Office of Education Abroad Update, June 5, 2013: Issue 18

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Office of Education Abroad Update
June 5, 2013: Issue 18

The Value of Study Abroad

Mark you calendar for September 6th to find out where you can go!

Karen Kruzer, a recent CWRU study abroad student had this to say about study abroad: "Study abroad was by far my favorite and most educational experience in undergraduate school. I traveled to 18 countries throughout Europe experiencing many cultures, foods, and diverse lifestyles. Not only did I make friends with students from all over the world at hostels (such as Australia, Russia, New Zealand, Germany, and Brazil), but I also gained confidence in myself and my navigational skills. You can make what you want of your experience. You can stay comfortable within your own school, or you can learn to make your money stretch and shoot off to countries all over the world. The choice is entirely yours. You can learn to navigate trains, buses, metros, different currencies and languages, and you learn how to find your way even when you might be lost at first. Study abroad equipped me with the skills to navigate not just my classes, but my entire world." There is however, much more value than just those things to the study abroad experience. 

In a recent article by Rick Steves, published in USA Today, he states "Even in challenging economic times, making sure that study abroad is part of our college students' education is a vital investment. If we want a new generation of leaders and innovators who can be effective in an ever more globalized world, sending our students overseas is not a luxury. It's a necessity." 

Sheila J. Curan, in her article The Career Value of Education Abroad published in International Educator, noted that according to a recent employer survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers look more favorable on students with study abroad experience.  Employers are looking for personal attributes or characteristics that will make students effective employees. The survey rates the following attributes as most desirable:
■Strong work ethic
■Detail oriented
Few students are able to effectively demonstrate these attributes on a resume. But a student who has studied abroad in a thoughtful way will find copious examples of motivation, initiative, and—particularly—flexibility and adaptability.

Study Abroad can do wonders for your résumé, but you don’t have to take our word for it:

However, it’s not enough just to go study abroad; you also need to learn about how to talk about your study abroad experience to a potential employer. You should not assume that your employer automatically understands the value of your study abroad experience. Don’t speak about it in vague, qualitative terms (e.g. “It was amazing and it changed my life!”); rather, focus on the specific skills you gained as a study abroad student (e.g. “I had to arrange all of the logistics for a move overseas, so I learned how to plan for major projects and troubleshoot independently.”) This blog post contains some excellent tips on how to translate your study abroad experience to employer-speak. Also check out this post on 10 professional skills that can be gained through study abroad!

The Career Center can also help you work study abroad into your résumé. You are encouraged to drop by during their walk-in consulting hours (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday), or, if those hours don’t work, you can make an appointment by stopping in Sears 206 or calling 216-368-4446.

Start your journey in the Center for International Affairs in Tomlinson 143 or email us at to set up an appointment with your study abroad advisor, Lisa Brown.

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

Spring Semester 2014 in London with RADA
For over 100 years RADA has specialized in professional training for the dramatic arts. RADA students spend very little time sitting around in lectures: the skills of the actor, the stage manager, the scenic artist need to be practiced to achieve expertise. The staff combines excellence as teachers, with continued engagement in the profession: winning awards, directing movies, publishing books and working with major producers, both in the UK and abroad.  CWRU has partnered with RADA to offer a full spring semester course of study, in London.  This is a CWRU "IN" program, which means students will register through CWRU for this semester abroad. 
Visit our website to learn more about this exciting program.
To hear directly from Geoff Bullen, Director of RADA, about this exciting experience, click here. Click here to APPLY.

Other Announcements and Events

The Department of Bioethics is offering a Winter Break 3-credit course to Costa Rica
BETH 315C/415C: Health and Health Care in Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States - Course and Community Service in Costa Rica: January 1-11, 2014

APPLY  Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit for Arts and Sciences students.  Approved for Engineering students as Humanities credit. Open to all undergraduate (all majors),graduate students (all programs.)  This course is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.  Instructor: Nicole Deming, J.D., M.A.  This 3-credit course gives students the unique opportunity to observe patients and practitioners encounter in a radically different health care system. Costa Rica has one of the most comprehensive and successful health care systems in the Western hemisphere, featuring the innovative use of mid-level health care workers organized in basic comprehensive health care teams. This has resulted in a longer life expectancy than the United States, despite a per capita GDP of only $10,000 per person.  Students will gain firsthand experience of Costa Rican health care through field experiences at a national hospital in the capital city, San Jose; a peripheral treatment clinic in a smaller town; and observation of the work of an integrated basic health care team in a native reserve. Following each visit, students will discuss the practical and ethical dilemmas that practitioners face in the context of the Costa Rican health care system. Specific topics include: health inequalities within and between nations; the ethics of transplantation, medical research, and end-of-life care; and health care in rural environments and with indigenous populations.  Prior to the trip, students attend six hours of lectures at Case Western Reserve University. Following the trip, students meet with instructors for an additional two hours, and will be expected to complete an original research essay.  The course will be integrated with community service experiences.  The fee for the Costa Rica is $2,950 and includes: airfare, in-country transportation, all meals, accommodations, all site visits. Financial aid may be applied toward travel costs.  For more information; visit our website or contact Michelle Champoir to set up an appointment.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is offering a winter break 3-credit course to Ecuador
SASS 375A/575: International Travel & Study Abroad:  ECUADOR: Health, human and social development: Dec 29, 2013 - Jan 11, 2014

APPLY   Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit for Arts and Sciences students.  Approved for Engineering students as Social Science credit.  This course is open to all undergraduates, graduates, from all majors and concentrations, as well as professionals in the health and human service fields. Instructors: Mark Chupp, Phd <> and Sonia Minnes, Phd <>.  Spend two weeks in Ecuador and experience the capital city, Quito, spend time in the Amazon rain forest, live with Quichua indigenous family, and spend a day with the Afro-indigenous community!   The 3-hour course provides an integrated approach to the study of the multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development in Ecuador.   The learning objectives will be accomplished through a series of visits in urban and rural Ecuador that expose you to basic knowledge of the country’s history, politics, economic system, delivery of social and health services, and the unique diversity of Ecuadorian citizens.  You will have site visits that include programs in public and private hospitals, HIV/AIDS, education, child welfare, disaster interventions, trafficking in human persons, and U.S. Aid policy.  Another highlight is a visit and service learning project with a center for families of young boys that work in the streets of Quito to make money for their families. The center is quite unique in its philosophy and service delivery. Other experiences include shopping at a traditional open air market in Otovalo, the largest in South America, visit to the equator, cultural museums, zip-lining,  horseback riding and hiking volcanoes and mountains. You will have free time in Quito to also explore on your own. The fee for the Ecuador is $3,950 and includes: domestic and international airfare, in-country travel, most meals, accommodations, instructional materials, agency visits, guest lecturers, program fees and excursions and cultural events. The program will also have interpreters and regional staff guides.  For more see    Contact Dr. Debby Jacobson

June 5, 2013

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Upcoming application deadlines

Spring Semester:
September 24th

Winter Break:
September 6th

Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a student abroad advisor, contact:
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.

Winter Break Applications now open
The applications for Winter break 2013-2014 short-term study abroad are now open. Courses are for Fall registration. 
Apply early!
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