July 11, 2023

Meet Global Grant Recipient, Daisy Vu! For a few weeks this summer, Daisy participated in the Global Seminar: French Connections in Bordeaux, France where she studied current events and issues in France and learned about the city of Bordeaux. Read about Daisy's experiences below. Going to Bordeaux was not only...

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Hear from Global Grant Recipient Tali Ortega

June 15, 2023

Tali Ortega, an International Affairs and Political Science student, spent a few weeks of her summer in France. She was chosen as a Summer 2023 Global Grant Recipient and went on the "Doing Business in Europe" Global Seminar where she spent 2.5 weeks in the city of Aix-en-Provence learning about...

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Hear from Global Grant Recipient Lillian Bisantz

March 22, 2023

Global Grant recipient, Lillian Bisantz, is currently studying at the American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt) . Read about how her experience has been so far! I have been in Cairo, Egypt for just under a month and it has been a whirlwind to say the least. Already I have...

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From CU to Mexico: International Affairs in the Real World

Feb. 28, 2023

Stephanie Ahlgrain graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with a double major in International Affairs and Anthropology. While at CU, Stephanie received a Global Grant to participate in the CIEE Nicaragua: Managua Social Justice and Development study abroad program. Her experiences abroad and her interest in locally-led social and environmental...

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Diving into Barcelona's Rich History: A Global Grant Update

Jan. 23, 2023

Global Grant recipient, Kyrianna Krzystek, is currently studying in Barcelona through the CIEE Spain: Barcelona Liberal Arts Program. Krzystek is double majoring in International Affairs and History, minoring in Spanish, and planning to graduate in May 2025. After graduation, her long term education goal is to attend law school. Read...

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"Getting Outside My Comfort Zone" - IAFS Alum on Life Abroad and Leaving Russia after the Ukraine Invasion

Jan. 11, 2023

Benjamin Lourie graduated from CU Boulder in 2016 with a double major in International Affairs and Russian. You can read about Ben's Global Grant scholarship experience in the spring of 2015 when he studied at St. Petersburg State University. After graduating from CU, Ben received a Fulbright grant in Russia...