Take a Look at our Summer 2020 Faculty- Led Programs!

See where Towson can take you this summer! If you’re not familiar with faculty-led programs, they take place over school breaks for a few weeks depending on the individual program, and are taught by Towson faculty. Take a course abroad and earn credits towards your major, minor, core or elective!

Summer 2020 Programs – Take a look at the programs and course options!

The deadline for all programs is March 15, 2020!

Australia – Managing in a Global Economy

  • MNGT 470 Special Topics in Management (3 credits)
  • MNGT 375 International Business (3 credits)
  • MKTG 445 Global Marketing (3 credits)
  • ECON 305 Survey of International Economics (3 credits)

Botswana – Natural Resources and Economic Development

  • ECON 380 Topics in Economics (3 credits)
  • ENVS 431 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies (3 credits)

Costa Rica – Environmental Education & Service Learning in the Tropics

  • BIOL 382 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (grad only; 3 credits)
  • ENVS 382 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (3 credits)
  • ENVS 582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (grad only; 3 credits)

Dominican Republic – Teaching in Puerto Plata

  • ECED 458 Field-Based Practicum Experiences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings (3 credits)
  • ECED 494/749 Travel and Study: Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Germany – Arts as Sanctuary in Berlin Engagement and Integration for Refugees

  • IDFA 604 Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Contemporary Arts (3 credits)

(This course is open to graduate students only.)

Ireland – Educational and Mental Health Services in Schools

  • PSYC 470 Special Topics in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 570 Speical Topics in Psychology (grad only; 3 credits)

Greece – Foundations of Education in Ancient Greece

  • SCED 200 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • SCED 305 Adolescent Learning, Development, and Diversity (3 credits)

Italy – The Pursuit of Happiness Human Resource Development

South Africa – Health Professions in South Africa

  • HLTH 402 and HLTH 494
  • HLTH 451 and HLTH 494
  • HLTH 502 and HLTH 594 (graduate students only)

Spain – Communication and Global Competence in Barcelona

  • MCOM 479 Special Topics in Mass Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 470 Special Topics in Communication (3 credits)
  • MCOM 670 Special Topics in Mass Communication – graduate level (3 credits)

Spain – Spanish Language and Culture

  • Students on the 4 week (Madrid only) program will earn 3 SPAN credits and 2 unspecified lower division elective credits. Students on the 6 week (Madrid and Alicante) program who have successfully completed SPAN 202 prior to departure will earn 6 SPAN credits. Students on the 6 week program who have not successfully completed SPAN 202 prior to departure will receive 3 SPAN credits and 3 unspecified lower division elective credits.

United Kingdom – The History of Biology

  • BIOL 494 Travel Study (3 credits)

United Kingdom – The Culture of Shakespeare’s World

  • THEA 488 Theatre Visitation and Analysis Abroad (3 credits)
  • THEA 680 Special Topics in Theatre (grad only, 1-3 credits)

Vietnam & Cambodia – The Vietnam Wars in a Global Context

  • IDIS 494 Travel and Study in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)
  • HIST 494 Travel and Study (3 credits)

 

Don’t Forget About the Summer! Faculty Led-Programs Summer 2018 Reminder

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It may seem far away now, but summer will be here before you know it!  The Towson University Study Abroad Office invites you to review our list of faculty-led programs for the Summer 2018 term. Do something extraordinary this summer and study abroad!

Applications for the summer are due March 15th!

Here’s the list:

Arts as Sanctuary in Berlin: Innovation in Arts Engagement and Integration for Refugees 

Communication and Global Competence in Barcelona, Spain 

Crafting Fantastic Worlds: Film, Effects, and Animation in the New Zealand Landscape 

Education, Ethics, and Change in China 

Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics, Costa Rica

Health Professions in Australia and New Zealand**

Spanish Language in Spain 

Summer in Japan 

The African Metropole: Accra, Ghana

The Classical World in the Modern Imagination, Greece

Culture and Psychology: South Africa from a Psychological Perspective **

 

**These faculty led programs are already full! Hurry and get those apps in!

 

Mini and Spring Break 2019 Faculty-Led Program Announcement!

