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Friday, May 8, 2015

Hello, friends of Central College Abroad! Our quarterly newsletter is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.

Global Citizenship
In April, Central College hosted a Conference on Global Citizenship. It was the culmination of Central’s year-long focus on global citizenship in recognition of the 50th anniversary of its study abroad programs. Matt Clark, Program Manager in The Center for Citizen Diplomacy division of PYXERA Global, led a workshop reflecting on the question, “What Does It Mean To Be a Global Citizen?” During the workshop, participants collaborated to create a list of actions and values exhibited by global citizens. Examples include:


  • Appreciation for difference in perspectives, opportunities to learn from others
  • Recognizing interdependence and globalization
  • Belief that engagement and participation makes a difference


  • Host an international student, practice hospitality by reaching out
  • Let students know of the global opportunities here — facilitating opportunities on campus and in the community
  • Be an ambassador for your own country and recognize your own country’s foreign policy

NAFSA Attendance

Blaire Modic, Director of Study Abroad, and Brian Zylstra, Associate Director of Study Abroad, will attend the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. If you would like to set up a meeting with Blaire and/or Brian, please email Blaire at Hope to see you in Boston!

July Webinar: Intentional Academic Advising Tools

Central College faculty, academic advisors and study abroad staff have invested in strategic academic collaboration to create more intentional and academically focused advising tools.

Join us in July for a webinar series as we share how advising tools facilitate the integration of academic programs on campus with programs abroad!  More information regarding this webinar will be available soon.

New for 2015-16

Merida: Announcing new art courses for spring 2016!
Mathew Kelly is an Associate Professor of Art and will be Central’s visiting faculty member for the spring 2016 semester.

Spring 2016 Merida Courses Include:

  • Drawing and Painting in the Yucatan: Students will learn to draw and paint from direct observation of the unique landscape, architecture and archeological sites in the Yucatan. No previous experience in drawing or painting required. 
  • Stories from the Yucatan: Students will examine the ways the cultural identity of the Yucatan is manifest in public sculpture, architecture, murals and stories told by the people who live there. No previous experience in art required.

To learn more, please visit the Merida website.

Granada: New education internship track begins fall 2015!

Students will have opportunity to teach English as a second language in primary and secondary schools while studying in Granada. Courses include: Orientation (2 credits), Granada Seminar (1), Phonetics (1), Spanish Language study (4), Intro to Second Language Acquisition (1), TESOL Internship (6).

London: Sustainability in the City course

This experiential course uses the multicultural urban environment of London to provide insight into how global sustainability and environmental justice relate to key issues, including food, housing, transport, shared open spaces, and how local government and communities engage with these issues.

Vienna: English language track begins fall 2015!

Vienna offers an English language track for students with beginning to intermediate levels of German language. Students enroll in one German language class, while the rest of their courses are available in English through the University of Vienna. A typical course load is 12-18 credit hours.

Travel Grants

Central College is accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Central College Abroad travel grant. Each year, partners are given the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 travel grant to visit one or more Central College Abroad program. We encourage you to pass this invitation along to faculty who are involved in study abroad. For more information, please write to Lisa Smith at Deadline is June 15, 2015.

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