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Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010
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.
Celebrating 45 years of study abroad
Central College Abroad is excited to celebrate 45 years of outstanding study abroad programming. Although Central’s first entré into the study abroad world took place well before 1965, it wasn’t until then that the first program in Paris, France, officially began at the Sorbonne. The launch of this program makes Central College Abroad in Paris one of the oldest continuously operating American programs at this famous university.
Since 1965, Central has seen the addition of seven other programs located in Vienna, Austria (1966); Merida, Mexico (1968); Spain (1968 in Madrid, settling in Granada in 1982); London, England (1973); Wales (1976 in Carmarthen, settling in Bangor in 2006); Leiden, the Netherlands (1986); and Hangzhou, China (1990-1997, reopening in 2003).
In the last 45 years Central has also offered programs in Colchester, England, and Kenya, Africa. Today, in addition to the eight semester and yearlong program locations, students can also choose from one of seven summer programs. Beginning in 2010, Central will add Ghana to its summer program offerings.
Although many changes have occurred during the last 45 years, the qualities that distinguish and make Central College Abroad excellent remain the same:
We are excited about ongoing program developments and continue to build upon our excellent experiential-learning opportunities in internships and service-learning. We are thrilled to be leading the field in the area of academic and program assessment, and most importantly, to have the opportunity to work with future generations of study abroad students.
Much gratitude goes to former Central College president, Dr. Ken Weller; former Central College Abroad director, Barb Butler; and other past administrators for their visionary leadership. We also warmly acknowledge past and present program directors for their dedication to our mission.
Summer ... arts ... YES!
Summer programs are a wonderful option for students who cannot otherwise fit a study abroad experience into their undergraduate education, or for those looking for a specific area of study. Central College Abroad offers a number of programs related to the arts. The following programs are great options for all majors (including art):
NEW! Performing Arts and Culture — Accra, Ghana
NEW! Art in Paris — Paris, France
Art and Culture — Leiden, the Netherlands
Applications are due Monday, March 1. Visit www.central.edu/abroad/summer to learn more about summer opportunities or to start an application today!
Save the Date! Central College Abroad Cooperating Council April 8-10, 2010
Navigating the Study Abroad Experience with Assessment-based Programming
Please join us for Central College Abroad’s annual Coop Council meeting! Events will run Thursday through Saturday, April 8-10, 2010. Join us on Thursday in the afternoon and on Friday, April 9, to hear firsthand updates from our on-site resident directors and participate in educational sessions. On Saturday, we invite you to stay for our morning pre-departure orientation for students and their parents. A formal invitation will follow, but clear your calendar today and plan to attend an informative and fun program with Central College Abroad.
For more info on the Cooperating Council, visit: http://www.central.edu/abroad/students/coopSchools.cfm
Vance scholarship recipients chosen
Katie Pfaff, a student at DePauw University is our Granada, Spain, Vance Scholarship recipient for spring 2010.
Who: Katie Pfaff
How receiving the Vance scholarship is helping: While my home institution, DePauw University, and Central College Abroad seek to make off-campus study affordable, it is nevertheless costly. The Vance scholarship will enable me to travel to Granada and to fully experience the opportunities that I encounter without worry for the price of a ticket or the cost of a bus fare.
Why she chose Central College Abroad: During my previous study in Spain, we took a brief excursion to the city of Granada. From that one day, I knew that I wanted to return to Spain in college, particularly the beautiful city of Granada. Consequently, I began searching for programs located in Granada, and my home institution DePauw University supports the Central College Abroad organization.
What she is most looking forward to in her upcoming semester: I am most anxious and enthusiastic for the host family opportunity. I studied in Ciudad Real, Spain, during the summer before my senior year of high school, and the home-stay experience was the most rewarding element of that program. I also anticipate immersing myself in the local community of Granada to improve my Spanish fluency and to enrich my understanding of Spanish culture firsthand.
I am also seeking better understanding of those I meet and of myself by peering through the lens of varied cultures, developing in me a global perspective.
Get to know the director: Tecwyn Vaughan Jones, Bangor, Wales
Ask any student who has studied on Central’s Bangor, Wales, program about resident director, Tecwyn Vaughan Jones, and you’re likely to get a response like, “Tecwyn is awesome. I can't say enough good about him,” or “Tecwyn is the best program director a student could ask for.”
As resident director, Jones is a vital part of student’s experiences in Wales — he helps students adapt to the culture, experience new things and develop a unique and individualized program. Jones has been with Central College Abroad for nearly 10 years, and comes uniquely qualified for his position having earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Bangor University where all Central College Abroad Wales students attend class.
When asked why students choose to study in Wales, particularly Bangor, Jones replied, “Wales is a very beautiful country and Bangor is on the doorstep of the Snowdonia National Park, where you'll find the highest mountains in England and Wales. The program offers a very popular outdoor pursuits class allowing students to experience this beautiful landscape.” He adds, “Students are also able to take advantage of all the classes offered by Bangor University, and the scope is amazing.”
Bangor University boasts approximately 1,000 international students each year, and according to Jones, the study abroad experience is important for all cultures and nations not just for Americans.
“It is excellent that young people are able to experience life and culture in another country, to challenge their own preconceptions and their established perspectives,” Jones says. “Study abroad immerses students in a different culture, and when they return home, they bring with them a range of different experiences which enhances their sense of identity.”
Witnessing that shift in identity is one of Jones’ favorite job “duties.”
“What I like most about my work is being able to introduce young American students to Wales. When they come here, they fall in love with the country and its people. It is good to help these students through what is often a life changing experience … culturally, socially, and also academically.”
Central College Abroad to present at the Forum on Education Abroad
Central College Abroad has once again been selected to present at the Forum on Education Abroad Conference, an annual two-day conference, solely focused on the field of education abroad, in Charlotte, N.C.
On Wednesday, March 24, Larry Braskamp, co-author of Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) and professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, Dennis Doyle, professor of communication studies at Central College, and Brian Zylstra, manager of on-campus operations for Central College Abroad, will lead a workshop titled “Using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) to Assess the Value of Education Abroad."
Braskamp and Doyle will also take part in a panel presentation on Thursday, March 25 titled “Integrating Education Abroad in the Campus Ethos” where they, along with four other session leaders, will present on major initiatives that integrate education abroad into the campus mission and culture.
That same day, Paris program resident director, Shelley Cavaness, alongside other France-based panelists, will participate in a panel presentation discussing, “When Vision and Values Collide: Multiple Perspectives on the Impact of Communication and Technology Onsite (France)."
Learn more about the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) at gpi.central.edu
For more information on the conference visit www.forumea.org
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