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Bradley Hilltopics

Fall 2008 • Volume 14, Issue 4  

Notebook

 

Study abroad brings new perspective

By Aimée Roy

globe with people

With the increasingly global nature of the economy, students now more than ever benefit from an international academic experience. Through Bradley’s Office of International Programs, students have a variety of opportunities for international study. “We take students on site visits, but they are not tours,” Dr. Christine Blouch, director of international programs, said. “The site visits and excursions are generally tied to an academic assignment or analysis. When Bradley students work with a student from Vienna, for example, they get to see themselves through another person’s eyes, but it is another person like them — a young, hip, university student — so they are confronting people just like them who may have certain questions, queries, and attitudes about America.”

Students in all majors participate in the study abroad program, many of them realizing that a study abroad experience listed on a resume may make them more marketable in today’s competitive job market. The enrollment numbers for the short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs have increased significantly in the past three years, with 176 participants in 2005 compared to approximately 340 participants in 2008. More than 40 faculty members are involved, and many new locations and courses have been added this year.

During the January and May/June interims, students can choose from a variety of short-term, intensive academic programs abroad. Last year, more than 300 Bradley students took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad through the short-term programs. For the May/June 2008 interim, students chose from Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Sydney, and Vienna. Courses offered included “Exposition: Writing About Travel,” “Expedition on Media & Culture,” “Art in the Human Experience,” “Race, Ethnicity, & Minority Relations,” “Human Resource Management,” “Contemporary Europe — Germany Since 1900,” and others. In addition to interim options, students may study abroad for a semester or a year.

“Every time we teach a course it changes,” said Dr. Tim Conley, associate professor of English. “Since students and faculty are together so much of the time abroad, you really have to be nimble.”

The total cost, including airfare, room and board, varies. Students attending the programs for a semester or longer are generally able to use part or all of their Bradley financial assistance packages. The program prices include more than just the tuition for the credits the student earns. A typical day involves classwork for three hours in the morning followed by a 45-minute general group meeting. Afternoons are spent working on writing, interacting with the students from that culture, and exploring the city.

“When students go abroad, we want them to meet new people, open their minds, try new things, and venture out independently,” said Blouch. “We hope the students will see life and themselves from a different perspective.”

Visit studyabroad.bradley.edu for more information.

 

French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion

RENÉE C. BYER ’80

Pulitzer speaker

Pulitzer Prize winner RENÉE C. BYER ’80 will deliver the 2008 Bunn Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at the Horowitz Auditorium in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center. Byer won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for a series that chronicled the journey of a mother and her son through childhood cancer. Twenty of her prints are on exhibit in the Hartmann Center Gallery through October 6. Visit bradley.edu/hilltopics/byer to view the award-winning photos, or read more about “A Mother’s Journey” in the Fall 2007 issue of Bradley Hilltopics.