Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to Tulane’s Study Abroad Blog!


Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! One more week of working hard in classes until a well-deserved break.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Now is the time to register for classes! Are you studying abroad in the fall semester? Consider registering for COLQ 3050-01 Global Cultural Awareness: Preparing to Study Abroad. This is the first course is to be taken before studying abroad and is the first in a series of three 1-credit courses that meets once a week on Wednesdays from 3-5 from March 8-April 12th and will help you capitalize on your study abroad experiences, set up an internship, service, or "wild card" experience abroad, and help you learn the skills in intercultural communication to put you on track for an international career. For more information contact Prof. Annie Gibson agibson3@tulane.edu.


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Want to study abroad in Cuba during the Fall of 2017? Attend this info session on November 21st at 3:00 PM, during our weekly Global Cafe!



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The Annual "Pot Luck" Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by The Office for International Students and Scholars and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The dinner began as a means to provide a place for those international students who do not have a place to go for a Thanksgiving Dinner or who have never experienced an American Thanksgiving tradition and has sense expanded to include in any interested Tulanian who wishes to share in the experience of Thanksgiving with the Tulane community.

The Thanksgiving Dinner is traditionally held the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving Day. Students, faculty and staff bring specialty dishes as additions to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Faculty and staff volunteer to serve the meal and an average of 800 people participate in the feast every year.

To volunteer for the event, please e-mail oma@tulane.edu or go here.

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POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


Students participating in programs abroad often encounter host country nationals who are curious about our political system and very clued in to current events taking place in United States politics. One way to engage meaningfully with locals is to be informed about our political process and the different viewpoints of major and minor parties in our country. Make sure you are informed!
Here are some resources to start brushing up on your knowledge of politics in the U.S.
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Come to this Q&A with Professor Brian Brox to learn about the impact of this election on your international experiences.




This Q&A information session with Political Science Professor Brian Brox will discuss the U.S. political system, the way it typically functions in presidential transitions, and to answer any questions you may have about what might come next, what impacts the transition could have on immigration, our international student community, travel, and even your upcoming semester abroad.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS


Interested in becoming more involved with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? The Cultural Exchange Pavilion team is hiring a Spanish-speaking intern to assist with translation and interpretation in preparation for the festival. More details provided in the attached image:
Applicants may forward their resume to International@nojazzfest.com and cepadmin@nojazzfest.com.

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Looking for an internship next spring? The Latin American News Digest is hiring! This is a great opportunity for students to learn about Latin American events while writing for the Digest! Check out this link for more info.

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Are you graduating this year and not sure what your next step is? Spend a year studying, interning and living in Germany through the Cultural Vista's Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals! For more info, click here.
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Are you in pursuit of a career that utilizes your international experiences? Carpe Diem, based in Portland, Oregon, is an organization looking to hire program directors for their student trips. Check out this job description if you are interested: Page 1, Page 2


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INTERESTING READS


Read this article, "Optimizing your International Experience for Career Success", to learn how your study abroad experiences can benefit your future career, and other ways to make yourself competitive for international jobs!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Year in the Life of a Study Abroad Applicant - Part VI: Registration for the upcoming semester before study abroad!

Hey Tulane! 

Happy start to the holiday season! It’s already nearing the end of the semester, which means that everyone is starting to plan their schedules for the spring as registration approaches. For me, spring registration means that I need to start thinking seriously about what classes I want to take before, during, and after my time abroad. According to my advisors, I should plan carefully because it’s possible that some of my major or minor requirements will not be available where I study. So, even if a course is normally taken during junior year, I might need to see if I can take it this spring or even senior year after I get back. I also don’t want to schedule something this spring at Tulane if I can find a version of it abroad…if you're planning to study abroad, you might be thinking what I'm thinking...

How do I even begin?

Well, good news! I've talked to everyone in the know to come up with some pretty basic steps that can get you (and me!) started. 

Based on some advice from different advisors, I began by using an exploratory degree audit (available to all of us in trusty Gibson) to look at my major and minor requirements. By identifying what classes I still need to take, I can analyze what should be taken next semester before I go abroad. I know that I want to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, and I saw that Tulane requires students to enroll in a Spanish class the semester prior to going abroad, so I’ll definitely prioritize fitting that in.

My next step was to identify the classes that I could potentially get credit for while abroad. I’ve heard that many students take their elective courses during this time, because it is easier to get transfer credit. Most university websites provide listings of what classes they offer, and you can always email the professors for sample syllabi. However, the best indication of what you can get credit for is by talking to your major advisor. I just had a meeting with my major advisor this week, and she told me that my department will only accept two classes worth of credit from abroad. Good to know!