 

You’ve been waiting for this moment and it’s here!

The Study Abroad Office is ready to announce our line-up for the 2019 faculty-led Minimester and Spring Break programs!

The faculty-led programs we offer are a great option for students to study abroad during the winter, spring and summer breaks. These programs range from 2-6 weeks.

And now, no more delay….here’s the list!

MINIMESTER

SPRING BREAK

Applications are open now!

Not sure if a program is right for you?  Come by our office and get some more information! We offer group info sessions Mon- Fri at 2pm. You can also email us at studyabroad@towson.edu or peeradvisor@towson.edu. 

Tips to Make Packing Easier

It’s that time in your planning process that you need to pack. How do you fit everything in a suitcase or two? What can you carry on? And what should you bring? As someone who always packs too much wherever they go, packing for such a long time away can be daunting. Here’s a few dos and don’ts, tricks and tips, and ways to make the nightmare of packing ease on by.

What do I need?

The truthful answer to this would be: ‘Not your entire closet.’

  • Find out if your housing will have laundry services (they often do) and how much they cost. From there, try and estimate how often you want to have to be doing laundry and plan from there what the minimal about of clothing items you’d need would be. I typically go at least three items over what my minimal would be just in case.
  • Check the local weather for when you’ll be going abroad. Weather.com is my go to for all things weather. No need for shorts when London was 30-55°F the entire time I was abroad. If the weather calls for a winter coat, wear your heaviest onto the plane and pack any lighter jackets. Or layer and save even more space! You can always take them off in the airport after security.
  • Have at least one formal outfit. You never know if your host family will invite you to a wedding or if you will attend an evening reception of some kind.
  • Always remember comfortable walking shoes. Most study abroad destinations will have you walking, climbing, and exploring all around the country. For long days on your feet, you want to have shoes that will remain comfortable for the entire duration of your outing (I’d suggest two pairs in case something malfunctions on one of them).
  • So what about toiletries? I always pack travel-sized ones to start off with. Any additional shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. will almost always be found wherever you are. Ladies should consider any feminine products they’ll need abroad. And, as crazy as it may seem, I packed one thin roll of toilet paper in my suitcase just in case where we were staying didn’t have one on the roll when we got there. (For the record, there was one, but there was very little left on the roll).
  • Towels, sheets, and linens are a case by case kind of thing. Many places may provide them, but some may not. You should confirm this before you leave to study abroad. You can certainly buy them when you land, or you can always pack an old set that can be thrown away before returning home if you don’t want to have to lug them back with you.
  • Don’t forget adapters. Foreign outlet adapters will be your best friend. There’s different ones for different regions that you should check to see which one you’ll need.

Carry-On Luggage

One of the biggest things to have to figure out is: can this be carried onto the plane with me? The best thing to do would be to check your airline’s rules and regulations regarding carry-on items. Don’t forget to check size limitations on bags!

There’s a few general rules that almost always apply though:

  • Any travel documents you need should ALWAYS stay on your person (Passport, Boarding Pass, Visa(s), Insurance Card, etc.).
  • No weapons or anything flammable of any kind (this one will always apply).
  • Any kind of liquid (lotions, shampoos, makeup etc.) usually have to be 3.4 ounce (100ml) OR smaller.
  • Electronics are safest when they’re traveling with you and not getting thrown around in your checked luggage.

Here are a few extra tips to make packing your carry-on easier:

  • Do you have any medications that you must take?  Pack them in your carry-on in the original containers (Border Officials don’t take kindly to little bags of pills!) in case of your luggage gets lost. Bring copies of your prescriptions with you. Be sure to have the name of the generic drugs .
  • Putting your shoes in your carry on can help make your checked luggage lighter.
  • I was required to bring and keep a journal during my program, but having a place to write down things you want to remember and your experiences will help you tell all your friends and family the things you got to do.
  • For a Minimester program I took about $200-$300 in cash with me as an emergency supply that I kept hidden in my room.

