Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weekly Newsletter • January 27, 2017

Welcome back, everyone! We're thrilled to kick off another terrific semester at Tulane and across the globe. Here's everything you need to know from the Office of Study Abroad to begin the semester:

Global Café Kick-Off Party

The spring 2017 semester started on a great note with the first Global Café and Welcome Back Party for study abroad returnees and international students and scholars on Monday, January 23rd. Study abroad alumni Maddie Hayes and Josh Kirkorskygave Pecha Kucha-style presentations about their study abroad experiences this past fall in Morocco and Madrid. Representatives from Tulane Success Center, Hire Tulane Grads, Peace Corps, and Fulbright scholarships offered students information about international post-graduate opportunities. For returned students interested in returning abroad after graduation, we talked about the following opportunities:
For those who missed this week's event, don't fret. Global Café takes place every Monday from 3-6pm in the LBC Pedersen Lobby. As always, there'll be free food, good conversation, and amazing international opportunities for you to discover. 

Fall 2017 Study Abroad Application Deadline

Only 3 WEEKS until applications for Fall 2017 Study Abroad Programs are due!! Be sure submit your application by February 17. Visit studyabroad.tulane.edu for a complete list of programs and to access the online application. 

Pre-Departure Study Abroad Seminar

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

Planning on studying abroad this fall? Looking for a way to prepare for the experience, or just looking to fulfill some extra credits? We've got you covered:

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 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. 

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

Upcoming Tulane Events & Information

Countdown to Carnival: Mardi Gras Around the World!

In the coming weeks leading up the Mardi Gras, we will be featuring weekly explorations into Carnival celebrations across the globe on our Instagram and Facebook. This week, we take a peek into Brazil's festivities. Check it out!

"Rio de Janeiro has one of the most well-known Carnival celebrations. It features more than 100 block parades, many of which are supported by the students and staff of the city's samba schools. Rio's Carnival is heavily influenced by the favelas, the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Favelas residents are often members of local samba schools and participate extensively in group performances. Famous groups include Banda de Ipanema, Carmelitas, Cordao do Bola Preta and Suvaco do Cristo. Every neighborhood in the city has its own street band, with more than 300 bands participating in the revelry. The celebration is the culmination of months of preparation and brings many different types of people together." (USA Today)