“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


2016 Gilman Scholarship Recipients

We’re proud to announce that two students from Towson University have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the summer term!

Hameed.UsjidTowson junior, Usjid Hameed, of Cockeysville, Maryland, is a Political Science major with a minor in History. He will be studying abroad with the CIEE Summer Arabic Language program in Amman, Jordan. After graduating, Hameed plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations in order to eventually join the Foreign Service and work as a diplomat in the Middle East. He states, “as a Muslim myself, I feel a strong responsibility to work to bring some sort of stability to the violent parts of the Muslim world. I realize that this goal may come off as idealistic, however I firmly believe that peace will be restored not through the barrel of a gun, but through the clasp of a handshake.” Studying abroad in Jordan is one of the first steps to bring this admirable goal to fruition.

SmithJaime_SakuraMatsuriTowson junior, Jaime Smith, of Clinton, Maryland, is a Digital Art and Design major with a track in Game Design. She will be studying abroad with the TU in Japan program in Tokyo this summer. Her interest in Japanese culture has been developing from an early age, so having the opportunity to study in Japan will serve as a culminating experience and allow her to immerse herself in the Japanese way of life. Smith also states that she chose Japan to prove that art majors need not be confined to Europe for studies abroad. She states, “I am looking forward to immersing myself in the culture: interacting with people, eating new cuisine, exploring, and practicing my language skills daily.” After graduating, she hopes to become a video game character artist with Nintendo in Japan.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who go abroad and the countries and regions where they study. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

If you would like more information about the Gilman scholarship, check out their website linked below:


Upcoming application deadlines will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!

Congratulations to Usjid and Jaime! Best of luck and bon voyage.


STEM student in Spain

Leili Zamini - Spain - Spring 2015Leili Zamini studied abroad in Spring 2015 in Seville, Spain prior to graduating from Towson with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Leili applied for and was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for study abroad and was recently highlighted by the same program. 

Learn more about the Gilman scholarship here.
Learn more about Leili’s program in Sevilla, Spain here.

Seville, Spain is a city like no other. It is a big city with a small town feel. My study abroad experience there opened my eyes to the ways of life in Andalusia. The laidback way of life in Seville is one of its most well known characteristics. The locals are always outside enjoying a drink or tapa and it is rare to see families spending time stuck inside the house. Besides spending time learning about the culture and enjoying the entertainment Seville had to offer, I also took the time to investigate their healthcare system, especially in relation to dentistry. I was interested in learning more about the dental field in Spain, as I will be starting dental school at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry this fall.

At the International Studies Abroad study center, I took a class called “Spanish for Healthcare Professionals”. This course was taught in Spanish and it covered topics relating to the public and private healthcare in Spain. While the class taught me a lot about healthcare in Spain, it was not until I met with Dr. Mateos that I learned the most about the dental field in Spain. Dr. Mateos, a periodontist and owner of Clínica Mateos, visited our class one day to present about his career in dentistry in Spain. As one of the only pre-dental students in the class, he invited me to visit his clinic and meet his staff one afternoon. I learned from him that dentistry is currently an evolving field in Spain. He informed me that while there is a long way to go, people have become more interested in taking preventative measures for their oral health. During my visit at the clinic, I also learned that dentists in Europe lack many of the newly advanced technology that are utilized by many dental schools in the United States.

My experience visiting Dr. Mateos left me feeling grateful for the dental field we have in the United States, but also inspired to become a part of a larger movement where American dentists have access to exchange knowledge with European dentists. I know that I will continue to stay in contact with Dr. Mateos and his team while I am pursuing my dental career in the United States. The opportunity to see the differences and similarities between the dental field in the United States and Spain left me feeling more knowledgeable about my future profession. My study abroad experience will impact the way I offer care and view dentistry for the rest of my life.

My Follow-On Service Project involved creating a brochure to encourage STEM majors to study or intern abroad. In collaboration with the study abroad office at Towson University, I created a brochure that lists opportunities abroad for students in their related healthcare field. This brochure will be presented to STEM majors next year during their advising appointments. The

brochure also includes ways for students to fund their education abroad. This is where the Gilman Scholarship is promoted and students are encouraged to apply. The goal of this brochure was to provide a resource for students and to let them know that going abroad is possible and they should not let their major or financial status keep them from this valuable experience.

Student Blog: The Jordan Experience

Riding camels through the deserts of Jordan. Photo: Charles Carrington

Ever wondered what it would be like to sail across the sandy deserts of Arabia on the “Ships of the Desert” – or what you and I would call camels? Then read about that and much, much more in Charles Carrington’s blog for a taste of his incredible journey through Jordan during the Summer of 2014!

As part of his incredible voyage, Charles received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. This prestigious, national program awards study abroad scholarships to Pell Grant recipients who are going to nontraditional locations (like Jordan!) or studying critical languages, such as Arabic, Russian, Turkic, and Indic languages.

Want to know more about what a Jordanian summer is like? Check out his blog:

The Jordan Experience


Charles Carrington
Amman, Jordan
Summer 2014