Study Abroad Inspirations Come from Near and Far

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College students share their inspirations for studying abroad in University Language Services’ latest scholarship photo contest.

Inspirations for studying abroad can be found close to home and far away, according to the winners of University Language Services’ latest scholarship photo contest for college students.

Grand prize winner Alexia Beghi (, whose study abroad experience took her to Florence, Italy, captured the magic of the Santa Croce Church at twilight. “I cannot wait for the day I can return and sit and have a chat with Danté’s statue,” wrote the senior at California Polytechnic State University.

Texas State University senior and contest runner-up Amber Kubik ( drew her inspiration for studying abroad in Lima, Peru, from local sources as she captured a colorful tide pool on the rocky California coastline. Third place winner Jason Loose, a senior at Arizona State University, documented a hectic and busy scene in a Beijing restaurant as workers prepared baozi (Chinese-style buns) (

This year, University Language Services received hundreds of submissions from college students across the country, each sharing one photo that encapsulated their inspiration for studying abroad. One grand prize winner received a $500 scholarship, and $100 scholarships went to the 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The photographs submitted by the winners and by all participants in University Language's contest are a tribute to the significance of study abroad.

Profiles of the scholarship winners will be posted on University Language Services’ blog, Campus Commons ( In addition, the winning photos, honorable mentions (, and University Language’s other favorite photos from this contest will be displayed on the ULS Facebook ( and Twitter (!/CampusCommons) pages.

University Language will announce a new college scholarship contest in the coming weeks.

About University Language Services:
University Language Services helps students and applicants make the most of their college experience, from application to graduation. Free online guides and the ULS blog, Campus Commons, give students in-depth information to help them determine where to apply to college, how to get accepted and what to do to succeed. University Language’s comprehensive services for students also include SAT prep and professional resume writing for internships and jobs.
What’s more, since 1983 ULS has provided translation, transcription and interpreting services in 150+ languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.


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