Office of Education Abroad Update, January 29, 2014: Issue 35

Case Western Reserve University

Office of Education Abroad Update
January 29, 2014: Issue 35

It's Photo Contest Time!

The Third Annual Study Abroad Contest is opening soon, and anyone who studied abroad from Summer Break of 2013 through Spring Break of 2014 is welcome to participate. There will be five winners total and several opportunities to win prizes. Students can enter photos into four different categories: 1) Spartie, the Flat Traveling Companion; 2) CWRU in Motion; 3) The World Is Your Classroom, and: 4) General. Look through your old photos or plan on taking a new one if still abroad! The Office of Education Abroad wants to encourage other CWRU students to take advantage of study abroad programs, as well as to celebrate those who have already studied abroad.

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

It's Not To Late to Apply for May-Term Study Abroad
CWRU offers faculty-led, May term courses and a myriad of summer programs.  The application deadline is February 1st for faculty-led, May term courses, and April 1st for all other summer study abroad programs—from which there are many to choose!   In a CWRU May-term faculty-led abroad program, a CWRU faculty member takes a group of students to another country as part of a CWRU course.  Summer study abroad program offerings, by contrast, are more independent and are typically for longer periods of time.  Begin your search for summer study abroad by visiting our website. or emailing
May-term offerings:
Engineering: 225B in Botswana (ENGR 225) (Course Closed: Already Full)
French/World Literature: Paris Experience (FRCH308/WLIT308)
History: CWRU Goes to Berlin (HSTY 219)

Study Abroad and Pre-Med Students
with Steven Scherger and the Office of Education Abroad
February 7th in the Tomlinson Lobby, from 12:45 – 1:30pm

“Exploring Research Abroad Opportunities”
Sponsored by SOURCE and the Office of Education Abroad
March 21st in the Tomlinson Lobby, from 12:45 – 2:00pm
Feel free to bring your lunch along with your appetite for international research!

Other Announcements and Events

January 29th, Interested In Becoming an Orientation Leader?  Come to an Info Session!
The Office of First-Year Experience and Family Programs is looking for energetic and enthusiastic undergraduate students to share their excitement and knowledge about Case Western Reserve University with new students and their families as 2014 orientation leaders.  Orientation leaders will support new members of the university community—including transfer students, international students, adventures participants, parents and families—in their transition to Case Western Reserve, most notably during the new student orientation period, Aug. 15 to 24.Interested students must attend one of the following informational sessions to learn more about the positionand we're having one right here in the International Affairs in the lobby of Tomlinson Hall on Wednesday, January 29 from 3pm-4pm.
Additional information sessions are listed below:
•        Wednesday, Jan. 22 | 12–1 p.m. | Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sears 450
•        Thursday, Jan. 23 | 7–8 p.m. | Clarke Tower Lobby
•        Friday, Jan. 24 | 12:30–1:30 p.m. | Nord 310
•        Monday, Jan. 27 | 7–8 p.m. | Fribley Fireside
•        Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 3–4 p.m. | Tomlinson Lobby
•        Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 7:30–8:30 p.m. | Sherman Hall Lobby
•        Friday, Jan. 31 | 1–2 p.m. | Nord 310
•        Monday, Feb. 3 | 6–7 p.m. | Wade Commons, Pioneer Room
Following the informational sessions, interested students may complete an application. Select students will then be invited to interview.
Learn more about being an orientation leader, including qualifications, responsibilities, time commitments, compensation and more.
I encourage you all to attend!
Monday Feb. 3, Peace Corps info Session
Got the travel bug? Learn about making a difference abroad post-graduation at the upcoming Peace Corps info session! Monday, 2/3 at 6 pm. Sears 354 

The Department of Modern Languages is offering a May Term Study Abroad Course: French/World Literature: Paris Experience (FRCH308/WLIT308)
Trip Dates: 5/13/2014-6/2/2014
Paris is a tourist-friendly city, but there are fascinating neighborhoods of France's capital that many tourists don't get a chance to see. The focus of this course is to discover Paris’s ethnic neighborhoods through the literature and culture of its African, Arab, and Asian communities.   Students visit cultural centers and museums, but also meet with authors and community leaders, attend an African dance session, and observe a literacy program for France’s newly arrived immigrants.  Students also debate social issues with French students concerning immigration and French identity. Some course highlights: discuss African literature with the first woman writer of Cameroon, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury; and Arab culture with Evelyne Accad, one of the most renowned Arab scholars and novelists. Learn about African music and dance from Lucky Zebila, former Director of the National Ballet of the Congo. Discuss current issues with French students from three schools, including Lycée Louis-le-Grand, one of Paris’s premier schools founded in the 16th century. Find out how Malian immigrants have integrated in France through visiting a Malian neighborhood and sharing an African meal with residents in a local dining hall. Click here for more information.

The History Department Department is offering a May Term Study Abroad Course: History: CWRU Goes to Berlin (HSTY 219)
Trip Dates: 5/11/2014-5/31/2014
The tumultuous but short twentieth century began and ended with a united Germany, with Berlin as its capital. But in between, Berlin, and Berliners, experienced the extremes of the economic, technological, and cultural progress that the centruy brought, and of the devastation, violence, division, and uncertainty that it also brought. This course introduces students to the German tumult of the twentieth century with Berlin as its laboratory and classroom. We will read about historical events and developments, and then visit the places where those events and developments occurred.  Students are welcome to take this course before they have any background or acquaintance with the German language, although the instructor expects students to be able to navigate independently in Berlin after he provides them with an introduction.  Prof. Ledford is a professor of history and law, whose work focuses on the legal and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries in Germany. He has visited Berlin since 1974 and lived there for a total of more than 5 years. He visits regularly to use the city's rich archival sources. If you want to learn more, visit his web page at  HSTY 219 fulfulls a humanities distribution requirement for all CWRU Students. It is a Departmental Seminar and fulfills that SAGES requirement for any student who takes it. And it may be counted toward a major or minor in History.  Generous support from the Max Kade Foundation in New York will provide financial aid of $1,000.00 each to the first 12 (twelve) students who register, to offset travel costs. For more information, please email Prof. Ledford at  For more information click here.

January 29, 2014

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Upcoming application deadlines

May Term: February 1st

Fall semester: March 1st

Academic year: March 1st

Summer: April 1st

Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a study abroad advisor, contact:
Upcoming Events
February 7th
Information Session: Pre-med and Study Abroad
Tomlinson Hall
(1st Floor Conference Room)

February 10
Study Abroad Table at the Get Experienced Career Fair
Veale Athletic Center
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
February 14
Information Session: Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad
Tomlinson Hall
(1st Floor Conference Room)

March 21
“Exploring Research Abroad Opportunities”
Sponsored by SOURCE and the Office of Education Abroad
Tomlinson Lobby
12:45pm – 2:00pm

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