Office of Education Abroad Update, March 26, 2013: Issue 13

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Office of Education Abroad Update
March 26, 2013: Issue 13

Go South for Winter Break

3 credit, short-term study abroad opportunities for Winter Break, fall semester credit registration.

Take your studies South of the equator for winter break.  Earn 3 credits while studying in Costa Rica or Ecuador.  CWRU offers two exciting opportunities for you to study abroad on a short-term program over your winter break.  Students will register for the Fall semester for the 3 credit class.  There course will meet in the fall, prior to the trip over the break.  There will also be a class meeting early in the spring semester.  Applications will be open for programs on April 1st. 

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

Friday, March 29, Financial Aid and Study Abroad 12:45PM-1:30PM in the Tomlinson 1st floor conference room 
Come learn how financial aid can help you achieve your study abroad goal.  A representative from University Financial Aid will be present to discuss how to apply financial aid to long or short-term study abroad programs.

Friday, April 5th, Information Session on Winter Break Study Abroad Opportunities 12:45PM-1:30PM in the Tomlinson 1st floor conference room
Come learn about the different study abroad options that CWRU offers.  Programs take place over winter break, Fall registration in SIS.  (Fall registration begins April 8)  Returnees from the 2012-2013 winter break programs in Costa Rica and Ecuador will share their experiences.

The OEA will host a table in Nord on Tuesday the 9th 10:00AM-1:00PM and on Wednesday the 10th from 11:30AM-2:30PM
Representatives will be in Nord to discuss currently available study abroad options.  Drop by and find out where you can go!

Spring Semester Applications now open
The application for Spring 2014 is now open.  Simply go to, search for the program you’re interested in, and click Apply Now.  The system will walk you through the rest of the process.

Friday, April 19 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM, Photo Contest Event
The Office of Education Abroad is once again putting on a photo contest for all study abroad participants in the past year.  We have received several dozen fantastic entries from students who studied all over the world.  The winners will be announced in a public reception on Friday, April 19 from 12:30 to 1:30. Join us then in the Tomlinson lobby to hear stories about students' experiences abroad, see their great photo submissions, and find out the winners of the contest!  Food will be served.  We look forward to seeing you there!

FREE housing for Turkey exchange program
Bilkent University has an active exchange agreement with Case Western Reserve University and is offering free housing to CWRU students. Bilkent University is recognized and ranked world wide as the premier institution of higher education in Turkey. Located in the country's capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million, Bilkent is a hub of academic, social, and cultural activity. The use of English as a medium of instruction contributes a great deal towards the University's truly international perspective.  It was founded in 1984 as Turkey's first private, non-profit institution of higher education. With world-renowned scholars among its faculty and top-notch facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent attracts many of Turkey's brightest high school graduates. The university has 12,000 students seeking degrees in 6 associate's, 33 bachelor's, and 47 graduate programs in a variety of fields. Bilkent University's international community of scholars and students is an essential component of academic programs, research activities, and social life. International faculty and instructors make up more than a quarter of all academic staff, representing 40 different countries. There is a growing body of full-time international students, as well as exchange students visiting from more than 250 partner institutions.  The university has a lively campus atmosphere with plenty of cultural and social events taking place throughout the year. The 1200 acre university campus is located 12 kilometers from the city center. Its convenient location offers easy access to the city's parks, shopping areas, cultural activities, museums, and entertainment venues. Bilkent's location in the Anatolian heartland allows easy access to major cities and many places of interest throughout the country.  Bilkent University is proud to provide a rich and diverse environment for learning and intellectual growth. Come to Bilkent and discover Turkey!  Apply today.

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Other Announcements and Events

The Cuba Experience, 3 credit May Term course
Travel Dates: May 13 - May 31, 2013,  Cost:  $2550.00, includes flights, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance, some meals. 
This is a three–week study abroad intensive course that takes place at Editorial Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba. The course combines the unique advantages of a total immersion environment in Spanish with a classroom curriculum that includes conversation practice and study of relevant cultural, literary and historical issues. Students complete three hours of classroom instruction and an hour and a half of publishing workshop four days per week.  In this workshop, they work in the edition of a bilingual book.  In addition, they participate in organized visits to historic sites and museums connected to the culture curriculum. The focus of the culture curriculum is the study of Cuban history and culture through its literature, visual arts, films, and music.  After
applying and being accepted in the program, students meet for personal advising with the program director and attend four different one hour orientation-information meetings in the spring semester.  After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish.  The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will have formal classes taught by their professor and talks and meetings with specialists on Cuban literature, art, architecture, history and other aspects of culture and society. In addition, they will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth.

The Department of Bioethics Summer II course: BETH 315/415: Global Health - India, Hyderabad
Monday, July 22-Saturday, August 3, 2013, Instructors: Nicole Deming, J.D., M.A., Gopal Yadavalli, M.D.  The course provides a combined education in the academic and international worlds.  This program:  Offers students an in-depth study of disease in India by examining the historical, cultural, ethical, medical, religious, and legal aspects that influence HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and TB; Delves into the ethical dilemmas that arise at the intersection of medicine, law, technology, and culture; Gives a cross-sectional perspective of health care in India; Incorporates the expertise of doctors, administrators, and leaders, both here and abroad, to enable a better understanding of how medicine, law, and life intersect; Provides an opportunity to travel to Hyderabad, India to directly observe Indian culture and health care.
  Click here to learn about our students' experiences in India. Select BETH 315/415 from the menu on the left.  Program Cost: Estimated Program Cost: $2,500.  Financial Aid can often be applied to cover program fees.  For more information about this program, or any of our international course offerings, please contact Michelle L. Champoir-Burke, M.A., Director of International Education Programs for The Department of Bioethics, at, 216-368-5377, or visit

March 26, 2013

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Upcoming application deadlines

Fall semester:
April 1
Academic year:
April 1
Summer I:
April 1
Summer II:
April 22

Applications are being accepted for the following programs
Summer II
Bioethics Global Health - India
Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a student abroad advisor, contact:
Fall / Academic Year 2013 deadline April 1st
It has already been several weeks since the school semester started, and deadlines for Fall Semester/Academic Year study abroad applications are approaching quickly.  If you are thinking about studying abroad for Fall/AY 2013 and you haven’t already met with our study abroad advisor, Lisa Brown, you should do that ASAP. You can make an appointment by visiting our office in Tomlinson 143, or you can email us at  Applications for study abroad to CWRU should ideally be done by mid to late February, and applications to your specific program should ideally be completed by mid to late March.  If you’ve already met with Lisa and need to get started on the application process, go to and click "Program Search" on the left side of the page.  Once you've picked your program and clicked on its link, click the "Apply Now" button to start your application. Good luck with your studies, both at home and abroad!
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