At UCO, we encourage you to explore the world!
Whether taking part in a semester exchange program or participating in a UCO faculty-led study tour, the Centre for Global Competency equips students with the information and tools they need to make the most of study abroad and other U.S. based travel opportunities. By approaching these experiences with curiosity, adapting to new environments, and reflecting on your learning, you'll expand your perspective and cultural awareness – potentially earning STLR credit in Global and Cultural Competencies.
Study Abroad Photo Contest
Whether you participated in a faculty-led study tour or spent a semester abroad, we want to see your photos. Submit your amazing pictures for a chance to be featured on our social media and to receive a professionally framed copy of your photo. Photos will be selected based on artistic and technical merit, as well as how the image captures a unique moment or compelling aspect of your experience abroad.
Study Abroad Photo Contest Winner
Krissy Frost, a history education major, won the 2019 photo contest with her image of Covent Garden in London, which she took as a participant in the London, Dublin and Belfast Study Tour during the summer of 2018.
“It was so amazing to see a place that was so busy and full of people, yet here in the middle of everything was this beautiful old vehicle with gorgeous foliage protruding from every place possible. It was just like London. A place that was very old, very busy, and at the same time, the most beautiful place I have ever been to.”
Featured Student Photo
Jacee Brown, a psychology major, traveled to Almeria, Spain during spring 2018 to study at the University of Almeria. She met several international students at her exchange university.
“We all formed great bonds right here on the beach in our host city. After class, we would meet in front of Cafe Paris and play beach volleyball, swim in the sea, and just enjoy each other’s presence until the sunset behind the beautiful mountains that closed in our city. Every day, rain or shine, this is where you would find us.”
Featured Student Photo
Shannon Daly, a music business major and arts entrepreneurship minor, spent her summer 2019 semester studying abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.
“While I was in South Korea, I was able to travel all around the country. I spent time in the two busiest cities in South Korea, Seoul and Busan, and also in a small mountainside village called Gyeongju. I got to see many different aspects of Korean life and culture. It is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Featured UCO Study Tour
Study Tour Applications for spring and summer 2020 are OPEN! We currently offer over 20 study abroad programs in the United States and abroad. Research and apply for programs in the study abroad portal.
Patrick Opene is a finance major who attended the Paris: Culture and Commerce study tour during fall 2018. When asked about his experience, he said, “The study tour in France was a great experience, as it helped me discover career opportunities abroad as well as fain a new perspective towards showing respect for other cultures, norms, and values.”
Featured UCO Exchange Program
Rosie McIlvane, an English major, studied at Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt, Austria during the fall semester of 2017.
“After the longest hike I have ever taken, I reached the sky. I stood atop the mountain and realized that the view took more of my breath than the hike. This has been my favorite place to visit so far. Studying abroad is truly the most humbling and incredible experience I have had the opportunity to enjoy.”