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Study Abroad

Lily Muldoon on study abroad in Kenya

Lily Muldoon during her study abroad stay in Kenya

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Would you like to study tropical biology near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? Take an intensive language program in China? Conduct independent research in Nepal? Study environmental science in South Africa? Or take one-on-one tutorials with professors at Cambridge or London?

A leader in international education, Pomona College offers one of the most comprehensive, well-organized study abroad programs in the nation. Students may choose from 49 programs in 32 countries, and every continent except Antarctica. All programs carry academic credit and no extra cost for tuition or room and board. In fact, students receive an extra stipend for travel. Those who receive financial aid may apply the full amount to any Pomona study abroad program. Nearly all majors—including the sciences and mathematics—enable students to incorporate study abroad and other international components into their programs.

To prepare you for international study, Pomona’s foreign language and international studies programs are exceptional in their variety and depth. Pomona offers full programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Through courses at the other Claremont Colleges, our students may also study Italian, Arabic and Korean. Pomona is also a leader in such interdisciplinary programs as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Eastern European Studies and International Relations.

Lily Muldoon: A Study Abroad Experience

Senior Public Policy Analysis Major from Denver, Colorado

Choosing Kenya: I originally planned to go to South Africa to see the school we built [through Student Movement for Real Change, a chapter of which she started and raised money to build a school in South Africa], but decided on Kenya because I wanted to live with a family so I could get a better understanding of the culture. I hadn’t heard a word of Swahili until I got on the airplane from London to Nairobi and was told in Swahili to fasten my seatbelt. During the first three weeks, I lived on a little island on the equator and took intensive Swahili classes. During the last month of the program I was on my own doing an independent research project.

Water: I’d done some research about Kenya’s 15- year-old drought and wanted to find a community that had a severe water problem and was also receptive to outside help. I found that in the Kayafungo region, a community of subsistence farmers. As soon as I got there, they took me to a dam—really more of a muddy puddle—where women were collecting dirty brown water, swimming with parasites. The told me that in the dry season they would walk for six hours to get water, carrying 20-liter buckets on their heads.

Pipeline: I worked with local officials and community leaders to develop a proposal for a 15-kilometer pipeline that would bring water directly to 10 schools, the local health clinic and about 35,000 people. I brought the proposal back to the U.S. and have been using it to apply for funding. Our local Student Movement club is raising money, along with chapters across the country, and is also organizing projects to raise awareness about the pipeline. Our application to Engineers without Borders was accepted, and a group of Washington State University engineers has agreed to take on the project. It’s exciting because now we’re talking about real things like the size of the pipes and how much water will go through them.

Support: The opportunity to go abroad is incredible. It absolutely changed my life. Pomona has also helped me out financially with the pipeline project by paying for my airline tickets so I could meet potential donors and attend a conference on international health at Stanford. And I was awarded a Fulbright to continue working on the pipeline project. When I complete the fellowship, I’d like to get a master’s in public health and a medical degree and then go back to East Africa. My experience in Kenya solidified my feelings about wanting to do international work.

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