Going Global: Study Abroad Q&A with Michael Gu
Carolina students have amazing opportunities at their fingertips, and studying abroad is one of the most popular. UNC offers more than 300 study abroad programs across 70 different countries – from summer semesters to year-long programs. Over the next few days, we will introduce you to six Carolina students who packed their bags and set out to new classrooms all over the world.
“I would say that having both an amazing community at the internship and among the UNC group made the program one of the most memorable parts of my college career.”
Michael Gu from St. Louis, Missouri
UNC Honors Semester in Cape Town; Cape Town, South Africa
Why you picked this program: Every person I knew who had gone to Cape Town talked about it with crazy passion and enthusiasm. It was a break from doing Computer Science in a new environment that I otherwise wouldn’t have another opportunity to explore.
Favorite memory from abroad: I worked at an NGO called RLabs, a constantly growing collective of individuals who are actually a part of the community they are serving. Even those who travel far to work at RLabs have an incredible story to tell. They gave me the opportunity to work on Zlato, a mobile wallet that helps unemployed youth earn points by building their communities and then spend it on worthwhile investments.
Each and every day I received a minimum of 10 hugs. People care for each other like family, and I’m convinced it’s because they’re all there for the right reason: to see real change in community of Athlone and the 20+ countries they have expanded to.
I would say that having both an amazing community at the internship and among the UNC group made the program one of the most memorable parts of my college career.
Advice to students who want to study abroad: Don’t hesitate. Be proactive. Send that email. If you want to do it (which I know you do), jump on it now! Timelines move fast and you can’t be afraid to ask the right people for help.
Stay tuned for the last study abroad student profile!
To find out more about study abroad opportunities at Carolina, please visit the Study Abroad website at https://studyabroad.unc.edu/.