Videos, Blogs and More

London Video Blogs
Kandace Kohr – Fall 2012
Erick Waldman – Spring 2012
Owen Pelesh – Fall 2011

London Blogs
London Summer 2014: Children’s Media Conference Class Blog
London Summer 2014 Class Blog

Videos and More

Foreign correspondents report from London and Tokyo to showcase the experience of students studying abroad on Temple’s student-run news program, Temple Update.

Fish and Chips in London

London Boat Ragatta

A Philly Phave Across the Pond

London Report: Temple Students Adjust

London Students Experience Fall Break

Leaving London

Study Away: London

Semester Program Testimonials

Spring 2014

Sammie Barret
Major: Advertising
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Facebook: Sammie Barret
Instagram: Sammielb

Hey there! My name is Sammie, and I am an Advertising major with a focus in Art Direction. Studying away in London went from being the most nerve- racking to the most thrilling and life-changing decision I’ve ever made. Two sayings that carried with me through out my experience were: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” and “Let’s do it.”

When my plane landed at Heathrow, I took a taxi to our residency. I found myself so disoriented and excited at the same time. The driver side was on the right and they were driving on the left side of the road. They were speaking English but in an accent that seemed so beautiful and foreign to me, but from that point on, my excitement accelerated so high, it reached a level not even a race car driver could achieve. I took British-based classes, traveled to nine countries, took on an internship, met so many different walks of life and amazing people, and gained a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not even photographs can capture the memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I experienced and learned so much. What kept me motivated and going in the fabulous city of London were the phrases “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity” and “Let’s do it,” because in a blink of an eye, the four months passed. I had to take the taxi back to Heathrow and board the plane home realizing I will never be the same person I was when I started my journey. The first thing that came out of my mouth when I landed at Newark was, “Can I go back to London now?”

Marc Anthony Harris-Gardner
Major: Media Studies and Production
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2015
Instagram: TheMarcoRepublic

My name is Marc Anthony Gardner and I am a 2014 alumnus. I told my story with pictures through Instagram. A picture says a million things, and there were too many words to describe my time in London. It was a highlight of my life, and I am happy I did it at a young age. I would not have wanted my experience to be any different because my time was special. I felt like I reinvented myself not only as a student, but also as a person. This opportunity was a sheer blessing, and it changed my life for the better in so many ways. I only want inspire other students to take on this challenge, because it takes confidence and perseverance to live and study in another country.

Fall 2013

Katie Leva
Major: Communication Studies
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Instagram: @katleva

Hiya! My name is Katie Leva and I was a Communication Studies major. My dream is travel around the world, take photographs, and write for National Geographic. I transferred to Temple in my junior year and after hearing about Study Away, I knew I had to do it. I was worried that being a transfer student would make it too difficult to apply, but it was a breeze! Studying abroad in London was the best decision of my college career. I made a giant group of lifelong friends, stepped foot in seven different countries, and was immersed in a culture that was exciting and new. I get incredibly nostalgic when I look at my photographs, and I want everyone to be able to have the same experiences I had. Feel free to contact me, and I’ll tell you all about how amazing the Tube is and why Primark will change your life. Cheers!

Bryant Hendricks
Major: Film and Media Arts
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Hey everyone! My name is Bryant, and I am studying Film and Media Arts. I studied in London during the fall 2013 semester and had one of the best experiences there. I have always had a passion for travel and experiencing new environments, so having the chance to do so while taking classes and interning was a dream come true. Most people say there is nothing like the experience of studying abroad—and they’re right! I gained so much experience and knowledge that was transferable back in the States while meeting some of the best new friends and future networking contacts. I am always willing to talk about my time abroad or answer any possible questions no matter how obscure they might be!

Spring 2013

Laura Oringer
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Facebook: Search for Laura Oringer.

Hi everyone! My name is Laura Oringer. I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in London in spring 2013. All my expectations were exceeded in my experience abroad in London, where I took amazing classes; had an incredible internship at Shorts International; and took full advantage of the amazing city of London, as well as traveling around Europe and the U.K.

The places I went go, the people I met and the different things I did will be stories I will be telling forever, and things that will forever have a lasting effect on me. My semester studying abroad has been, by far, my favorite semester spent in college. I could have never imagined all the things I got to experience and do. I feel so fortunate to be able to say I know another city: its streets, public transportation, places to go and things to do. I am counting the days until I can return and hopefully live in London again. I want to share my knowledge with people, and help them to want to have the most amazing semester ever, and be jealous that you’re journey of studying abroad is just beginning.

