An initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an annual celebration of the global exchange of ideas that occur in schools and on campuses across the country and abroad. Case Western Reserve University engages in these ideas by offering study abroad programs, hosting international students and forming partnerships with global institutions. In honor of these efforts, the Center of International Affairs will host wide-ranging programming and highlight international and study abroad student experiences in The Daily. Stay tuned throughout the week to learn more.
Ibrahima Seck, a senior neuroscience student on the pre-health track, studied abroad in spring 2022 at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where he was able to take pre-health courses covering disease and prevention, medical ethics, and anatomy and physiology. Seck said the courses were more philosophical and discussion-based than what he was accustomed to in his neurosciences classes. He hopes to incorporate what he learned in his goals of being a doctor one day.
“I think studying abroad is an experience that everyone should have the opportunity to try. I got to see and do things that I never would have thought I’d be able to do so early in life. It was so exciting to experience so many different cultures, as well as learn from a different perspective. I really understand now how big the world is and how different we all are. I wish to help students see that studying abroad is completely possible and encourage them to engage in the experience of a lifetime. It’s so worth it!”