Why Study Abroad is So Popular ... and So Important!
February 11, 2014
Today's post is provided by Dr. Andrew Wiseman who teaches Spanish and English as a Second Language and coordinates Cedarville's exchange and study abroad programs throughout the world. During the spring and summer semesters, Dr. Wiseman is the Resident Director for Cedarville University in Spain in Seville and Valencia. He spent the spring and summer of 2004 as Cedarville University's first Fulbright Scholar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 2006–2007, Dr. Wiseman was a senior fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At Cedarville, he co-directs the Foreign Film Series with Professor Dan Clark. Professor Wiseman has been at Cedarville since August 2000.
I am writing this letter to you from sunny Valencia, Spain where a wonderful group of Cedarville students are learning and serving in Cedarville's Spain program. Students attending Cedarville have the unique opportunity to spend a summer, semester, or a year on approved domestic and international programs, including our most popular sites in Valencia, Spain (Spanish language and culture) and Washington, D.C. (Center for Political Studies). Studying off-campus can be an enriching and vital part of your child's college education by enhancing learning in many ways--strengthening specific skills and broadening outlook and thinking, enlarging intercultural abilities and relationships, preparing for life in the global community, and deepening Christian commitment and service.
At Cedarville, our study abroad programs exist throughout the world and cover all majors. Traditionally, students study abroad during their junior or senior year; however, a myriad of options are available throughout the student's academic career. Many students participate in our international summer programs, where Cedarville University professors teach specific general education and advanced courses at off-campus sites. These programs rotate yearly, with Summer 2014 including short-term options in Spain, Belgium, France, and Hawaii. Tentatively, Summer 2015 will be conducted at sites in Japan, Germany, England, Spain, and Austria. Please visit our Travel Programs page to view the list of study abroad opportunities!
Students participating in travel programs are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 (some programs have higher requirements) and complete a Cedarville study abroad application. Informational meetings are held throughout the year and individual sessions can be set up through the Office of International Programs. As you consider your son or daughter studying at Cedarville next year, please encourage them to sign up for one (or more) of these life-changing experiences!
Blessings to you all,
Andrew S. Wiseman, Ph.D
Director of International Programs
Resident Director, Cedarville University in Spain
Read the blog of Breanna Schulenburg, a current Cedarville student living and studying in Spain.