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Study abroad broadens perspectives

staff writer

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014 00:01

USU Study Abroad offers opportunities around the world for all students. There are semester-long opportunities, short-term faculty-led opportunities from those interested in languages or business opportunities for those who want to travel or do service.


USU has partnerships with institutions in various countries so they can provide the opportunity for students to participate in an exchange program, which allows them to change places with a student at the school in their desired location. This keeps it affordable, according to Kay Forsyth, director of USU Study Abroad in the Office of Global Engagement.


The other options are short-term programs lead by faculty of USU. These programs can take place over spring break or during the summer. Faculty-led trips are generally less expensive if there is a big group going, Forsyth said.


“There are 20-25 faculty-led short-term opportunities,” Forsyth said. “Most are in the summer, being about four to eight weeks long with students earning school credit.”


Nancy Hills, an associate professor for the theatre arts department, has led a study abroad for humanities for thirteen years. In this particular study abroad, participants fly to Rome, take a train to Florence, then Paris and end the trip in London.


“It’s important for it to really be a positive experience,” Hills said. “I’ve gotten great feedback over the years.”


Funding for studies abroad is important. There are national scholarships that students, including students who already get pell grants from the government, can apply for.


“99 percent of the time, students will be able to use financial aid and scholarships to pay for it,” Forsyth said. “Some partner institutions offer scholarships just for USU students.”


Brady Stanger, a senior majoring in international business, said he was able to do this when he studied abroad.


“I did my study abroad to Beijing Spring 2012,” Stanger said. “I just used my financial aid money and money I saved up for.”

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