We suggest you take a look at this site in addition to you airline’s site!

Checked Luggage

So anything that can’t go in my carry-on can go in my checked luggage? Not quite. We suggest you check with https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all and your airline’s website once again for anything that can go into your checked luggage. But fear not. This bag’s a little easier when it comes to what’s allowed in it:

  • Underwear. Socks. Makeup.
  • Liquids in this bag can be any size, but I’d still suggest travel-sized items as they weigh significantly less.

Don’t forget to check the weight limits!

Anything Else?

A few more miscellaneous tips:

  • Always be culturally aware of what clothing could be considered appropriate and inappropriate where you’re going.
  • School supplies are easy enough to purchase after you’ve landed, however, if there’s a certain item you must have, they don’t take up too much space if you want to bring it with you.
  • Hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons often blow fuses (this happened where I was staying multiple times in our apartment). It would be cheaper and easier to buy one for your dorm room/apartment/etc. If you have roommates, buy one for all of you and split the costs! Or go without!

Know what kind of tourist you are.

  • Will you be relying on your phone? Phones are great for navigating around an unknown city. Don’t forget a portable charger!
  • Do you like taking pictures? Will a phone suffice or do you want to bring a professional camera with you? Don’t forget an extra battery, memory card, and chargers!

A Few Pre-Made Packing Lists

When in doubt, make a list of everything that you’ll be needing to pack with you and cross the items off as you pack them. Don’t stress and start packing enough time in advanced so you’re not rushing at the end.

If you have any questions, you can contact our office at (410) 704-2451, or email studyabroad@towson.edu and peeradvisor@towson.edu. We are located in the Psychology Building, Room 408, open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm.

Recommended Apps to Use Abroad

Phones have become increasingly important in today’s society, and not just in America. While you’re abroad, it could be very helpful to know which apps to use for various reasons. To help sort through them, we’ve compiled a useful list, divided into categories!

To connect with friends, both back home and in your new city:

  • WhatsApp
  • Viber
  • Facebook Messenger – Almost everyone has Facebook! As long as you have Wi-Fi wherever you are (or a data plan), you can keep in touch with people back home, AND connect with your new friends abroad.
  • Snapchat – Snapchat is also a great way to keep up with what your friends at home are doing. Just be careful not to use it too much–it may increase the chances of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

To help with planning your trip and keeping track of your itinerary:

  • HostelWorld
  • Airbnb
  • The app to whatever airline you’re using – I flew British Airways when I went to England, and having their app was so convenient! Instead of worrying about having a paper boarding pass to keep track of, I just needed my phone. You can also keep up with flight delays and cancellations this way.
  • TripIt – This app syncs with your email, so every ticket you purchase and event you sign up for saves to the app to create a personalized itinerary.

To get around once you’re in your host city:

  • AroundMe – This app generates a list of companies/events/buildings that are in the area.
  • Maps.me – Navigate through the area without the use of WiFi. You just have to download the area you are in before you go offline.
  • Citymapper – This will give you information about public transportation in the city you are in. It will give you directions to stops, your destination, and how long the wait time will be.
  • Any public transportation apps near you – Some taxi companies have apps that allow you to request a taxi right on the app, and then notifies you when it arrives! Airports and bus/train stations may also have apps you can download.
  • Uber – Most major cities abroad have Uber, but check to make sure yours does before relying on this.

To keep up-to-date with safety and wellness information:

  • OSAC – This is the official app for the U.S. Department of State.
  • TravWell – Here you can keep track of any vaccinations you need, any risks around you, etc.
  • Can I Eat This? – The title is self-explanatory: this app lets you know if certain foods in your host country may make you sick.

To make traveling around outside of your host country easier:

  • Currency Converter
  • My TSA – You can see how long lines are, whether flights are delayed, and more with this helpful travel app!
  • Border Wait Time
  • Mobile Passport App – This one only works when you’re entering the U.S. again, but it’s still worth it to skip the lines!

