PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will increase the number of students who study abroad from about 750 per year to 1,000 over the next five years. It is part of a nationwide initiative to equip them with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.Continue reading
By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services
PULLMAN, Wash. – First-generation undergraduate students at Washington State University are invited to study abroad in Costa Rica next summer. An information session will be 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Lighty 260.Continue reading
By Madison Rosenbaum, WSU Tri-Cities student intern
RICHLAND, Wash. – Amie McKenna exchanged the neighborhood cat for a savanna lioness and the horse pastured down the road for an African zebra – and then shared the adventure via her blog posts.Continue reading
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VANCOUVER, Wash. – A study abroad visit to Cuba open to all Washington State University students will be led by instructor María Lee-López, who was born and raised in Havana, on June 24-July 3.Continue reading
By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education
Sport management students will say “Hello” in person this summer as the College of Education debuts a six-week faculty-led study abroad program in South Korea.Continue reading
By Sue McMurray, College of Business
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PULLMAN, Wash. – Panel discussions, a learning fair and a free movie will be part of the first Global Cougs Week at Washington State University Aug. 26-30.
* Cougs at Home and Abroad student panel, noon-1 p.m., CUB L46.
* Global learning fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Terrell Mall.
* Global Experiences and the Job Market professional panel, noon-1 p.m., CUE 518. The panel will include representatives from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, the Washington State Trade Commission and the Peace Corps.
* Soccer coffee hour, 2:30-5 p.m., CUB L46.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Washington State University students are among approximately 800 undergraduates nationwide awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this fall.
About 20 percent of applicants are successful, and supporting essays are particularly important to the application, said Sarah Ann Hones, director of the distinguished scholarship program at WSU. More than 30 WSU students since 2006 have received the scholarship.
More information regarding the Gilman, or applying for distinguished scholarships and other prestigious awards, can be found online at http://DistinguishedScholarships.wsu.edu.
The recipients are:
* Galen Green, a sophomore English major from WSU Vancouver, who will spend a year at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China taking classes in both English and Mandarin. An avid fiction writer, he plans to start and facilitate a writing workshop in Beijing to stay active in his craft.
He said life in another culture helps to accelerate an understanding of one’s own culture, stifling ethnocentrism.
“I’m excited to be frustrated, anxious and completely mesmerized,” Green said. “There’s really no substitute for that kind of experience; I think everyone should study abroad.”
He said financial costs are not always an obstacle. He gave up driving to save extra money for traveling and said such simple steps make the “excuse of cost for studying abroad not particularly impressive.”
He said that getting the Gilman award is a reminder that sometimes an otherwise average student –who is just passionate about travel – can be recognized.
* Jackie Hill, a senior Chinese major at WSU Pullman, who will spend a semester at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China for an intensive Chinese language and culture program.
She hopes to use the experience to gain an edge in applications for master’s programs to become a librarian who specializes in Chinese studies. Her goal is to help reduce misconceptions about Chinese history and culture.
* Maria Peden, a senior anthropology major at WSU Vancouver, who will spend a year at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. The concepts and principles of anthropology, she said, are best learned from gaining an inside perspective through cultural immersion.
Peden will keep a blog – and perhaps a YouTube channel – to document her journey. She also hopes to get involved in volunteer activities while in South Korea to promote a positive image of American students and to give back to her host nation.
“Going abroad helps teach and reinforce valuable skills,” she said. “You can look at problems from multiple perspectives and adapt to new situations. I think that’s applicable for anyone or any career.”
Looking to the future
Universities around the world are reporting similar increases in the number of students studying in China. According to a September issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education (see ONLINE @ http://chronicle.com and search “fifth importer”), the Chinese Ministry of Education reported the number of international students at Chinese universities rose from 39,000 in 1997 to 195,000 in 2007. Chinese officials have outlined plans to increase that number to 500,000 students by 2020.
Largest WSU group
While the number of WSU students going to China has seen recent growth, the number of Chinese students at WSU and other American universities has remained consistently high.