London & Paris: May 2015

ParisExperience our exciting trip to London and Paris in May 2015 right after graduation. See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, ride the bright red double decker bus, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and so much more. NLondon/Parisext stop is Paris, the city of lights. Climb the Eiffel Tower, stroll the Champs-Elysees, the most famous boulevard in the world, hear the bells of Notre Dame, and cruise down the Seine River. Courses offered are Finance 437: International Financial Management, with Dr. Bjoern Claassen and Global Studies 300: The Global Citizen with Dr. Emily Forsdick. GS is open to all students and satisfies a  GER for Social Sciences. It also satisfies the international experience requirement for GS minors. Classes begin after spring break and meet on a TBA basis at a time convenient for all students. Much learning occurs on site in an experiential setting in both London and Paris!

$$$$$ FLASH FOR LONDON/PARIS STUDY TRIP! In addition to four $500 need-based stipends for the trip, there are now four $300 scholarships for students who have travelled before with CBU on a study trip or have spent a semester abroad on a CBU program. Early applications are advised. Request educational travel for your Christmas gifts and remind family and friends that Amy Ware, Director of Career Services at CBU, indicates that international learning experiences enhance your resume. Applications available on the Study Abroad website.

Student Spotlight: Stancia Harvey

When I first started college, or even before then, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. It was just always something I wanted to do. I always wanted to see the world and learn about different cultures.

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Ormskirk, England

So, when I learned that an international experience was required for my major, I knew right away I wanted to study abroad instead of taking one of those short trips. That actually gave me the initiative to go ahead and do it, since I was not sure I was going to have the time. Also, I was a little wary of the process. I anticipated it would be long and quite difficult. But, the process was actually relatively easy since the Study Abroad Program was there to guide me through the whole process.

Of course, I was excited at the prospect of leaving the country for the first time! But, I was not anticipating the nervousness that came along with it. I was constantly transitioning from being excited to being nervous and also very scared at some points, but I knew that if I did not take this opportunity I would regret it for the rest of my life.

I don’t think I really had any expectations from the experience except to leave home with an open mind. I knew I was planning on traveling to at least a couple of other places while I was in Europe, but I didn’t really have any preconceived notions about leaving. However, I know that when I leave England I will miss all of the friends I have made, and I will cherish the experiences and all the places I have seen while here. I won’t take this experience for granted, and I am definitely coming back. — Stancia Harvey (Interdisciplinary Studies ’15)

Life Is the Key Lesson

Picture9Adrianna Smith of Georgetown University, who spent six months in Spain studying abroad, explains in her article for The Washington Post that she faced her fears while she was in Spain. She stepped outside of her comfort zone to immerse herself in the culture. What impacted her the most was her interaction with the natives of the country.

The time she spent there was a huge culture shock given she was still in the Western world, but she did have to become accustomed  to the small details of daily activities. “Everybody’s study abroadexperience is intensely personal,” says Smith. The trip started as just an escape from her normal run of the mill life, but it ended up being an experience that deeply changed her life.

Smith, Adrianna. “Studying Abroad: Life Is the Key Lesson.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 08 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Nov. 2014. Read the whole article here »

Student Spotlight: Anna Baumheckel

Picture8 RomeI can honestly say that being a part of last spring’s study abroad trip to Italy was one of the most defining times in my college experience. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture for a week, bond with some amazing classmates, and take cooking lessons in Italy; what could be better? As we traveled through Rome, Florence, and Bologna we soaked up the local culture — enjoying all the history, arts, architecture, and delicious meals possible.

My favorite stop on our whirlwind tour was definitely Florence. The charm of the city’s cobblestone streets and gelaterias on nearly every corner was captivating. The shopping was second-to-none, too!

I’m very proud to have been born andRome raised in the South, but I am so grateful I was able to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity CBU provides to expand students’ horizons. Not only did the Chemistry of Cooking trip through Italy open my eyes to new, and old, ways of life, it also gave me a sense of empowerment. After conquering five airports, three hotels, and countless Metro stops and taxi rides within 10 days, I feel as though I could take on the world — and I just might! — Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15)

 

Student Spotlight (& Advice): Bijou Coulibaly

Bijou Coulibaly

Picture3 France is a beautiful place, I am glad to have been raised and educated there. But when people think of France, they usually think of Paris, or stereotypes of the cold, rude, and distant Parisian. However, just like America, France is quite big and diverse.

I was raised in Montpellier, South of France. Located on the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. People in Montpellier tend to be very outdoorsy because, let’s be serious, if you live in the most beautiful Area of France, why would you want to spend time inside?

Another great thing about Montpellier is that it is really close to Spain, like we are good neighbors. So it will only take you a few hours by TGV train ride to get to Spain. Words can’t express how much I love Montpellier. But I am a big traveler, for my mother is from Morocco and my father from West Africa/Mali. I had been to both places and to other places in Africa like South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Burkina-Faso.

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I’ve also been to a lot of places in Europe like Spain (our cool neighbors), Rome, London, Paris (now I’m laughing), Switzerland, Monaco (so far my favorite), Amsterdam, and Berlin. Most people like me who have a diverse background due to both parents, who are from different countries and tend to travel a lot, but I think that being raised in a place like Montpellier also has something to do with it, because in Europe places are so close to one another that most people tend to travel to different countries taking the TGV almost every other weekend.

I would encourage CBU students to enjoy this experience, because traveling has done so much for me. It helps you know or discover different people, and trust me when I say this: you will be amazed by how people are different in both good and awkward ways. For instance: Moroccans would be really offended if you walked into their living room with your shoes on, and a Spaniard would feel insulted if you asked them do any task during Siesta time. And, of course, a typical person from Montpellier (myself) will be disappointed if you have no diverse background and have no interest in traveling around the world. So travel, explore the world, and come back here and let me know how it went! — Bijou Coulibaly (Business Administration ’16)

Stop by the Study Abroad Office and visit Bijou and discuss her adventures and upcoming trips for CBU.

MHIRT Renewal

showing-children-a-photoCongratulation to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) for renewal of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) grant, which  provides which opportunities for students to work, study, and travel in exotic areas abroad. The grant funding of $1.3 million extends the MHIRT program through 2019. MHIRT is an innovative science and research initiative that provides funded summer research opportunities for students in basic science, public health education and qualitative projects in Brazil and Uganda. CBU’s program has been funded by NIH for 15 continuous years.

If you would like more information about MHIRT, please visit the website at www.cbu.edu/mhirt or contact Jayanni Webster, MHIRT Program Assistant, at mhirtcbu@gmail.com.

Upcoming Trips

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Memorial at Neuville St. Vaast

Watch for Dr. Neal Palmer’s study trip on World War I sites. In France, students will visit Paris, Reims, Arras, and the battlefield memorials at Vimy Ridge, Verdun, national cemeteries at Neuville St. Vaast and Notre Dame de Lorette, and the Meaux Museum of the Great War. In Paris, we will visit the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, and more.

Other locations may include Barcelona and Shanghai. Stay tuned!

A Semester Abroad for FREE?

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Building on FH JOANNEUM Campus

Interested in studying aboard for a semester? Are you a business major? Want to go for FREE? 

If you answered “yes” to these questions,  then we have good news for you!

FH Johanneum University in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria  is offering a grant for non-European students to study Hospitality and Tourism Management through a grant that will essentially cover all your expenses! Contact the International Initiatives Office or Dr. James Allen at (901) 321-4222 or jallen9@cbu.edu to find out more!