CIEE Global Institute Grants for Spring 2018

The Towson University Study Abroad Office is excited to announce that we have received $30,000 worth of grant money from CIEE, and we want to give it to you!

CIEE is back at it again with generous scholarship opportunities! As a part of their Generation Study Abroad initiative, CIEE has pledged to award $20 million in scholarships by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal, they will be awarding scholarships for the 2017-2018 year.

Towson University pledged to increase the number of study abroad participants by 40% by the year 2020, and although we have already exceeded this goal (2 years ahead of schedule!), CIEE has offered us 6 grants in order to help continue this growth! These grants are specifically for students studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at their Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Cape Town, and Madrid.

These 18-week programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture while taking courses taught in English from one of five academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature and Culture; Health Science.

Open Campus Grants:

  • Six $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at one of the six CIEE Global Institutes, or at a combination of 3 locations.

Eligibility:

  • Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must be a sophomore by the start of the program
  • Must be studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at one of the Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Cape Town, or Madrid for 18 weeks in the Spring 2018 semester
  • Must have completed Towson’s Horizons application, and started CIEE’s application by the nomination deadline

INTERESTED? Students should visit the Study Abroad Office website and contact the TU Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@towson.edu as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: FRIDAY, September 15, 2017

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

CIEE Global Institute Open Campus Grants

The Towson University Study Abroad Office is excited to announce that we have received $50,000 worth of grant money from CIEE, and we want to give it to you!

CIEE is back at it again with generous scholarship opportunities! As a part of their Generation Study Abroad initiative, CIEE has pledged to award $20 million in scholarships by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal, they will be awarding $2 million in scholarships for the 2016-2017 year.

Towson University has pledged to increase the number of study abroad participants by 40% by the year 2020, and CIEE has offered us 8 grants in order to help us achieve this goal! These grants are specifically for students studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at their Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome.

These 18-week programs offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture while taking courses taught in English from one of five academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature and Culture; Health Science.

Open Campus Grants:

  • One $5,000 grant to a student attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in Berlin
  • Two $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in London
  • Two $5,000 grants to students attending 3 blocks at CIEE’s Open Campus in Paris
  • One $5,000 grant to a student attending 3 blocks on CIEE’s Open Campus in Rome

Global Scholars Grants:

  • Two $10,000 grants to students committed to living and learning in 3 of the 4 Global Institute sites in a single semester (Berlin, London, Paris, Rome)

Eligibility:

  • Must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA for the $5,000 grants and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the Global Scholars grants
  • Must be a sophomore by the start of the program
  • Must be studying abroad on a CIEE Open Campus Program at one of the Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris, or Rome for 18 weeks in the Spring 2017 semester
  • Must have completed Towson’s Horizons application, and started CIEE’s application by the nomination deadline

INTERESTED? Students should visit the Study Abroad Office website and contact the TU Study Abroad Office at studyabroad@towson.edu as soon as possible.

Application Deadline (EXTENDED): FRIDAY, September 23, 2016

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Reflecting on travel & the common factors

This post comes from Jordyn Jones, who spent Spring semester of her sophomore year in Granada, Spain. You can see her first post here: http://wp.me/p2S0DC-vV

Jordyn with friends at the Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece

Jordyn with friends at the Temple of Zeus in Athens, Greece

I’ve found a quote that expressed my spring break more clearly than I can describe, “certainly, travel is more than seeing sights; its a change that goes on deep and permanent, in the idea of living”.

Before leaving for spring break to travel to three different countries in ten days I was extremely nervous for several reason. One it would be the first time for me to travel alone without the guide of my program and I was not sure if I could handle it. Second I also heard about the stereotypes of people from the specific countries that I chose to visit. Lastly I didn’t know any other languages besides Spanish and English and my thought was how was I supposed to survive without being able to communicate.  Of course these are all practically concerns but yet I was still excited to go on this journey and sure enough I’ve learned more than I imagined.

Jordyn with friends in the Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Jordyn with friends in the Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The world is literally more exciting than any classroom I can sit in or textbook I could read. I literally went to three countries and seen three of the Seven Wonders of the World all in ten days. Something that never could be understood just by seeing a picture in the book or realized that the monument is more important to the city than the glamorized effects that are seen in the movies. I had the chance to stand in the place of history as I stood in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was a gift to the French people from their own government. I also had the opportunity to stand where the great Ancient Greek civilization took place in the Acropolis in Athens Greece where one of the most important types of politics was developed. Lastly I’ve stood in the stands of the Colosseum of Rome, Italy where some of the greatest gladiator battles took place.

