Extended Deadlines for Minimester 2015

Attention Towson!

Really want to go abroad this minimester but think you’ve missed your chance? Have no fear – extended deadlines are here!

Four of our minimester programs have extended application deadlines: Thursday, October 30, 2014!

Which programs? Keep reading!

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Program: TU Crime and Punishment Cross-Nationally, UK
Program Director: Dr. Elyshia Aseltine
Courses: CRMJ 311 Crime and Punishment Cross-Nationally
Program Dates: January 4 to 21, 2015
Website: www.towson.edu/CRMJUK

Program: TU History of Venice from the Maritime Republic to Modern Days
Program Director: Dr. Margherita Pampinella-Cropper
Courses: All students will take ITAL 494 Travel Study Abroad (3 credits) plus one of the following for a total of 6 credits:

  • ITAL 101 Italian Elements I (3 credits)
  • ITAL 102 Italian Elements II (3 credits)
  • ITAL 201 Italian Intermediate I (3 credits)
  • ITAL 202 Italian Intermediate II (3 credits)
  • ITAL 301 Italian Composition and Conversation I (3 credits)
  • ITAL 370 Special Topics in Italian (3 credits)

Program Dates: January 2 to 20, 2015
Website: www.towson.edu/ITALVenice

Program: TU Spanish Language and Indigenous Cultures in Antigua
Program Director: Dr. Leticia Romo
Courses: Students will earn 3 credits of LAST 484 Special Topics in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and 3 credits of SPAN, based on their level. The following options are offered:

  • SPAN 101 Spanish Elements I
  • SPAN 102 Spanish Elements II
  • SPAN 201 Spanish Intermediate I
  • SPAN 202 Spanish Intermediate II
  • SPAN 305 Readings in Spanish
  • SPAN 370 Pronunciation and Oral Expression
  • SPAN 391 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 408 Advanced Spanish Conversation

Program Dates: January 4 to 25, 2015
Website: www.towson.edu/SPANGuatemala

Program: TU Sugarball 2015: Sport in the Global Marketplace, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
Program Directors: Dr. Ryan King-White and Dr. Jake Bustad
Courses: Students choose two of the following for 6 total credits

  • CLST 370 Special Topics in Cultural Studies (3 credits)
  • KNES 285 Sport: A Cross Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
  • KNES 494 Sport and Human Performance in Global Perspective (3 credits)
  • KNES 470 Special Topics in Physical Education (3 credits)
  • KNES 594 Sport and Human Performance in Global Perspective (3 credits) Graduate students only

Program Dates: January 2 to 17, 2015
Website:  www.towson.edu/KNESDRPR

All potential world travelers must submit an online application, including basic information about who they are and their academics, proof that they have a passport, $250 as a program deposit, and a copy of their transcript.

Find your way to our Program Finder (and applications) here: http://www.towson.edu/horizons


Honors Seminar in Cuba!


Havana, Cuba

This Spring, we have a unique opportunity for our students!

Dr. Colleen Ebacher will be teaching a semester-long course here at Towson in which students will be able to spend 10 days in Havana, Cuba during Spring Break 2015.

Here are the highlights:

  • Fulfills HONR 370 OR an Honors College upper level elective
  • Limited number of spaces available to non-Honors College students who will earn credit for SPAN 370
  • Cost: $4,250 (which includes airfare)
  • Dates: March 12 – 22, 2015

* Application Deadline is November 3, 2014 *

For more information on the program, please visit the website: www.towson.edu/cubaHONR

For a look at the sights of Cuba in a photo slideshow, click here!

Q&A Spotlight: Kelly Coffey

Name: Kelly Coffey
Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Mathematics Major with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Program: TU Dublin Summer Internship Program

Q: You decided to pursue an internship abroad, how did you choose between studying and interning?

The main reason why I chose to intern abroad rather than study abroad was that I could gain firsthand experience in my intended profession while also gaining a global perspective.  Interning in Dublin would allow me to see what Actuaries do in Ireland compared to the United States.  Also, the professional and educational experiences that I would gain from interning abroad would be beneficial to both my future career and my current education.  I felt that interning would give me a more well-rounded study abroad experience through the professional, educational, and social aspects.

Q: Did your internship meet your expectations in terms of work and office experience?

My internship exceeded my expectations in terms of work and office experience.  I was able to accurately complete tasks that I did not think I would be able to do without sufficient knowledge in the actuarial field.  The employees took time to explain the task and provide me with the knowledge I needed.  I gained an immense amount of knowledge about the actuarial field, business world, and social aspects of Ireland.  This was my first internship and I feel that I learned so much about my intended profession and the country of Ireland at the same time.

Trim Castle

Trim Castle

Q: Did you have any unique, challenging or surprising days on the job?

