Nearly 200 Puget Sound students studied abroad during the 2018–19 academic year.

They explored language and culture in Tokyo, theater in London, business in Milan, social change in the Czech Republic, and hundreds of other topics in dozens of other countries. And, as shown by these entries in Puget Sound’s annual Study Abroad Photo Contest, they also took time to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.

IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, Kaela Hamilton ’20 studied marine ecology and related topics with the School for Field Studies. In addition to classwork and a solo research project mapping the reef’s topography, there also was time for scuba diving and snorkeling. Hamilton is the one on the left in this photo, which took first place in the “UPS Students Abroad” category. Fellow Logger Megan Cassetty ’20 is at right.


AMY COLLIVER ’20 WON THE "PEOPLE" CATEGORY with her iPhone image of a guard at Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, India. “I was mostly interested in the intricate tile work and the afternoon light streaming through the window,” she says, “but I love taking photos with people in them because it adds context.” Colliver spent a semester in Jaipur and Pondicherry, studying sustainable development and social change.


GRETCHEN CORLISS ’20, AN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY MAJOR, studied in Salzburg, Austria, and Edinburgh, Scotland, taking classes ranging from Islamic culture to the history of British politics. She once thought she’d pursue a law career in the Pacific Northwest, but based on her study abroad experience, she’s now thinking about international law. Her iPhone photo of  Hohenwerfen Castle won the “Places” category. 


BRENT BARKER ’20 SPENT A YEAR IN PARIS, studying business, political science, and history. In his free time, he backpacked in Scotland and visited 13 other countries. He was at the Arc de Triomphe on Nov. 11, 2018, when world leaders gathered to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “Friends didn’t want to deal with the crowds,” he says, “but I thought it was too big a world event to miss.” His photo of Paris at dusk, shot with a drone camera, took first place in the “Most Artistic” category.


Other Selections

Students entered more than 200 photos in this year’s Study Abroad Photo Contest. Here’s a small sampling of their entries.