Caitlin Cowan
Major: Journalism
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Twitter: @caitlincowan

From the get-go, I knew studying abroad was something that I wanted to do during my time at Temple University. My semester in London was certainly one of the best decisions I have ever made. Between the sightseeing, the culture, the people, and the additional traveling, my time in London (and beyond) was nothing short of a life-changing experience I will never forget. While socially the opportunities studying abroad presented us were extraordinary, the academics were also intriguing. Classes include everything from British Cinema to Travel Writing, to British Mass Media to Creative Thinking for Advertising, to Theatre and more. The courses did a great job of really immersing us into the British culture by extending the learning experience outside the classroom and in the city. The opportunities, experiences and memories I made during my time abroad are those I know I’ll hold in my heart forever. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience—why not take advantage of this opportunity while you can?

Joe O’Neill
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

’Ello there! My name is Joe O’Neill. I grew up in New Jersey but now live in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Since I was accepted to Temple, I knew I would love to be able to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered through Klein College. Now that I have been able to experience living in another country, I can only encourage others to do the same. I had a fantastic time living with fellow Klein College students in one of the most gorgeous parts of London, the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. My study abroad experience was enriched by traveling to places like France, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal and Spain. My experiences abroad helped give me a clearer idea of what I would like to do in the future. Having an internship was also very important in guiding me toward what I would like to do: Eventually, I would like to be able to travel internationally and cover news around the world, whether it be for the BBC World News Service, Al Jazeera or CNN International. Regardless of what you would like to do or where you see yourself, study abroad offered through Klein College can help you to gain a new and broader perspective.

Taylor Engel
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Facebook: Search for Taylor Engel.
Twitter: @taymaee

Hello, everyone! My name is Taylor Engel. I am in Delta Phi Epsilon, and have worked on the TV shows Temple Smash and Temple Update while studying. Since I can remember, it has been my dream to live in London. I always been one of those people who loves everything British! I’ve also always loved movies and TV, so studying for a career in TV was probably the best choice I have ever made. The second-best choice I have made was going to the Temple Klein College Study Away program in London.

The program allowed me to not only have an internship in an industry I love, but also with people who changed my life and gave me the ultimate U.K. experience. I saw countries like Germany and Netherlands, and brought home a whole new outlook on my life in the States. Study abroad was the most incredible experience in my life; I met friends I hope to have for many years to come and experienced living and working on my own, thousands of miles from home!

Amber Curtis
Major: Journalism
Minor: Political Science
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Cheers—I’m Amber Curtis, a member of the National Society of Leaders, a camp counselor at Valley Forge Military Academy, and and aid with articles for The Church of England Newspaper. Hopefully having a career with either ESPN or The Washington Post has been strengthened by a semester in London. Gaining cultural experience in a country vastly different than my own allowed me to look at my future in a different way.

Going abroad allowed me to finally check off some bucket list items: I interned in front of Big Ben and spent many nights as the press at the Houses of Parliament. I celebrated St. Patty’s Day in Northern Ireland. I relived 79 AD in Pompeii before it closed to tourists. I traveled on the No. 12 double-decker bus to Marble Arch, which was the bus shown in The Mummy Returns.

Post-London was a difficult transition, but I set my sights on another bucket list item—completing my first half marathon. London might be over, but the strength I gained there will forever carry on. Hopefully, your experience will bring you the same.

Sarah Cannon
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Greetings, Temple community! I am a Media Studies and Production major who was lucky enough to study abroad in London in spring 2013, and it was the best decision I have ever made. I knew I was going to study abroad when I was a freshman and told my academic advisor immediately which helped me stay on track academically.

Although my main focus is on TV production, it was a refreshing semester to take classes such as British Cinema and Travel Writing. The classes offered in London are so much fun, and most of the time, you learn outside the classroom. Being in London for a semester has changed me for the better, as it mostly does to everyone who embarks on this exciting adventure. You will learn quickly who you are as a person, and it will also test you. Immersing yourself in a new culture is something everyone should experience, because not too many opportunities like it will come our way again. I can not stress enough how thankful I am that Temple offers this program. From the pub culture, to the British lingo, to seeing the Union Jack flag everywhere, I will always have a place in my heart for London.

