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Opening the door for underrepresented students to study abroad

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is launching a pilot program aimed at encouraging underrepresented student groups to study abroad. Through information sessions and Travel Scholar grants, the college hopes to show students how study abroad can augment their education and expose any misconceptions that may be holding them back.

Student of the Month: Hayden Russell

Hayden Russell is a graduating senior majoring in English and minoring in Classical Studies. A University Scholar, he has two ongoing research projects and an editorial internship, has studied abroad in the UK, and is a member of the Skateboarding and Game Design clubs. Hayden intends to continue his education in digital rhetoric and game studies at the graduate level.

Gaining Confidence While Studying Down Under

Spending six months studying in Australia challenged Kianna Freitag to navigate a new environment on her own, increased her awareness of other cultures, and gave her an enormous sense of accomplishment. She wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Studying Abroad Feeds Future Doctor’s Goals

Laila Knio (Psychology, French ’17) plans to become a physician. She's also committed to global concerns. So when she studied abroad, she filmed a documentary in war-torn Lebanon to highlight "extraordinary people who have helped others despite religious or ethnic differences."

Semester in Spain Challenges, Inspires Undergrad

Senior Megan Hornbeck (Communication Media and Spanish Languages and Literatures) says studying abroad in Spain enhanced her cultural awareness, challenged her to navigate a new environment and shaped her goals.