Notice: This post was submitted for publication in early June, so while the content is still relevant, many of the statistics given regarding COVID-19 are now out-of-date. For the latest information at the time of publication, see “Updates” at the conclusion of this post.
Studying Abroad during COVID-19
COVID-19 has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives (as of early June, that number is at a staggering 108,000, in the United States alone and continues to climb), has infected millions globally, and seen the US lose tens of millions of jobs.
Written by Isabella Antonelli ’20, Nha Le ’21, and Casey Trimm ’20
Studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities students can have to completely immerse themselves in another culture and learn about the world outside of themselves. For some students, that means leaving The Hill, while for others that means coming to The Hill. We spoke with six students at Denison: three of whom are from the United States and studied in other countries (Iceland, Cameroon, and South Africa) and three students who are from abroad (China, Thailand, and The Netherlands) to compare their experiences of homesickness, culture shock, and strategies to feel at home wherever you are.