Some of my most unique, challenging, or surprising days on the job occurred during my first week at my internship.  Most of the difficulties came from trying to adjust to the culture, learning the new words/ phrases, and adapting to the high speed talking. Due to the fast paced talking speed, I had a huge challenge in decoding what the Irish were saying to me.  There were times when I would be in a group of people and they would talk so fast to one another that I was convinced they were speaking another language.  Also, when I was asked to do certain tasks, some of the words that were used were words I had never heard or seen before, so I had to consistently for clarification.

Q: You obviously got to play and travel a bit, too! What was the best part about being based in Dublin?

The best part about being placed in Dublin was that I could easily spend hours wandering around the city always finding a new place or travel anywhere within the country in about 4 to 5 hours max.  There were certain days that my sister and I would go into to Dublin on a weekend afternoon to just explore, wander aimlessly, and somehow always find our way back to an area we recognized.  I also really enjoyed that I could travel so easily from Dublin.  There were airports, train stations, bus stops, and the tram that could take you all around Dublin and throughout the country of Ireland.

Gaelic Football Game

Gaelic Football Game

Q: Will this internship experience contribute to your future career goals? How?

I strongly believe that my internship abroad experience will contribute to my future career goals.  In Dublin, I was an actuarial intern for an insurance company and as a Mathematics major with a concentration in Actuarial Science and Risk Management, my future career goal is to become an actuary.  My internship displayed what actuaries do on a daily basis.  Being able to experience another country’s mathematics industry helped to build my knowledge both professionally and academically which benefits both my future career and current education.  I also made international connections within my intended profession that can help me to further my future career goals.

Q: Feel to add any parting words about your experience as an intern!

Take the opportunity to intern abroad!  You not only learn about the country, but you also learn about your profession in another country.  Being able to intern abroad will give you the benefits of studying abroad while also allowing you to globally broaden your professional connections.


The French Way of Life

This post is the second installment in a semester-long series of posts from Towson senior Allie Woodfin. Allie is studying this Fall 2014 semester at the University of Avignon.

You can also follow along on her tumblr at: http://provisoirementprovencale.tumblr.com/

tumblr_nbj1r8KiB01tkiq0jo1_1280My favorite thing about life here is that the French love pleasure. Let me define pleasure: not blind hedonism, and not reckless indulgence punctuated with regret—but civilized appreciation for things that make life taste sweet. Things that tend to be quietly looked down upon in the U.S.: relishing delicious food, taking long vacations, kissing for more than a few seconds—are parts of life here. In America, we scuttle through enjoyment as if we don’t deserve it. As if we should always be cutting carbs, checking emails on vacation, yo-yo dieting, and waiting until no one’s around to kiss our loved ones. There is a reason why foreigners fall in love with the French lifestyle—because the French love the French lifestyle.

As much as Americans love the leisure, wine, and cheese that France takes so much pride in, we have a hard time understanding how that can be a lifestyle instead of a vacation diet (to be halfheartedly sweated off in guilty elliptical workouts later). Here’s the difference, according to Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat: ‘French women think about good things to eat; American women typically worry about bad things to eat.'” The mindset here seems to be that if you’re going to do something at all, do it right, and enjoy it.

I’m living with a host family that owns a local restaurant, and have had no choice but to embrace that mindset wholeheartedly. We eat whatever’s in season and whatever is unbearably tasty: quiches with walnuts and blue cheese, tomatoes stuffed with spicy pork sausage, galettes baked with ham, tomatoes, and eggs. And unless the sky is falling or we’re especially tired that evening, we finish the meal with fresh bread, flavorful cheese wrapped in paper, and creamy yogurts flavored with lemon, chocolate, or Madagascar vanilla.

Even my salad at the airport on my first day in France was delicious: a salad of crisp and frilly lettuce, salty prosciutto, soft mozzarella, and a slick and tangy blend of olive oil & balsamic poured from its very own doll-sized bottle. In the U.S., this would be $17, considered gourmet, and on the “skinny” menu. In France, this came from a cardboard box and cost about 6€. No healthy humblebrag label, just good food. Food that makes you smile when you’re finished.

But to smile at the end of your rich and delicious meal, you can’t be miserably full. Moderation is the key to guiltless enjoyment. It’s also a matter of health and well-being. I learned this from a YouTube ad for Roquefort Société, touting slices of salty, creamy cheese flecked with steel-green veins. Just as the commercial was about to end, it gently warned potential customers: “Pour votre santé, évitez de grignoter entre les repas.” That basically means ,“for your health, avoid snacking between meals.” There’s a website to prove it (mangerbouger.fr)

If you’re snacking or overeating, you’re either dissatisfied with your food or dissatisfied with something in your life (which is why emotional eating is a problem for so many people). You can’t hurry through the pleasurable parts of your life and expect to be satisfied. And, you certainly can’t mistake your guilt afterwards as guilt for indulging—instead, recognize that as guilt for cheating yourself out of the full enjoyment of something wonderful. Next time you’re tempted to binge-eat fat-free, sugar-free ice cream in the privacy of your home, go buy a single scoop of rich, sweet goodness, eat it on a sunny stroll, and remember the difference. Moderation is the key to pleasure—and you deserve it.

