Discovering Abroad


Meet Charles Lewis, a Parent Orientation Leader that hails from Atlanta, GA. He is a senior studying Microbiology that plans on attending dental school in August of 2014.

Hey there, LSU families. During this week’s blog post I would like to take the time to encourage your son/daughter to seriously consider studying abroad during their time at LSU. During the summer of 2012, I was granted the opportunity to study abroad in both Australia and New Zealand, and it was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Regardless of which country your student decides to go to, I guarantee you that it will be an experience that they won’t forget.

While overseas, I took two courses, a 3-hour Animal Behavior class and a 3-hour Anthropology course, both of which focused on things that were unique to the region such as scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or spending time with one of the Maori tribes in New Zealand. Aside from the knowledge I attained in the classroom, my favorite memory from studying in both countries last summer was the natural beauty that these countries possessed. From scuba diving The Great Barrier Reef, experiencing Sydney during one of many free days, or hiking to the base of Mt. Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain) there was no shortage of natural beauty for students on the program to enjoy.


A photo taken after a hike that culminated at the top of Queenstown Hill in Queenstown, New Zealand

Prior to leaving the United States, I worked closely with LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad (APA) office to insure that the credits taken overseas would apply to my degree. The staff that the APA office has is great. They proved to be knowledgeable, professional, and were more than willing to take the time to go over all necessary paperwork. Furthermore, financial aid, TOPS, and scholarships are available to cover financing the trip so don’t let the price of going abroad be a deterrent. Regardless of where you student decides to go, whether it be as far as Australia or as close as the Caribbean, I promise that it will be the experience of a lifetime.

Visit for additional information and resources to bring your study abroad dreams to reality. Feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Forever LSU,

Charles Lewis



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