Study Abroad: Audrey Midkiff

Audrey Midkiff in Italy

Students in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) are taking advantage of Eastern Kentucky University’s study abroad programs. CBT students are studying abroad through a variety of affiliates and exchange programs.

Following is the next in the Study Abroad Series aimed at sharing students’ life-changing experiences studying abroad through EKU. 

Study Abroad Series: Part Ten – Audrey Midkiff

Q -  What is your major? Are you currently a junior or senior, and when is your expected graduation date?

A - Public Relations. Minor: International Studies. December 2015

Q - Where did you go?

A - ​Florence, Italy

Q - Did you take a course and earn academic credit that transferred back to EKU?

A - ​Yes, I took a humanities course that counted towards my minor.

Q - What study abroad organization was your trip through (Magellan Exchange, CCSA, KIIS, etc.)?

A - AEF (Accademia Europea di Firenze)

Q - How long did you study abroad?  

A - ​Two weeks

Q - Why did you decide to study abroad?

A - ​I have always had a passion and an interest in traveling abroad. I love learning about different cultures.

Q - How did you decide to go to that particular location?

A - This was the only program open for my particular credit that I needed.

Q - What were three of the most important things you learned from your experience studying abroad?

  • I think one of the most vital things I realized was how important it is to learn another language. Being bilingual can open so many doors.
  • Keep an open mind when it comes to cultures and customs that are different than your own.

Q - What was your favorite and least favorite part of your abroad experience?

  • My favorite part of my experience was getting to have the huge Italian dinners with everyone.
  • My least favorite part was the lack of air conditioning when we were their for the hottest weeks of the year!

Q - What did you gain from studying abroad that has changed you as a person and professional?

A - I think I have gained a wealth of knowledge about Italian culture than I previously did not know.

Q - Would you recommend that other College of Business and Technology students study abroad? Why or why not?

A - ​Absolutely! Getting the chance to study abroad is one of the best opportunities you can take, in my opinion.

Q - Who do students contact if they are interested in studying abroad? 

A - ​You can contact Jennifer White in the study abroad office.

Q - What advice would you give to College of Business and Technology students before they study abroad?

A - ​Keep an open mind and try not to complain. Of course going to a different country is going to be different than any other experiences you might have already had. Complaining keeps you from enjoying the moment.

Q - Since you have not graduated, how is your study abroad experience helping you with your job search? How has it helped you network with potential employers?

A -I now have a great resume builder and I have met several people in Florence that I could reach out to if I decide to work internationally.

More photos from Audrey Midkiff's Study Abroad in Italy experience...

Find out more about Study Abroad:

Students interested in studying abroad may contact Jennifer White in the Education Abroad Office in the Keith Building, Room 129, to discuss all the program options. Jennifer can be contacted via phone at 859-622-1705 or by email at

Find out more about the Public Relations major. Contact Dr. Fran Dickson, Chair of the Department of Communication via phone at 859-622-1871 or by email at

Published on September 04, 2015