This spring break was the most educational, exhilarating spring break to ever take place. I’ve learned history from three different cities and even more about myself. To be honest spring break was one of the most stressful but amazing times of my life. Traveling the world is an amazing but tiring experience, I never considered that four plane rides, deciphering three different metro systems, and trying to tell taxis in three different languages where to go would ever be so difficult.

Jordyn holding up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Jordyn holding up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

People always glamorized or told stories of how beautiful traveling is and it is but they always leave out the massive detail that it’s hard and maybe it was only so hard because I am young, but when I thought of traveling the world I never thought of the actually action of traveling. Transportation was the least of my concerns in the beginning and yet it became my biggest when the rest of my nervous concerns really never existed as soon as I began my journey.

After ten days I realized one major thing that I never thought of that people are the same no matter which country you visit. It doesn’t matter where you live or what language you speak we generally all have similarities. We’re all excited when we meet people from different areas of the world, we all have aspirations whether it’s like mines to travel around the world or someone else’s dream just to get to America. An aspiration is an aspiration.

In short we all just want to enjoy life and after that realization the idea of stereotypes and no being able to communicate all went out the window because people from around the world will always have a common factor that will allow us to interact with each other. This idea will always stay with me for the rest of my life. The fact that I’m American and the French, Greeks, and Italians welcomed me into their world with open arms will always fill my heart with eternal joy.

Spring 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all our world-traveling students who submitted their amazing photos from their time abroad! We received nearly 40 entries and received over 1,000 votes from social media, orientation meetings and our bon voyage social.

We are excited to announce our Spring 2015 winners:

1st Place – Allie Menzel: Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

2nd Place – Sydney Davino: Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

3rd Place – Katherine Roberts: Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Student Blog: NomNom.Com

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Skydiving in Switzerland!

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Lindsay Stein

CEA: Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Angl-AMerican University in Prague

Spring 2014

Q&A Spotlight: Allison Brown

Name: Allison Brown
Major: International Business Administration, Spring 2012
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Destination: Rouen, France Fall 2010
Institution: NEOMA Business School

Allison is a recent TU alumna who studied in France and returned to live in Paris one year ago. This is her story!

Q. When you first chose your program, what motivated you to choose that program?

I knew from Freshman year that I wanted to study abroad but I was never too invested in any particular country. I didn’t speak a language other than English and I had never really been outside of the US before, so I was very open to the advice of the Study Abroad Office. My four years at Towson were financed 100% by academic scholarships, so the only criteria I was looking for in a program was that it was a TU exchange, that my credits would bring me a semester closer to graduating (i.e. studying abroad would not put me a semester behind in credits), and I liked the idea of going to Western Europe to have the proximity of lots of other countries to travel to. After I expressed my criteria to a study abroad advisor they recommended the TU Exchange with Rouen Business School (RBS) in France, which would allow me to take business courses and earn credit towards my major. Without hesitation I closed my eyes, crossed my fingers, and applied for the program.

Q. What was the hardest part about studying abroad?

I think the hardest part about studying abroad is the adjustment to an accelerated life learning curve. Prior to going abroad, everything I had learned and known had come from Baltimore. I had chosen a university that was only a 10 minute drive from where I grew up, and while I feel as though I was still privileged to have an exceptional education both in and out of school, the depth of the world really hit me when I stepped foot in France. It was a big adjustment to go from a comfortably monotonous routine to being challenged on a minute by minute basis. Just going to the grocery store to pick up a loaf of bread could be both mentally exhausting but also exponentially educational. Being in a country where you don’t speak the language isn’t just an opportunity to learn a new language, it is also the greatest opportunity one could have to learn more about themselves and about humanity in general. I quickly learned that language is merely a secondary form of communication to the simple capability that every human is endowed with to understand their fellow man, no matter where they come from or what language they speak.

Q. Now that you’ve had some time to reflect on your experience, and move on from TU, are you able to utilize your experience?

