Developing study abroad programs for our students has long been a priority in SWLF and is a natural fit, given the global vision of our diverse curriculums. While by no means a comprehensive list, our faculty has taken students to some fantastic places over the years.
Richmond Barbour led students to the Acropolis, across Delphi and into Crete as part of his 2010 course ‘Theater & the Arts of Healing’ during a study abroad program in Greece.
Tara Williams and Rebecca Olson piloted the first-ever short-term study abroad experience for students in the Honors College in 2016. They team taught a course on Medieval and Early Modern London.
The summer of 2017 saw two of our faculty members teaching abroad.
Christina Leon, together with School of Language, Culture and Society colleague Adam Schwartz, took a group of students to Cuba. Through visits to cultural centers, farms, embassies and historical sites, students gained an appreciation and understanding of Cuba’s place on the world stage.
Susan Rodgers taught ‘The London Classroom,’ a course in which students read stories set in London and wrote stories of their own off of shared experiences—an open-air market, a museum visit, high tea, from Covent Garden to the West End.
SWLF Students Travel the World
By Adelaide Fitzgerald
Studying abroad is an incredible way to explore different parts of the world and enrich your education. SWLF faculty lead study abroad programs to places like Great Britain, Cuba and Greece. Whether through those programs or others, many SWLF students find ways to work and study abroad. As an English major who recently completed a summer session in Querétaro, Mexico, I’m one of them.
While adapting to a totally new environment was a challenge, I gained an awareness of language that I never would have had otherwise. My Spanish immersion coursework improved my Spanish, of course, but also taught me to pay attention to grammar and sentence patterns in English in a new way. This has helped me to have a more rounded perspective on language as a whole, and to form connections between the two languages that I would have missed out on had I not studied abroad.
For Monica Anderson and Jackie Keating, both SWLF students who have spent time abroad, their experiences pushed them to build confidence and to see the world in new ways.
Anderson taught English in Luc Nam and Hanoi for internship credit. "My internship empowered me as a female solo traveler and helped me to better understand a culture vastly different from my own," she says. “The best thing I did there was teach an eighth-grade class without any help from translators. It was incredibly rewarding for my students and I to understand each other after several weeks of translation.”
It wasn’t all work for her, though. “I also traveled to some gorgeous places,” she says, “including Ha Long Bay, where I went free water soloing and spent the night on a boat, and Sapa, a mountain town where a friend and I climbed Fansipan, the tallest mountain in Indochina, in one day.” She continues to keep in touch with local friends she made while living abroad.
Keating, who completed iE3 Global University College Cork semester exchange, took several literature and history classes that counted towards her degree. Living in Ireland forced her to “adapt to different ways of doing things.” Like Anderson, Keating found time to explore too, journeying to the cliffs of Moher and other parts of the island by bus. Quick international hops by plane took her to Amsterdam, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and Salzburg.
Term-to-term, SWLF students fan out across the globe, bringing the page and screen to life in ways they could never have expected. Studying abroad can be hard and expensive, lonely and disorienting, but those bumps in the road are minor compared to all that’s gained.
For more information contact the Division of International Programs.