Study Abroad Newsletter - September 2011
Welcome to new subscribers
Welcome to all the students who subscribed over the summer, including the new Class of 2015! This newsletter is brought to you by the Office of International Education, one of many offices on campus coordinating study abroad activities. The Study Abroad Newsletter is sent out at the beginning of each month to notify you of upcoming international and study abroad-related activities on campus, deadlines, scholarships and more.
The Study Abroad Newsletter is just one way to discover study abroad opportunities. It's never too early to start exploring your options and making plans, so feel free to make an appointment with a study abroad adviser or to drop by the Study Abroad Resource Center in 225 MacMillan before the semester gets too busy!
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Upcoming events and deadlines
See http://www.muohio.edu/international/events.php for more information on upcoming events and deadlines, including times, locations and links for more information.
Student talks to a study abroad program representative at the 2009 Study Abroad Fair
Photo by Jacqueline Howell
- September 6, 14, & 22 - Summer European Business Program Information Session - Sigma Nu House, 5:00pm-6:00pm
- Wednesday & Thursday, September 7 & 8 - Miami Outdoor Pursuit Center Abroad Opportunities Information Session - OPC, 7:00pm
- Thursday, September 15 - Winter break Southeast Asia Information Session - FSB 0025, 5:30pm
- Wednesday, September 21 - Peace Corps Recruiter - Phillips 106J, 9:00am-1:00pm
- Saturday, September 24- Family Weekend Presentations
- Monday-Friday, September 26-30 - Study Abroad Week- first annual week of events related to study abroad. Study Abroad Week Calendar
- Tuesday, September 27
- UniDiversity Study Abroad Expo - Shriver MPR-B, 12:00pm - 4:00 pm.
- Study Abroad for Diversity Students - Center for Black Culture and Learning (CBCL), third floor of Shriver Center, 6-7:30pm
- Study Abroad and Career Connection - Shriver MPR-C, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
- Wednesday, September 28 - Study Abroad Fair - Shriver Multipurpose Room, 11:00am-4:00pm. The biggest study abroad event of the year!
- Thursday, September 29 - Study Abroad and the Global Miami Plan - location TBD, 3:00 pm
- Tuesday, September 27 - Gilman International Scholarship, Miami University deadline
- Monday, October 10 - Boren, Havighurst and WCAA scholarships, Miami University deadline
If you are starting out your study abroad search, please attend one of our Study Abroad 101 Information Sessions.
Would you rather spend a semester in Oxford, or in Chile?
Photo by Sarah Jones
- Interstudy new programs:
- New programs in the United Kingdom: University of College London offers strength and depth across academic spectrum, deadline to apply is September 30th. University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the UK, ranked 3rd in the UK for international student satisfaction. Both universities are members of the prestigious Russell group of UK universities.
- API new programs:
- England, London:
- The School of Oriental and African Studies-University of London. Studies of Asia, African, and the Near and Middle East
- London College of Fashion-University of the Arts, London
- France, Caen: Universite de Caen-Centre d'Enseignement du Francaise pour Etrangers
- Italy, Taormina: Babilonia-Center for Italian Language and Culture
- Scotland, Edinburgh: Heriot-Watt University, referred to as Scotland's International University
- Scotland, Sterling: University of Sterline. Was named "Scottish University of the Year" in 2009/10, and is referred to as "University of Sporting Excellence"
- Spain, Girona: University of Girona-summer programs in Hebrew Studies and Hispanic Studies
- Arcadia new programs:
- Announces partnership with Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey offering courses in Engineering; Sciences and Humanities; Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communication; Law; and Fine Arts. All courses taught in English. Based at the Cibali campus winner of the 2003 Europa Nostra Award for excellence in restoration of an historical sit.