Other helpful things to download:

  • Offline games to play when you’re waiting in places without wifi
  • WiFi Finder

SAVE THE DATE! Baltimore Lessons From Abroad Conference

Have you recently returned from abroad? Want to reflect and talk with other like-minded individuals about your international experience? Looking for ways to get back abroad or launch an international career?

The Baltimore Lessons from Abroad Planning Committee would like to invite you to attend the 2017 Baltimore Lessons From Abroad (LFA) Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

The Baltimore Lessons Abroad Conference is designed to offer abroad returnees the opportunity to reflect on their international experiences, connect with other study abroad alumni, network with professionals from international organizations, and gain important skills for their future career and academic paths. Highlights of the conference include:

  • the opportunity to seek new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again
  • meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over the Baltimore region
  • learning how to talk about newly acquired global skills in a resume or job interview

This is a great chance to network with other students and professionals working in internationally-focused jobs, and we strongly encourage returned students to save the date for this conference.

Student registration will be opening in a few weeks!

For questions, please email the planning committee at: baltimore@lessonsfromabroad.org

We hope to see you on February 11th!

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Study Abroad for First Generation College Students

Let’s face it, being a first generation college student can be hard. On the one hand, it’s rewarding; you have the opportunity to further yourself and your family through your education. On the other hand, that’s a lot of pressure! You don’t necessarily have anyone to help you with applying for FAFSA, scholarships, internships, or jobs. Having extra responsibilities on your plate doesn’t always make studying abroad one of your first priorities, and understandably so. However, we’re here to tell you that study abroad can definitely be a reality for first generation students! We’ve created a list of tips and scholarships specifically for you, so that tackling another obstacle on top of your already full plate seems that much more possible.

Financing Study Abroad

  • First things first. You CAN use financial aid to study abroad! A lot of students don’t realize that their financial aid can be applied to study abroad. The process is different depending on the term you intend on going abroad, but in most cases you will be able to utilize your aid. All you have to do to get the ball rolling once you pick a program is to request a “Study Abroad Budget” from your study abroad advisor.
  • Crowd-funding techniques have also been proven as effective means of raising the money for study abroad. Sites such as GoFundMe.com and FundMyTravel.com serve as crowd-funding platforms where you develop your campaign and share it with friends, family, and even strangers! Never underestimate the generosity of your surrounding support system.
  • There are scholarships specifically for underrepresented students who want to study abroad! This includes minorities, veterans, LGBTQIA+, and first generation students. We’ve highlighted a few of them below:

TU Institutional Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship 

Foundation for Global Scholars

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

STA Travel Scholarships

Benefits of Studying Abroad

So aside from being an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, here are some other perks of studying abroad:

  • Studying abroad is a great resume booster! According to a study of 135 Human Resource managers from 75 companies, skills obtained by studying abroad are included among the top 4 most important employee traits.
  • Cross-cultural understanding and experiences help you understand different points of view, making you a more well-rounded member of your community and society at large.
  • Studying abroad can serve as a major self-confidence builder. First generation students already tend to be more independent and self-sufficient than their counterparts, but having this time abroad to really explore and be on your own can create a sense of liberating independence.

 Our Office is Here to Help You

The Study Abroad Office is here to help you with anything you need. Our advisors and peer advisors all have a wide range of study abroad experiences, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon!

Tips for Booking Your Study Abroad Flight

One of the most stressful parts of the study abroad process is figuring out the flight situation. We know how complicated and confusing it can feel, but we’re here to help you make sense of it all! Below we’ve outlined five main things you should keep in mind when booking your flights.

