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June 20, 2017

Does Autumn in Paris Appeal? Study Abroad This Fall

Do you learn by doing? Do you thrive on change, diversity, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences?

If you’re nodding your head in an emphatic “Yes!” — you might be the perfect candidate for a study abroad program next fall. You still get all the credits you need to fulfill your undergraduate degree requirements, but instead of studying in the same physical or virtual classroom and campus library, the world is your classroom. A library full of rich cultural and personal growth experiences awaits you.


What Subjects Ignite Your Passion?


There’s a vast universe of study abroad programs designed to inspire your quest for knowledge while supporting your minor or major. You’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of choices in both course subjects and program structure. You can spend the entire semester studying at one of the world’s most respected universities, attending classes with other international students as well as the locals. Here’s a great blog by a Global Environmental Sustainability major studying in Thimphu, Bhutan that beautifully illustrates how immersed you get in the local culture as you share the traditions, learn the language, and sample the cuisine. Many study abroad organizations offer traveling programs that take you to several cities in a country while focusing on one specific course throughout the trip. A multi-country program might appeal to you if you want to drill down into a specialized subject and view it through a cross-cultural lens. This four-week History of Genocide program weaves you through London, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Warsaw.


Which Countries are on Your Bucket List?


If you long to visit a specific country, target your search for programs using that as a filter. Does your family tree have deep roots in Ireland? How about a fall semester at the University of Limerick? Three of your five required courses could be:


·       Traditional Irish music

·       From James Joyce to Maeve Brennan: 20th Century Irish Fiction

·       Gaelic 101; Irish Language – Elementary Level


Although you don’t need to know a foreign language to study abroad, it’s a great way to increase your fluency. If there’s a particular language you really resonate with, conduct your program search using that criterion. Perhaps an Intensive Spanish Language Program at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina is muy bueno para usted. This program provides two levels of language study in just one semester as well as an additional English-taught course entitled “History and Culture of Argentina.”


If you hear the siren call of the French Riviera, travel to the South of France and spend your fall semester on the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll sharpen your French language skills while taking science, engineering, or business courses in English. Some programs even provide students with a hands-on internship at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. Excursions to St. Tropez, Monaco, and Provence are the icing on your semester in paradise.


Geneva College offers a Semester in Scotland. Study in Airdrie, a town founded by monks in the 12th century. From the modern city of Glasgow to the historic Stirling Castle, you’ll find that Scotland is a great place to discover, learn and grow academically and spiritually.


Wondering About Fees?


Most study abroad programs are all-inclusive, covering your housing, meal plan, social and cultural activities, and round-trip airfare. Some programs make meals and airline tickets optional. For example, the fall semester at Ireland’s University of Limerick currently runs $15,995 with a meal allowance and $14,999 without one. Geneva’s Semester in Scotland is covered by Tuition and Housing fees already paid to Geneva College for the semester, and it includes an allowance each month plus some reimbursement for travel costs.


You can expect your program to help you with your visa, transcript transfer, financial assistance, and other related services and advice. You’ll find a large number of scholarships, private grants, and other funding methods including federal and state grants, awards, and loans to help finance your study abroad experience. Is this for you?


One of the best ways to decide if a study abroad program is right for you is to reach out to other program students via their blogs or YouTube videos. This up-close-and-personal view of day-to-day life in another country perfectly captures the rich diversity of cultural experiences and lifelong personal connections you can look forward to. As a Geneva student, you could contact the Crossroads: Center for Enriched Learning for details on Semester in Scotland or dozens of other study off-campus options.


If you’d like to learn more about the biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva and our study abroad options, we’d love to explore the possibilities with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your career goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email