Junior Will Davies had to cancel his summer abroad due to the fact that the country he was meant to be travelling to does not exist.
In March, Davies applied to be a part of UNC’s Summer in Genovia program. The UNC Study Abroad website described the program as “a chance to learn about the rich culture and history of Genovia.” Davies was notified of his acceptance in mid-April.
“They sent me an e-vite and everything,” Davies said. “It looked legit.”
Davies planned to take several courses over the summer, but figured it was “just a fluke” when he couldn’t find the course catalog online. In fact, he couldn’t even find the University of Genovia’s website. It wasn’t until he tried to buy a plane ticket that he realized the country did not exist outside the world of “The Princess Diaries”.
“I tried to book my flight and they laughed at me and then hung up,” Davies recalled.