Spring 2012 Photo Contest Winners


1st place                          
Beautiful Easter Island Lunch Buddy

Photo taken by Ben Pyne
Easter Island, Chile


2nd place                                      Amanecer en los Geysers Tatio

Photo taken by Katie Chapman  Atacama Desert, Chile


3rd place                                             Buda and Pest

Photo taken by Amanda Poyner  Budapest, Hungary



Special thanks to the study abroad students
who entered our contest!


Congratulations to the following students whose photos were selected as the top entries for the Spring 2012 Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Over 300 BBA and MPA undergraduate students voted for their favorite photo out of 32 photos submitted.

See what our students who are currently abroad are up to! Visit our award winning blog here.

We offer 29 exchange programs in 24 different countries. To learn more about BBA study abroad exchange programs and upcoming information sessions, please visit the BBA International Programs Website.




What Starts Here Changes the World

Changes the World

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Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

By Hannah Hutyra

University of New South Wales, Fall 2011 | Sydney, Australia

Hannah Hutyra

"One of my 'mates' took this photo of me while I was in Jervis Bay, on a trip that wasn't necessarily on my to-do list when I landed in Oz. When you think about studying in Sydney, you think of the Opera House, surfing, and being at the beach. Although I definitely was involved in these things, taking a trip with my Australian Aboriginal Studies class for a weekend was truly one of my most memorable experiences while in Australia. 'Just rest your feet on the ground and take a deep breath,' a quote said by one of the Aboriginal tribe elders, is one that will make an impact on me for the rest of my life. A new chapter of mine started that weekend, and I became even more connected to who I am and where I come from. After all, what starts here changes the world."


Hanoi Bikers

Hanoi Bikers

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Vietnamese Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

By Yixin Xia

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fall 2011 | Hong Kong

Yixin Xia

"I was in Vietnam when my friend took this photo. We were riding on a scooter that we rented from a local Hanoi shop."


Sunset on Darling Harbor

Sunset on Darling Harbor

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Sydney, Australia

By Kevin Jenkins

University of New South Whales, Fall 2011 | Sydney, Australia

Kevin Jenkins

"For our school's orientation we were led through the heart of down town Sydney and taken to some of the most famous landmarks. At this stop we ascended to the top of the Rooftop Bar in Darling Harbor. From there we had an unreal view of the sunset as it came down on the Sydney Opera House."


Amanecer en los Geysers Tatio

Chile photo

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Atacama Desert, Chile

By Katie Chapman

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fall 2011 | Santiago, Chile

Katie Chapman

"Going to Chile was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I fell in love with a country and a culture like something I've never experienced during my travels before. This picture was taken at the Tatio Geysers in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, the driest desert in the world. Waking up at 4am to leave our hostel in the tiny town of San Pedro (the only pueblo in the middle of the desert for miles and miles), we arrived to -14C at the Tatio Geysers where natural hotsprings blew steam into the freezing air as the sun rose over the Andes mountain range."


Picture Perfect New Zealand

New Zealand

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Manapouri, New Zealand

By Victoria Chu

University of New South Wales, Fall 2011 | Sydney, Australia

"While most people went to the beaches for summer break, I decided to spend about two weeks in New Zealand after the semester ended. And I certainly don't regret my choice! New Zealand is even more beautiful than everyone says it is - everywhere you looked was picture perfect scenery! By sharing this photo, I hope I've shared a bit of New Zealand's beauty with everyone! "




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Subic Bay, Philippines

By Michelle Chu

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fall 2011| Hong Kong

Michelle Chu

"Four hours before the flight, we decided a spontaneous weekend trip to the Philippines. With no hostel reservations, plans, or Internet, we serendipitously ran into some random students who acted as our guides. Nonetheless, the tigers, typhoons, and potentially missed flight home were all an unforgettable adventure."


On the Edge

On the Edge

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Boracay, Philippines

By Brittany Wang

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fall 2011| Hong Kong

Brittany Wang

"Knowing that finals were right around the corner, we squeezed in one last adventure before snuggling up with our books. Nothing says freedom like a 15 meter jump off Ariel's Point into the Pacific Ocean. Whether I actually jumped or not? We'll never know."


Italian Postcard

Italian Postcard

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Cinque Terre, Italy

By Adriana Elizondo

Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Fall 2011 | Madrid, Spain

"Waking up to the beautiful view of countless vineyards, one of five gorgeous towns on hills, and the endless clear, blue sea will always be in my heart. Cinque Terre is one of those amazing places that no matter what angle you take a picture from, it looks like a postcard. Eating freshly caught fish, drinking homemade Limoncello, and walking the Via dell Amore was amazing. By far, the most memorable part of this trip was sailing into the middle of the sea where Cinque Terre was almost invisible, diving into the clear ocean, and seeing all the colorful fish swim past me. This is a memory I will never forget."


Rhinoceros Lake

Rhinoceros Lake

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Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

By Fern Marusuwan

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fall 2011 | Hong Kong

Fern Marusuwan

"After two long plane rides into Southwest China, I was so amazed by the beautiful lakes and waterfalls in the Jiuzhaigou Valley. A memorable weekend with freezing temperatures, giant pandas, and delicious Sichuan food!"