Fall 2012

Lillia Staverosky-Andrules
Major: Film and Media Arts
Minor: French
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Hi there! My name is Lillia Staverosky-Andrules, or Lily. I’m a Film and Media Arts major with a French minor.

I was lucky enough to be able to experience the London Study Away program in fall 2012. I’ve always loved traveling and exploring, and to be able to do it while working on my degree with a group of amazing people was fantastic. As you hear most people who have studied abroad say, there really is nothing like it. It would be hard to explain all the times and fun I had while I was gone, but really, you should just experience it for yourself. If you’re thinking about Study Away, but have some doubts or are a bit apprehensive, contact me. There is always a way to do something you desire greatly.

Matthew Hanley
Major: Media Studies and Production
Graduation Date: Fall 2013 (one semester early)

Hello there! My name is Matthew Hanley, a Media Studie and Production student here at Temple University. Growing up in New York, I was always a humongous fan of TV and theatre, and saw Broadway shows once or twice a year. When I arrived at Temple I immediately joined the Insomnia Theatre club, for which I wrote and acted in various short plays. Since freshman year I had been waiting to study abroad in London and last fall, that dream came true. The experience was everything I dreamed of and more.

I visited eight different countries, made connections and experienced some of the best times of my life. The best, though, was the internship I was assigned. I got to work with an audio production agency who has done postproduction work for movies such as Hell Boy and Harry Potter. This was a truly eye-opening experience that taught me a lot I didn’t know about what it is like to work in an actual film production environment. I got to sit in on some movie screenings and was given different scripts to read and review each work. This was my favorite assignment, as it re-ignited my passion for writing and pushed me to try my hand at scriptwriting.

Overall, this was the best time of my life, and it would be a crime if I did not help others have the same life-changing experience I have had. I hope you will contact me with any questions or concerns you might have and that you do yourself a favor and review some of the amazing Study Away programs we have here at Temple.

Alex Manescu
Major: Film and Media Arts
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

My name is Alex Manescu. A semester in London was hands down the most fulfilling experience of my life. It was also the most difficult. Part of the magic that is a semester abroad is how much it challenges you to push your own boundaries.

You constantly find yourself in situations where all you think is, “how did I get myself into this mess?” That’s the beauty of it, after the initial shock of cars appearing on the “wrong” side of the road wears off. You begin to learn more about who you are. How do you handle something so literally foreign to you? The places I have been, the people I have met, the conversations I had in London will linger vividly as happy memories for the rest of my life. Traveling is a bittersweet adventure: There is a part of you that doesn’t come back with American customs. But it is a privilege to miss anything as passionately as this, and I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world. I am the first person in my family to have ever left the country—a goal I have had since I was a young boy. I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would be a goal within my reach so soon in life. The thing is, anyone can do it if they have the motivation. That is, in my opinion, the best-kept secret of travel.

Jineen Carcamo
Major: Advertising (Research and Account Management)
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Twitter: @JCarcamo31

Hi! I’m Jineen. I am double-concentrating in Research and Account Management. I studied in London during fall 2012, and it was the best time of my life. I know everyone says that, but it’s actually true. Studying abroad is an opportunity not many people take, which is why I want to help others students with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I couldn’t believe that I got to live and work in London and travel to all the places I had dreamed of seeing. I got to make incredible memories with the other Temple students, as well as people I met in London. I can’t wait for the day I can go back!

Nicole Soll
Major: Journalism
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

I knew I wanted to study abroad in London before I knew I wanted to go to Temple, but thankfully, they had the perfect program for me! I had the opportunity to explore London for three-and-a-half glorious months full of British television, tea and traveling on the Tube. I also had the opportunity to work in a British office, thanks to an internship program in which I not only got to write for an online community newspaper, but also edited submissions from the community. I wouldn’t trade my experiences in London for the world, and I’d love to share them with anyone and everyone.

Jamielee Barrett
Major: Media Studies and Production
Concentration: International Communication
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Hello! My name is Jamielee Barrett. I hope to work in audio production for either film, music, TV or video games.

