If You Want The International Experience, But Can’t Find The Time, Listen to This Interview With David Carlton

David Carlton Ohio State University

“I challenge you to think of a way that in 10 years you will look back and think studying abroad was a bad decision.” David Carlton

David Carlton got three credits in one month. How did he do that? He studied abroad and took advantage of the plethora of options available to students at Ohio State. I’m sure your school has similar options to this, just talk with your advisor and I’m sure you can figure something out.

This turned out to be perfect for David because he wanted to do an internship in the summer and didn’t know if he was ready to study abroad for an entire semester (more on this later).

He ended up having a great time and, like everyone who comes on the podcast, he recommends studying abroad to any and every college student as evidenced in his quote above.

David liked his trip so much that he is planning a second trip to Spain for an entire semester. I haven’t talked about this very much on the website, but it seems to be an obvious benefit of going early on in your college career. 




  • France and Morocco pre departure and timing (it’s everything) [1:35]
  • Applying for scholarships [3:14]
  • Fear of not being able to speak the language [3:57]
  • Trip costs and wrapping received credit into a one month period [4:53]
  • Living arrangements on the road with the Buckeyes [6:26]
  • David’s favorite part of the trip [8:18]
  • What David’s coursework looked like during this month [8:52]
  • Planning a second study abroad trip [10:05]
  • David’s advice if you’re thinking about studying abroad [11:18]

The Carltons and The Eiffel Tower [Infographic]

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Faculty Led WWII Focused Study Abroad With Kate Greer

Kate Greer in Normandy

“I promise it will be the most impactful experience that you do during your undergraduate or graduate career” — Kate Greer 🦘

Kate Greer is a history major at The Ohio State University and she was able to take a special faculty led trip to Europe to gain a greater understanding of WWII. This three week program consisted entirely of OSU students and they moved around quite a bit.

It’s interesting to hear someone tell the story of WWII from a German’s point of view, but that’s what Kate focused on during her time there and she talks about what it was like in the interview. We learned about Omaha Beach in school but it is different to go in person, and Kate does a great job of articulating her visit.

An inside joke of a quote that Kate would like to leave the audience with:

“Scaffolding” —Dr. Steigerwald




  • Selecting the right program [2:38]
  • Applying for scholarships and grants [4:30]
  • How studying abroad changed Kate’s view of the world [6:52]
  • How Kate’s program worked [8:43]
  • Living arrangements abroad [10:08]
  • Really diving into the WWII side of Europe [11:12]
  • OSU Alum Robert Wright [13:20]
  • Kate’s advice to someone who is thinking about studying abroad [15:33]
  • Being a vegan in Europe [18:42]
  • Using Pinterest to help you find things to do [21:20]

Kate’s WWII Focused Study Abroad Trip [Infographic]