Study abroad promises education and excitement

Study abroad promises education and excitement

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On Jan. 20 and 21, Lane’s International Work Experience Cooperative Education Department hosted an informational meeting to educate interested students about an upcoming opportunity to travel to France this summer.

The trip is an educational opportunity for students to study abroad and earn credit for their degree while visiting the historic commune of Caen, France. This particular trip will be led by French instructor Karin Almquist.

“We’re going to spend a month in France. First at the University of Caen, which is in Normandy … The last week will be in Paris,” Almquist said.

The meeting covered several topics and addressed some of the concerns voiced by students in attendance, specifically safety.

“Health and safety on site, that’s a major concern for our office. So we have an advising team that works with you throughout the application process, pre-departure and then while you’re on site as well,” said Sam Bethel, Campus and Partner Relations coordinator for the University of Oregon, Lane’s partner in the study abroad program.

One of the other concerns was paying for the program. Scholarship advisors discussed financing opportunities such as the Gilman Scholarship, which was put in place specifically for undergraduate study abroad programs.

“Study abroad makes the world better. It deepens your sense of empathy, it makes you more informed globally,” Bethel said. “It also helps you build skills that make you more marketable to future employers. We want students to see study abroad as an extension and a really essential part of what they’re doing in the classroom.”

Ariel Howe, a nursing student at Lane, was on hand to discuss her Spanish Immersion and Healthcare learning trip to Ecuador.

“We just had such an incredible range of experiences. In the mornings we would shadow doctors or staff members, wherever we were,” Howe said. “I travelled to a different city every single weekend of my 10 weeks there.”

Study abroad excursions are usually taken in place of campus classes, so students are able to gain college credits relating to their field of study while experiencing new countries and ways of life.

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