When considering colleges, I knew that I wanted to have the opportunity to study in London, and Temple’s amazing program allowed me to do that in fall 2012. I think it’s important to see the world and analyze new places, and London is such a great city to see so many different things. There is always something new to explore, and it is impossible to be bored there! I grew so much as a person during my time abroad, and I believe that anyone who is considering this program should go for it. It’s stressful and a little scary, but there is nothing you will regret! Making friends, seeing a new place and expanding your mind are all things that can only be achieved by experiences, and studying in London is certainly full of incredible ones. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! I absolutely love talking about it.

Kandace Kohr
Major: Communication
Concentration: International Communication
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Skype: Kdogg141

Hi everyone, my name is Kandace, and I am an honorary Londoner of fall 2012! As a Communication major, I knew it was pivotal to understand a culture different than my own, and what better place to do that in London, arguably the world’s most globally diverse city? While in London, I extended my Student Affairs blog with 10 webisodes of my life abroad, in which I delved into study abroad topics and student testimonials. London was the best semester of my life, and now all I know is that I can’t wait to go back. I’m always game to talk about my semester abroad and where it’s going to take me next.

Julianne Adamko
Major: Advertising (Art Direction)
Graduation Date: Spring 2014

Hi, I’m Julianne! After transferring into the Klein College of Media and Communication the second semester of my freshman year, I found out we had a study abroad opportunity that would take me to London. In fall 2012 I was accepted into the program and granted the opportunity of a lifetime. The time before I left for London flew by, and before I knew it, I was neighbors with the queen! I still can’t believe I lived in London for about three months, had the best tea I’ve ever tasted, rode the Tube and double-decker buses, and took as many pictures as I could with London’s red telephone booths. Studying abroad not only gave me the confidence that I can conquer anything I set my mind to, no matter what the environment, but also that when I have friends by my side—brand new friends, for that matter—every moment becomes unforgettable. Feel free to contact me with any questions! I love to talk about London and my experiences there, but be careful! I am very persuasive and you will be walking away wanting to go to London! I can’t wait to go back, and if you want to go, you will not be disappointed!

Sarae Gdovin
Major: Communication
Concentration: International Communication
Minor: Business
Graduation Date: Spring 2014
Twitter: @SaraeGdo

Hi, I’m Sarae! I studied abroad with the London program in fall 2012 and loved it so much, I hope to return to work in the city someday! Before coming to college, I knew that study abroad was going to be a part of my experience. Luckily the Klein College London program was the perfect fit. I was able to spend my semester living, studying and working in what I think is the best city in the world. The semester also allowed me to travel to eight other countries and visit places I never thought I’d see. If you are thinking about studying in London, or anywhere else, just go for it! If you have any questions or concerns about studying away, let me know! I will do my best to answer any of them and give insight as someone who has been there and back. Plus, it is one of my favorite things to talk about, so expect all the details!

Spring 2012

Diana Brody 

Hello! My name is Diana Brody, and I am majoring in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. Years of sitting in front of the TV and ruining my 20/20 vision has inspired me to work in TV production, preferably video editing in postproduction. In spring 2012, I studied abroad in London, and it was the best thing I ever did. I could write pages and pages about my experience, but for now I’ll just tell you a little about myself and how studying abroad has changed me as a person. Before going to London, I was a socially awkward person known for having an unhealthy obsession with cats and creating inside jokes with everyone. While I sit here petting my cats William and Harry (London inspired!) and laughing over the many inside jokes my friends and I created during our time in London, I don’t feel like I can label myself as a socially awkward person. During my time there, I gained the confidence I knew I had, but needed the right opportunity to let it out. Walking unfamiliar streets, seeing famous landmarks and slowly building friendships let that confidence shine through and show others who I really am.

While I had a lot of fun and exciting moments, there were also times of hard work in my courses and internship. I interned at Film London, a film and media agency who assist first-time filmmakers in creating short films. Sitting in the Tube on my way to work and looking at other people and knowing they were in the same situation made me feel like a true Londoner. I was one of them—no longer was I considered a tourist. The great thing about studying abroad is that you’re not a tourist. You’re living in a flat, taking the Tube EVERYWHERE, going to the local grocery store (Sainsbury’s!) to make your own food and living your day like any other Londoner would. The only difference is that you have a short time to consume not only the city, but also parts of Europe before you must sadly leave and make your way back to the U.S.

