Study Abroad: Your Passport to Success
International Programs Organizes Study Abroad Day
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
Office of International Programs is organizing a Study Abroad Day on Thursday September 12th in the Memorial Union for students interested in studying abroad. The daylong event includes a Study Abroad fair from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Thundar’s Den and a Global Fest from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Rec and Outing Center of the Memorial Union.
The event is part of Office of International Programs’ efforts to boost study abroad amongst students at NDSU. The number of countries available for students to study at has risen up to 74 this year. Most preferred locations for studying abroad are Spain, UK, Australia and New Zealand; however, newer locations are now being explored by students. Architecture and Business students form a majority of students that study abroad each semester.
This fall of 2013, 18 students are studying abroad in different countries across various majors, 5 of them being international students. Most of the students abroad this semester have chosen Italy or Spain as their destination.
The options available are semester long, yearlong and even short term faculty-led Spring break and summer programs which range from 9 to 16 days. According to Tanya Kramer, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Programs, “Studying abroad expands their perceptions of everything in life. Growth of a student as an individual is so much faster during a study abroad experience.”
There are also a number of scholarships available from NDSU and the Federal Government for studying abroad, like the NDSU Student Miles program which provides free air tickets and the Sudhir Mehta Memorial Scholarship specifically for students willing to study in South-east Asia or India. ND and MN students can also apply for the John and Susan Wold scholarship, the eligibility requirement for which is a 3.0 GPA.
Some students study abroad more than once. A recent graduate, Jaden Fedora, went on study abroad programs 5 times in the course of her study at NDSU. Adrian Virgi Rodriguez Garcia, a Graduate student in the Plant Sciences department from Puerto Rico, went on a faculty-led program to 5 cities this past summer. Her study abroad experience on the Bioenergy Crops: The European View granted her 3 credits and cost only $5000 including transportation, food and hotel and also NDSU tuition. She says, “It made me realize that the world is bigger than I thought and you may not share the same language with people across borders but you can always find a way to communicate.”
Alicia Kauffman, Associate Director of International Programs said, “We want students to know that there is always a program for them and we can find a program that fits their needs and interests.” The Office of International Programs hopes that more and more students will take advantage of the wonderful opportunities NDSU provides through the study abroad programs.