Interested in going to Spain? We are in search of one more person

Hi folks, we are in search of one more person to go to Spain for Spring Break.  The trip is worth one UMC credit, we will visit three cities in Spain.  Salamanca, Toledo, and Madrid.  It is a trip of a life time.  Included in the journey is, dancing lessons, cooking lessons, literature tour of the city, bull farm tour, horse riding, going to soccer game, and so much more.  Also included are 20 hours worth of language learning lessons and staying with a host family.  If you are interested please contact Rae French:  218-281-8339.

International Week!!!

Hey Everyone!
Don't forget to check out all of the festivities going on during International Week (November 14th-18th)
Please check out the Study Abroad tables that will be set up to check out the programs we are offering.
Also, Remember Spring Semester Registration starts the 7th so make sure you Register for the program you have selected!!!

The importance of going abroad, coming from the First Lady

Michelle Obama: Study Abroad Helps to
Make America Stronger
On January 19, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks before a group of students at Howard University in Washington, DC, about the importance of study abroad, stating that not only is study abroad an important part of a well-rounded education, but it is also about building success in the global economy, establishing bonds of trust around the world, and working together to solve global issues.

International Education Week Nov. 15 - 19

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Travel Alert Issues in Europe

Dear Students,

   You may have heard about the recent Travel Alert issued for Americans traveling in Europe. Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions that pose significant risks or disruptions to Americans. Please take a look at the official announcment on the State Department website to learn more about it:

Though the alert is vague, it's a good reminder to follow safe travel precautions. Please review the state department's safe travel guidelines, and let me know if you have any questions.

The university continues to monitor the situation, and we will be in touch with any changes or additional instructions.


Dont Forget About the Info Sessions Today!!

There are two informational sessions TODAY(Tuesday the 21st) regarding the Study Abroad trips to Spain and China!!

In Hill 115:
12:00pm--Info Session on Spain

1:00pm--Info Session on China


Hope to see a lot of you there!! If you cannot make it today, there will be another information session on Thursday, same times, same place!!

Study Abroad Fair, Monday Sept. 13 from 10-2

Study Abroad Fair, Monday Sept. 13 from 10-2

Six tips when going abroad

Find a program that matches your goals

Think about your goals, and then do your research.  If one of your goals is to have opportunities to get to know local people, make sure you choose a program that will maximize your exposure to locals.  If affordability is key for you, look at more cost-effective destinations, or options like volunteering or interning as an alternative to a traditional study abroad program.

  • Say yes to new experiences - Once you are abroad, make the most of opportunities you don't have at home, even if they put you outside your comfort zone.  Make friends with local students.  Try out a new sport or dance.  Eat new foods.  Speak a new language.  The best way to get over culture shock is to throw yourself in to your new experience 100%.  Time flies when you're abroad, and when your program is over you'll be so glad that you made the most of it!  
  • Don't sweat the small stuff - Life is rarely perfect, and this is certainly true with international travel. But keep in mind that learning to manage those little bumps in the road often ends up being the most memorable and lasting lesson from an international experience.  Getting outside of your comfort zone is what studying abroad is all about!  
  • Bring a camera! - You're going to want to remember all the amazing things you did, saw, and ate, and all of the new people you got to know.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, and they're a great way to keep your memories for a lifetime.

  • Stay on top of the details - Life-changing international experiences can't happen if you never reach your destination because your visa arrived too late.  Visit with the Learning Abroad Office and I will guide you through these processes step-by-step to make sure you aren't spending your time worrying about paperwork. 

  • Reflect and share - Take some time while you're abroad and after you return to reflect on everything you've learned.  Share your experiences with friends, family, and other returned study abroad participants.  Your stories may very well encourage others to study abroad, too!

Know More Adventure.........for more info contact Rae French

Hi folks, student have just arrived home from Norway.  Three students are still over in Europe but will return home sometime next week.  In the mean time check out Shawn's blog for Health Practices in Ghana, Daniel's internship in Mexico, and Jason Olson's blogs in New Zealand.