The study abroad office also updates the courses that students have taken in the past on their website. If you are having a hard time finding courses on the foreign university site, just go to the program brochure page on Tulane’s OSA site and look for the link, “Courses students have taken.” For example, here is a list of all the courses students have taken at the University of Sydney, just to give you an idea.  

Also, don’t forget your Newcomb-Tulane College requirements! Tulane has a 120 credit hour requirement for all students, which will probably be more than what is required for your majors/minors. In addition, before you study abroad, you have to complete the first tier of your core curriculum requirements. You should be able to see your progress in your degree audit and, if not, you can definitely ask an advisor. If you still have some of those to get out of the way, it might be a good idea to sign up for them this spring!

You want to make sure that you can study abroad when it works for you and graduate on time, so it is ESSENTIAL to plan these things beforehand.

I definitely used some of the resources here on campus – the people! I met with my academic advisor, study abroad advisor and major advisor to plan for next semester’s registration. Here’s a breakdown of what kinds of questions you can ask these folks: 

Academic Advisor: Your academic advisor is your go-to person for all schedule-planning. They help you when picking your classes, and are the people who make sure you graduate when you plan to. Academic advisors must also sign off that they approve of your study abroad plans, so it is important to meet with them before you apply.

Study Abroad Advisor: This advisor’s role is to assist you throughout your entire study-abroad process. From helping you to understand the policies and procedures for study abroad, finding a program or helping you set achievable goals for your international experience (and preparing you to go!), the folks in the study abroad office are ready to help!

Major Advisor: Like I said before, your major advisor can help you figure out which classes you should take abroad, and also explain the process for getting major credit for the classes that you take abroad. Once you have narrowed down which program you are interested in applying for, you can look at the classes you are interested in, and then ask your advisor about the potential of getting credit.

I'm also planning to take a course offered by the study abroad office, COLQ-3050: Global Cultural Awareness, to help me capitalize on study abroad and even set up an internship while I'm abroad. The course takes place during the last eight weeks of the semester, and connects study abroad students who are going all over the world. If you might be interested but aren't sure, just send an email to the professor, Annie Gibson



Soooo, as I begin to plan my schedule for the spring, these are the things I’ve been thinking about and working on. Back in August, this whole thing seemed so far away, but now I’m realizing that I can start filling out the application as soon as I’ve finished my schedule for next semester. It’s so exciting to think that in less than one year, I’ll be taking my classes in Spanish on the other side of the world! 


Weekly Newsletter

Hello Tulane!


Hopefully everyone is working hard in their classes, and excitedly preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Events coming up: 


We’ve got some important events coming up for those students studying abroad in the Spring of 2017. The Study Abroad Office is holding Regional Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions next week. Attend to develop skills for intercultural communication, learn pertinent knowledge about transitioning into your homestay, and get first-hand advice from students returning from your program and international students from that country! 





For more information, access the events below:

International Engagement Opportunities: 


Now is the time to register for classes! Are you studying abroad in the fall semester? Consider registering for COLQ-3050: Global Cultural Awareness in spring 2017 to help you capitalize on your study abroad experiences and set up an internship while you are abroad next fall.


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The deadline for the Critical Language Scholar Program is coming up! Have you ever wanted to learn a critical language, but never had the opportunity? Are you interested in becoming more competitive in the job market? Check out this amazing program offered by the U.S. Department of State


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Interested in becoming more involved with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? The Cultural Exchange Pavilion team is hiring a Spanish-speaking intern to assist with translation and interpretation in preparation for the festival. More details provided here. 

Applicants may forward their resume to International@nojazzfest.com and cepadmin@nojazzfest.com. 

Interesting Reads: 


This is a shoutout to Rae Robey, a Tulane student who published an article during her time on the CIEE program in Seville, Spain. The article, published in CIEE's magazine Mas y Menos, describes the lives of first generation Chinese students in Spain, and the blend between their Chinese heritage and the Western culture in which they live. Congrats Rae! 

Ouni Zhang outside of Hiper Oriente
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The ability to study abroad is an amazing gift, and one that Tulane students do not take lightly! Read this inspiring story about a Tulane alumna who received a scholarship to study abroad while in school, and then decided years later to create her own scholarship for future study abroad participants. 


