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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
Hello friends of Central College Abroad! This newsletter, released the second Tuesday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
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Last chance for spring 2010 study abroad!
Memorable experience: One of the memorable experiences from my semester is of the Viennese professor Frau Dr. Schmidt-Kliemitsch, who taught an art history course for the Central College program participants. A gruff, chain smoking widow in her early 60s, she practiced a severe pedagogy and strictly monitored whether we had done course readings and studied the pictures. Everyone learned early on to come to class prepared. As the semester progressed, however, I was struck not only by how well she knew her material but also by her love for the subject that came through in her teaching. The high point of the course was our class visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum where she glowed with glee as she was able to show us first-hand Cellini’s “Salzfaß” and the masterpieces by Rubens that we had learned about. On a spring break trip to Italy, a group of us even organized much of our sightseeing to be able to visit some of the early Renaissance works we had studied. By the last day of the semester, everyone was sad the course had come to an end, and to this day I am still able to draw on much of what I learned in that one semester.
Goals for study abroad: My goals in participating in the Vienna program were to get more experience in German-speaking culture and to improve my German language skills. The Central College program offered great opportunities for both, through directed language instruction at the Goethe Institute and in Vienna and in the everyday experiences gained through living in the Austrian capital with its rich history and countless cultural opportunities. It was also a benefit that we were placed in Austrian student housing with other Austrian students since that offered more opportunities for interacting with German speakers in an informal setting.
How has Study abroad shaped your career goals? Studying abroad opened my eyes to the richness of the study of a foreign language and culture and played a large role in my decision to become a college teacher of German. The experience brought my studies of literature and culture alive, as I was often able to link particular texts or historical events to places I had visited or experiences I had had. As a teacher I continue to draw on my experiences from abroad, especially my time in Vienna. This semester, for example, I am teaching a course on German-speaking cultural history at the turn of the 20th century and will include a large segment on the literature, art and culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.
For more information on the Vienna, Austria program, visit: http://www.central.edu/abroad/vienna/
Doyle and Braskamp published in Frontiers
Dennis Doyle, Central College professor of communication studies, and Central’s alumnus Larry Braskamp are featured for their work in the fall 2009 edition of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Doyle’s article titled, “Holistic Assessment and the Study Abroad Experience” focuses on his recent research projects examining the study abroad experience from pre-departure to re-entry, centering specifically on implications for program design and assessment.
Braskamp, along with co-authors David C. Braskamp and Kelly Carter Merrill, wrote an article titled “Assessing Progress in Global Learning and Development of Students with Education Abroad Experiences” which focuses on results of assessment on student learning and growth using the Global Perspectives Inventory, or GPI which the three co-authored.
Opportunities by Major — a new tool to help find the program that fits!
To view our new webpage, visit: http://www.central.edu/abroad/academicAreas/index.cfm
Enhance your career options by studying abroad — a student’s story
Memorable internship: I worked for a fashion magazine in London with PR professionals testing out products and writing articles about the products for the magazine. The second week at my internship, my boss gave me tickets to London Fashion Week. I was able to go backstage, meet other members of the press, sit front row at shows and go to after parties during London Fashion Week. It was definitely my favorite part of studying abroad in London.
How going abroad has helped: This has really broadened my horizons back home. I interned for a public relations firm in Des Moines and was able to carry over the skills needed at the magazine in London and apply them to the PR internship. It was interesting to compare the different job duties, because while interning here, I was on the flip side actually calling the journalists pitching our clients. My experience in London carried over well and taught me plenty about working with the press/media. It also helped me during the interviewing process of applying for jobs.
For more information on internships and service-learning opportunities, visit: http://www.central.edu/abroad/academicAreas/index.cfm
Small-group tutorials — a key to success in Granada, Spain
“My favorite aspect of working with Central College students is helping them experience Spanish culture and broadening their perspectives on different elements of Spanish daily life,” he says. Whether it’s daily language, music or movies, Jose believes that this is an important aspect of the abroad experience.
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