Covid-19

Student Experiences

Many UC Santa Cruz students were affected by the onset of COVID-19 while studying abroad. Navigating the unprecedented circumstances required flexibility and personal strength. Students reflected on their experiences through real, genuine, unscripted storytelling. We hope these testimonials humanize students’ study abroad experiences during COVID-19.


Charlie McCanna

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Third-year – Psychology major and Legal Studies minor – Spring Semester at Queen Mary University of London, England


Tiffany Cheng

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Fourth-year – Psychology major – Spring Semester at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands


Tolu Familoni

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Fifth-year – Robotics Engineering major – Winter Quarter at Accent Center, Paris, France


Carly Pucci

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Third-year – Literature major – Academic Year at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago


Tamar Weir

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Third-year – Sociology major, Education minor – Spring Semester at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago


Rebecca Shedd

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Third-year – Global Economics major – Spring Semester at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain


Spencer Hardy

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Fourth-year – Anthropology major – nominated Spring Semester at Fudan University in Shanghai, China