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Anthony Bourdain, interviewed recently on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, reflects on the challenges of being an in-tune, culturally aware traveler. When offered an unsavory piece of an animal to eat (check out the interview to see what) while in a village in Namibia, Bourdain accepted even though the food wasn't the most, let's say, appetizing. Among other things in this interview, he describes why it's so important to take stock of the situation and the importance of the gesture rather than declining the offer: "What am I going to do, refuse him, embarrass him in front of his people, look ungrateful? That changes the whole tenor of the relationship. Find the full interview on NPR's website:



Weekly Events: 


Come meet internationally-minded Tulanians at our weekly Global Cafe: 

This is a great opportunity to interact with international students, returned study abroad students, study abroad advisors, and internationally-minded Tulane faculty and staff. Come join us for coffee desserts every Monday from 3-5 pm in the Pederson Lobby of the LBC!


Monday, October 31, 2016

A Year in the Life of a Study Abroad Applicant - Part V: Debriefing after the Study Abroad Fair

Hey everyone! 


I hope that you all enjoyed this past weekend as much as I did! Having Homecoming, Parents Weekend and Halloween all at the same time is a lot to take in, but I had a great time. In between all of the concerts and other events taking place last week, I found some time to think about my experience at the Study Abroad Fair, and figure out how to go forward with what I’ll plan to do my junior year. I know it seems early, since the deadlines aren’t until the spring, but with registration for classes next semester coming up, I want to make sure I meet any program prerequisites! Here are some of my thoughts:

I had the opportunity to see the fair from both sides – as a student worker, manning the Summer in Senegal table, and as an interested student. Although I did spend a lot of time working at the fair, I was also able to walk around and talk to all of the program representatives about the places that I was interested in. It was such a great opportunity to ask questions to people who know these programs better than anyone else! I was curious to learn more about studying abroad in all South American countries, as well as looking for programs with a Spanish language-immersion focus, since becoming fluent in Spanish is one of my main goals.

My first stop was the CIEE table! CIEE is one of the biggest study abroad providers in the world, offering programs on almost every continent. They offer many great programs in different locations in South America, like Buenos Aires, Santiago and Valparaiso, and they also offer programs with a focus on Environmental Studies (my major). Unfortunately, though, they don’t offer those programs in the same place! It was still cool to talk to the CIEE representative about some opportunities they offer, like internships or research programs. They also assist students in finding homestay families that will help teach the language, so we have another place to practice!

Another university-based option, like CIEE, that is great for language-immersion is Middlebury. They require you to sign a language pledge, promising that you will only speak in that chosen language during your entire experience. But just like with CIEE, I wasn’t quite able to find exactly what I was looking for in terms of what I could study in the right location.

After talking to the CIEE and Middlebury representatives about their programs, I made my way over to the SIT table. SIT, the School for International Training, offers very interesting programs. They are designed around a theme – such as their program in Managua, Nicaragua, “Youth, Culture, Literacy and Media,” or the one in Dakar, Senegal, “National Identity and the Arts.” Students intensively study their program’s theme by having a mix of class lectures, site visits, guest speakers and then pursuing an independent research project. SIT is awesome if you want to study a particular topic. For example, if you are a Public Health major, you can definitely find an SIT program – like the one in Durban, South Africa – that focuses on Public Health in that location. Then, you could use your research project to help inform your senior thesis or even apply for a Fulbright. (I know, that’s way in the future! I am probably getting ahead of myself a bit!) The one major drawback, for me, is that SIT does not offer year-long experiences. The programs are only semester-based. So, I could potentially spend one semester on one SIT program and then switch to another. But I’m not sure if that’s something I want to do. I was really hoping to spend my whole year in the same place so that I could make really deep connections while I’m there. Am I willing to spend a semester in one place, and transfer to another? That is definitely something I have to consider.

The most important thing that I realized by walking around the fair is that the aspects of a study abroad experience that I value most, when paired together, significantly narrow down my options. I am confident that I want to study abroad for an entire year in a Spanish speaking country. Because I have decided to go for a year, I need a program where I can take upper-level courses for my major (Environmental Studies) so that I can graduate on time. Really identifying my goals and what is most important is actually really great. Even though it narrows my options, it means that I can take an in-depth look at the programs that will work so that I can make the best decision. 

On the other hand, while I was working my own table, I realized that not everyone has the same constraints or goals that I do. Your options may be totally different if you only want to go abroad for one semester. Or, depending on your major, if you want to just focus on your minor or even become fluent in another language, you may have totally different options than I do. By figuring out what your goals are for your study abroad semester or year, you can come up with your very own, personalized list of study abroad options! 

