Posts Tagged ‘Study Abroad’

Allegheny College Student Awarded Prestigious Place on Fulbright Summer Institute to the United Kingdom

Allegheny College student Allyson Wood has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom through one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university.

Beginning in mid-June, Wood will take an intensive four-week course in field biology in Brighton, England. The seaside town, located on the country’s southern coast, offers rich opportunities for research.   (more…)

Travel Seminars Bring Classroom Learning to Life

EL Seminar in Italy

The Lake District of Salzburg is one of the most spectacular parts of Austria, with lakes nestled high among the lush green Salzkammergut Mountains, and picturesque little towns along the shoreline. The area is perfect for biking along the lakeshore — which is exactly what Dana O’Connor, a sophomore at Allegheny College, spent a day doing last summer.

“I biked right next to the Alps and the lakes, and it’s just so quiet and peaceful,” she recalled. “It made me feel so tranquil.”

O’Connor’s moments of serenity came amid an Experiential Learning (EL) Seminar focused on important composers and musical landmarks throughout Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Led by two faculty mentors, Allegheny students learned through attending concerts, visiting historic locations, and discussing their experiences. But they also had time to bask in their surroundings.

“It made me realize I need to take more time to enjoy and experience life,” O’Connor said of the trip. The most influential part of the EL seminar, she added, was “experiencing the different cultures. The rich history of the countries was breathtaking.”

EL seminars are two- to three-week trips, typically at the beginning of summer break, that provide Allegheny students a way to earn academic credits while visiting other countries. Next May, Allegheny students and faculty will have the opportunity to explore histories and cultures through four EL seminars offered by the Allegheny Gateway: Cuba, Greece, Italy, and Berlin to Warsaw.


Millington: U.S.-Cuba Relationship Boosts Interest in Study Abroad

Look no further than study abroad programs to see the effect the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations has had on students and higher education.

“It’s almost like the gold rush of 1849,” said Tom Millington ’92, who works in Havana with American exchange students as a resident director with Spanish Studies Abroad — The Center for Cross-Cultural Study. He has seen interest in such programs increase since 2014, when the process of normalizing relations began.

Millington, who has worked with Spanish Studies Abroad since 2013, spoke with Allegheny about what it’s like in Havana now, what has changed in Cuba, Cubans’ love for Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, and more.


Allegheny graduate reflects on recent turmoil in France

By A.J. Panian
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, 9:01 p.m. – Pittsburgh’s News Source

Nearly one year ago, United’s Randi Smail embarked on a four-month stint of study in France, a time interspersed by exploration of the country’s historical and cultural riches, along with those offered in seven other nations throughout Europe.

The much-publicized terrorist acts, which occurred there in early January, left Smail — a 2009 Mt. Pleasant Area graduate — shocked and saddened, she said.

However, the threat of terrorism has not diminished Smail’s desire to one day return overseas, she said.

“I am a huge advocate of traveling and studying abroad, and I see it only as something that helps the travelers and adventurers, if they are open to the challenge,” said Smail, 24, who, in December, graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies.

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Mazzoni begins renovation project after time in Zimbabwe

By Meaghan Wilby, Staff Writer
December 4, 2014
The Campus

As part of a summer internship, Jessica Mazzoni, ’15, spent more than two months living in Nyadire, Zimbabwe with her friend, Natalie Geer, a student from Ohio Wesleyan. While Geer spent her time studying education at a local primary school, Mazzoni shadowed doctors at the Nyadire hospital.

As a global health major, Mazzoni was looking for an internship related to global health in a developing country and said that she discovered that her parents’ church in Pittsburgh, the United Methodist Church, ran affordable trips to Zimbabwe.

Mazzoni and Geer raised a total of $40,084 when they returned to America, surpassing their original goal of $30,000 for their crowdfunding campaign, which was associated with The Nyadire Connection, a Pittsburgh based non-profit leading a project to renovate all six clinics in the Nyadire area.

In addition to shadowing at the hospital, Mazzoni visited three of the six clinics. The clinics are primarily responsible for taking care of pregnant mothers and babies, providing care for children, HIV testing, counseling and treatment as well as treating common diseases.

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Senior Erica Restich Takes Part in Traineeship on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Erica Restich ’14 is in Sundsvall, Sweden completing a traineeship at Åkroken Science Park as part of the Swedish American Green Alliance (SAGA). Erica was one of three individuals selected from undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals to complete the three-month-long traineeship focused on corporate responsibility and sustainability. The program is sponsored by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-USA), the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and the municipality of Sundsvall. Erica participated in a roundtable discussion regarding Swedish and American relations with U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski, Swedish politicians and the CEOs of the three host companies. In addition, Erica was featured in Sweden’s largest financial paper, Dagens Industri, along with the Ambassador and the two other American trainees. She was also featured in the Sundsvall newspaper and Ambassador Brzezinski’s Embassy blog.