Nicole Collins

Associate Director, Global Programs

Nicole Collins

Education Background

  • Master of Arts in Communication, Wake Forest University (with a focus on intercultural health communication)
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Communication with a minor in Spanish, Case Western Reserve University

Travel Background

I have always loved learning about new cultures and languages, so studying abroad in Costa Rica during my junior year of college was a no-brainer. I lived with a host family, took classes at la UNA in Heredia, and bumbled my way through endless local adventures. I loved my experience so much that I decided to study in Peru during graduate school; I traveled to Lima, Peru, where I received a grant to study folk illness beliefs and work in the cancer ward of a public children's hospital. Thirteen years later, I am still in touch with my Costa Rican host family, and I still seek out adventures whenever possible. During my most recent international travels, I haggled with vendors in the chaotic souks of Marrakech, drank butterbeer at the Harry Potter Studio in London, and rang in the new year exploring the rich history of Dublin. I don't know where my next adventure will take me—but I'm looking forward to whatever it is! If you're interested in exploring your own travel possibilities through studying abroad or away, we would love to talk to you!

Travel Tip

Eat every bit of local food you can get your hands on! Resist the urge to play it safe when it comes to trying new delicacies. My favorites when traveling have always surprised me—from frog ovaries in China to guinea pig in Peru, I'm always amazed by what I enjoy when I keep an open mind.