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Friday, February 10, 2012
Hello, friends of Central College Abroad! This newsletter, released the second Friday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
Study abroad for Faculty?
Under the leadership of President Mark Putnam, Central College is in the midst of an intense planning year. President Putnam has charged some of higher education’s most well-known players and other campus leaders to think about how to change the landscape of higher education at Central College. Listen in as Dr. Putnam discusses faculty development.
Tune in next month to hear Dr. Putnam describe unique opportunities for student development abroad. Learn more about Central’s planning year initiatives.
Register today! Coop Council Conference
We invite members of our Cooperating Council to register for our annual Coop Council Conference, April 12-13 in Pella, Iowa. This year, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Madeleine Green, expert in internationalization and higher education leadership and management issues, will deliver a keynote address on assessing global education—where we are and how we are doing.
The conference theme, “Facilitating Student Learning Abroad: Before, During and After,” examines the ways in which professionals on campus and abroad facilitate student learning and how clearly defined student learning goals can have a long-term impact on a relatively short experience. Hear firsthand from faculty, study abroad professionals and our international resident directors.
This is a great professional development opportunity for those in the field of international education. We look forward to seeing you at the conference. Register online today.
Paris and Granada program updates
Attention students and study abroad advisors! Please note these important updates from our Granada and Paris study abroad programs.
Why is the TEF important?
Please contact Central College Abroad if you have questions about testing your students’ language proficiency.
Islamic Studies in Spain
The Islamic Studies in Spain track will be available beginning fall 2012.
Application deadlines quickly approaching
Still debating if you should get away and study abroad this summer or fall? Well, application deadlines will be here before you know it! The application for summer is due March 1. Fall application materials are due March 15. Application materials include an online application form, official transcripts, an essay and recommendations. Both applications are online and completely free!
Need some extra funding? Don’t forget to apply for Central College Abroad scholarships! Fall 2012 scholarship applications are due with the program application on March 15. Learn more about scholarships.
Studies in Global Health in Merida
Valerie Grimsley, Merida resident director, talks about the growing need for health-related professionals and how the practical skills and cultural awareness gained through a study abroad experience are an asset in the health sciences.
The Central College Abroad program in Merida, Yucatan, has long been an ideal study abroad destination for students pursuing the health sciences. Field experience opportunities abound, with past students landing internships and service-learning placements at locations including physical therapy clinics, children’s recreational programs, health promotion and advocacy sites, a home for the elderly and programs for disabled children.
Through our new Studies in Global Health summer program, the opportunities are only growing. Courses include “Healthcare in Yucatan” and “Spanish for Health Professionals.” Students will focuses on Yucatacan healthcare from a social, political and economic perspective. “Healthcare in Yucatan” will examine rural and urban health issues and services, as well as the roles of modern and traditional medicine through site visits to large public hospitals, small rural clinics and more. “Spanish for Health Professionals” is designed to increase a student’s health-related vocabulary and awareness of how to address clients or patients and the role cultural background plays in medical decision-making.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health, therefore, touches on every aspect of a community from access to basic healthcare services to access to clean water and sanitation, from public policy to politics.
The major causes of mortality in both developed and developing countries is shifting away from infectious diseases and malnutrition to chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, many of which are related to the physical and social environment. While many of us are familiar with health problems that can develop from concerns in the physical environment such as air pollution and lack of access to clean water, the social environment plays an increasingly important role in health. Examples of the social environment include employment, social support, social cohesion, poverty, stress and personal lifestyle choices.
The need for healthcare workers to address these problems is ever-increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states 10 of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. are health-related. Between 2010 and 2018, an estimated 3.2 million new healthcare jobs will be created in the U.S., more than in any other industry.
In addition to training and experience, healthcare workers also need to be culturally aware, curious and informed. Language and communication skills are paramount. Considering the growing Latin American population in the United States, healthcare workers who can pair Spanish proficiency with a culturally minded understanding of Mexican patients’ perception of medicine will distinguish themselves.
The Studies in Global Health program in Merida is designed to increase both practical knowledge and cultural and language skills with regard to global health, giving students these advantages.
Click here to apply for the summer 2012 program. Applications are due March 1.
Cultural Immersion in Ghana
Students of all academic interests will benefit from our History, Arts and Culture summer program in Accra, Ghana. Hear from program alumni and director Dr. Samuel Mate-Kodjo as they describe a day in the life of a Ghana study abroad student.
Applications are being accepted for the summer 2012 program. Apply today.
Spring 2012 bloggers announced!
As a special distinction, Central College Abroad students are selected to Blog from Abroad as a way to reflect on their experiences and let you know what it’s really like to study abroad. From funny language-learning mishaps to educational group excursions, these students tell all through pictures, text and video.
Congratulations to our spring 2012 bloggers:
Follow our study abroad students as they Blog from Abroad.
Internship Q&A: Leiden, the Netherlands
Aaron Schwander of Central College spent the fall of 2011 studying in Leiden, the Netherlands. While there, he interned two days a week at a local company in Leiden.
Q: Tell us about your internship.
Q: Why Lumesse?
Q: What was the biggest difference between a Dutch office and a U.S. office?
Q: What was the language barrier like?
Build your resume in Leiden, the Netherlands.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
February Photo Contest
Pella, Iowa 50219