  1. Take advantage of being a student 
  • Websites offer special rates on flights for students
  • Required to provide your student ID
  • Student Universe and STA Travel are both great websites that offer discounted airfare to college students
  • Skyscanner is also a great website to compare the cheapest flights
  1. Timing is everything
  • Prime booking window is between 2-4 months before your departure
  • Sign up for email alerts to see when prices have increased or decreased
  • Tuesday afternoon (around 3pm EST) is when ticket prices will be at their lowest
  1. Watch out for the luggage costs
  • Luggage fees can add up costing at least $70 for an extra bag
  • Although another flight might be a little bit more expensive, they may allow you to check 2 bags for free
  • Be aware of the costs and compare them from airline to airline when in the process of purchasing
  • Most major airlines have the first checked bag free (except JetBlue, Southwest, and American Airlines in some cases)
  1. Consider your layover
  • Decide if you are more comfortable with a layover at all
    • Do you want that layover to be in the US or in a foreign country?
  • Take into consideration the duration of your layover
    • Do you have enough time to make it to your connecting flight?
      • You want to set aside at least 60 minutes; 90 minutes if possible. Will you be changing airlines? Will you have enough time to get from one gate to the other?
    • Do you have too much time for your layover? (10 hour layover for example)
      • Overnight layovers – can you sleep in the airport or will you need to stay at an airport hotel
  1. Choose the best seat
  • You will probably want to avoid a middle seat on an international flight
  • If you book far enough ahead, most airlines will let you choose your seat when you book or move it after booking
  • Try to get the aisle seat if you know you cannot sit still, or the window seat if you plan on snoozing your way to the destination

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, we hope that these five tips help ease your mind when you start looking for your flights! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our office at studyabroad@towson.edu.

The Critical Language Scholarship is LIVE!

Do you want to study abroad, but feel held back by the price tag? Are you interested in learning languages? Do you like free things?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to check out the Critical Language Scholarship Program!

The CLS Program is a FULLY-FUNDED language immersion program developed by the U.S. Department of State. Any American student in a degree-seeking program and with an interest in learning a language is eligible to apply.

The current languages offered by the CLS Program include:

  • Arabic*
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bangla
  • Chinese**
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese**
  • Korean
  • Persian*
  • Punjabi
  • Russian**
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

*This program requires 1 academic year of previous language study

**This program requires 2 academic years of previous language study

The CLS Program offers language programs in four different levels; beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

Interested?

For more information, visit the CLS website by clicking here, or check out this YouTube video information session!

To view the 2017 application announcement, click here.

There is a General Informational Webinar with Noelle Little on September 23rd at 3:00pm. You are welcome to come to PY 405 to watch it with us, or you can follow the below link to watch it on your own.

  • Link to join webinar: https://zoom.us/j/662702403
  • This will be a general ‘launch’ webinar for a wider audience explaining the goals of the program, highlighting resources available to students and study abroad offices and providing some tips for applicants.

The Study Abroad Office will also be hosting a CLS Information Session as a part of our “I, Too, Am Study Abroad” discussion series on October 27th from 3:00-4:30pm in PY 407.

If you have any questions, please email us at studyabroad@towson.edu!

“I, Too, Am Study Abroad” Discussion Series

The Study Abroad Office and the Center for Student Diversity have partnered to provide programming specifically suited to students that are not traditionally represented in study abroad. Please join us at the following events so we can show you how truly accessible study abroad is for everyone!

Discussion Series Schedule of Events:

September 14th, 12-2pm*
Center for Student Diversity, UU 313

Representing the Underrepresented: Why Everyone Can Study Abroad
Think study abroad isn’t for you? Think again! Join your peers in a discussion about how study abroad can be a part of your TU experience! Lunch will be provided.

September 21st, 12-2pm*
Center for Student Diversity, UU 313

Funding Your Experience Abroad
Want to go abroad, but unsure about finances? Hear directly from a Gilman Scholarship recipient and get scholarship writing tips from the Writing Center. Using Financial Aid? A representative from the Financial Aid Office will be there too! Lunch will be provided.

October 27th, 3-4:30pm*
Study Abroad Office, PYSC 407

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
Looking for a FULLY funded experience abroad? Interested in speaking another language? Learn more about this FREE opportunity abroad.

*Attend one of the above events, and be entered to win a raffle prize!

November 14-18th
Location and times vary

International Education Week
Do you LOVE everything international? Join us for a week-long celebration of all things international! Schedule to be announced soon.

Questions? Email studyabroad@towson.edu