Where in the World is Miami Wednesday: Luxembourg

By Megan Schulte 

In this week's, Where in the World is Miami Wednesday, we are traveling to Miami's campus in Luxembourg to feature senior Beth Pfohl. 

When Beth was touring colleges in high school, she would write them off her list if they said that theatre majors shouldn't study abroad, or even worse, if they said that they were not allowed. Studying abroad, for her, was a non-negotiable, and Miami’s MUDEC program made this dream possible. 


Program Name: Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC)

Topic of Studies: General Miami Studies 


Why you chose the program that you did

It was the program that fit best into my very busy schedule while still allowing me to be abroad for a full semester and to fulfill Miami Plan requirements. Plus Europe is always where I wanted to study!

Miami student posing in front of a European building

Coolest place/thing that you have done so far

My cousin and I visited Colmar, France and Strasbourg, France, which is where our last name comes from. We learned that the area is famous for gingerbread and for its beautiful, fairytale-like buildings, and we even found evidence of our last name in some shop names!

Favorite part about the program

The study tour component and the fact that we don't have classes on Friday make it easier to travel. I am so excited to be able to spend time exploring places a bit more distant like Slovenia thanks to the MUDEC schedule. 

What advice do you wish you would have gotten before studying abroad?

Don’t smile at strangers on the street! Europeans don’t do that, and it immediately identifies you as American.

Student posing in front of a church in Milan

How has study abroad affected/changed you so far?

I’m far more independent now, even after just a few short weeks. Getting lost and having to communicate in your non-native language forces you to be to be self-reliant and to use your own wits to solve problems, sometimes even without the help of technology.


Catch us next week as we continue to travel around the world to feature the amazing opportunities that Miami students are taking!


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