As a peer advisor, I want to tell students that it’s possible to study abroad under any circumstances. Besides financial aid, scholarships, and my own savings, I had no financial support. Since my freshman year, I have planned financially and academically to study abroad. Sometimes I stop and think to myself, “Wow, I actually lived in London. I walked on Abbey Road and rode a red double-decker bus. I visited the Guinness Factory in Dublin and got blessed by the Pope (unknowingly) in Rome. I stood where the Berlin Wall once stood in Germany and rocked out in the Cavern Club, where The Beatles once performed in Liverpool. I saw the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame in Paris. I did all of this.” And you can, too, because of Temple’s Study Away program.

Hopefully, though, you’ll be aware that you’re in the presence of the pope (long story).

Jennifer Babu
Twitter: @jenibabu

Hi! I’m Jen Babu, a journalism major and English lit minor at Temple University. I’ve always wanted to travel to England, where most of my favorite authors and Anne Boleyn once lived. My main goal was to go on a Jane Austen pilgrimage and see where she lived and was buried; I felt like that was something I needed to do before starting my life in adulthood—to be inspired. Temple’s London Study Away program gave me all those opportunities and more. I saw the queen at Kensington Palace; celebrated the Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square; stood at the Prime Meridian; went to a Holi festival; traveled to Dublin, Rome and Berlin; and yes, went to Jane Austen’s houses in Bath and Winchester and saw the place where she is buried. I did so much more than that, but the best part was feeling part of something bigger than myself. London is a vibrant, exciting, stunning city. Even if you never ventured out of it, there is still so much history and culture on every street. Don’t be afraid to jump on the Tube alonesometimes the best memories come from one step of bravery.

Spring 2011

Zach Thornbury
Twitter: @zachthornbury

I’m studying Advertising in the copywriting track here at Temple University. I joined the Study Away program at Klein College in spring 2011 and shipped off to London for nearly five months. Once I was there, I used Europe as my muse, exploring 11 countries before returning home. To date I’ve been lucky enough to experience 20 different countries with 20 completely unique cultures.

I’m not hard to miss at nearly 6′ 5″,  but, if you still haven’t been able to track me down, check out my travel blog. That’ll probably tell you where you just missed me or at the very least, where I’m going to next.  Although sometimes difficult to find, I’m always easy to reach. Feel free to contact me by email, Facebook or Twitter. I’m definitely someone who’s always connected.

LaToya Stroman
Skype: latoyastroman (contact me via email to set up a time)

Hello, my name is LaToya Stroman and I am a Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media major. Most people call me “Toya.” I am fun, friendly and motivated to succeed. I am from Philly and I love to travel, meet new people and enjoy life. Along with studying, I decorate on the side and volunteer for inner-city youth projects 90 percent of my time. I know it sounds weird (smile). I studied in London in spring 2011, and it was literally LIFE-CHANGING. My time there was so incredible, I stayed an extra month and housesat for a co-worker I met while interning at Shorts International. I worked my butt off, interviewed for a job there, and it’s waiting for me after graduation. I have overcome some really difficult times in my life, and I am determined to be successful and effective in my community. My life quote is, “finish what you have started.”  Contact me anytimeyou can always find me in the Study Away office (Room 6 in Annenberg Hall).

Kelsey Jones

I’m a journalism major at Temple who is originally from Wilkes-Barre in Northeast Pennsylvania. I would describe myself as a goof with a huge heart and a naturally people-oriented person. As a student, I chose to study Communications because it will always be prevalent in interdisciplinary fields and contexts. My current role as a multimedia intern at Campus Philly is preparing me for life after graduation. Additionally, it allows me to pursue my present goals: I photograph major events for Campus Philly, and I’m responsible for regularly updating and organizing its virtual photo library.

In spring 2011, I studied in London with some of the most amazing and inspiring people I’ve ever met. Additionally, my most ambitious work experience was my internship abroad at the World Photography Organisation. It offered hands-on work, including writing news articles published on its website, conducting research for worldwide photographers, and implementing marketing and social media strategies in preparation for a major event—the World Photography Festival and Sony World Photography Awards 2011. My internship and entire study abroad London experience broadened my worldview and made me realize that international communications skills are a necessity.

My interpersonal capabilities and my passionate involvement with photography will ultimately lead me to a future career that involves two primary elements: people and a camera. I would love to explore the broad field of visual communications, particularly social documentary photography. My perfect job would also encompass some sort of social work. If I were able to simultaneously provide counseling treatment and photograph members of the community who seek improvement from social programs, it would be my dream career.

