Meetings regarding upcoming opportunities to study abroad will be hosted by the Department of International Studies on Monday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 25. All Edinboro University students interested in studying abroad during the upcoming spring and summer sessions are encouraged to attend both meetings.
The Sept. 21 meeting will be held in the Alexander Music Center Recital Hall at 6 p.m., and is intended for all students interested in traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland. This traveling-learning experience will be a two week adventure in the summer, July 31- August 13, 2016, led by Dr. Gary Grant and Dr. Timothy Thompson.
Additionally, the meeting will discuss Edinburgh culture, and the anticipated itinerary for the trip. Students interested in this trip are encouraged to take the Music of the British Isles and Intercultural Communications courses offered at EUP.
In addition to the trip to Scotland, there is a trip to Italy being offered specifically for students majoring in education. Information regarding this trip will be available at the Sept. 25 meeting at 3 p.m. in Butterfield Hall (specific meeting room has yet to be determined). Education majors will explore Florence and Reggio Emilia, Italy to compare early childhood education models and to broaden their knowledge on early education. This is the first time this trip has been offered here at EUP and will be led by Dr. Karen Lindeman.
Along with the traveling abroad opportunities to Scotland and Italy, EUP students also have the opportunity to travel to Peru this upcoming spring semester, May 16-25, 2016. A meeting was recently held on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building, regarding this opportunity. It was discussed that students will experience firsthand the history, culture, and linguistic diversity of the Indigenous Andean and Spanish people of Peru. Dr. Charlotte Molrine is offering this study abroad experience specifically to all students interested in studying communication disorders across cultures.
All studying abroad opportunities range from $2,000 to $3,700, with additional costs for the student’s plane ticket, insurance, and any courses taken prior to the trip. Not all study abroad opportunities require students to take specific prerequisite courses; however, to receive financial aid and credit for the trip students must complete the required courses designed for that trip.
Additionally, the Department of International Studies offers various scholarships to aid students in their travels. Although the study abroad opportunities may seem costly, students are encouraged to take advantage of these unique, outside-of-theclassroom, educational opportunities. Graduate assistant for the Department of International Studies, Nicole Sandonato, called the study abroad program “a great learning experience,” and expressed that students should cease the opportunity while they can.
Additionally, senior Fawn Martz, who has first-hand experience studying abroad, shared that both of her traveling opportunities have impacted her immensely. “I definitely learned more about the world.” Martz has studied abroad multiple times; once in North Korea for a semester, and another time in Norway for a week. The experienced traveler also said both experiences were great for making international friends and seeing firsthand how other countries view Americans. Martz also offered advice for students considering studying abroad, stating, “Don’t be afraid.” The senior remarked that she understands it can be scary traveling alone, but expressed that the experience is worth it.
Regarding financial worries, Martz mentioned that there are plenty of financial aid opportunities available to traveling students, “Don’t worry about money. There are scholarship opportunities.” Overall, Martz spoke highly of the studying abroad opportunities and encouraged those interested in traveling to look into the program.
Edinboro University students interested in any of the upcoming study abroad trips are encouraged to attend any or all of the upcoming meetings to learn more. For more information regarding studying abroad, students are encouraged to attend “Study Abroad 101,” which are special informational sessions held by the Department of International Studies, in addition to the already scheduled meetings. All informational sessions are held in the third floor conference room of Reeder Hall and are open to all students interested in studying abroad. “Study Abroad 101” sessions will be held on the following dates: Thursday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
For more information regarding the upcoming meetings, trips, or “Study Abroad 101” informational sessions, students can visit the Department of International Studies on the third floor of Reeder Hall, or contact International@edinboro.edu.
Macala Leigey is a staff writer for The Spectator.