2018 Roos Abroad Photo Contest Finalists

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photographs UMKC students brought back from studying abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year speaks volumes about their life-changing experiences. First and second place finalists were selected by a panel of judges in each of the four categories; Landscapes, Portraits, Cross-Cultural Moments, and Roo Pride. First place finalists won a $75 Amazon gift card and second place finalists won a $25 Amazon gift card. See the full contest guidelines for details.

Browse all photo contest submissions on the 2018 Roos Abroad Photo Contest Pinterest board. Thanks to everyone who participated!



First Place: Madison Gavornik

Made Pragueress in the Southern Bohemia region by Czechin’ out Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Tied for Second Place: Odundo Sidigu

A view from Pucará de Tilcara, the Incan fortress in Northern Argentina.

Tied Second Place: Hannah-Kaye Carter

A view of sunset from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa



First Place: Elizabeth Burks

Llama snacking on the grass at the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Tied for Second Place: Julie Jeong

Taken in at Las Cataratas del Iguazú in Argentina while participating in the Faculty-Led UMKC Spanish Language Summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tied for Second Place: Stephanie Kent

This is Donut, the two-toed sloth. We met this cutie at a wildlife refuge in Quepos, Costa Rica. Unfortunately Donut was electrocuted on a power line and lost the ability to use his back legs. However, the team at the refuge are working hard to hopefully get his legs working again. At the refuge, a team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, wildlife biologists and tons of volunteers work to rehabilitate and release Costa Rican wildlife back into the wild at Manuel Antonio National Park. I learned so much more than just wildlife veterinary medicine here and I would not trade my time here for the world. As they say in Costa Rica, pura vida!

Cross-Cultural Moments


First Place: Samuel Nelson

Living with indigenous people in the Andes mountains was an incredibly intimate experience. Sometimes you really have to leave civilization behind to connect with what’s out there. Pictured is one of the indigenous people I stayed with in Cafayate, Argentina, putting the empanadas we made in a brick oven outside.

Second Place: Amber Litteken

Philomena, an indigenous artisan, taught me to weave a traditional tapestry on a loom in Cafayate, Argentina.

Roo Pride

First Place: Sami Thomas

8 year old boy is now a UMKC fan after getting his tooth pulled by me in Falmouth, Jamaica. He even asked to keep the cut out and of course I said yes!

Second Place: Brandon Medlock

A photo with the “Queen” on the top floor of the Shard, London’s tallest building, with an open roof overlooking the city skyline.

Now Hiring Work Study Positions!

International Academic Programs is hiring two Work Study Positions for Summer 2018. The position will last from June 4 to July 27, 2018. The two positions will assist with department social media efforts, event planning, database management, and student walk-in inquiries. Applicants should be current undergraduate students with a Summer Work Study Award available to work between 10 to 20 hours per week.

**Pay rates start at $10.50/hour.**

If interested, please check out the position in the Roo Career Network or forward a resume to

We look forward to working with two great students this summer.

2018 UMKC Study Abroad Programs Now Accepting Applications

Spring and Summer 2018 faculty-led study abroad programs are now accepting applications. UMKC faculty and staff develop, direct and teach these UMKC credit-bearing programs. You will learn and travel with UMKC faculty member(s) and students, exploring common interests. Program lengths vary from one to six weeks  and cultural activities and excursions are included.

Faculty-Led Bloch MBA Capstone Taipei

One of the four Asian Tigers or Asian Dragons, Taiwan is an economic power in the global market. Known for its industrial & high-tech manufacturing (especially semiconductors), it has become one of Asia’s biggest traders. Students will have a unique opportunity to experience its exceptional history and culture in both casual and business environments, while working on a real company consulting project.

Faculty-Led Bloch Summer: Urbania, Italy

The UMKC Summer Program: Urbania, Italy is three weeks of total immersion into Italian culture while taking UMKC courses from UMKC instructors. Urbania is located in the Le Marche region between Tuscany and the Adriatic coast of Central Italy. The region is best known for its beaches and its art and culture. Urbania will be our “home base” as we explore other cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Gubbio, Pesaro, and more. Classwork is brought to life by utilizing Italy as the lens through which new topics are explored. To further enhance the experience, students will take part in a conversational Italian workshop. Students will learn the basic linguistic elements of “survival Italian” used in real-life situations outside the classroom (i.e. asking for directions, ordering a meal, shopping, etc.). Prepare to be transformed by an authentic experience of Italian life and culture.

Faculty-Led UMKC Bloch Summer London

International Study in Business: London, United Kingdom, is an integrated class investigating management practices of HR and leadership in the United Kingdom. Not only will participants visit one of the most modern yet historic cities in the world, they will learn how management policies and practices differ between the US and the UK. The Brexit context makes this course a particularly relevant and informative experience for graduating students of all levels.

Faculty-Led UMKC French Language Summer in Lyon, France

The UMKC Lyon Summer Study Abroad Program is a six-week, homestay experience, June 4 – July 13, 2018. Students from UMKC or any other university should have completed the equivalent of at least one year of college French and should have a minimum French GPA of 2.5. At the end of program, students will have engaged significantly with aspects of Lyon history and culture, including its UNESCO world heritage sites and famed Guignol puppet theater. They will also have improved their French communication skills through extensive practice and coursework.

Faculty-Led UMKC Geosciences Spring Break Bahamas Program

Dr. Tina Niemi is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at UMKC. She has been leading this Field Methods course in the Bahamas since 2007. The class will also take part in Dr. Niemi’s ongoing research with UMKC graduate students investigating the paleolimnological record and changes in the coastal morphology due to recent hurricanes.

Faculty-Led UMKC Honors Summer Program in Ireland

Our home base will be the seaport city of Cork, a community of 125,000 people. Founded in the 6th century, Cork soon grew into an urban commercial center heavily involved in European trade. Cork has seen it all—medieval feuds, the Black Plague, the English War of the Roses, and eventually the modern movement for Irish independence.  Although nicknamed the “Second City,” Cork residents consider their city the real hub of Irish culture and politics.

Faculty-Led UMKC Spanish Language Summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Participants will be housed with host families who are specifically chosen for their interest in sharing Argentinean life and culture with foreign students. Students generally eat breakfast and dinner with their host families. By living with families, students not only communicate in Spanish with native speakers, but also eat Argentinean food, live in an Argentinean home, etc. The home stay is an invaluable aspect of the UMKC program in Buenos Aires and sets it apart from other summer study abroad programs. There will be 1-2 students per home stay location.