Don’t miss your chance to study abroad for Spring or Spring Short-Term 2016! The Study Abroad Office is accepting applications through September 15. Attend a general advising session to get started. There are programs for every major— make the WORLD your classroom!
Looking to study abroad in China? The NC State Study Abroad Office offers multiple summer programs for students in various majors. These programs cover studies such as language, culture, management, chemistry & other sciences. Take a look to see if any of these opportunities interest you!
This summer a group of NC State students traveled to Central America on the Belize: Global Health and Physiology program. While abroad, the students participated in medical clinics aiding those in need, where they serviced almost 500 patients. The program gained publicity on local Belize television and the students presented their experiences at the science cafe at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
For more on their incredible experience check out their storify page!
McCaide Wooten our #PackAbroad photojournalist on feature showcases his work while studying abroad on the Namibia: African Ecology & Conservation program. McCaide is a senior studying Animal Science. Check out some of his work!
Kaitlynn Phillips our #PackAbroad photographer on feature showcases her work while studying abroad in Peru on the Spanish Language & Peruvian Culture program. Check out some of her work below!
Kaitlynn is a sophomore here at NC State studying International Studies. She is currently studying abroad on the Peru: Spanish Language & Peruvian Culture to continue her studies and gain valuable international experience. Give her a follow and share her journey: instagram: @k_phill
“I really got to see how the design industry works. In addition to the courses at Lorenzo de‘ Medici, I did an internship in a boutique where people spoke Spanish, English, French, Italian and Korean. We were all working there together. It really changes your perspective. Every weekend, I went somewhere different—England, Spain. I even got to see the pope celebrate Easter Mass, which was an incredible experience.”
Lisbeth Arias—senior; fashion and textiles design with a minor in Italian studies
Eleven students, including Lisbeth Arias, received the inaugural Chancellors Study Abroad Scholarship in 2014. For 2015, Woodson is doubling the Chancellor’s Study Abroad Scholarships budget to $50,000, to support 20 to 25 students. See the full story at http://giving.ncsu.edu/.
The Chancellors Scholarship support has helped to make study abroad a reality for these students. However, the current scholarship levels are not enough to support all interested students.
To make a donation to help NC State students study abroad, visit https://ccfn.ncsu.edu/advancement-services/giving and select the Study Abroad Fund, under Other Initiatives on the drop-down menu.
Study abroad will enrich and enhance your studies at NC State. With planning and preparation in collaboration with your academic advisor, studying abroad can be a part of your NC State experience. Check out our recommended programs by major. We’re advising now for Spring 2016; start an application today!
“Nothing compares to stepping out of your comfort zone into a completely new world, with interesting people, beautiful landscapes, ancient culture, and challenging situations. Many years from now, you will still be proud in saying to yourself, ‘I did this!'”
NC State Agriculture Sciences major
China: Plant Resources, Ecology & Culture (Summer)
Photo c/o Yan Wang
Applications for summer 2015 are being accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills or until February 15, 2015. Lisbeth Arias (pictured) studied in Florence, Italy last spring where she continued her education as a Fashion and Textile Design major. We recently caught up with Lisbeth to see what she’s been up too and hear about her experiences while studying in Europe!
|What kind of study abroad experience did you have and how did it connect to your studies?|
|I never left the classroom. All of Europe was a learning space for me. I learned interpersonal skills through my encounters with people from all around the world. I experienced personal development when I would get lost and couldn’t find my way back home. Studying abroad was hectic and unpredictable, but looking back, I can’t believe it all happened. I feel privilege to tell others where I was, who I met, and what it all meant to me.|
|Did you gain any unique experiences that might help to benefit your career?|
|I never thought I would’ve been interning for a local boutique while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Because of my Italian minor and my Fashion & Textile Design major, I was able to work with an Italian seamstress, a French pattern maker, and a Korean designer. That’s what I call an international experience. Through the internship I learned the Italian work ethic and how it’s okay to close the shop if you need a coffee break. I also learned what true customer service means. In the United States, customers go to shops and buy what they find on the racks. In Italy, the customer came in and found the silhouette she was looking for; however, she was taken in for measurements, she chose her fabrics, and a couple of weeks later, she received the dress that was fitted to her body. Even though the Italian approach on fashion was a longer process, it allowed customers to understand that they don’t need to alter their bodies to find the perfect dress. It’s the clothes that need to be refined and that’s the designer’s job.|
|What kind of advice would you give to other students who are thinking about studying abroad? OR what is something you wish someone would have advised you?|
|I wish someone would have told me how quickly a semester goes by when you’re abroad. I went abroad with the impression that I was going to travel to all the places I intended to go. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough weekends. I would advise other students to really value each day you have. Go to a new restaurant for dinner, try a new hobby, travel to the small towns, and go for a walk when you’re bored…. If I could do it again, I would try something new each day. Just remember, your time is short and eventually, it all comes to an end.|
|What would you tell students who are on the fence about studying abroad or are hesitant to go for it?|
|For everyone who is thinking about studying abroad, go for it. It truly is a one of a kind experience. I’ve traveled to several countries on my own, but I wasn’t able to really immerse myself in the culture like I did in Italy. Being a student in another country allows you to embrace problems that you would never face if you were just visiting. For example, grocery shopping and doing laundry are simple chores in the US, but in Italy they were a struggle. I could only buy what I could carry, and drying my clothes only worked when the sun was out. It’s silly, but studying abroad introduces you to a different you. You discover new ways to improvise when exchanging words isn’t possible, you discover new foods you can’t live without, and you learn how to take amazing pictures. But more importantly, you learn to be patient with yourself and others. Plans don’t always work out and the language barrier isn’t an easy obstacle, but at the end of the day, it’s all part of the new discovery you embrace when you study abroad.|
Applications for summer 2015 are being accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills or until February 15, 2015. Leatha Pettress (pictured) studied in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala this past summer where she continued her education as a Social Work major. We recently caught up with Leatha to see what she’s been up too and hear about her experiences while studying in Central America!
|Personally, what was your unique learning opportunity studying abroad and how did it connect to your studies?|
|I studied abroad this past summer in Guatemala through the Department of Social Work. There are social injustices everywhere, and as a future social worker, traveling to a third-world country gave me the opportunity to assess the needs outside of the United States. It was very enriching to witness the everyday lives and struggles of those in Guatemala.|
|Did you gain unique experiences that might help to benefit your career?|
|While abroad, I had the opportunity of taking one-on-one Spanish classes. As a part of the program, the classes were for two weeks, four hours a day. This was definitely beneficial, as a future social worker! I was recently reminded that knowing Spanish and being bilingual makes one more marketable for jobs. I need to brush up on it, but I definitely know more Spanish than I did before going abroad.|
|What kind of advice would you give to other students who are thinking about studying abroad?|
|If you are thinking about studying abroad, do it! Why not? There is so much knowledge and experience that can be gained–while taking college courses! Studying abroad is one of the best decisions that I have made during my college career. If I could do it again, I would.|