Ricardo Muniz flew from Puerto Rico to Washington D.C. to London all in one week. No, he’s not a businessman but a junior international affairs and geography major from George Washington University who embarked on his study abroad experience with SU Abroad in London two weeks ago. Muniz, a native of Puerto Rico, won a study abroad scholarship through DiversityAbroad.com, which collaborates with the American Institute for Foreign Study to grant twenty $1,000 scholarships to full-time undergraduate students studying in the spring, summer and fall.
Muniz learned about the scholarship through the study abroad office at GW and applied at the insistence of his advisor, receiving the award in mid-December. Muniz chose London because he wanted to study somewhere without a language barrier (although the British accents have been a bit confusing for him). With the SU Abroad center in London and GW’s previous affiliation with Syracuse abroad programs, Muniz made the decision to spend four months at SU London.
“I chose the SU program for a variety of reasons,” Muniz said. “Location was an important factor, as well as the classes offered. At the same time Syracuse’s reputation was also a factor. I wanted to go somewhere I knew the language so that it would be easier to immerse myself in the culture.”
Muniz will be able to enjoy a part of London culture for class credit every Tuesday night when he accompanies his theater class to weekly performances. As an international affairs major he’s also looking forward to a class called Eye on America: British Mass Media and US Politics which examines how the British media portrays American politics.
While he has only been in the city for a few weeks, Muniz says he loves London. Hailing from two very different cultures, his home in Puerto Rico and his college life in Washington D.C., London has given Muniz yet another perspective on the world.
“I used to think D.C. was an international city, well, not anymore,” Muniz said. “After being in London for a week, I could tell you that London is so much more international, and I love that, just being able to meet Europeans from all over the continent.”
Muniz will likely meet more Europeans outside of London as he travels throughout the semester. With an ambitious schedule of visiting the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and Albania, friends in Copenhagen, spring break in Italy and trips to Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona if he has time, Muniz is certainly making the most out of his abroad experience.
Follow Ricardo’s adventures in London on the Diversity Abroad Web site at http://www.diversityabroad.com/blogs/munizrick.