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IIEPASSPORT STUDY ABROAD DIRECTORY The Study Abroad Voices Blog: A New Online Resource from IIEPassport IIEPassport.org now features Study Abroad Voices, a blog with useful information on international study from students, advisors and experts. It is a great opportunity for students and advisors to get some guidance for your study abroad experiences. Blogs are written by IIE’s two expert guest bloggers. Colleen V. Tomanek, faculty counselor, instructor, and coordinator of study abroad at Harper College writes posts under “Pack your bags and study abroad.” And Ken Lewandoski, executive director of Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development and director of the university’s International Student Exchange and Study Abroad writes “Stuff your study abroad advisor says.” Some of the posts featured this year explored the professional benefits of studying abroad and the true economic costs of study abroad. Here are two of this year’s highlights: Interview with Calhan Nolan from Harper College Studied at Xian International University in Spring 2011 Tell us about your time studying abroad. I studied at Xian International University, where I was in classes three days a week for three hours blocked. The teachers were extremely helpful, and we covered many different aspects of Chinese culture, such as the Great Wall, major historical events, food, and what it means to be a Chinese citizen. Getting to know individuals who had grown up in such a different culture was really interesting for me. Just having the opportunity to hear their ideas and understand how they thought America worked was great. I liked trading cultural knowledge, which was beneficial to my overall experience. I was born in South Africa and lived there until I was eight years old, so I was familiar with other cultures. Nevertheless, my study abroad trip to China was the first time I had been entirely on my own in another country. What was your life like in China? It was nice on many levels. First, the prices in China were cheap compared to the United States. On campus, there was a cafeteria where for 7 Yuan (the equivalent of $1.00) you could get a full plate of noodles with meat and vegetables. Secondly, I had the opportunity to interact with Chinese students frequently, especially because a decent number of Chinese students could speak English. We would work together on our assignments for class, and afterward we would all hang out on campus. I would say that there were maybe five Chinese students whom I became very close to while there, and maybe forty others whom I would see regularly. Students were willing to show us where they hung out in 18 the city—different restaurants, shopping centers, and Internet cafes where they spent a lot of time playing online games. All this allowed us to experience the daily activities of Chinese students who were our age. What is your favorite memory from your time studying abroad? My favorite memory was when a Chinese friend took us to his hometown of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province and introduced us to his family. While we were there, we ate a meal with him and his family. That was the highlight of the trip for me. It made me feel really welcome and established our friendship, which was incredibly meaningful. Would you recommend studying abroad? Yes, I think that study abroad helps you understand other peoples and cultures around the world. Studying abroad also throws you into situations that you wouldn’t find at home and challenges you to grow. I think that students should know that there are many different types of study abroad programs out there, and that it’s not that difficult to get signed up for a trip, which could end up being one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of your life. Studying abroad is part of your education just like anything else, and a great time to do it would be in your first couple of years in college. I had decided on a major before I left, which is economics, and seeing a different part of the world only enhanced my understanding of the field. I witnessed an entirely different economic system, and seeing how people reacted to different economic matters made me even more interested. In my mind, there’s no downside to studying abroad. I think that students should not be afraid of difference, or worry that they won’t fit in or enjoy the experience. We had a range of different people on our trip, from an ex-Marine in his forties to a freshman in college. We all walked away from the trip feeling empowered. People should put their reservations aside and take the leap because studying abroad really is a life-changing experience. www.IIEPassport.org http://www.IIEPassport.org http://www.IIEPassport.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Passport Directory 2013

A Message from Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE
How to Have a Successful Study Abroad Experience
Fast Facts from Open Doors
Funding Opportunities and Resources for Study Abroad
The Study Abroad Voices Blog
How to Use the IIEPassport Program Listings
Abbreviations
Study Abroad Program Listings in Africa and the Middle East
Study Abroad Program Listings in the Americas
Study Abroad Program Listings in Asia and Oceania
Study Abroad Program Listings in Europe
Study Abroad Listings for Worldwide Programs
Sponsoring Institutions
Consortia
Fields of Study
Special Options
Index of Advertisers

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