By Charly Frisk
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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