Monday, September 26, 2016

A Year in the Life of a Study Abroad Applicant

Hi Tulane! 

Welcome to our weekly feature, A Year in the Life of a Study Abroad Applicant! This fall, we have partnered with a Tulane sophomore who will be applying to one of the Office of Study Abroad international programs for her junior year! She has agreed to give everyone on campus this insider view of what it's like to search for the right study abroad program and go through the application process! We are so excited to have her sharing her experiences with you! Take it away, Emily!
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My super-beautiful hometown,
Hampton, NH
My name is Emily Bonenfant and I am a sophomore from Hampton, New Hampshire majoring in Environmental Studies, with minors in International Development and Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. I’m also a social media intern in the Office of Study Abroad this year. One of my responsibilities will be to take you along with me as I try to figure out where I’m going to study abroad next year!


One of the main reasons I came to Tulane is because I am so passionate about Spanish and travel. I always knew I wanted to study abroad during my junior year. When I was researching colleges, I was very impressed by how many study abroad programs Tulane offers and by how I am able to use my scholarships and financial aid package to be able to afford spending a whole year living in another country! (And, I will still be able to graduate on time, even with two minors!)

When I first moved to New Orleans and campus, though, I lived like a typical freshman. I joined the Green Club, Outreach Tulane and started the process to become a Green Wave Ambassador. Yes, that is me you see walking backwards all over campus. I also got elected as Vice President of Communications for the Tulane chapter of Food for Thought and Action, a non-profit with a branch here in New Orleans. I was learning about stuff I’d never thought about before, like entrepreneurship and international development organizations. Taking college-level Spanish really challenged me, too, but I still loved it! Study abroad was kind of on my mind, but as a freshman, I was so busy getting used to campus life that I didn’t think about it too much.

After freshman year, I went home over the summer and really had a lot of time to think about what I loved about traveling. I realized how much I loved experiencing new cultures, learning languages and meeting people from all around the world. I was going to tackle planning my study abroad during my sophomore year. Now, I’m back here on campus and starting to really give it all some thought. I know I definitely want to become as fluent as possible in Spanish and I also want to study topics related to my major – Environmental Studies – but in a totally new and different place. It’s been so cool to learn about New Orleans and the different environmental issues we have to deal with down here. So, I think I can gain a totally new perspective by studying the same topics somewhere else, too. 
Here I am at the famous windmills in Consuegra, Spain,
the site of Miguel de Cervantes' inspiration to write Don Quixote!
I have a little bit of international experience already, which has only made me more excited about studying abroad. I remember the first time I ever left the country. I went to five different cities in Spain when I was in high school and even took a day trip to Tetouan, Morocco, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! I also got the chance to visit the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific side of Costa Rica.  One thing I really loved from those experiences that I hope to have again during my junior year abroad is learning about cultures that are totally new to me.


At this point, I don’t need to worry about applications yet – the deadline for studying abroad next fall is still a few months away. So for the next month or so, I’ll be researching my options on the Office of Study Abroad website and going to a bunch of different events to try and get as much information as possible so I can make a decision. Of course, I still have all of my responsibilities on campus and my classes, but I’m excited to learn about all of the places I can go!

Tetouan, Morocco
Through this blog, I hope to help my fellow Tulanians use all of the resources OSA has to offer, to find the right program for them that meets your academic goals and personal interests, and also to figure out all of the policies about study abroad that we need to know about!

Macaws in the Osa Peninsula
in Costa Rica!
Check back every Monday to see what I get up to next!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Greetings internationally-minded students!


Upcoming Events


Share your amazing travel experiences with Tulane!


CGE Photo Contest

The Center for Global Education is actively seeking submissions for its annual International Education Week Photo Contest! This year's theme is “Global Connections.” By uploading your photo to Instagram and following the submission guidelines, you'll have the chance to win a number of fun prizes.  This contest is opened to everyone in the Tulane community, so if you have any photos that you believe work with this theme feel free to submit! Click here for instructions or view the photo below.

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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!


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Come hear interesting stories from Tulane experiences around the globe!


Global Connections Presentations, Pecha Kucha Style
In honor of International Education Week  we are holding this special event (during what is usually our Global Cafe) to give internationally-minded students the opportunity to share their stories with the Tulane community.   The “Global Connections” theme also applies to this event, and members of the international community will be sharing experiences of what they have gone through while adapting to the states, stories from home, and highlights from their research and work here at Tulane.
·         When: Monday, October 17th, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
·         Where: Pedersen Lobby, LBC (Bldg. 29)
What is Pecha Kucha?
Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. For more information, visit www.pechakucha.org.

