People Who Studied Abroad #717:
Jules Massenet, composer
In 1862, he won the Prix de Rome and spent three years studying in Rome, Italy.
People Who Studied Abroad #703:
Maz Jobrani, comedian
Born in Iran, raised from age 6 in the United States
While pursuing his B.A. degree in political science and Italian at UC Berkeley, he studied abroad on the EAP Italy program.
"One of the best years of my life was when I took advantage of the Education Abroad Program here at Cal, and I went to Italy for a year. EAP baby! Travel, see the world, it’ll open your eyes, it’ll help you find what it is you love to do. Another thing that traveling does: It makes you realizes there are good people everywhere. It is not what you see on television.”
- UC Berkeley Graduation Ceremony 2012
People Who Studied Abroad #696:
Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator from Oregon
In high school, he spent a summer in Ghana as an exchange student through AFS. Then while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, he spent a semester studying in Italy.
People Who Studied Abroad #691:
Georges Bizet, composer
In 1857, he won the Prix de Rome, which financed his study for two years in Rome, three in Germany and two in Paris. He did not complete this because after his two years in Italy, his mother fell ill and he had to return to France.
Rusty Griswold: Who was it that said ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do’?
Clark Griswold: That was Rome, not Paris. This is Paris and you’re drunk.
People Who Studied Abroad #658:
Timothy M. Dolan, Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of New York
He attended the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas Angelicum, both in Rome, Italy, and earned the degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1976.
People Who Studied Abroad #597:
Peter Turkson, cardinal of the Catholic Church and president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
He began his seminary studies in Ghana, then received his Master of Theology degree from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York. He also took summer classes at the University of Albany. He earned a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy in 1980.
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People Who Studied Abroad #594:
Diego Rivera, painter
In his early 20s, he was sponsored by the governor of the state of Veracruz (Teodoro A. Dehesa Méndez) to study in Europe. He studied with Eduardo Chicharro in Madrid, Spain, then studied in Paris, France with Amedeo Modigliani among others. He also studied Renaissance frescoes in Italy.