Jessica Philo
Skype: JessPhilo
Cell: 610-656-2051

I’m Jessica Philo, and I’m an Advertising major and English minor from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. I studied in London in spring 2011 and ever since my return, not only have I been pining to go back, but I’ve also become obsessed with promoting Study Away. I believe that everyone who dreams of studying abroad should pursue their dreams and make them a reality. Studying abroad is an amazing way to immerse yourself in another country’s culture and way of life (not to mention the amazing experience it is in its entirety), and once you graduate it becomes a lot harder to temporarily move to Europe (if you could imagine that).

With that being said, I’m here to answer your questions about studying abroad. Don’t be shy! No question is too off the wall or awkward, and I’d be more than happy to meet with you. I also keep a blog where I log all of my London study abroad advice. Feel free to mouse around there if you’re curious.

Hadar Spector

Hey, I’m Hadar Spector, and I’m a Communications major who studied in London in spring 2011. I absolutely loved London, and I miss it everyday. There was always something fun to do, and my time there were some of the best few months of my life. I even traveled for five weeks on my own after the semester and ended up seeing cities in eight different countries!

I’m a music enthusiast, whether it’s listening, attending shows, writing about it or just singing in the shower. I also have a love for photography and eating ice cream. If there’s one phrase I choose to live by, it’s definitely The Beatles quote, “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”

Dan Polis

My name is Daniel Polis. I’m from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and I’m a Film and Media Arts major at Temple University. I went to London in spring 2011, and it was there that I had the opportunity to intern at a major independent film festival and travel throughout Europe. Just a week and a half after returning from London, I packed my bags once again and set off for Temple’s Los Angeles internship program. There I interned in TV development at an Emmy Awardwinning production company. I believe that both of my study away experiences shaped me into who I am today and prepared me for the next step in my life.

Fall 2010

Danielle Marinese

I’m Danielle Marinese, a Communications major who still has no idea what she wants to do after graduation—to the dismay of every adult who asks. I also don’t know how to whistle, dive into a pool or sing the correct lyrics of top 40 songs. I do know that studying abroad in London during the fall of my junior year was one of the best decisions I made as a Temple student, and I love to help future study abroad students not make the same mistakes I did while I was away (like nearly missing every international flight I booked).

Meghan White
Twitter: @dishguts

I’m Meghan White, a Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media major originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I studied in London in fall 2010. While there, I made a point of exploring museums, markets, parts of Europe and, of course, pubs. I interned at CCD PR, which was more or less sandwiched between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, which gave me my weekly dose of tourism and also allowed me to pretend that I was in Harry Potter while walking down Shaftesbury Avenue. One of the highlights of studying abroad was getting to explore Europe for a week during fall break. My trip involved a lot of running to catch trains and getting a bit lost everywhere I went.

In addition to telling everyone they should study in London, I write a craft column for The Temple News called “HandMeg.” I also maintain a slightly ridiculous blog that is not at all related to travel.

*If you’re emailing me, put something about your Study Away interest in the subject line. From there, I’d be more than happy to set up a face-to-face meeting time on campus or on Skype!

Jaclyne Hopkins
Major: Double major in Communications and History

My study away experience meant the world to me—literally. I learned that traveling is a blessing and being able to study culture—especially media—in a country other than the U.S. makes us more aware individuals. I grew not only as a student of Temple, but also as a person of our world, because the global outlook I received by studying in London (especially during the 2008 presidential election) allowed me to broaden my scope of interest in world affairs and share my knowledge when I returned.

Summer Program Testimonials

Summer 2013

Emily Gallagher
Twitter: _emilygallagher
Instagram: _emilygallagher

Hello, I’m Emily. I’m a student in the Klein College of Media and Communication studying strategic communication. One day, I hope to work in public relations managing issues that really matter here in Philadelphia.

Studying abroad has always been something I wanted to do during my college experience. My curiosity to try new things and explore the world proved to be rewarding.

I am an alumna of the London ’13 summer program, and I encourage anyone and everyone to go abroad. The six weeks I spent in England were filled with experiences that will stick with me for life. I fell madly in love with everything around me and was even able to see Dublin and Paris while across the pond. I met amazing locals, created lasting bonds with my fellow students and even met a celebrity. Socializing in the pubs, wandering through Hyde Park and admiring beautiful, artsy locations are what I miss most about my time in London. As corny as it sounds, I feel more cultured and worldly. I gained confidence in myself and learned to trust my decisions. Living and studying in London is one of my most notable achievements; I now feel I can take on anything.

