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The study abroad programs available at Kirkwood

By Jake Slobe
On September 15, 2014

Exploring the world beyond  borders exposes students to different cultures, languages and perspectives. 

Ken Nesbett, study abroad advisor, said, “Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons, experience and appreciate other cultures and offer a resume with intercultural experience, all while earning college credit.”

According to Nesbett, this year there will be 20 study abroad programs in 14 different countries.  

While some of the study abroad programs are only for students who are obtaining a specific degree, the majority of the programs are open to all students, said Nesbett.  

There are some destinations available this year that have not been available in previous years  such as China, Peru and Spain.

“You should target a destination and a program that fits with your academic and personal interests,” said Nesbett. For some students, that might mean exploring your heritage, and for others, a country with future international business opportunities may be a better fit. 

Whatever the motivation, researching the country and program is the critical first step toward a positive and rewarding experience.

All students who are interested in studying abroad can apply for the Global Advantage Scholarship. “The scholarship is awarded to over 80 percent of the students who apply and ranges from $1,000 - $2,000,” said Nesbett.

Application deadlines for the two upcoming destinations in January, India and Guatemala are due by Oct. 3.  The deadline for the Brazil program, which will take place during spring break, is due by Oct. 15.  

In an increasingly interconnected, global world having diverse perspectives is an increasingly important skill to have and will help students become more marketable to future employers.

Another benefit of studying abroad, according to Nesbett, is that it removes students from the normal support network they are so used to having back at home.  Being away from family and friends can often seem overwhelming at first but it allows students to gain independent skills that will be invaluable to them for the rest of their lives, he added.

Nesbett said any student who is looking to learn more about study abroad programs or has any questions about the programs should stop by 1154 Linn Hall or visit www.kirkwood.edu/studyabroad for more information.

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