I’m still considering my options, but my current dream is to directly enroll at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. We will see what happens after some more research! I got some contact information of representatives at the fair, so I’ll make sure to reach out to them to learn more.

Until next time!

Emily



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the Tulane Study Abroad Blog!


First of all, thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate International Education Week! We held many interesting panels and receptions, heard from a variety of international speakers, and learned more about how to study and work abroad!


OSA and OISS are excited to announce the Fan Favorite in the IEW Photo Contest!


Thanks to everyone who voted on Facebook and Instagram! The Fans have spoken and the winner, announced at the FAQ on Friday, is Nithya Kasireddy, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. She submitted this photo, titled "Global Connections," which was the theme of this year's contest. Read how she explained the ways that the photo demonstrated the theme, Global Connections:

"People in this picture are from the “Cellular Biomechanics and Biotransport Lab” at Tulane University, BME department. We are one of the most diverse labs at Tulane with people from various parts of the world aka “Globe”, working together to address challenges in medicine, here at Tulane, “Connection made at Tulane." We are proud of the diversity in our lab as we believe each of us brings a global (and unique) perspective to the lab that adds immense value to the work we do."

Thanks to Nithya, as well as everyone who submitted and voted!


Interested in a different type of study abroad program?



There is an opportunity for students to have a paid teaching position in South Korea for an academic year. Click here for more information.


Attend a presentation by the daughter of Berta Cáceres, a human rights activist that helped to transform many aspects of the social and political atmosphere in Honduras.


Berta Cáceres speaking in a meeting in Tegucigalpa, March 15, 2016.

Thursday, October 27
6:30 PM
102 Jones Hall

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. Cáceres grew up during the violence that swept through Central America in the 1980s. In 1993 she cofounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods. Death threats to Cáceres continued until March 3, 2016 when she was killed by gunmen in her home. Her death sparked international outrage. Dutch development bank FMO and FinnFund have since suspended their involvement in the Agua Zarca project.

Come out and hear first hand from her daughter, Olivia Zúñiga Cáceres. Talk will be in Spanish with English interpretation provided.
Sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb College Institute, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Amigos de Nuestra América.


Attend an art exhibition featuring aboriginal Australian art from nine talented women!



Various works by artist Nonggirrnga Marawili, who is featured in the upcoming Tulane exhibition.


Sunday, October 30
11:00 am-4:00 pm
Woldenberg Art Center


Marking the Infinite features recent artworks by Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Carlene West, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson.
The artists work in media ranging from paintings on canvas, paper, and eucalyptus bark to woven installations and video projections. Although hailing from some of the most remote communities on the planet, the work of these nine women speaks loudly and clearly to our contemporary age. 
The works are drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl. Organized by William Fox and Henry Skerritt, Marking the Infinite will be the second major touring exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art drawn from the collection, following the highly successful exhibition of male painters, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting.


Read an article highlighting the experience of one of our study abroad participants!


The Office of Study Abroad has been featured in this year's issue of the Collegian, Newcomb-Tulane College's annual newsletter! Check out this article about Cara Tenerelli's experience in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Come meet internationally-minded Tulanians at our weekly Global Cafe:



This is a great opportunity to interact with international students, returned study abroad students, study abroad advisors, and internationally-minded Tulane faculty and staff. Come join us for coffee desserts every Monday from 3-5 pm in the Pederson Lobby of the LBC!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Part IV of A Year in the Life of a Study Abroad Applicant: Getting Ready for the Study Abroad Fair

Hey Tulane! 

Fall break was SO relaxing for me, and I hope it was for you too. I managed to catch up on some homework, see family, experience cold weather (since it’s still summer here…) and make a plan for the study abroad fair. Elsewhere on the blog, the Office of Study Abroad put together some super-helpful tips about how to make the most of the study abroad fair. Hundreds of students attend the fair every year, so I want to make sure I stay focused while I’m there!

Last time I posted, I had just written down my list of programs that really meet what I’m looking for in a study abroad experience: Language & Cultural immersion, Courses in my Major, & located in Latin America. Some of the programs are direct enrollment – like ITAM in Mexico City and Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador. When I get to the fair, I’ll try to find out if there are students who have gone on those programs that I can talk to. Then, since the program in Havana, Cuba is actually run by Tulane, I will be able to meet with the Tulane faculty and staff that do research and programming there. The Cuba program will have its own table so I think there will be a lot of people to talk to.