Sign up below to welcome our international students by hosting them for lunch or dinner at your home or dorm!


EAT - Experience American Tastes
What is Experience American Tastes (EAT)? – Happening on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd
EAT provides Tulane's international students and scholars the opportunity to experience American culture and cuisine with a member of the Tulane community (faculty, staff, students, and alumni). If you want to enjoy the company of international guests, become a host, and share a meal with other international students and scholars on October 22nd and 23rd, sign up here!   After you sign up we will be giving you specific information about who you have been paired up with, information on dietary restrictions, and conversation tips for both you and your guest!


Tulane Students Making Global Waves




This Tulane alumna will be featured at the Generation Study Abroad IIE Summit in Washington, DC this October, a conference geared towards IIE’s goal of doubling study abroad by the year 2020. The Institute for International Education is a not-for-profit international education and training organization, focused on providing excellent programs and training opportunities to their diverse selection of participants, sponsors, and donors.
Hannah is a 2012 graduate of Tulane University who studied abroad with CIEE in Legon, Ghana during spring of 2011. Since studying abroad, Hannah has worked with the Rise Up Development Collective in Wli Todzi, Ghana, Single Stop USA in Harlem, New York as a Global Health Corps Fellow, Ubuntu Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently works for the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Follow Tulane Study Abroad’s Instagram and Facebook for more updates!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Weekly Newsletter


Welcome to the Tulane Study Abroad Blog!




For those that are checking out this site for the first time, thanks for stopping by! This is a weekly blog dedicated to spreading the word to Tulane students about everything related to studying abroad, as well as any international happenings on campus. Keep reading below for more information.



Upcoming Events:










Shifting the Paradigm:

Week of September 19-26, Uptown Campus

All week, the Tulane University Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coalition is hosting a series of events around the Uptown campus focused on sexual violence and prevention. Starting September 19th, Tulane's Students, Leaders and Faculty will be putting on educational workshops, forums, and even a Drag Queen Bingo night in effort to raise awareness for sexual violence and prevention on campus.

Experiential Learning and Internship Panel:

Friday, September 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Anna Many Lounge in the Caroline Richardson Building

Hear from fellow students how they navigated applying for internships and grants, and how these experiences have helped them form post-college plans.  NCI staff will also be in attendance to answer questions about NCI grant funding.  This event is presented as part of Fridays at Newcomb, sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute.  For more information, email Lauren Wethers at lwethers@tulane.edu.

Other Events:


The 2016 International Student Travel Video Contest is now open! This is the 11th year we have hosted the contest and this year's grand prize winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on our website.

International students, and those students who want to study abroad are welcome to enter (this includes both international students and study abroad students). To enter, students would need to submit a 5 minute video telling us why they want to study abroad, or if they are already studying abroad, a trip they want to take. You can find further details on our official contest page


Notifications:


Tulane students studying abroad: Are you keeping a blog during your semester abroad? Want to link it to our Tulane Study Abroad page and get more followers? Send your link to your study abroad advisor!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Happy Start of a New Semester!

For those of you returning to Tulane, welcome back! And to those who have just joined us this year, welcome to an amazing community. The 2016-17 school year has begun, and it has brought with it a lot of ways to get involved in the international scene on campus. This includes communicating with international students, returned study abroad students, attending our events, or reading blogs from students who are currently abroad! Keep on reading to find out more.


Past Events:

We just had our annual Jazz and Jambalaya celebration, welcoming international students as well as returning study abroad students! It was a success, with Dunbar's providing the food and SOUL Brass Band with some amazing music. Check it out at the start of next year!


Important Announcements/Upcoming Events:

  • Spring 2017 Study Abroad Application Deadline: THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th. 
  • Returnee Mini-Conference and Welcome Back Party: Come attend this conference to learn more about studying abroad, and to welcome our returning study abroad students from the summer and previous semester! More information about the event below:
Returnee Mini-Conference
Monday, September 19th
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Greenleaf Conference Room, 101 Jones Hall


Pecha Kucha Panel of Returned Study Abroad Students

5:00-6:00 PM

featuring:
Lauren Desatnick, Hebrew U., Israel
Caroline Flynn, SIT Amman, Jordan

Makenna Moore, EDUCO, France

Madeleine Grove, U of Melbourne, AUS

Madeleine Stein, DIS Copenhagen, Denmark

Emily Cohen, Curtin U, AUS



Plenary: “Transforming Selves, Expanding Lives: Study Abroad and the Politics of Cultural Understanding”

Dr. Liria Evangelista, Associate Director of Graduate Studies at Middlebury College in Buenos Aires, Argentina
6:15-7:00 PM

Welcome Back Party
7:00 PM
Jones Hall Patio

  • Our First Global Cafe: Come hang out with international students, returned study abroad students, perspective study abroad students, and internationally minded Tulane faculty and staff members. Coffee and cookies provided!

