“I really didn’t intend to learn abroad in college,” said Beth Laux. “But I had a political science professor who was adamant that I apply to a program in Costa Rica during my sophomore year.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Learning Abroad at the U. In the past 50 years, the program has grown to include over 500 programs in more than 65 countries. The most current data shows that over 600 students participated in learning abroad programs in the 2015-2016 school year. This includes students from over 100 majors.
Students do not think they will be able to study abroad for many reasons. It’s either too expensive, they can’t fit it in their schedules or they think it will be a waste of time with no academic presence. Below, two students discuss the financial and language barrier myths surrounding learning aboard programs.
On Sept. 18, the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Utah will welcome 70 collegiate coaches from China to participate in a training and education program for three months. Sponsored by the China Scholarship Council and the Federation University Sports China, the coaches will work with U athletics staff on techniques in men and women’s basketball and track and field. This will be the second year the U has participated in the program, which is part of the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative.
Studying abroad can be a great way for undergraduate students to earn credit while on the adventure of a lifetime, but many students don’t know where to start, especially if they are in a tailored program like the arts. I teamed up with the faculty in the Learning Abroad office to get answers to questions every arts student may have about their options when it comes to learning abroad.
The winners of the 2017 Excellence in Global Education Awards were recognized in April during the Office for Global Engagement’s (OGE) annual awards reception. OGE established the award to recognize extraordinary and long-term staff and faculty contributions to the university’s global dimension and those who have demonstrated excellence in facilitating global learning and intercultural understanding. This may include international partnership development that engages students, curriculum revision to include global learning outcomes, advancement of the learning of languages, and other initiatives that provide significant opportunities for global learning either on campus or abroad. It may also include providing support or mentoring to international students or students participating in learning abroad programs.
The refugee crisis may seem far from the shores of our Great Salt Lake, but six Utes are about to travel to Thessaloniki to spend ten days working with refugees, staff and stakeholders to do their part in this humanitarian disaster. The “Refugee Policy and Global Ethics” work/study visit will be preceded by lectures and meetings in Geneva with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Organization for Migrants, among others, as part of a two-and-a-half week summer seminar organized by the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights.
A new initiative in Ethnic Studies is aimed at adding a global perspective to the division’s curriculum.
The program’s courses on race and ethnicity have been largely grounded in a U.S. context, but that no longer reflects the transnationalism of today’s world.
“We wanted to explore more comparative approaches in ethnic studies, which is where the field has been moving,” said Lourdes Alberto, associate professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies and the Department of English. “Our students are also asking us to go beyond the areas we currently have organized in ethnic studies.”
Two University of Utah students have been selected as finalist for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship and two students have been chosen as alternates.
Elizabeth Gamarra and Alison Shimko have received highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2017-2018 academic year. The awards will allow both to teach English in Spain.
Tuscan Thompson and Claire Taylor are alternates and will receive the award if openings are created. If selected, Thompson will teach English in South Korea and Taylor will conduct research in New Zealand.
“I want to see my grandmother again,” says Leng Mei softly, as a translator interprets. “My grandma died before she could meet my son.” Leng Mei’s son, Ye Leng Xi, is nicknamed Tutu and loves to draw animals, especially bears and frogs. He is three years old.
And Leng Mei has truly become the best version of herself. The Asian record holder for the 400-meter sprint and 100-meter hurdles, she’s lived up to her name. In Chinese, Leng Mei means to be proud of yourself and not care what people say, for you will get everything you wish for.
The University of Utah’s undergraduate Model European Union Club (UMEUC) recently traveled to Seattle, WA to compete in the West Coast Model EU at the University of Washington, February 10-11, 2017. This annual competition is sponsored by the European Union (EU) and hosted by UW’s Center for West European Studies. It brings together teams from the Pac-12, like the University of Arizona and the University of Oregon, as well as other universities across the U.S. and Canada, including Brigham Young University, University of Wisconsin, Claremont Colleges, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria.