Spotlight Story: Meet Lexi Littlefield

 

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The Towson University Study Abroad Office would like to recognize TU athlete Lexi Littlefield. She is living, breathing proof that it is possible for athletes–or students with any busy schedule–to study abroad! Lexi went abroad to the UK during the Minimester of 2018. You can learn more about Lexi’s personal experience abroad from her 3 blog posts. See the links below:

 

http://towsontigers.com/news/2018/1/10/womens-soccer-blog-from-scotland-with-lexi-littlefield.aspx

http://towsontigers.com/news/2018/1/16/womens-soccer-blog-2-from-scotland-with-lexi-littlefield.aspx

http://towsontigers.com/news/2018/1/22/womens-soccer-blog-3-from-scotland-with-lexi-littlefield.aspx

 

We hope that Lexi’s story is an inspiration to you! If you are interested in learning more about how to study abroad at Towson, check out our website to learn more information!

 

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TU Abroad Stories: Samantha Miller

My name is Samantha Miller. During my senior year of high school I went to Belgium for a year abroad. In that year I grew as a person and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. I was able to study the culture of not only Belgium, but the cultures of all the other exchange students that I met on this adventure. Exchange opened my heart and mind to the world, and I am always looking for new experiences because of it.

–Samantha Miller, Belgium

Any time abroad has the ability to change your mind and open it to new cultures and experiences. It’s not too late to get your experience!

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Hidden Gems: Ecuador

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The Study Abroad Office invites you to experience Ecuador! Ecuador is a part of our priority countries campaign called “Hidden Gems”. This means that we are trying to encourage students to experience and discover places that have had less travel exposure.

Please explore our program offerings for Ecuador! Studying abroad in Ecuador also gives students applying for scholarships to that program priority consideration for scholarships.

Here are some need-to-know facts for studying abroad in Ecuador:

  1. The capital of Ecuador is Quito.
  2. The official language of Ecuador is Spanish. Keep in mind that your courses will be in English unless you choose to take a foreign language course!
  3. Ecuador uses U.S. cash! How convenient! Make sure to carry small bills.money_0
  4. If you refer to yourself as “americano”, people in Ecuador will say “yo también” (me too). Ecuadorians (and most of the Latin American world) consider themselves Americans. Please be sensitive to this fact as you interact with locals. One way to avoid confusion or offense is to use to word “estadounidense” to refer to yourself. It means you are from the U.S. specifically.
  5. Be aware of the altitude change! Parts of Ecuador are high above sea level. You can use medicines or teas to combat these changes, but also be sure to pace yourself.about-ecuador-altitude-sickness

Fun Facts:

Ecuador is a place of rich geographical diversity. Of course, it is home to the Galapagos Islands, the famous islands visited by Darwin long ago.

Roasted guinea pig, or cuy, is a traditional dish served in Ecuador.

Ecuador produces some of the highest quality cacao in the world.

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Interested in Ecuador? Stop by our office in Psychology Building Room 408 to learn how you can study abroad there! Our office is open Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

References:
  1. https://blog.cisabroad.com/2014/01/02/6-travel-tips-for-studying-or-interning-abroad-in-quito-ecuador/
  2. http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ecuador-11-things/index.html

Hidden Gems: Morocco

 

Many students think of Europe or Asia when they plan their studies abroad. For this reason, countries like Morocco are overlooked even though they have so much to offer students. The study abroad office has started a campaign to increase student travel to these lesser-known destinations. We invite you to learn about and fall in love with Morocco!

 

Take some time to learn the basics:

  • Morocco is a country that is located in northeast Africa along the coast. It is extremely close to southern Spain. The capital of Morocco is Rabat.

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  • Morocco is an Arab nation. It is the only one that is not a member of the African Union. The official languages of Morocco are Modern Standard Arabic and Berber, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. Some inhabitants also speak French. If you are concerned about the language barrier, do not worry! All of the courses you take will be offered in English unless you choose a language course. talking-different-languages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The most practiced religion in Morocco is Islam. The majority of Moroccans are Sunni (orthodox) Muslims.
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Fun Facts: 

-The national dish of Morocco is couscous!

 

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-Shoppers rejoice! Haggling is a way of life in Morocco.

-Morocco is affordable! Keep in mind that souvenirs, car rentals and alcohol will still be pricey–as in any country.

The Study Abroad Office is offering programs in Morocco year-round. Also, students who apply for a program in Morocco will have priority scholarship consideration! Stop by our office in Psychology Building Room 408 from 8-5p! We are here to help!

 

 

References:
https://www.tripsavvy.com/morocco-facts-and-information-1454420
https://www.factretriever.com/morocco-facts
https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/what-to-know-study-abroad-morocco

 

Hidden Gems: Czech Republic

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The Towson University Study Abroad Office invites you to learn about the Czech Republic! This landlocked country is nestled in the heart of Europe. It can easily be passed over for more familiar destinations like France or England. Don’t let the big dogs get all the glory! Show some love to this charming destination.

 

Here are some quick facts about the Czech Republic:

  • The capital of the country is Prague. The official language of the Czech Republic is…you guessed it, Czech! Of course different regions have their own dialect.
  • The Czech Republic is known as the castle capital of the world. It is home to thousands of castles, ruins and keeps.
  • Be careful not to call Czechs, Czechoslovakians! “Czech” is not a shortened name, the Czechs and the Slovakians split and made their own separate countries in 1993.
  • Three staple foods of the Czech Republic are pivo (beer), guláš ( hearty beef stew) and trdelník (a delicious type of spiral donut)!
  • The cost of living is among the cheapest in Europe.
  • The Czech Republic is among the most accepting of LGBTQ+ community in the world.

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  • Beware! Culturally, a person who smiles at strangers is seen as having ulterior motives. Do not be offended if people seem reserved or stoic. Also be careful that your friendliness isn’t taken as something else!

 

Have we piqued your interest? Here’s one more reason to go to the Czech Republic: 

Because the Czech Republic is one of our “Hidden Gems”, priority scholarship consideration will be given to those who apply to study there, so don’t forget to apply for scholarships!

Check out our programs  and stop by our office to learn more about how you can go to the Czech Republic! We are located in the Psychology Building Room 408. Our office is open every weekday from 8:30-5pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

References:
http://www.greenlemon.cz/en/blog/insteresting-facts-czech-republic
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/11-things-you-should-know-before-studying-abroad-in-prague

 

Hidden Gems: Greece

 

Towson University invites you to learn about Greece. Greece is located in southern Europe and is the crossroads between Africa, Europe and Asia. Greece has undoubtedly rich culture, history and art. Some would say it is the birthplace of western civilization.

Here is some general information about Greece:

  • The official name of the country known as Greece is the Hellenic Republic. The capital of the republic is Athens.
  • Greek is spoken as the official language. Be careful, they use the Greek alphabet, as well.
  • The Greeks are a family-oriented people. This can be overwhelming for those who are not used to it. Greeks can also be very direct when asking you questions. Just take it as them getting to know you!
  • There is the myth that Greece isn’t safe or worth visiting for economic and political reasons. Just be smart! Think of the same amount of safety that you would need in a collegetown or surrounding area. There are also plenty of apps that will alert you of situations to avoid.

 

  • Don’t forget to enjoy the fabulous food Greece has to offer!

 

 

 

Interested? The Study Abroad Office offers several options for studying abroad in Greece. Visit our database to see which program best fits you. Still debating? Because Greece is a priority country, students who apply for a program there will be given priority scholarship consideration!

Stop by our office in Psychology Building Room 408 any weekday between 8:30 and 5pm. We want to make your study abroad dream a reality!

 

References:
http://www.thecollegetourist.com/10-tips-for-a-greek-semester-abroad/

 

Hidden Gems: China

 

 

The Towson Study Abroad Office invites you to discover China! This country is part of our “Hidden Gems” campaign, because it is often overlooked when it comes to studying abroad. That doesn’t stop this country from being a rich cultural, historic and educational destination. Continue reading to learn more!

  • The country’s official name is The People’s Republic of China, and the most widely spoken language is Mandarin.
  • While studying abroad it is a good idea to learn a few words of the language, but your courses will be in English unless you choose to take a Chinese language course!
  • The currency of China is Renminbi, the common unit of which is yuan (won)
  • China is home to the highest mountain in the world (Mt. Everest) and two of the longest rivers in the world (Yangtze and Yellow).
  • China is reported to be the oldest civilization in the world according to some scholars. Even now, it has a vibrant culture, economy and way of life. Shanghai, one of the main cities, is always bustling.

The Study Abroad Offers a great selection of programs in China. See what we have to offer by browsing our database! Also, because China is part of the priority country campaign, we are giving students who choose to study there priority scholarship consideration.

Visit our office in Psychology Building Room 408 on Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Hidden Gems: South Africa

The Study Abroad Office invites you to discover South Africa! As it is one of our priority countries, our goal is to promote education abroad at this destination. We offer priority consideration for scholarships to those who apply for a program in South Africa! Learn more about South Africa below!

Quick Facts:

  • The official name of South Africa is the Republic of South Africa.
  • The currency of South Africa is the rand.
  • South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (the legislative capital), Pretoria (administrative capital) and Bloemfontein (the judicial capital).

 

  • South Africa has 11 official languages, including English and Afrikaans.
  • South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation for its broad ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • South Africa is also the first African country to recognize same-sex marriage (2006) and fifth in the world to do so.

 

Interested? Check out our program database online!

References:
https://www.expatica.com/za/about/30-facts-about-South-Africa_509589.html
https://www.sa-venues.com/sa_languages_and_culture.htm

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.