  • CGE's Photo Contest: 



Interesting Reads:


Did you know?

Any student with a Louisiana ID can go to the World War II Museum for a 50% discount during the month of September!

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel & Tourism Office, a section within the International Trade Administration announced a 37% increase in international visitors to New Orleans and a 36% increase in international visitors to Louisiana.


Looking Ahead:

International Education Week will be taking place the week of October 17-21. This week will 
be full of interesting events, including the Study Abroad Fair on October 19. More details to come!

Follow Tulane Study Abroad’s Instagram and Facebook for more updates!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Happy End of the Semester! 
With just two days left of classes, we hope that you are focusing on preparing for finals and finishing up all of your work for the semester. Remember, if your program requires a secondary application and you haven't completed it yet, NOW is the time! Your study abroad advisors are here to meet with you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have, so be sure to schedule an appointment (or email them if you just have 1 quick question) if you need assistance before the school year ends! Otherwise, good luck on your finals and safe travels home to those leaving New Orleans for the summer! And to all of you students traveling abroad for the summer or in the fall, we can't wait to hear about your experiences! Don't make the OSA a stranger upon your return!

Important Announcements:

In an effort to bring some relief to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador this past Saturday, April 16th, the Ecuadorian community at Tulane has created the "Tulanians Together" Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund. Their aim is to collect donations that will help the Ecuadorian Red Cross with its mission in the areas affected by this natural disaster. They will be tabling on McAlister and in the LBC through this upcoming Tuesday. Stop by and receive a delicious Latin treat as a thank you for your donation, participate in a different raffle each day, and help fundraise for a beautiful country that needs our help. For more details, see the Facebook event here.


International Events in New Orleans:

1. Spring Outdoor Concert: A Caribbean/Latin American Musical Experience
This event, sponsored by XUTULAC: Xavier/Tulane Latin American & Caribbean Studies Partnership-a US Department of Education Title VI Educational Resource Center Initiative-will feature SoMisPo: The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Orchestra. Organized by Xavier University African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, Xavier University Mass Communication Department and Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Tulane University Africana Studies Program. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 5 pm
Xavier University, UC Yard

2. NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival
Join Kawaii NOLA for a Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of springtime in New Orleans blended with their love for cute Japanese culture! For more details on the event, see the Facebook event here.
April 24, 2016
12-2 pm
Kawaii NOLA, 3512 Magazine Street

3. Exhibition "At Home and at War: New Orleans 1914-1919"
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this exhibit looks at the war's impact on life in New Orleans, a city still strongly connected to its French roots and in full embrace of its robust German community.
Exhibit runs from December 9, 2015-May 7, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Boyd Cruise Gallery, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

4. China Lights 
New Orleans City Park is excited to announce the transformation of its Botanical Garden into a new and exciting space filled with over 30 blazingly bright silk structures and hundreds of lanterns to dazzle its audience members! Picture an incredible glowing dragon 131-feet long! Open during the day and night, come see what has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in Europe (most recently in the Netherlands). 
Exhibit runs from February 23-May 1, 2016
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palmer Drive 
Buy tickets online here.


International Events at Tulane:

1. (Re-) Politicizing Inequality: Movements, Parties, and Social Citizenship in Chile
A talk facilitated by Kenneth Roberts of Cornell University, this lecture will give insight on Chile political pressures. The focal point of mass protest has been Chile's largely-privatized education system, one of the "social pillars" of the country's vaunted neoliberal development model. Roberts explores how Chile's free market reforms and pacted democratic transition largely removed inequality from the political agenda for the better part of two decades, and how social movements have challenged established parties and returned inequality to the forefront of political debate over the past five years. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 1 pm
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

2. Black Atlantic Grooves: Carnival Music from NOLA and Afro-Brazil
Discover the parallels and interconnections between the Black Atlantic carnival traditions of northeast Brazil and the American. Featuring Scott Kettner, founder of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York, and SpyBoy Honey of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe "Creole Wild West," the day's events will explore the music and dance of Afro-Brazilian maracatu nação and the New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians. Audience participation is welcomed; no music or dance experience is required. Check out the Facebook event here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 11:00 am- 6:30 pm
Jones Hall Patio & Jones Hall 100A

Photo via Patrick Clark, taken at the East Side Gallery in Berlin on a weekend excursion during his Spring 2016 semester abroad in Vienna, Austria.