A Sense of Tranquility

A Sense of Tranquility

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Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong

By Julie Lim

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fall 2011 | Hong Kong

Julie Lim

"Amongst the busy streets of Hong Kong lays a hidden treasure in the form of the tranquil Nan Lian Garden. Located right in the center of Diamond Hill, the garden provides an escape from the hectic city life. Visiting the garden is a great way to clear your thoughts and re-energize your mind!"


Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

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Cairns, Australia

By Gabrielle McCaulley

University of New South Wales, Fall 2011| Sydney, Australia

Gabrielle McCaulley

"Going to Queensland, Australia for my mid-semester break was an awesome decision. I was able to experience bushwalking through the rainforest, SCUBA diving in the Great Barrier Reef, and to top off my visit, I impulsively decided to go Bungy Jumping. This has to be one of the toughest things I have ever done. Deciding to jump off of a 50 meter ledge, just thinking about it still gives me the chills."


"Look at the sky..."

look at the sky

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Paris, France

By Jane Chun

ESCP Europe | Paris, France

Jane Chun

"During my last few days in Paris, I decided to explore the southern part of Paris, Montparnasse. After getting lost countless times and freaking out, I found this message written inside a metro station."


Crater of Life

crater of life

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East Java Indonesia

By Judy Oyedele

National University of Singapore, Fall 2011 | Singapore, Singapore

Judy Oyedele

"Trekking through Indonesia was one of the best experiences of my life. Climbing to the top of a volcano was scary but thrilling at the same time. I'll never forget it."


Manning The Fort

Manning The Fort

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WWII Fort Overlooking Koblenz, Germany

By Adin Gosine

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Fall 2011 | Vallendar, Germany

"I had an amazing experience in studying abroad in Vallendar, Germany. The University was in a scenic location next to the Rhine River and in the middle of the wine country. Moreover, the people and food were Amazing, and overall a great experience!"


Making Friends

Making Friends

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Bali, Indonesia

By Philip Lebo

National University of Singapore, Fall 2011 | Singapore, Singapore

Philip Lebo

"While I was in Southeast Asia I climbed mountains, I scaled volcanoes, I saw ancient temples, and I learned more about my place in the world than I ever thought possible, and I did it all alongside a group of some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I made friends from countless nationalities, races, and cultures, and on some rare occasions I even got to make friends with different species as well. This baby monkey may not have been the most talkative creature I met in Southeast Asia, but sitting there nibbling on that banana, he definitely was the cutest."


Sobrevoando a Cidade Maravilhosa

Sobrevoando a Cidade Maravilhosa

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Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

By Lilly Guzman

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Fall 2011 | São Paulo, Brasil

Lily Guzman

"Choosing to study abroad in Brazil was one of the best decisions of my life. The culture, the photogenic scenes, the beautiful people, and the amazing experiences will be engraved in my heart and mind forever. Foi muito legal tudo!"


Beautiful Easter Island Lunch Buddy

Easter Island

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Easter Island (Isla de Pascua/Rapa Nui), Chile

By Ben Pyne

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Fall 2011 | Santiago, Chile

Ben Pyne

"After flying alone to the most remote island on earth, my instant islander friend Rosita helped me rent a [fast] four-wheeler for $30 a day and find a place to sleep. I spent days exploring the tiny island's coastline, volcanoes, and ancient quarries surrounded by Moai (the ancient heads behind the rooster) on my ATV and by horseback. As I sat down for lunch one day at the empty Ahu Tongariki on the coast, this little rooster friend decided to hang out with me in typical random South American fashion. Seven months in Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay was 'just delightful."


Buda and Pest

Buda and Pest

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Budapest, Hungary

By Amanda Poyner

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Fall 2011 | Vienna, Austria

Amanda Poyner

"At the top of a hill overlooking Buda and Pest on a rainy day in Hungary on a weekend trip. As I traveled I tried to see the amazing, forgotten about Eastern Europe."


On the third, we ride for Gondor and war

On the third, we ride for Gondor and war.

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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

By Stephanie Fang

University of New South Wales, Fall 2011 | Sydney, Australia

"Lake Tekapo in New Zealand."


Conquering Mount Doom

Conquering Mount Doom

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Tangariro National Park, New Zealand

By Matthew Knight

University of Otago, Fall 2011 | Dunedin, New Zealand

Matt Knight

"Studying abroad in New Zealand made it difficult to choose just one photo for this contest. Every place I went was the next "most beautiful place I had ever seen". This picture was taken about half way through an eight hour hike through Tongariro National Park on the north island of New Zealand. The "Tongariro Alpine Crossing" is rated as THE best one day hike in the world...and there's nothing for me to argue there. The mountain in the background is Mt. Ngaruhoe, but most people know it better as Mt. Doom from the Lord of the Rings series. Hiking up, down, and through the peaks of three mountains on this gorgeous day was one of the highlights of my study abroad experience, the views were absolutely amazing. And of course...I rep the horns wherever I go."


