study abroad

CPD Intern Kendal Gee dispatches from London, where American exchange students seek cultural bridges.

According to the 2017 Open Doors report, USC ranks second in terms of universities that host the most international students.

November 13, 2017

A group of students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life during a summer study abroad adventure to Frankfurt, Germany. [...] Fifteen UTSA students will join German students for the three-credit hour course, Globalization in Transatlantic Perspectives, an intense program that will expose the students to world politics and global dynamics.

I was only 16 the year I lived abroad in France—young enough that I didn’t yet have a solid grasp on what life was all about. [...] Little of that knowledge carried over to France; the rhythm of life and cultural norms were different. My mistakes regularly led to embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort. There’s a reason they call it culture shock. But I was also elated by every success. I learned flexibility, openness, curiosity, and confidence. I also learned to accept myself and other people, despite our differences.

Students from Nunavut will soon be able to take college classes in Greenland, as officials from Nunavut's Arctic College and Clyde River's Piqqusilirivvik school organize an exchange of programs and classes across the two Inuit regions. "These are two distinctive regions where Inuktitut is the predominant language, so students won't be just learning the trades but also the culture," said Paul Quassa, Nunavut's minister of education.

Very soon, a life-long dream will become a reality for Areli Zárate, a young immigrant who was brought illegally to the United States when she was 8-years-old: She will be able to visit her homeland, Mexico. Zárate, who is now a teacher at Austin High School, is one of two immigrants of Mexican origin who lives in Austin and who will participate in the DACA Cultural Exchange Program, a five-week study abroad program in Mexico City that runs June 6 to July 8.