CAS '21

Thomas Maggiola

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SA: CIEE Rio de Janeiro
PSA: Penn-in-Madrid

Programs Abroad:

  • Semester Abroad (SA): CIEE Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Penn Summer Abroad (PSA): Penn-in-Madrid, Spain

Ask me about...

  • Taking all of my classes in Portuguese

My Experience Abroad:

Through my studies in Brazil, I was able to gain valuable insight into Latin America, which is my region of focus as an international relations major. The linguistic and cultural immersion was huge in bettering my understanding in the region, and the various language, culture, history, and politics classes I had already taken at Penn prepared me well to make the most of the opportunity.

Other Highlights:

  • Making Brazilian friends and staying in touch with them afterward

  • Trying all kinds of new foods

  • Getting total immersion through my classes and host family

  • Being exposed to new perspectives and viewpoints

  • Visiting five South American countries

On the Penn Abroad Blog:

Beyond the Surface

Living and Learning

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