Nontraditional study abroad increasingly draws student interest

 

“Nontraditional study abroad increasingly draws student interest”

by Patricia Spears via “The Chronicle

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year.

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year.

Although Europe remains Duke’s most popular study-away destination, an increasing number of students are choosing less traditional options.

 

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad—slightly under 50 percent of each class—use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year. But now, more students are opting for domestic programs and Spring study-abroad programs.

 

Approximately 50 percent of students who choose to study abroad choose to do so in the Fall, 40 percent do so in the Summer and 10 percent in the Spring, said Amanda Kelso, executive director of the Global Education Office.

“Students are recognizing that they should study abroad or study away when it makes sense for them to do it, and that it doesn’t always have to be in the fall semester,” Kelso wrote in an email Feb. 12.

Kelso noted that there have been an increasing number of students choosing semester-long domestic programs—which include locations in New York and Los Angeles.

She said students should take the same amount of care they took in choosing their university when deciding where to spend a semester away from Duke.

There are many factors that go into a student’s decision where to study. Jackie Chipkin, a junior, said she chose to spend this fall studying in Argentina because she did not want to be tempted to travel to new countries every weekend as she felt she would have been in Europe.

“I stayed in Argentina for four months, and I think that pushed me to become more immersed in its language, culture and people,” Chipkin said. . . . .

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