- CIEE new programs:
- Spring 2012
- Botswana, Gaborone: Community Public Health, CIEE Study Center at the University of Botswana
- Chile, Santiago: Business and Culture, CIEE Study Center at the Universidad de Chile
- Jordan, Amman: Diplomacy and Policy Studies, CIEE Study Center at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy
- Netherlands, Amsterdam: Business and Culture, CIEE Study Center at the University of Amsterdam
- Taiwan, Taipei: Communications, Business, and Political Economy, CIEE Study Center at National Chengchi University
- Summer 2012
- Argentina, Buenos Aires: Spanish Language Program, CIEE Study Center
- Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo: Sports and Society in Context, CIEE Study Center at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencas Sociales
- Russia, St. Petersburg: Russian Area Studies, CIEE Study Center at St. Petersburg State University
- IES new programs:
- January 2012
- Ireland, Dublin-Acting: Intensive Conservatory Training in Dublin at Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland
- Chile, Santiago-Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile
- Summer 2012
- Cape Town Summer Health Studies Program - Field visits and placements provide students first-hand experience with the Health Issues in Cape Town
- Shanghai Summer Internship Program - Work in many fields such as business, public policy, media, and NGOs
- Fall 2012
- Costa Rica, San Jose: Contemporary Issues Program - Hands on learning in Environmental studies, Sustainable Business Practices, or Human Rights
- England, London & Oxford: Health Practice & Policy Program - Study health care issues in diverse communities, includes week-long field study trip to Kingston, Jamaica
- ISA new programs:
- New programs in Belfast, North Ireland at Queen's University and in Galway, Ireland at National University of Ireland. Also, a new program in Córdoba, Argentina at National University of Córdoba offering Spanish Language and Latin American Studies (courses instructed in Spanish).
- SIT program updates:
- Spring 2012
- SIT is awarding six $10,00 scholarships to students from public institutions for Spring 2012 program in China, Mongolia, and Vietnam. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive bases to student who demonstrate a compelling interest in studying in Asia as well as need.
Study Abroad Week and Fair
Students meeting with a program representative at the 2009 Study Abroad Fair
Photo by Jacqueline Howell
Join us for Miami's first annual Study Abroad Week: September 26-30, 2011.
All week, students will have the opportunity to explore worldwide study programs, meet with advisors, talk to returned study abroad students, and attend various globally-themed workshops/events across campus. Look on the Study Abroad Week Calendar for a list of events for each day.
The annual Study Abroad Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 28 from 11:00-4pm in the Shriver Multipurpose Room. We'll have representation from MUDEC (Luxembourg), professors who run faculty-led programs and many third-party providers. Also, Study Abroad Alumni who recently returned, will be available to answer questions and talk about their program. If you'd like to browse your options, pick up materials about different programs or ask questions about a specific study abroad opportunity, this is your opportunity to do it!
Help us spread the word about the fair by RSVPing or sharing our Facebook event!
Prepare for your study abroad experience
It is never too early to prepare for your study abroad experience, below are ways to learn more about programs and opportunities abroad through Miami University.
- Visit the annual study abroad fair and this year's first annual study abroad week (see above)
- Attend a Study Abroad 101 session, then meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss study abroad options
- Enroll in the optional course IDS 154: Introduction to Study Abroad to learn about the culture you'll be visiting and start planning the study abroad experience
- Check out our Events page for upcoming activities and deadlines
- Plan ahead when choosing your housing for next semester or next year (see below)
Get involved on campus before and after studying abroad
Whether you're a new first-year student looking for ways to connect to the Miami community, or sophomore, junior or senior trying to find ways to prepare for an upcoming study abroad experience, or a returning Study Abroad Alum, we have plenty of activities! Give them a try!
- Participate in NationaliTea(pdf) on Monday afternoons to learn about other countries and cultures (and eat free food!). September 26th will be the theme Study Abroad, meet alumni and learn about their experiences first hand.
- Become a Global Buddy(pdf), be paired one on one with an international student for a cultural exchange.
- Apply to be an International Peer Orientation Leader to meet and help new international students adjust to their new culture
- Follow the Office of International Education on Twitter to get up-to-the-moment updates on study abroad news and events
- "Like" Miami University Study Abroad on Facebook to get study abroad updates in your news feed
- Check out our Events page for upcoming activities and deadlines
- Join a student organization related to the region, country or culture you'll be visiting. If there isn't one already, you can start one!
Already planning housing for 2012-13 ? Consider your study abroad plans!
