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Study Abroad Newsletter - November 2010

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines

See for more information on upcoming events and deadlines, including times, locations and links for more information.

  • Monday, November 15 - Critical Language Scholarship deadline
  • Wednesday, December 1 and Saturday, December 4 - Study Abroad Pre-departure Orientation Session for spring 2011 students
  • Tuesday, January 11 - Boren scholarship deadline
  • Monday, January 24 - First-round application deadline for MUDEC (Luxembourg) for 2011-12

If you are starting out your study abroad search, please attend one of our Study Abroad 101 Information Sessions.

Upcoming NationaliTEA themes will include Sweden, Thanksgiving, Russia and Winter Holidays. See the International Student and Scholars events calendar for more information on this program. Food, beverages and conversation will be provided!

Program Updates

University of Stirling
Photo from Arcadia University
  • Arcadia update:
    • The University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland will begin offering Nursing classes to visiting study abroad students in spring 2011. These will also be offered during their summer program.
  • CIEE update:
    • CIEE has extended deadlines in Khon Kaen, Thailand to November 15 and Beijing, China to December 1.

Prepare For Your Study Abroad Experience

Would you like to prepare for your study abroad experience by learning about the culture you're going to visit and starting to identify your own cultural assumptions? A two-credit sprint course, IDS 154, can help students who are planning to go abroad by giving them some tools to understand cross-cultural interactions and their own cultural assumptions. Here's the course description:

Introduction to Study Abroad
In an ever-changing global community, students choose to study abroad for a multitude of reasons. In this course, students will begin to consider some of questions and issues that will be part of their travel, study, and daily life abroad. They will also begin to develop intellectual tools that they can use to cope with culture shock and the development of lifetime cultural competencies.  The course will help prepare them for their international education experience. The course will consider the following issues through readings, films, discussions, and writing:

  • How do you identify yourself as a member of local and global communities?
  • What personal, professional, and academic questions drive your desire to study abroad and to select your particular destination?
  • How is the way in which you see the world related to your cultural background, and what does it mean when this world view is challenged?
  • When you travel outside of the United States, what privileges do you carry with you that others (both at home and abroad) might not enjoy?
  • What intellectual tools and support resources are available to help you engage with cultural difference and cope with culture shock?

 Offered fall and spring, beginning spring 2010.

When you return from studying abroad, you can also enroll in IDS 156: Study Abroad Reentry Experience, which helps students address issues like reverse culture shock, personal/academic reintegration and incorporating international experience into their job/career searches. If you're interested in learning more about either course and how to register, contact Dr. Mary Jane Berman, Director of the Center for American and World Cultures.

"One Student, One Journey"

Photos from China

Returned study abroad student Tim Lu, who won the Boren scholarship and studied in Beijing and Harbin, China, wrote an essay about his experience. It begins:

My Interest in China

When I enrolled in my first classes at Miami over three years ago, I was anything but certain my major of choice. There were so many academic paths, and I didn’t feel strongly about a particular career at the time. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to study was Chinese.

My interest in the language began as early as my memory allows me to recall. As a child, I remember going to the same Chinese restaurant with my family every week, growing up with the servers and building strong ties between our families. It was during these visits that I was first exposed to a foreign language and the world of China. Some of my favorite memories include learning how to use chopsticks, watching my father write out characters, and listening to him converse with the workers in different Chinese dialects. Little did I know that these first impressions of China would be the beginning of my desire to do business in China one day.

The essay continues here.

Spring/Summer Volunteering

Are you looking for something to do over Spring Break or summer vacation? Why not look into a volunteering program abroad? Many of these programs are not credit-bearing but can be a great experience, can be helpful to the people you're working with, and may even help you practice some foreign language skills!

Here are just a few of the many short-term volunteering programs you could get involved with:

Human Rights and Social Justice Program (and a bake sale!)

It's almost time for the annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program, Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19, 2010. The program will include activities, films, discussions, speakers and the Human Rights and Social Justice Fair.

The Annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program is an opportunity for raising awareness about economic, social and cultural human rights violations locally and around the world, and to engage our community in making a difference. This program is a result of collaborative work and partnerships among a variety of Miami University constituencies and local, national and international organizations in the efforts of building a culture of social justice. This program includes an information fair, an Address, a City of Oxford proclamation of the program, and special presentations related to service learning and other community engagement initiatives.

This year, the Human Rights and Social Justice Fair (Wednesday, November 17 from 10am-4pm) will also host a bake sale, co-sponsored by the International Student Organization and the administrative offices and academic departments of MacMillan Hall. All proceeds from the bake sale will support the Miami University Holiday Project. We hope you'll stop by for some treats!

Featured Study Abroad Location of the Month: Korea

Korean food
Korean Meal
Photo from ISA

Do you know anyone who's studied abroad in Korea? It's increasingly likely that you will, as Korea grows as an economic power and as a study abroad power as well. Students love Korea for its extremely strong academics, its growing significance on the world stage, its opportunity for both fast-paced urban activity and quiet country hiking, its food and its influential pop culture.

Korean food
Yonsei University, Wonju
Photo from FSB

Korea has the one of the largest GDPs in Asia, following Japan, China and India, and is a major exporter of electronics and cars as well as many other consumer goods. For students majoring in Business, studying abroad in Korea could be a valuable resume-builder.

Many courses are offered in English in a variety of subjects, from Art/Art History to Communication/Journalism to Psychology to Computer Science and Engineering to Religion to East Asian Studies.

And finally, South Korea's proximity and shared language with North Korea as well as its status as a long-time ally of the United States would make it a great location for students studying History, Political Science or Diplomacy and Global Politics or International Studies.

It's not necessary to have studied Korean before you go. While you're there, though, taking an introductory Korean class will help you navigate the culture. Experience with the Korean language, as well as the culture, can be a valuable skill for your future, and you can even continue studying Korean through the intermediate level once you return to Miami.

If you'd like to learn more about Korea, you can visit the Korea page of our website for resources, come check out the Contact List (in 225 MacMillan) and get contact information for students who have returned from studying abroad there, or come to the Korea NationaliTEA next semester on February 21!


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Last update: November 5 2010 16:39

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