Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pre-Departure Study Abroad Seminar

Planning on studying abroad this fall? Looking for a way to prepare for the experience, or just to fulfill some extra credits? It's not too late to sign up for this course: 

Professor Annie Gibson is teaching a 5-week "pre-departure" seminar (COLQ: 3050-01: Global Cultural Awareness: Preparing to Study Abroad) open to all students studying abroad in Fall 2017 and designed to give students the skill set to capitalize on the experiences, network connections, and academic environment that their particular study abroad location offers. The 3-credit series is broken up over the course of 3 semesters, earning one credit prior to, one during, and one credit following the study abroad experience.

In the Pre-Departure course, students will work to understand the meaning of culture as it relates to identity and behavior, build cross-cultural awareness, appreciation, and respect, as well as gain a broader understanding of cultural and social issues in different regions of the world. Students will also have the opportunity to develop a Service-Learning or Internship project that can satisfy the first or second tier requirement to be conducted while abroad. 

5 Weeks: March 8-April 12 • Wednesdays 3-5PM

Contact Professor Gibson at agibson3@tulane.edu for more information.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Today's the day!


The day has finally arrived - applications must be submitted by 11:59pm tonight (February 17) to be considered for studying abroad in the fall semester. Once you've submitted yours, it's time to celebrate! Do a little research on your potential new home and get excited for all the adventures to come. You will hear back from the Office of Study About on March 6 about a decision. 

Be sure to check out the "Year in the Life" blog post from our student writer. She wrote all about her application process and what to do now that it's over. In the meantime, Happy Mardi Gras! 

SARC Program is Live!

The Study Abroad Returnee Contact program serves to benefit both prospective and returning abroad students here at Tulane. SARC provides a platform for returnee study abroad students to share their advice and experiences with students preparing to study abroad themselves. Not only do the SARCs rep studying abroad, they also rep their specific program and individual experience. SARCs offer credibility, experience, and perspective into what studying abroad is really like.

If you're student looking into studying abroad, check out the SARC page and reach out to any of our returnee students - they're ready to help you out in this process!

If you are a returnee study abroad student and you're interested in becoming a SARC, it's not too late! Fill out this form to join our team of student mentors. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Post-grad opportunity - Peace Fellowships!

Attention graduating seniors, Masters students, and Tulane alum! We have an amazing international post-grad opportunity for you:

Rotary - a global organization dedicated to promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies - is accepting applicants to their 2018 Peace Fellowship programThis program selects professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of their six peace centers and become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. There are currently more than 1,000 Peace Fellowship alumni working in over 100 countries, and many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations! Applications are due May 31. For more information, check out their website here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

MONDAY – February 20, 2017
11:30-1:00 PM
“Brown Bag” Lecture:  The Legacies of Colonialism: Pathways of (In)dependence in Puerto Rico and the Philippines by Dr. Julian Go, Professor of Sociology at Boston University
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
Puerto Rico and the Philippines were subjected to Spanish colonialism and US colonialism, but they each had different trajectories of elite-led revolutionary nationalism, and today only the Philippines is an independent nations-state, while Puerto Rico remains a colonial dependency.  This talk compares and explains these different trajectories.  Dr. Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University.  His work focuses upon US empire, colonialism and postcolonial theory.  His books have received prizes from the International Studies Association, the American Sociological Association, and the American Political Science Association. For more information, please contact Sefira Fialko­ff­ at cipr@tulane.edu or 504-862-3141.

WEDNESDAY – February 22, 2017
4:00 PM
Poética y política del milagro, Jorge Luis Borges y Carl Schmitt
A public talk by Professor Jorge Brioso
Latin American Library Seminar Room, 4th floor Howard Tilton Library
Professor Jorge Brioso researches the relationship between literature and philosophy and has published on the work of Hispanic writers and philosophers. His essays on Jorge Luis Borges, Rubén Darío, José Ortega y Gasset and María Zambrano are particularly revealing. He is currently a full professor at Carleton College, where he teaches Latin American literature, Spanish cinema and history of human rights. He is a member of the important research group La escuela de Madrid (The Madrid School), which studies the philosophy in the Spanish language and includes scholars from Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United States. 

FRIDAY – February 24, 2017
4:00 PM
Bate Papo
The Boot, 1039 Broadway 
Bate Papo! Beat the Happy Hour hordes for a relaxing hora feliz outside the Boot. We'll have a table and savory kibe. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free.  For more information, please contact Megwen at mloveles@tulane.edu

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive, and unique global health experience. Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. It is also one of a handful of non-profit organizations worldwide that dedicates 100% of every donation to its programs, providing care for patients living in poverty. Program locations of year-round health care delivery are Ghana, Honduras, and India, and participants may volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more. To learn more, contact Lanch McCormick at lmccormick@uniteforsight.org, or visit uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Year in the Life of A Study Abroad Application Part IX: Deadline Coming!

Hi there, Tulane!! 

Only 4 DAYS until applications are due for Fall 2017 study abroad! I know that around this time, we all start feeling a little panicky because it feels like there is So. Much. To. Do. and just So. Little Time. But, I’m here to tell you: don’t worry! Let’s walk through the final steps to complete the application. 

Take a deep breath and remind yourself: we got this!

Throughout this series, I’ve talked about the program-specific items on the app, like my Application Statement, learning goals, and the courses I want to take while I’m studying at the University College Dublin. As I mentioned last time, the same advice applies to pretty much wherever you plan on going! For this post, I’m basically going talk about my experience wrapping up my application and making sure everything is in check to hand it over to the Office of Study Abroad by the deadline.

If you haven’t finished your essay, or you aren’t ready to submit it just yet, schedule an appointment with the Writing Center. The tutors there will gladly help edit your statement and polish it perfectly so that it is ready to submit! Another good idea is to swap essays with a friend to get another set of eyes on it. You definitely don’t want to submit anything with a lot of typos, and you should make sure that you are answering the questions in the prompt! Don’t just talk about how excited you are to travel; try to write about all of the amazing cultural and educational experiences you’re hoping to have!

Beyond that, it's important to remember the bottom line: Don’t worry too much about what’s not in your hands. Just keep the OSA in the loop about pieces of the application you may still be waiting for. Whether it’s watching out for your new passport or following up with your professors to get those recommendations in, just make sure to finish everything that you can (as well as you can) and keep the office informed about anything that you’re still waiting on. 

If you have questions about this process and can’t make an appointment with an advisor, just call the office at (504) 865-5339 and we can answer your questions.

Once you’ve submitted your application, celebrate! Read a little bit more about your host country! Watch some interesting films or listen to music from the place where you may be living for six months! And then, relax. Focus on mid-terms. Enjoy Mardi Gras (and read our weekly feature on this blog about Mardi Gras celebrations around the world)! In the meantime, the OSA will be facilitating the review of applications. Notification letters will go out to all applicants on March 6 to your Tulane email address!

Going through the application process has been a crazy experience. It’s been so much fun to imagine myself living somewhere completely new, out of the country, for a whole year! I can’t wait to start the next phase, when I begin actually planning my move abroad!

Talk to you after March 6!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Fat Tuesday around the world! From left: Venice, Rio, Trinidad & Tobago, Belgium.