Phoenix fights for global perspective: Athletes face obstacles to study abroad

“Phoenix fights for global perspective: Athletes face obstacles to study abroad”

by Kate Murphy via “The Pendulum

When Miles Williams joined the Elon University football team out of high school, he was told players should not study abroad until their eligibility is up. But he chose to take advantage of Elon’s Winter Term his junior year and study abroad in Ghana, which challenged his position on the team when a new coaching staff came in.

“As a program, if you’re going to talk about student-athletes being students first, they should be able to get the whole student experience,” said Williams, a senior captain. “The coach that I asked to go on the trip was fine with me going because he knew the type of leader I was on the team and things I do in the classroom.”

The new coaching staff disagreed.

As result, Williams had to fight to regain respect from his coaches and teammates and complete additional early morning workouts for several weeks. For him, though, it was worth it.“They thought that going abroad for that amount of time was going to be a hindrance to developing cohesion on the team and I guess felt that I wasn’t a good teammate by choosing to go abroad,” Williams said.

Elon University has made a commitment to global engagement, touting the No. 1 undergraduate study abroad program in the nation. This commitment applies to all students, but many student-athletes feel they have less of a chance than others.


UMass Resumes Study Abroad Program to Israel Next Semester

“UMass Resumes Study Abroad Program to Israel Next Semester”

by Diane Lederman via “MassLive

Palestinians seen celebrating news of  truce with Israel

AMHERST – With conditions improved in Israel since the August ceasefire, the University of Massachusetts study abroad program there will resume there in the spring.

This summer, the university suspended its program as Israel and Hamas were engaged in battle launching rockets to and from Gaza

“The situation has calmed down,” said Jack Ahern, 
vice provost for International Programs. Both sides agreed to a ceasefire Aug. 26.

Also Ahern said the U.S. Department of State has modified its stance. The department in the summer advised the deferral of any non-essential travel.

That advisory has been lifted but still warns of risks traveling to the region.

The university meanwhile has no programs in theWest African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where thousands have been infected with the Ebola virus. UMass has programs in Tanzania and South Africa, Ahern said.

He said if there were programs in the effected countries, they would advise against travel there. . . . .


“For Some Foreign Students, U.S. Education Is Losing Its Attraction”

This can actually be true for American students interested in working abroad or in the global fields as well.  You may want to consider a degree abroad as well.**DB


“For Some Foreign Students, U.S. Education is Losing Its Attraction”

by Karin Fischer via “New York Times

SEOUL — Each fall, thousands of students from South Korea arrive on American campuses. They come from a culture that views education as the key to success, where mothers and fathers save to send their children overseas. On top of tuition, parents shell out for test prep and cram schools, supplemental English lessons and recruitment agents to shepherd them through an unfamiliar admissions process. In the past, only a small elite pursued advanced degrees internationally; today, many sons and daughters of the nation’s emergent middle class go abroad.

This is South Korea but the description could fit China equally well.

Recently however, after years of robust enrollment increases, graduate applications from South Korea to American colleges have fallen off; and last year the number of South Korean undergraduates in the United States also dropped. Fewer South Koreans study in the United States now than did five years ago.

South Korean students who study abroad often find that they lack the local connections to get a job when they return home, says Jaeha Choi, director of student recruitment and admissions at SUNY-Korea, the State University of New York’s campus outside Seoul, South Korea’s capital.


Study Abroad as a Language Requirement

“Study Abroad as a Language Requirement”

by Jacqueline Boyle via “Student Life

“Thousands of students each year choose to study abroad, with various motivations, but I wager if you were to ask language majors why they go abroad, the overwhelming majority would say, “I want to be able to speak the language.” It is a valid reason and a category I fell into before my time down in South America. The real importance, though, is the results: results that speak to the necessity of requiring all language majors to have spent time immersed in the culture and the language they wish to pursue.

When I am asked where I learned Spanish, I have some trouble. . . . “

What’s Your Opinion? Should traveling to a country that speaks your language be a requirement for language majors?