By Charly Frisk
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During​ ​fall​ ​semester​ ​at​ ​the College​ ​of​ ​St.​ ​Benedict​ ​and​ ​St.​ ​John’s​ ​University,​ ​students are​ ​guaranteed​ ​certain​ ​seasonal​ ​gems​—​the​ ​explosion​ ​of​ ​golden​ ​fall​ ​color,​ ​the​ ​unfortunate midterm season,​ ​the​ ​gradual​
​decline​ ​of​ ​warm​ ​temperatures​ ​and​ ​the​ ​release​ ​of​ ​the​ ​new short-term​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​programs.

While​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​short-term​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​programs​ ​offered​ ​by the Center for Global Education (CGE) at​ ​CSB/SJU​ ​are renewed​ ​after​ ​each​ ​year,​ ​the​ ​school​ ​always​ ​offers​ ​new programs​. Out​ ​of​ ​the​ 15 programs​ ​available​ ​for​ ​next​ ​summer,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​five​ ​new programs​ ​which include​ ​Advanced​ ​Spanish​ ​Language​ ​&​ ​Culture​ ​in​ ​Ecuador,​ ​Science​ ​&​ ​Policy​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Kingdom, Children’s​ ​Literature​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Kingdom​,​ ​Japanese Entertainment​ ​and​ ​Media​​ in Japan ​and​ ​Gender​ ​and​ ​Culture​ ​in Sweden​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Netherlands​.

CGE​ ​Short-Term​ ​Program​ ​Manager, Annika K. Turner,​ ​encourages​ ​students​ ​to​ ​take advantage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​new​ ​summer​ ​programs because not ​all​ ​programs​ ​are​ ​guaranteed​ ​to​ ​reappear​ ​every​ ​year.

“If​ ​you​ ​see​ ​a​ ​program​ ​that​ ​you​ ​are​ ​really​ ​interested​ ​in,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​it and​ ​apply,”​ ​Turner said.

However,​​ ​the​ ​new​ ​short-term​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​programs​ ​not​ ​only​ ​excite​ ​students, ​but​ ​also​ ​the​ ​excites​ ​of​ ​the​ ​faculty​ ​who​ ​lead​ ​and​ ​design​ ​each​ ​program​.

“The​ ​program​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​a​ ​subject​ ​the​ ​faculty​ ​member​ ​is​ ​very​ ​passionate​ ​about.​ ​The short-term​ ​study​ ​abroad​ program ​highlights​ ​the​ ​faculty’s​ ​interest​ ​and​ ​is​​ ​designed by the faculty.​ ​It allows​ ​a​ ​student to​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​a​ ​faculty​ ​member​ ​and​ ​see​ ​them​ ​at​ ​their​ ​best,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​place​ ​that​ ​they​ ​picked,”​ Turner said.

Every​ ​March,​ ​the​ ​faculty​ ​members​ ​of​ CSB/SJU​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​a short-term​ ​program​ ​that​ ​they​ ​design​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​summer.​ ​The​ ​faculty​ ​members​ ​draw​ ​on​ ​their own​ ​passions​ ​and​ ​expertise​ ​to​ ​craft​ ​the​ ​educational​ ​material​ ​of​ ​each​ ​individual​ ​course.​ ​In​ ​this aspect,​ ​each​ ​program​ ​is​ ​tailored to​ ​each​ professor.​

Professor​ Elena ​Sanchez Mora who is​ ​leading​ ​the​ ​Advanced​ ​Spanish​ ​Language​ ​&​ ​Culture​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​Ecuador wanted​ ​to give students​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​with​ ​busy​ ​schedules​ an opportunity ​to​ ​study​ ​abroad.

“A​ ​group​ ​of​ ​faculty​ ​in​ ​Hispanic​ ​studies​ ​saw​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​program​ ​for​ ​students​ ​with a​ ​demanding course​ ​load​ ​in​ ​majors​ ​like​ ​nursing​ ​or​ ​education​ ​who​ ​cannot​ ​fit​ ​all​ ​the​ ​required language​ ​courses​ ​like​ ​HISP​ ​311​ ​and​ ​312​ ​for​ ​their​ ​Hispanic​ ​studies​ ​major​ ​or​ ​minor​ ​on​ ​campus and​ ​cannot​ ​study​ ​abroad​ ​for​ ​an​ ​entire semester,”​ Sanchez Mora said.

Students​ ​who​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​this​ ​program​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​fulfill​ ​their​ ​common curriculum​ ​global​ ​language​ ​requirement​ abroad.​ ​Sanchez​ Mora ​is​ ​excited​ ​for students​ ​who​ ​choose​ ​the​ ​upcoming​ ​abroad​ ​experience.

“I’m​ ​excited​ ​about​ ​co-teaching​ ​advanced​ ​Spanish​ ​language​ ​with​ ​teachers​ ​from​ ​our​ ​site school​ ​in​ ​an​ ​immersion​ environment​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​covering​ ​cultural​ ​aspects​ ​while​ ​having​ ​students live​ ​with​ ​local​ ​families,​ be​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​majestic​ ​mountain​ ​views​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​service learning​ ​with​ ​the​ ​community,”​ ​Sanchez Mora said.

Professor​ ​Madeleine​ ​Israelson​ ​will​ ​be​ ​leading​​ ​children’s​ ​literature​ ​course​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Kingdom,​ ​drawing​ ​from​ ​her love​ ​of​ ​children’s​ ​literature.

“The​ ​mythology​ ​and​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​England​ ​and​ ​Scotland​ ​shape​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​amazing fantasy​ ​stories​ ​told​ ​for​ ​children,” Israelson said.​ “​I​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​design​ ​a​ ​program​ ​that​ ​will​ ​take​ ​students​ ​to​ ​the​ ​very places​ ​that​ ​inspired​ ​so​ ​many​ ​amazing​ ​and​ ​timeless​ ​works​ ​of​ ​children’s​ ​literature.”​ ​

Each​ ​of​ ​these​ ​new​ ​short-term​ ​programs​ ​are designed ​by​ ​teachers​ ​who​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​students​ ​by​ ​teaching​ ​their​ ​passions.

“I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​study​ ​abroad,​ ​much​ ​like​ ​reading​ ​a​ ​great​ ​book,​ ​helps​ ​us​ ​understand​ ​who​ ​we are​ ​in​ ​deeply meaningful​ ​ways​ ​and​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​world​ ​at​ ​large​ ​and​ ​our​ ​place​ ​in​ ​it,”​ ​Israelson said.

Applications​ ​for short term programs are​ ​due​ ​Nov.​ ​6.

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