Interesting Reads:



Did you know?

The original snow globe was invented in Austria by accident, in 1900. Originally the goal of the Austrian Erwin Perzy, a producer of surgical instruments, was to develop an extra bright light source for use as a surgical lamp. As he tried to intensify the candlepower of a now-called snow globe with particles made out of different materials for reflection purpose, the effect reminded him of snowfall and it's said that by this he got the idea for a snow globe.


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Happy Crawfest! 
With just a little over one week left of classes, we hope that you are focusing on preparing for finals and finishing up all of your work for the semester. Remember, if your program requires a secondary application and you haven't completed it yet, NOW is the time! Your study abroad advisors are here to meet with you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have, so be sure to schedule an appointment if you need assistance before the school year ends! Otherwise, enjoy Crawfest this Saturday & have a wonderful weekend!


International Events in New Orleans:

1. Irish Italian Islenos Parade
Just 5 miles from downtown New Orleans is St. Bernard Parish, home to the annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade. With over 43 floats, 1,500+ members and 300,000 pounds of produce, this is the largest event in St. Bernard! As in other large Irish and Irish-Italian float parades, in addition to beads, cups and other trinkets, the riders on these decorated trucks will be throwing vegetables! From cabbage to potatoes to onions to carrots, catch enough to add them to your ingredients for dinner! 
April 16, 2016
Parade begins at 11 am
See the parade route here

2. 5th Annual Redd Linen Night at Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Redd Linen Night, curated by Ashé's Creative Team, is a visual and performance art fundraiser which celebrates the work of Ashé's beloved cofounder Douglas Redd, now an ancestor. Redd was a visual artist whose work has been described as the pivotal graphic influence for many of the African, African-American and Caribbean. Wear red and support local New Orleans artists! Light refreshments will be served. Tickets for the event can be found here
Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd


3. Spring Outdoor Concert: A Caribbean/Latin American Musical Experience
This event, sponsored by XUTULAC: Xavier/Tulane Latin American & Caribbean Studies Partnership-a US Department of Education Title VI Educational Resource Center Initiative-will feature SoMisPo: The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Orchestra. Organized by Xavier University African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, Xavier University Mass Communication Department and Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Tulane University Africana Studies Program. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 5 pm
Xavier University, UC Yard

4. NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival
Join Kawaii NOLA for a Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of springtime in New Orleans blended with their love for cute Japanese culture! For more details on the event, see the Facebook event here.
April 24, 2016
12-2 pm
Kawaii NOLA, 3512 Magazine Street

5. Exhibition "At Home and at War: New Orleans 1914-1919"
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this exhibit looks at the war's impact on life in New Orleans, a city still strongly connected to its French roots and in full embrace of its robust German community.
Exhibit runs from December 9, 2015-May 7, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Boyd Cruise Gallery, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

6. China Lights 
New Orleans City Park is excited to announce the transformation of its Botanical Garden into a new and exciting space filled with over 30 blazingly bright silk structures and hundreds of lanterns to dazzle its audience members! Picture an incredible glowing dragon 131-feet long! Open during the day and night, come see what has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in Europe (most recently in the Netherlands). 
Exhibit runs from February 23-May 1, 2016
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palmer Drive 
Buy tickets online here.


International Events at Tulane:

1. Interfaith Shabbat
Join Tulane's Hillel and Tulane's Interfaith group on campus, Together at Tulane, for Shabbat this Friday night! Together at Tulane seeks to bring Tulane students together to learn about our different religions. Together at Tulane seeks to start conversations about our traditions, beliefs, spirituality, and what religion means to each of us. Come out to enjoy a FREE and delicious dinner and be part of this unique and meaningful experience.
Friday, April 15, 2016
7:30 pm (optional service at 6:30 pm)

2. (Re-) Politicizing Inequality: Movements, Parties, and Social Citizenship in Chile
A talk facilitated by Kenneth Roberts of Cornell University, this lecture will give insight on Chile political pressures. The focal point of mass protest has been Chile's largely-privatized education system, one of the "social pillars" of the country's vaunted neoliberal development model. Roberts explores how Chile's free market reforms and pacted democratic transition largely removed inequality from the political agenda for the better part of two decades, and how social movements have challenged established parties and returned inequality to the forefront of political debate over the past five years. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 1 pm
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

Photo via Ellie Hellmers during her Spring 2016 semester abroad in Arica, Chile 


Interesting Reads:



Did you know?

France, as of February 2016, is the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to locate charities or food banks.


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