Nina Thueson '21

Program: Australia Spring Semester

Major: Global Business Leadership

Minor: Philosophy


Why did you choose to study/intern abroad and how did you decide on this program?        

One of the main reasons why I decided to attend CSB/SJU was because I had heard of the study abroad opportunities. After attending a couple informational meetings and learning about multiple programs I decided to apply for the Australia trip because I wanted to learn more about the culture. I also knew it was a place I may not have another opportunity to go to because of how far away it is.

Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your program that made a lasting impression.   

One of the excursions we were able to do as a group was to take a ferry to Rottnest island. When getting off the ferry we had to be welcomed to the land by the aboriginal people. They greeted us with a traditional smoke ceremony where they welcome us to the country. It was a way where we could respect their traditions and celebrate their culture with them.

Describe your overall study/internship abroad experience.    

My experience abroad was cut short by COVID, but the time we had over there was the most amazing experience I have had. We made the most of the time by always exploring, going on road trips, and we even bought surfboards and travelled around to new places surfing. I gained life long friends who have all planned to go back again together. We went sky diving and planned so many adventures while there. There was so much to do and see! The culture there is amazing to learn about and the people there are so welcoming.

Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester or short term abroad? How has studying/interning abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development? 

There are so many personal benefits to studying abroad as well as academic opportunities. I made many connections through the college and plan to return to Australia to work for a few months after graduation. In the short time I was there, I met people who could help me find connections for further professional development abroad. I also met friends from all over the world while in the dorms which allowed me to learn about many more cultures than I expected. My personal development during the semester I've noticed in how my plans for after college have changed. I want to travel and go back to Australia again for more adventure and to get international work experience.

What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study/intern abroad?

I would advise studying the programs benefits and really looking at what type of experience you want. CSB/SJU has so many options for so many different countries and experiences, it would be beneficial to attend all the meetings and talk to people who have been on different trips. Everyone loves talking about their time abroad, so just ask!