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Special programs

January Intersession 2018
January Intersession 2018
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA ) - January Intersession. Study abroad in Florence for 3 weeks in January. Study abroad program offered for all majors. Apply online now!
TuttoToscana 2018, Special Event Management Program in Florence Italy and NYC
Summer 2018
This specially structured program takes place for 3 weeks of learning in Florence and 1 week of events in New York City. The program focus is event production from the perspectives of event management, communications & public relations, food & wine management, art direction. Final exams are held online in the 5th week. Alternately, NYC event week-only and final exam options are also offered, see below for details.
Art in Paris Summer 2018 Program
Summer 2018
A summer program aimed at students who want to experience living Paris and learn about its history, culture and art. Students can develop their practical skills in either photography or drawing.
Academic Summer 2018 Programs
Summer 2018
Apicius International School of Hospitality Summer 2017 Programs. Study Abroad Culinary art, Italian Baking and Pastry or Restaurant Management.
Academic Summer 2018 Programs
Summer 2018
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA) - Study Abroad Summer 2018 in Florence, Italy. Study Abroad Programs available for 3 and 6 weeks. Apply Now!
June 2018 – 3 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: # weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
Summer 2016 - Czech Language School in Prague
Summer 2016
The Czech Summer School (Prague) is an intensive course focusing on language and communication. We strike a balance between spoken and written communication, as well as between reading and listening skills, without overlooking grammar.
Andalusian Gastronomy July / August
Summer 2016
Southern Spain - the land of olive groves and rolling hills of almond blossom, flamenco dancers and gypsy songs, and fiestas. This fascinating region offers an incredible medley of sights, sounds, tastes and scents.
Summer 2018 Term I and II
Summer 2018
The Barcelona International College summer program offers students from around the world the opportunity to become members of our student body, earn college credits for courses taught in English
3 Weeks July 2018 Courses
Summer 2018
Develop your design skills for the fashion industry, Learn the fundamentals of film making, The course also includes a series of study day trips to sites of architectural importance around the South of England.
Internship and Arabic Language
Summer 2017
MCAS offers various placements in these areas: Human Rights, Education, Children in Need, Women’s Empowerment, Micro-finance, Journalism and Non-Governmental Organizations
Summer Hospital Internship
Summer 2016
Students take one health related class at the host university and have an internship at a hospital
Fresco-Hunting Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches
Summer 2018
Take a part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria.
9 Week Graduate Hospitality Apparenticeship in the Restaurant Industry
Summer 2017
Program Details The Summer Post Graduate Apprenticeship program prepares students for supervisory and management positions in the world's largest and fastest growing industry. The Florence experience is a unique opportunity that is open only to a limited number of students who already possess a professional and advanced educational training in the culinary field.
June 2018 – 4 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: 4 Weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
3 Weeks August 2018 Courses
Summer 2018
A comprehensive introduction to fashion PR and marketing to develop your understanding, Explore the 12 principles of animation through a series of practical exercises, Discover how to plan, create and apply a variety of make-up styles and special effects for film, television, theatre and commercial work.
Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
Summer 2018
Archaeological excavation at the village of Ilindentsi located of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Southwestern Bulgaria.
Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project
Summer 2018
Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the lost temple of Apollo!
Excavation at Tell Yunatsite
Summer 2018
Learn about the Rise and Fall of the Europe's Earliest Civilization in the Fifth Millennium BC
High School Summer 2018 Program in Florence, Italy
Summer 2018
Florence University of the Arts is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in its cultural and academic offering. Students may select from an exciting range of courses offered for study abroad programs and participate in weeklong cultural explorations in locations such as Rome, Sicily, and Florence as well as supervised afternoon activities such as sports and discovering the city of Florence.
Excavation of Emporion Pistiros
Summer 2018
Discover the ruins of an ancient Greek trade center (emporion) in the heart of Thrace
 

Study abroad helps students compete globally

A recent emphasis on study abroad by The University of Alabama and employers suggests the experience may be more valuable than previously acknowledged – an investment in a student’s future as opposed to just an interesting way to earn academic credit.

As the economy has evolved, professors and staff at the University have focused on developing competitive students for the international market. Consequently, representatives at the Career Center, Capstone International Center and Crossroads Community Center work together to advise and prepare students to study abroad in order to enhance their skills.

“Employers and graduate schools don’t just want to see the degree,” said Beverly Hawk, a professor in the international honors program and the director of the Crossroads Community Center, which assists international students and provides intercultural education. “They know when you graduate you have overcome many obstacles.”

“If you can talk about your experience in an applicable way, then it will be more beneficial to you,” Career Center advisor Amber Bara said. “Use examples from your trip to show how it relates to something you may face in your career.”

In some instances, students may have the best resume and internships, along with a study abroad experience, but will get turned down for jobs, Bara said. Simply going on the trip is only half the work. She said students must know how to communicate what they learned to make their trip worthwhile.

A student should also consider what employers value, such as adaptable, self-reliant people who appreciate different viewpoints, Hawk said. A study abroad experience prepares a student personally and professionally. The “cultural literacy” that a student gains from study abroad will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“We have assumptions before we go abroad,” she said. “After I went, it made me appreciate the common humanity that we share.”

While some students may find that study abroad helps them develop into a more open-minded person, others may find adjusting to another culture more difficult, Hawk said. Students who struggle with admitting when they are incorrect may need to “work on their heart before they go,” she said.

“You have to accept that you may be awkward, clumsy and fall on your face sometimes. It’s like a child who just learns to walk,” Hawk said.

Once a student accepts the emotional obstacles he or she may face, the student can better learn to understand a culture, Capstone International Programs coordinator Susan Gorin said. Study abroad may make a student a better global citizen and complete the circle that is the college experience.

Studying abroad requires much more than emotional stability, however. Every investment comes with a price, and study abroad is no exception. Often, students think that study abroad is not affordable, Gorin said. However, the office encourages students to start a year in advance in planning their trip so that the student does not miss scholarship deadlines.

“We give more scholarships around $200 so that a lot of students get a little money,” she said.

National scholarships are alternatives to UA scholarships. The University has had students receive national scholarships, which tend to cover the entire trip, Gorin said.

“UA just isn’t a good resource for money at all,” Karly Weigel, a public relations and political science major, said. “If I were doing it again, I would definitely look for national scholarships.”

Weigel, who studied in China, received only $200 from the University in scholarships. Another financial burden may be how soon a student has to commit and make a down payment, Weigel said.

In the same way, time is an important factor to consider before studying abroad. The time spent abroad may not always be as beneficial as opportunities at home, Bara said.

According to the State of Hiring 2011-2012 report done by Michigan State University, internships are of greater importance to recruiters than study abroad. Leadership and international internships were also ranked higher than study abroad by the study. Therefore, if a student has a limited amount of time or money and must choose between studying abroad and interning, an internship may be the better choice, Bara said.

“This summer, I’m interning with a firm that will prepare me for a future in law,” Brittany Day, a political science major with a pre-law focus, said. “Internships are more important in making contacts, which will ultimately help me get the job I want.”

Day, who works to pay for college and other expenses, also said she could not take time off to study abroad.

“I don’t have the time and money to spend leisurely,” she said.

Considering all aspects of a study abroad experience, as well as talking with program advisors and students who have gone, may be the best approach for students to determine what is best for them, Gorin said. Students may look at their finances, time and career goals to determine if study abroad is a wise investment.

However, a student who does go abroad will certainly carry the experience with him or her forever, Hawk said.

“Our culture is our inheritance,” she said. “Culture is the only way we really learn about a person.”


 
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