Holiday Closure Information

The Study Abroad Office will be closed during the following times for the 2015 Holiday Season:

Monday Dec 7th  11:30am to 1:30pm
Thursday Dec 17th  1:30pm to 5:00pm

The office will close for the Winter Break on December 24th, and will reopen on Monday, January 4th 2016.

If you are currently abroad and require immediate assistance, please call NC State Campus Police at +1.919.515.3000. You can call collect.

Happy Holidays from NC State Study Abroad 2015

Now Advising for Spring ’16

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“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)

Attend Study Abroad 101 (formerly general advising session) for more information.

Photo c/o Yan Wang 

Apply for Summer 2015 Study Abroad before February 15!

DSCN3582Applications 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.

Increasing Number of Study Abroad Students by 2019

GSA_Partner_orangeNC State has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad national initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade, #GenerationStudyAbroad. NC State has committed to growing its study abroad participation by 50% by 2019. The initiative is also focusing on increasing the diversity of the students who study abroad, ensuring quality, and removing barriers to participation.

Multiple strategies will help achieve this goal. NC State will seek $1 million in new endowment funds for study abroad scholarships, expand the Curriculum Integration initiative to help growing numbers of students integrate global experiences into their degree programs and strengthen discipline-specific global competencies, and enhance the university’s transfer credit database to facilitate the approval of courses taken abroad. NC State will also create new systems through its travel authorization process to better track and support graduate students engaged in credit-bearing research abroad.

To ensure that all NC State students have access to international experiences, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will build on the partnership begun through ACE’s At Home in the World initiative, and increase by 50% the number of racial/ethnic minority students studying abroad. NC State will establish a new scholarship for underrepresented students, engage scholarship recipients in extensive peer outreach, and develop additional highly structured short-term study abroad programs that will be accessible and attractive to students who have limited or no prior international experience.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

IIE is launching Generation Study Abroad because the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. With 2.6 million students nationally graduating with associates or baccalaureate degrees each year, it is clear that major segments of America’s young people are not getting the international experience they will need to advance their careers and participate in the global economy, or to work together across borders to address global issues. NC State pledges to increase study abroad participation by 50 percent, from a 2011-2012 baseline of 1020 to at least 1530 by 2019. NC State and other committed partners are working to ensure that students from all backgrounds and in all fields of study have the opportunity to gain this important experience.

For more information on IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, and a complete list of commitment partners, go to:

NCSU Generation Study Abroad Press Release, May 2014

Students Receive Prestigious National Study Abroad Scholarships

The Study Abroad Office congratulates eleven NC State students who have been awarded the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, Evan Gearino and Tara Di Cassio ‘14 are recipients of the prestigious Boren Awards sponsored by the National Security Education Program to fund their studies in Amman, Jordan for the 2014-15 academic year. Gilman_Boren14 Front Row / Left to Right: Viana Romero, Ayana Mclemore, Luisa Rodriguez, Araca Wadsworth, Leatha Pettress
Back Row / Left to Right: Colton Bradley, Qing Zhou, Evan Gearino
Not pictured: Tara Di Cassio, Gibea Besana, Cody Murphy, Alzebeth Roman, and Tsharre Sanders

In addition to scholarships like the Gilman and Boren, the Study Abroad Office, with support from other campus units and donors, provided more than $220,000 in scholarships to study abroad students in 2013-14.

The following Gilman Scholars collectively received $35,000 towards studying abroad for NC State summer 2014 programs.

The Gilman Scholars program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant who will be studying or interning abroad for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.” 

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

Evan Gearino, an honors student from Wake County studying economics and international studies, will spend the year studying at the University of Jordan. “I will bring to Jordan an enthusiasm to learn Arabic and immerse myself in the culture,” Evan said. “Through this, I hope to foster a great working relationship with my professors, friendships with my language partners, and a better worldview; all serving to create a positive image of NCSU abroad.” Tara Di Cassio ‘14, international studies major from Cumberland County, will be studying Arabic and completing graduate research on how current events are portrayed in the media in Jordan. Her Boren Fellowship will be applied towards a graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.