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.

Jayne Orleans

(Class of 2019)

photo of Jayne OrleansEver since middle school I'd wanted to do something in international studies. I didn't even know that my dad was also an ITS major here until I declared that major — so I guess it runs in the family! My mom explained to me that my dad was excited that I was going to his alma mater but didn't want to pressure me in any direction, so it's just crazy how I naturally chose much the same path as he did.


See what Jayne had to say about two of her study abroad trips — "Cuba in Transition" and "Arabian Gulf Economies in Social Transition".


Lauren Voegtle

(Class of 2019)

photo of Lauren VoegtleI originally came in solely as an International Studies major because I wanted to focus on international politics, but my academic advisor encouraged me to add a concentration in Latin America because I also study Spanish. My academic advisor for International Studies is senior lecturer Melanie Ziegler, who has been incredibly helpful and influential throughout my time at Miami so far.


Read what Lauren had to say about her study abroad experiences and extracurricular activities.


Harrison Graydon

(Class of 2018)

photo of Harrison GraydonI've always been fascinated with other cultures, and international studies offers an inclusive interdisciplinary approach that leaves nothing unturned. I chose a concentration on western Europe which includes some in-depth history classes. One of my favorite courses in my major was professor Carl Dahlman's Political Geography (GEO 378), cross-listed under International Studies. It was not only very informative but also encouraged us to discuss current events and relate them to the class.


See what Harrison had to say about his memorable study abroad experience in France's second largest city, Lyon.


Imani Fields

(Class of 2019)

photo of Imani FieldsAll of my professors have been amazing. It's because of them and staff in their departments that I feel so encouraged. Faculty and staff at Miami are great at answering student questions and helping us find the resources we need.


See what Imani had to say about her winter term experience in Washington, DC.