|STUDY ABROAD PROVIDES "LIFE CHANGING LEARNING ADVENTURES"
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University is offering students “life changing learning adventures” this
summer though study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Honduras, France, Italy,
Germany, Austria,.and Great Britain.
“Students can earn up to six
academic credits while visiting far off lands in programs that enhance
their professional and academic skills as well as their international and
cross-cultural experience and their position in the job market,” said Danilo
Levi, director of the International Initiatives Office.
This summer students can study
Spanish, sociology, criminal justice, political science, and business in
Costa Rica; nursing, sociology and anthropology in Honduras; French in
France; Italian and honors topics in Italy; business in Germany; and history,
political science, and music in Austria, Levi said. “There are also programs
in Britain and France offered in cooperation with other universities,”
Competitive program costs include
tuition, lodging and some meals, site visits, and lectures by top local
“Programs introduce students
to the musical heritage of Austria, the intricacies of European Community
politics, the tactics of transnational corporations, the unforgettable
colors of Caribbean reefs, the splendors of Mayan civilization, the joys
of salsa, the glorious beauty of Italy, and the many ways in which people
express the joy of life,” Levi said.
He said students who have participated
in study abroad in the past describe the programs as “life-changing.”
“The things that I did and saw…
changed me. My perception of the world is far greater and my perception
of myself is different,” one participant said, while another said, “I made
so many new friends… who have made a big impact on my life. Traveling
abroad was a wonderful experience, especially with a program that was put
together so well.”
A participant in the Italy program
said, “One of the most important things I learned about on the trip was
about myself. I gained a deeper insight into what I really want to do,
with my life. I would not trade my experience for anything in the world.”
Levi said financial aid can be
applied to study abroad expenses and scholarships are also available. Southeastern’s
Student Government Association provided $30,000 in study abroad scholarships
in 2003, and increased its contribution to $60,000 for this year’s programs.
“A number of other scholarship programs will bring the total in study abroad
scholarships for 2004 to around $70,000,” he said.
“All of this reflects the growing
importance of international education for succeeding in today’s global
society,” Levi said. “Study Abroad programs represent a wonderful opportunity
for students to expand their professional and personal horizons and prepare
for today’s, and tomorrow’s, challenges.”
There is still time to enroll
in the Summer 2004 Study Abroad Program. Those interested in participating
are encouraged to contact Southeastern’s International Initiatives Office,
985-549-2385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on Southeastern study abroad programs is also available online