– Alexandra Woodfin – 

Studying Abroad in College and Weighing Your Options

Great piece from our friends at Towson SAM on pros and cons about study abroad. Solid points that will differ for everyone! #thinkaboutit

The Roar

Many students cite their semester or year of studying abroad as one of the most defining moments of their college careers. Studying abroad is a huge undertaking, as well as investment, so make sure to carefully consider your options before taking the plunge.

Positive Considerations

1. Once in a Lifetime Experience

One of the things I hear most from graduates of study abroad programs is that the experience cannot be easily replicated. It’s one of the most unique programs a college student can participate in, and past study abroad experiences are usually remembered with fondness. You may get the opportunity to travel later on in life, but living in an area for several months while attending classes at a foreign university will be difficult to do after college.

2. You Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Being thrown into an entirely alien environment is terrifying, but it helps spur personal growth. You…

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Summer 2015 Faculty-Led Program: Exploring Contemporary Visual Art in Berlin

Exploring Contemporary Visual Art in Berlin

Photo Courtesy of “Paradise in the World”

Berlin, Germany

Courses: ART 494 Exploring Contemporary Visual Culture in Berlin

Fearless Leaders: Prof. Carrie Fucile

Site visits: Museums, galleries, historic sites, and artists’ studios interspersed with theme-based art projects.

Did you know for this program students can explore the media of their own choosing!?

To see the Horizons program page click here!

Critical Language Scholarship

Calling all global citizens!

Do you love to travel? Do you love learning languages? Do you really love free things? If you answered yes to any of these questions, listen up! We’ve got some information you need to hear.


Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for its summer 2015 programs! What is CLS, you ask? It’s a great way for you to go out and explore the world. The CLS offers students a chance to learn a new language while spending their summer abroad. The seven to ten week programs cover the equivalent of a full academic year of college-level language study in thirteen critical languages. The programs take students to one of over 20 possible cities and – here’s the really good part – they are all fully funded!

So who’s eligible? Applicants to the program must be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program, either undergraduate or graduate. Students must also have completed a least one-full year of college before the summer program begins. That means even all you first year students are eligible to apply! To any seniors thinking they cannot apply because they graduate before the summer term, don’t worry! As long as you are a full-time student when you apply, you are still eligible to go after graduation. There are no degree restrictions, so no matter what your major, you are both able and encouraged to apply!

Wondering about specifics? We’ve got those too:

Languages Offered:
Arabic Azerbaijani Bangla
Chinese Hindi Indonesian
Japanese Korean Persian
Punjabi Russian Turkish
Grant Benefits:
Full tuition! Cultural programs
Room & board Round-trip airfare
Any visa fees Health benefits
Language training U.S. academic credit

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Yes! I want to apply! How do I get more information?” we’ve got the answer to that too! Come to the CLS Information session being held on Towson’s campus this week.

When: Tuesday, October 7th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Psychology Building Room #407

At the meeting you’ll be able to meet with representatives from the Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Study Abroad Office, and the Honors College! Between the three of us, we’ll make sure you go home with all your questions answered.

Countdown to OCTOBER 15!

Don’t forget, if you’re interest in attending a Minimester 2015 faculty-led program the deadline for application is October 15. Remember the programs are first-come, first-served and several of our programs are nearly full.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions. We can be reached by phone at 410-704-2451 or by email at studyabroad@towson.edu.

Here’s a look at our January destinations!

Minimester 2015

  1. United Kingdom/CRMJ Crime and Punishment Cross-Nationally, UK
  2. United Kingdom/MCOM – Corporate Communication in the UK
  3. France/MKTG Marketing in the Shadow of Bordeaux Vineyards, France
  4. Puerto Rico/ECED Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Settings, Puerto Rico
  5. Dominican Republic/NURSHealth Professions in the Dominican Republic
  6. Italy/ITAL – History of Venice from the Maritime Republic to the Modern Days
  7. Guatemala/SPAN – Spanish Language and Indigenous Cultures in Antigua
  8. Puerto Rico & DR/KNESSugarball 2015: Sport in the Global Marketplace, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

October 15 is also the deadline for students interested in traveling abroad for the Spring 2015 semester. If you have not yet been to an information session, please join us for one as soon as you can! They are offered every day from Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. in Psychology 408 and they are the first step to studying abroad on a long-term program.

Towson Abroad: How Big is Your World?