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Study Abroad Newsletter - November 2011

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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.

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Critical Language Scholarship deadline
  • Saturday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 7 - Study Abroad Pre-departure Orientation Session for spring 2012 students.
  • Wednesday, December 7- Application deadline for MUDEC (Luxembourg) 9-hr and 6-hr Summer programs.
  • Tuesday, January 17 - Campus deadline for Boren Scholarship and Fellowship awards

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

Upcoming NationaliTEA themes will include Senegal, Thanksgiving, Global Buddies, and Holiday Party. 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
  • IFSA Butler update:
    • New programs:
      • Jerusalem, Israel: Beginning in Fall 2012 at Hebrew University of Jerusalem students will be able to take courses instructed in English in Humanities, Science, Social Science, Fine and Performing Arts, and take Hebrew and Arabic.
    • Promotions:
      • Cash in Hand: Receive $250 for a program in New Zealand after submitting a completed application by November 15th.
      • 2nd Program Discount: Receive a $500 credit when studying abroad on a 2nd IFSA Butler program.
  • SIT update:
    • Deadline extended:
    • New Programs Spring 2012:
    • New Programs Fall 2012:
      • Havana, Cuba: Study artistic and cultural development in Cuba in the broader context of history
  • USAC update:
    • New programs:
      • Haifa, Israel: At University of Haifa study Hebrew or Arabic at all levels, or choose from a variety of other disciplines. Application deadline for Spring 2012 is November 15.
      • Istanbul, Turkey: At Bahçeşehir University in a waterfront city, study Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Communication, Economics, Engineering, and Law.
      • Osaka, Japan summer term: Japanese language and culture
      • Geelong, Australia: Deakin University January term
      • Bangalore, India January term: Study Business, Engineering, Sociology, Service Learning, and Indian Cultural Studies at Christ University
      • Puntarenas, Costa Rica January term: Study Spanish, Ecology, and Latin American Studies at the USAC Center in Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
  • University at Albany, SUNY and Global Service Corp:
    • Arusha, Tanzania: An integrated 15 credit semester program in HIV/AIDS prevention and Nutrition Education and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

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. Spring 2012 IDS 154 will begin on February 14, 2012, the schedule will be Tuesday and Thursday at 3:40-4:55 in MMH 114.

When you return from studying abroad, you can also enroll in the 1 credit course, 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.

Spring 2012 IDS 156 begins on January 10, the schedule will be on Tuesdays at 5:00-6:15

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:

Restavek: A day in the Life

Restavek: A Day in the Life is an interactive exhibit that helps people understand what life is like for a child slave in Haiti. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk through, so you can come and go whenever is best for you.

For many people slavery is something that happened hundreds of years ago, something you study in history class. Sadly, slavery is very much still alive today. Restavek Freedom Foundation created this exhibit to help wrap peoples' minds around Haiti's cultural practice of restavek - a form of child slavery that today affects over 300,000 children each year.

Today, November 2nd: Opening reception
4:00 p.m.
MacMillan Hall Great Room, Oxford campus
Refreshment provided.

Related sources/videos:
Child Slaves in Haiti
Helping Haiti's Child Slaves
Child Slavery in Haiti
Restavek Children Found After the Earthquake in Haiti

The Center for American World Cultures Events

UNIDIVERSITY Calendar of Events
Tuesday, November 1
Latin American Film Festival
Los Dioses Rotos/Fallen Gods (2008, Cuba)
7:00 p.m., Art 100 - Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Tuesday, November 8 – Tuesday, November 22
In Cortés’ Shadow: From Veracruz to Mexico City
Cage Gallery, Alumni Hall, Miami University Oxford campus

Wednesday, November 9
Opening reception
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Ground floor, Cage Gallery, Alumni Hall,
Passionate About Latin/o America and Caribbean Series


Monday, November 7
Safe Zone training
12:30 – 3:00 PM, 104 Rentschler
Miami University Hamilton

Human Trafficking Activist Training
5:00 p.m., Hanna House
Sponsored by the Social Action Center
Oxford campus

Tuesday, November 8
Safe Zone training
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Johnston 120
Miami University Middletown

For more information contact:
GLBTQ Services | Office of Diversity Affairs at

Thursday, November 10
MUOHIO Premiere of “Columbus Day Legacy” Official Selection, Smithsonian Native American Film and Video Festival
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Heritage Room, Shriver Center
Director Bennie Klain will lead a question and answer discussion following the film. Reception to follow
Sponsored by Center for American and World Cultures and the Indigenous Speakers Series/LICA (Lectures in Contemporary Anthropology)

To learn more about the CAWC FALL 2011 Lecture Series and other events, visit the Center for American and World Cultures website at

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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