Sunset in Ios Island, Greece

Sunset in Ios Island, Greece

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Ios Island, Greece

By Jose Ignacio Bustos-Valencia

ESADE School of Business, Fall 2011 | Barcelona, Spain

Jose Bustos

"I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain in the fall of 2011. I knew my first stop in Europe had to be the Greek Islands. Ios Island was an unforgettable adventure and this was one of the many amazing views I had the opportunity to experience. After a long day on the road, a peaceful sunset was very much needed. Every now and then I look back at this picture and makes me forget about all my problems in the world."


Hello, Bergen!

Hello, Bergen!

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Oslo, Norway

By Justin Smith

Norwegian Business School, Fall 2011 | Oslo, Norway

Justin Smith

"A beautiful overlook of the small city of Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a beautiful city known for its large amounts of rainfall. Here I was able to catch a rare glimpse of Bergen on a sunny day."


Bath Bounce

Bath Bounce

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Bath, England

By Allyson Copeland

University of Bath, Fall 2011 | Bath, England

Allyson Copeland

"One day near the end of my time abroad, my Canadian friend and I decided to take a 'staycation' around Bath, we went and saw all the historic sights we had yet to see, had lovely afternoon tea, and took a lot of awesome pictures with the official university sign. I had an absolutely blast in Bath and I think this picture really shows that! Cheers!"


Save the Planet...Ride an Elephant!

Ride an elephant

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Phuket, Thailand

By Katherine Li

National University of Singapore, Fall 2011 | Singapore, Singapore

"One of the most amazing opportunities while studying abroad is being able to easily travel to neighboring countries. This is a photo taken when I got the chance to ride on the head of an elephant while taking in the beautiful landscape of Thailand."


Bigggggg Buddha

Bigggggg Buddha

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Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

By Bang Truong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fall 2011 | Hong Kong

Bang Truong

"Walking through Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong, there's no way you can miss the Big Buddha sitting on a lotus throne at the top of the mountain. Some say that it can be seen from as far as Macau on a clear day. It was an incredible experience and was definitely worth walking up 240 steps to get a closer look."


Island-Hopping in Croatia

Island-hopping in Croatia

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Hvar Island, near Split, Croatia

By Evan DeYoung

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Fall 2011 | Vienna, Austria

Evan DeYoung

"The highlight of my semester abroad was probably my trip to Croatia. This was a beautiful day, and we rented a speedboat to go explore other parts of Hvar Island. We anchored on this beach,but it was a private resort so eventually we got kicked out. But the time we spent exploring this amazing spot was something I'll never forget."


Waffles, waffles, and more waffles!

Waffles, waffles, and more waffles!

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Brussels, Belgium

By Eric Wong

Bocconi University, Fall 2011 | Milan, Italy

Eric Wong

"Traveling through the heart of Belgium, you will find food stands selling these famous Belgian Waffles around every corner. Soon enough, you will find yourself indulging a seemingly endless wave of waffles and more waffles for every meal of your day."


Longhorn Tower of Pisa

Longhorn Tower of Pisa

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Pisa, Italy

By Ronnie Quillin

Universita Luigi Bocconi, Fall 2011 | Milan, Italy

"Pisa was the last of the many European cities we were fortunate enough to visit. Our time there consisted of 3 hours of brainstorming creative "tower pictures", and 3 hours of actually taking them. Italy will always be a home away from home."


Prague, I've fallen for you

Prague, I've fallen for you

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Prague, Czech Republic

By Lauren Cherewaty

University of Economics, Fall 2011 | Prague, Czech Republic

Lauren Cherewaty

"I spent my semester in Europe traveling all over the continent, but some of the most beautiful sites where right at home in Prague. I took this picture at the top of Petřín Hill, a park in the center of the city that is the perfect spot to watch an autumn sunset."


Heart and Seoul

Heart and Seoul

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Seoul, South Korea

By Josephine Chi

Seoul National University, Fall 2011 | Seoul, South Korea

Josephine Chi

"This was definitely my most favorite and final trip in Korea. I got to spend an unforgettable time with some of my loved ones while learning how to snowboard for the first time! It was just like my experience here. I fell a LOT but after I got the hang of it, I would NEVER go back to skiing (: boarding all the way! Just like studying abroad was an experience I will NEVER forget. Riding the gondola up, I saw the beautiful wonders of this Earth and realized the blessings God has given me, to be able to be so high and receive a greater perspective on this gift called life."


La Vie en Rose

La Vie

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Le Musée de Marrakech, Morocco

By Turner Tomlinson

ESCP-Europe, Fall 2011 | Paris, France

"I spent Fall 2011 as an exchange student at ESCP-Europe in Paris, France. I was initially skeptical of the claims of lifelong friends and unforgettable, life-changing experiences touted by former study abroad students. Looking back, I can definitely say that they were completely right."


Un Bon Hiver

Bon Hiver

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Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

By Maria Whelan

HEC School of Management, Fall 2011 | Paris, France

"Coffee and sunset on a Sunday evening in November Paris..."