Postcards from Abroad

 

Study abroad provides our students with a front-row seat to the global marketplace, immersing them in different cultures and broadening their worldview.

This year, a total of 868 KSU students will visit 36 different countries. This summer, students are participating in more than 50 faculty-led programs covering multiple disciplines. On July 1, Nicole Martin, associate professor of psychology, and Lecturer Teresa Neal will lead students on a 28-day journey through Northern and Central Vietnam. During the trip, local college students will serve as tour guides for KSU students, giving the Vietnamese students a chance to practice their English while providing a unique perspective about their culture.

While some students are just beginning their adventure, others have already returned.

Students such as Natalie Jackson who recently traveled with a group of 20 students as part of the President's Emerging Global Scholars program trip to Italy, led by Lisa Adams, associate professor of biology education and associate director of the Honors Program. Natalie said that through her study abroad experience:

"I was able to put visual pictures to the things that I had been learning. History became less of being just a bunch of stories and more of something I am able to cherish and understand."

Steve Hocutt was one of several engineering students who were led by M.A. Karim, associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, and Assistant Professor Roneisha Worthy, on a trip to Germany and France to learn about sustainability. Steve said:

"The experience broadened my skill set, reinforced my classroom learning and increased my marketability with future employers."

It is truly heartening to hear these reactions from our students about the value of the education abroad program. There is no substitute for the hands-on experiences they receive when traveling around the world. Kennesaw State University will continue to make learning come to life for our students through education abroad and other engaging opportunities.

Pamela Whitten

President

Written By Whitten

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