How Luke Bambrick Started His Summer Trip To London With A Bang

Luke Bambrick in London

“When I have kids, it is literally going to be mandatory for them to study abroad.”  — Luke Bambrick

“A once in a lifetime opportunity within a once in a lifetime opportunity” is how I’d describe the start of Luke Bambrick’s summer trip to London. Why? Because he was actually able to attend the Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s wedding festivities.

Luke approaches the interview with optimism, it’s one of those shows that makes you just want to get up and go…

Luke teaches us about life in London, tracking down family in Europe (something that other Study Abroadcast guests have done as well), and exploring exploring other countries on the weekends.

“Life is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one chapter.” – St Augustine

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” – Paulo Coelho



  • Choosing to study abroad in London [1:24]
  • Having travel costs covered by CIEE scholarships 💸 [3:44]
  • Crashing the royal wedding 👰 [5:46]
  • Academic life for a summer in London 🇬🇧 [10:08]
  • The ease of weekend travel around the EU 🚅 [13:20]
  • Exploring family roots in Belgium 🇧🇪 [14:32]
  • The perks of traveling solo 🧳 [16:04]
  • Eating local at outdoor markets 🥝 [18:18]
  • Kind people around the world 👫[20:36]
  • Drew Binsky, Hostelworld and advice 🙌 [23:00]
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Did you know Luke is also a filmmaker 🎥? His latest work is embedded below👇. Go Luke!

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Luke’s Short

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]

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Summer Study Abroad with Taylor Ambrosius of UW-Oshkosh

Taylor Ambrosius talks about her study abroad experience in France“If the opportunity approaches you and you think that it happened for a reason you’re meant to go do something crazy and fun…try something new!– Taylor Ambrosius

Taylor Ambrosius UW - Oshkosh

In our first student interview on The Study Abroadcast, Taylor Ambrosius of UW-Oshkosh talks about her summer study abroad program and the fears she conquered in order to take her trip.

A summer study abroad program is the most popular choice among students because of their ability to save $. Taylor didn’t even go for the entire summer either, she went for a month, but was able to pack that month with an abundance of experiences and memories.

This is a perfect interview to listen to if you’ve got some fears of studying abroad.Taylor approaches the interview with ‘if I can do it, anyone can’ mentality, and she’s right.

We discuss the importance of finding a study abroad meet or table on your campus as a good way to get introduced to the process as well as stories of the time she spent on her summer study abroad program in France (don’t worry, we get into the food).

“The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page” – St. Augustine


  • Language learning and studying abroad 📖 [1:14]
  • Getting over homesickness 🏠🤒 [2:59]
  • Advice if you’re on the bubble about studying abroad 🙌 [4:34]
  • Living in the moment 🥳 [5:05]
  • How Taylor’s group helped her while she was abroad 🦸‍♀️ [6:16]
  • What gave Taylor goosebumps in France 🙀 [6:39]
  • ‘It’s a small world’ travel story 👭 [7:56]
  • The French food! 🥖 [9:18]
  • Taylor’s study abroad process leading up to her departure 💼 [12:00]
  • How Taylor’s experience led to her current internship 💻 [14:11]

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