My experience has had an influence on every day of  my life since returning to the US. I have opened myself in ways I never knew were possible and my perspective on everything in life, both personal and professional has been broadened and embellished. In addition to my general perspective, studying abroad has had a significant impact on my personal and professional life because it was during my time abroad that I met my husband. My husband, who is a native Parisian and who was also a student at RBS, and I continued to date when I returned to TU. After he spent more than a year in the US, we made the decision to get married and to move to Paris. I made the move to Paris in January 2013 and have been happily living here with my husband and our new puppy for a little over a year now. Living abroad has provided an amazing professional opportunity to work for a French research organization that was looking for an account manager to handle their American accounts. It is hard to imagine finding this type of opportunity in my native country. It is such a rewarding experience to apply the business skills that I learned at TU to help a foreign company connect with my fellow Americans. I am happy to say that I am still continually challenged on a daily basis here, even now that I speak French and have learned a lot about the country and the culture since my first arrival in 2010.

Q. You may miss something from your time abroad. What?

While I have been fortunate enough to continue my experience abroad, I still miss the special experience of studying abroad. Being a student abroad creates an environment in which you can test your limits and when making mistakes can actually be more rewarding than doing what is “right”. My experience at RBS was really a time to learn and to grow as an individual.

Q. If you were to do to it all over again, what would you change?

The one thing I would change about my experience abroad would be to have made a greater effort to learn the local language. Because I had only intended to be abroad for a semester, I was very content at the time to learn a minimal amount of French to get by on a daily basis (pretty much to know how to ask where the bathroom was and how to order a beer). After having a second chance to return to France, I realize now how important a language is to a country, it is something in which I wish I had seen more cultural merit.

Q. If a student asked you about where you studied, what would you recommend to them?

I can’t speak for other countries, but after having lived in both Rouen, Paris, and having traveled through most parts of France, I highly recommend studying abroad outside of Paris. Firstly, on a practical level, Paris is extremely financially limiting. Secondly, I have many friends who loved their study abroad experience in Paris, but in the end they never had the opportunity to meet any French people or to share in any real cultural experiences. Studying abroad in a smaller city is a great way to be forced closer to the culture and to the people, you can’t easily find other Americans with whom to isolate yourself.

Q. Do you have any advice for future student?

Don’t take even one second for granted during your time abroad! Be yourself, be someone new, or be someone who you’ve always wanted to be. Try new things and try old things in new ways with new people. There is a rare chance that you will ever have the opportunity again to live somewhere where where no one knows you but everyone wants to get to know you. Find your own unique way to take everything in and give yourself back.

 Merci, Allison!

France: A Moving Eiffel Tower

While I was studying abroad in London, my roommate and I decided to take a trip to Paris, France for three days with her visiting family members. While we were there we tried to see as much of Paris as we could in three days and one of the most important landmarks in Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower. I was ecstatic to finally see the tower for myself instead of seeing pictures of it online and I thought that nothing could ruin this experience for me. BOY WAS I WRONG!

We decided to go see the Eiffel Tower on the windiest, rainiest day of our trip. First off, there was only one of four elevators working that day to bring tourists to the top of the tower so the lines were extremely long. Second it was about 40 degrees and the only jacket I had on was a thin rain coat ( I planned for my spring break trip to bring warm weather but that did not exactly work out in my favor). Third it was extremely windy, I felt as though I had brace myself as to not get blown away by the terrible winds. Lastly, to make matters worse, it was raining. The perfect day in Paris was actually rather miserable.

Despite the poor weather I was determined to see the Eiffel Tower and go all the way to the top, but that task was not as easy as I thought. After waiting for two hours, we finally made it on the elevator to the first landing of the Tower. On the first landing of the tower is was significantly colder than it had been on the ground level and the rain was coming down so hard it was hurting my face! We tried to look out all over the city from this landing but the clouds made it hard to see much and the wind and rain were becoming unbearable.  Regardless I was determined to push on and go straight to the top. We waited in line for another hour and we finally got to the tippy top of the tower. When we stepped off the elevator, the temperature felt as if it had dropped at least 10 degrees. We were freezing and the rain only hurt more the higher up we went. We were literally in a wind tunnel! I had to stand against the side of the tower to prevent myself from flying straight off the top! The scariest part of the entire adventure was making my way to the side, looking over the edge of the tower, and noticing that the Eiffel Tower was literally moving in the wind! The Tower was shaking at least six inches both ways! I was terrified! I was so scared in fact that I cut my time at the top of the tower short, to get to lower and safer ground.

I had been waiting to see the Eiffel Tower for so long that when our stop there was cut short due to weather I was rather disappointed, we all were. Since we were all so down, we decided to go back out once the weather improved and the sun went down to see the Eiffel Tower and all its glory in the night sky. And that in itself was awe inspiring. It made all of the woes of the day completely and utterly worth it.

Leigh Anne Weaver

University Of Westminster

London, England