The IGS shared its thanks in many languages at the study abroad luncheon on March 12.

A global thanks

IGS hosts appreciation luncheon for study abroad participants

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1:41 p.m., March 22, 2012--The University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies (IGS) hosted a luncheon at the Trabant University Center on March 12 to thank the staff and faculty who helped facilitate, and the students who participated in, the study abroad program during the 2011 summer and 2012 winter sessions.

Deputy Provost Nancy Brickhouse and IGS Director Matthew Robinson spoke briefly about the significance of UD’s study abroad program, which is considered the oldest among U.S. universities, with the first group traveling to Paris in 1923.

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“UD is well-known for having a very large and well-run study abroad program that exposes our students to new perspectives by integrating academic programs with global experiences,” Brickhouse noted.

Students Anna Brady, Emily Mallon and Mark Wisniewski spoke about their remarkable experience in the island of Dominica, in Costa Rica and in Italy, respectively, over Winter Session.

Wisniewski, who is a sophomore majoring in civil engineering with a minor in jazz studies, had never left the East Coast before this trip. He talked about his Italian adventure in glowing terms and said that seeing the incredible architecture in Florence was eye-opening for him.

“The best part of my experience this past January was that, with the 13 other students selected, I was able to directly plan and choose all but a handful of elements for this program," said Wisniewski, adding, "The uniqueness and hands-on nature of the program — working closely with our faculty director, Prof. James Magee, and the 13 other Honors students months in advance to decide everything from methods of transportation, to hotel choices and locations, to our excursions and service activities, and so much more — was exciting and contributed greatly to making the experience life-changing and transformational."

Every year, UD, through the IGS, receives dozens of applicants for study abroad. A great number of graduate and undergraduate students embark on trips overseas through the program, learning about and experiencing other cultures. More than 1,000 students participated in the IGS during Winter Session. 

Photos from the Winter Session Tanzania art program supervised by Jon Cox were shown throughout the luncheon.

For more information on study abroad, contact the IGS at 302-831-2852 or send email to studyabroad@udel.edu

Deadlines for the 2012-13 study abroad programs are listed on this web page.

Article by Fariba Amini

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