Many students who want to study abroad or learn about other cultures live in Clawson (pictured) or Thomson Halls.
This is the season when sophomores, juniors and seniors students start thinking about signing leases for the next school year. If you're thinking about studying abroad, though, you may want to think twice before you put pen to paper. Many students who come to our office feel they have to settle for a short-term summer program because they'd really prefer to do a semester program, but they've already signed a full-year lease. Don't let this happen to you!
Here are some ideas:
- Arrange a semester lease. While most rental agencies in town offer year-long leases, some will let you rent by the semester instead or may make an exception in order to accommodate you. In the current Oxford housing market (where there are houses standing empty), you have the upper hand until you've signed that lease, so negotiate! Be sure to ask if a semester lease is a possibility, even if you're not sure yet whether you want to study abroad!
- Make a deal with friends. If you're going abroad in the fall and have a friend who's studying abroad in the spring, you can make a subletting arrangement to be sure that no one's left with an empty apartment for a semester and that your roommate or housemates aren't stuck with a stranger.
- Sublet someone else's apartment. This is frequently cheaper than signing a full lease, and is especially popular when you study abroad in the fall and return to campus for the spring.
- Spend a semester in a residence hall. Miami's Office of Residence Life is more flexible than most local landlords and rental agencies, and now there's a Study Abroad living-learning community where you can live with other internationally-minded students.
- Study abroad for a full academic year. It may be easier than you think! Talk to your academic advisor and study abroad advisor about this possibility.
- Sign a year-long lease, then find a subletter. This can be dangerous, because there are more apartments on the market than there are students. You may be left paying for your apartment even while you're gone. But it has worked for some students in the past. Some advertising ideas: flyers on campus, Facebook ads, Craigslist.org. You can also advertise your housing availability on the Discussions section of the Office of International Education Facebook page.
Don't miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience just because you signed a lease. Think ahead!
The applications for the Spring 2012 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for undergraduate students who are Pell Grant eligible are now available at https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Students are encouraged to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides over 2,300 awards of up to $5,000; award amount depends on the length of study and student need. Students who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement.
Please contact Miami's Gilman Scholarship advisor, Dr. David Keitges, with any questions.
Featured study abroad location of the month: New Zealand
Miami students in Miami's Outdoor Leadership New Zealand Program at Nelson Lakes National Park and Fox Glacier
Photos by Kara McSweeney
Looking for a new country to explore that offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and educational opportunities? If so, New Zealand may be worth investigating. New Zealand is a country of mountainous islands, beautiful beaches, and interesting land formations, including over 50 volcanoes, some of which are still active. There are two main islands that make up the country: the North and South Islands. Due to a unique climate system, New Zealand is home to an extensive variety of plant and animal species.
Whether you’re a business student interested in sustainability or a biology major interested in exploring the country’s biodiversity, New Zealand offers countless opportunities that will create a memorable study abroad experience.
Miami University offers faculty-led programs as well as co-sponsored and pre-approved programs through study abroad providers and universities, below are a few examples:
Miami’s Outdoor Leadership New Zealand Program provides students with a four-week summer study abroad opportunity that will enhance their leadership, outdoor skill development, outdoor education, and cultural engagement. Students are able to investigate the cultural diversity of the country by backpacking and sea kayaking through the landscape and participating in experiences in the Maori community.
AustraLearn is a Miami University Co-Sponsored provider that offers the most programs in New Zealand. With one of their eleven programs in New Zealand, you can enroll in a summer leadership development program, work at an internship, or attend classes with the local Kiwis in one of the several universities.
For a complete list of programs offered in New Zealand through Miami University, visit the study abroad program search cite.
Need more convincing? Students who’ve studied abroad in New Zealand can’t say enough good things about it!
“Going abroad to New Zealand may have been the greatest decision I might ever make at Miami. I got the experience of a lifetime living out of a backpack. I was able to go hiking, ice climbing, and sea kayaking and wouldn't trade it or the friends I made for anything. I would seriously consider this trip (Miami University’s Outdoor Leadership Program in New Zealand) if you want to try something new and exciting, or want to step out of your comfort zone.” –Kara McSweeney, Junior Zoology Major
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