Izzy Teich
My name is Izzy Teich, and I am a Media Studies and Production major. I sing in a band called Von Dunn and the Eye, and as a musician and a person that lives for art in all its forms, I found London to be one of the most wonderful places in the world.

I studied in London for a summer semester and found it thriving with art and life. I saw everything, from local bands you could not see anywhere else to The Rolling Stones, to world-renowned church choirs. One day I stumbled across a man blowing up a giant plastic bubble in a park, asked him what he was doing and ended up seeing a free modern dance performance at one of London’s many citywide arts festivals. Many of the best things you’ll find in London—including its incredible museums—are free, and it’s a perfect city to get lost in. I found myself homesick for London during the brief trip I took to Bruges and planned my way back a week before I was due to leave. London is truly an amazing city, and if you’d like to experience it for yourself and have any questions, feel free to send them my way!

Summer 2012

Rachel Koper

Hey everyone! I was born in Illinois and raised in central New Jersey, and I’m majoring in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media at Temple University. I am extremely happy with my study abroad experience in London, and hope everyone has the same opportunity to experience what I did!

I watched the Opening Ceremony with Londoners, saw Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, took the Harry Potter set tour and even saw an Olympics game! While the Olympics only come around every so often, London would still have been exciting without it. Studying away gives students the chance not only to learn in the academic sphere, but also gain a cultural background that is priceless. It is certainly an experience I will never forget. Feel free to contact me!

Amber Cardullo 

My name is Amber Cardullo and I am Communications major. I am a member of Phi Sigma SIgma sorority and the Club Field Hockey team. I am also Procter and Gamble’s ReadyU campus ambassador. I am interested in fashion (I work at Urban Outfitters) and hope to pursue a career in that field one day. You can contact me via email at You can also find me on Facebook (Search Amber Cardullo) and follow me on Twitter @AMBERCARDULLO.

Colin Tansits
Twitter: Colin_Tansits

My name is Colin Tansits, and I am a Journalism major. I was always interested in studying abroad somewhere, but before going to London I didn’t realize what kind of experience I was getting myself into. From hanging out under Big Ben to searching for the coolest pub in London, my time in the U.K. was unforgettable. I was able to experience different cultures and try things I wouldn’t usually do, such as spicy food in Brick Lane. At Temple, I didn’t exactly have a normal path to studying journalism. I started off as a Business major before switching to History, then finally decided on majoring in Journalism. Now, two years and two majors later, I’m pretty involved with writing. I write for Bleacher Report, an online sports outlet, and covered the Temple field hockey team for The Temple News this year. I love sports and play intramural sports year round at TU. I’m also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Although I don’t know exactly what is going to happen in my future, I’m thinking about going to law school.

Alex Wright
Phone: 717-580-0054

Hello, friends, my name is Alex Wright, and I’m Film and Media Arts major at Temple University. Since my younger days, I have always wanted to get the most out of life and what it had to offer. For me, that calling was in the world of media. Since coming to Temple, I have done all I can to get closer to that dream. I have been on the sets of many projects, won a few awards, been a resident assistant, joined Temple Greek life, worked as an Honors ambassador, and even had time to learn to play the piano and run two marathons. But it wasn’t until this past summer, when I studied away in London, that I felt I had grabbed everything Temple had to offer. I drank tea, rode the Tube and saw the Olympics. All I can say now is, I can’t wait to go back.

Summer 2011

Samantha Schatz

I’m Sam, and I’m an Advertising major focusing on copy writing. I decided to study abroad the summer after my junior year, and if I could go back and change anything, I totally would have gone for a full semester!! I studied in London and absolutely loved it! I’m determined to eventually live there, because during the six weeks I spent there, I completely fell in love with the city. I found London really easy to get accustomed to, and I never got home sick.

I think studying abroad is an experience everyone should have if they have the ability to. It opens your eyes to other cultures and gives you the chance to explore other parts of the world pretty easily. It made me love traveling even more! I was a little hesitant about going so far away at first, but I can honestly say it was the best six weeks of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it!

I became a peer advisor because I love sharing my stories about Europe, and I think it’s great if I can help convince people to study abroad and answer their questions about it! I’m definitely willing to help out anytime and can be contacted in a few ways!