Most of the programs I found, though, are run by program providers who will have representatives at the fair to talk to us about everything they offer. So, over fall break I spent a lot of time on the program provider websites: CIEE; IFSA-Butler; and Middlebury. Their websites are so comprehensive and gave me a good sense of the types of courses each offers and the universities that they are all affiliated with. ALL of these programs have one thing in common: everything is in Spanish! From coursework to housing to handling paperwork, I will be speaking Spanish all the time. This is probably one of the most important elements of my future study abroad program. Knowing that they all meet that criteria, though, I’m looking forward to the study abroad fair so I can talk to students about what it was like to actually live in all of these different cities and to take classes at the universities there.

It makes a lot of sense to talk to former students. It’s just like when I talk to high school juniors and seniors as a Green Wave Ambassador when they come to campus. They want to know what being a Tulanian is like from the perspective of someone who is living it! And why not? After all, finding the right place to spend four years is a big decision, and so is deciding where to spend an entire semester abroad. Talking to returned study abroad students is basically the same thing. I came up with a list of questions so I wouldn’t get sidetracked at the fair:
  • What is the city like? Is it big and loud? How does it compare to New   Orleans
  • What about the university? Do professors interact a lot with students? Could you understand their accents?
  • How did you make friends? Did you join any clubs or student groups?
  • How did you immerse yourself in the host country?
  • Where did you travel to from that city? Was it easy to get around?
  • Was there anything you wish you knew before you went?

I mostly think I’m ready and I have one more tip for those of you that are planning to attend! When you first get to the fair, you’ll receive a printed map showing where everyone is at all the different tables. So when I get that map, I’ll know exactly where to go!

Hope to see ya’ll on Wednesday and at all the other awesome International Education Week events happening all over campus!



Friday, October 14, 2016

How to Make the Most out of the Study Abroad Fair!

The annual Tulane Study Abroad fair is a great place to start your study abroad journey. The fair is a one-stop shop where you can come meet with representatives from Tulane's many program providers. In addition to learning about semester and academic year programs, Tulane students can speak to representatives from different Tulane departments that offer study abroad programs, like the Center for Public Service and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. We also bring together staff from various on-campus units like the Office of Financial AidAcademic AdvisingCareer Services and the A.B. Freeman School of Business.

You can even renew your passport, thanks to the booth staffed by the folks at the United States Postal Service (passport fees still apply; be sure to check out the requirements on the USPS website and bring the relevant documents!). 

So, how can you get the most out of the study abroad fair? 

The study abroad fair is the best time to get as much information as possible about the programs you think you might be interested in, as well as exploring other options you may not have considered. Take some time, if you can, to look at the Tulane-approved programs that are listed on the Office of Study Abroad Website. As you do, try to think of specific questions that can't be answered just by reading the websites of the different programs. Bring those questions to the fair where we'll have program staff and study abroad alumni who will have the insider's answers.



The fair is a pretty laid-back event meant to help students learn about their options. It's not necessarily the time to make a final decision about where to study abroad. Instead, it's a time to gather as much information as you can to help you when you are selecting the right program for you in the months that follow. 



One good piece of advice about preparing for the fair is to identify your study abroad goals. If you know your goals for studying abroad, then you can be more intentional about getting information at the fair itself. 

Some goals past Tulane students have had for studying abroad include: 

  • Develop fluency in a foreign language;
  • Learn about the culture of a new or different place;
  • Make meaningful connections with people from a different country;
  • Take major or minor courses to learn about a topic from a new perspective.
Once you have those goals narrowed down, you'll have a better idea of what kinds of questions to ask at the fair. For example, if your number one goal is to become fluent in Italian, then you can ask about the language level of students on each of the programs in Italy that are represented at the fair. The answers you get may help you determine which program best suits your needs.



Many students say that one of the best parts of the Study Abroad Fair is having the opportunity to meet with students who have already completed the program. They can offer an insider view, telling you about their accommodation experiences, academic culture and tips about the city where they studied. 



If at any point during the fair, you need some help or guidance, just stop by the Office of Study Abroad table! We'll be there to meet with students and help them figure out their Fair Game Plan. And then, after it's all over, we'll be posting tips on what to do with all of the information you gathered!

We hope to see you there on Wednesday, October 19 from 2-5 PM in the LBC Qatar Ballroom!

The photo for this year's study abroad fair was taken by Madeleine Nicholson, a Tulane student who studied abroad on the CIEE program in Legon, Ghana.