As summer begins, students prepare for their summer abroad programs. Pepperdine offers a multitude of programs across the globe and encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities to travel and learn.
Students said they are experiencing all sorts of things and emotions being abroad. Most importantly, they can finally travel outside of their designated countries and having a great time learning about new places and experiencing new things.
Senior Julia Campbell, an Art History major with a Digital Humanities minor, shares her experience working at the Weisman Museum of Art on campus and reflects on her experience abroad in Florence, Italy. Campbell is excited to take a gap year next year to travel before pursuing a graduate degree in Art History or Chicano studies.
The International Programs staff are working with students to maintain excitement about study abroad. Students enrolled in international programs are adjusting to the cancellations and preparing for the upcoming years.
Florence IP Director Elizabeth Whatley shares her experience— sending students home early for the first time in 22 years and how she’s stayed connected to Pepperdine remotely during COVID-19.
Students received two emails July 9 and July 22 from Dean Michael Feltner providing an update on International Programs, and all international programs were suspended. IP students discussed how the suspension has impacted them.
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Florence students share their reaction to going home, watching the virus spread globally and what it felt like to be the first abroad program to go remote.
Following the university’s decision to suspend the Florence program, the other European international programs and DC program’s travels are canceled.