Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Miami and International Studies, life as a Miami student, the value of a liberal arts education, their study abroad experiences and internships, and more.

Emily Tatum

(Class of 2019)

photo of Emily TatumI've had a number of great Miami professors who have challenged me and given me continued support and guidance…First is Dr. Charles Stevens, a senior lecturer in international studies, who I had during my first semester at Miami…Dr. Stevens has continuously challenged me and pushed me every step of the way, always expecting my best as I keep learning.

Read what Emily had to say about her study abroad experiences in Wales, Cuba, and Ecuador.

Allie Shea

(Class of 2017)

photo of Allie SheaMy faculty advisor for international studies is Melanie Ziegler, a senior lecturer in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies. She told me about her study abroad trip, Cuba in Transition, which I went on in January 2016 and was able to use my Spanish.

Read what Allie had to say about her study abroad experiences and her Washington, DC internships.

Emily Tate

(Class of 2016)

photo of Emily TateMiami has given me different perspectives to work with that helped me find my own identity…For me, it's not the money, it's about feeling fulfilled at the end of the day and having a job that I think is rewarding. That's what you should want to pursue. Educating you about a little bit of everything and a lot of one thing is what I believe the liberal arts does so well.

Read what Emily had to say about her overseas experiences in New Zealand and South Africa.

Ali Preissing

(Class of 2017)

photo of Ali PriessingI have an International Studies professor named Melanie Ziegler, who has really helped me focus upon what I want to do within my career. I took a course with her that examined different rogue states that go against American foreign policy. This class showed me what I really want to do, and whenever stress gets the best of me she and many other professors have given me the best possible guidance and direction.

Read what Ali had to say about her research on the refuge crisis in Europe.

Taylor Shade

(Class of 2015)

photo of Taylor ShadeI loved International Studies as a major, largely because of my own focus on the history of Latin America and Spain. The major allowed me to focus on other countries in the world, making me a more well-rounded person.

Read what Taylor had to say about her working in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

Carmen Black

(Class of 2017)

photo of Carmen BlackMy professors are giving me the tools to go out into the real world as a prepared and well-rounded person, and I find it rewarding to be able to have an educated conversation with them about events happening around the world right now.

Read what Carmen had to say about her study-abroad trips to Spain and Colombia.

Rami Abu-Attiyeh

(Class of 2017)

photo of Rami Abu-AttiyehWhile I was still undecided with my major, I took Miami Plan courses here and there, just exploring different majors. I also took some business, engineering, and a few economics classes, which I especially liked, but I also wanted something that would give me more of a global perspective. I finally decided that doing economics with international studies would be a good combination.

Read what Rami had to say about his summer internships with Study of the United States Institute.

Abigail Goldman

(Class of 2017)

photo of Abigail GoldmanWhat I think ultimately tipped me towards Miami was that it's really focused on undergrad education, and I don't think you can really get that at huge research schools. I really liked that I wouldn't be just another number. I really like the teachers at Miami so far. They've all been really understanding and compassionate and dedicated to what they do.

Read what Abigail had to say about her French immersion experience in France.