Spring on the York College campus

Study Abroad

A historic Roman Catholic church in Cuba sits at the top of a lengthy flight of stairs, with a bright blue sky in the background.

With 56 entries, the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest is our favorite look back at the amazing experiences our students had around the world. Students and alumni shared their reflections and stories from Costa Rica, Cuba, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Wales, and many more locations. 

These photos really speak to the challenges, inspirations, and experiences our Spartans are having abroad. Here are some highlights for this year. See the other winners and submit entries for next year at www.ycp.edu/photocontest. Please note: The current COVID-19 outbreak around the world means that students have returned to the U.S. and will not be traveling until healthcare experts give the all-clear. 

Cultural Knowledge Winner (pictured above)

“Stunning church with a riveting secret! Santeria, a religion formed during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, conceals African deities as Roman Catholic saints. This church’s patron saint is the Virgin Mary, who represents Yemayá in Santeria. Yemayá, often depicted as a mermaid, is associated with the moon, water, and femininity. Her favorite flower is a sunflower, so Cubans (and we) pour into this stunning church to fill it with sunflowers in hopes of pleasing this beautiful mama.” (Cuba)

— Alexis Czaplinski ’20