Increasingly students are recognizing the importance of incorporating a study abroad experience into their academic career. Tomorrow, September 24, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Academic Advisement is hosting a Study Abroad Fair at 246 East Library Wing. The fair will feature information on Hofstra and non-Hofstra study abroad programs, the chance to meet faculty directors and students who have studied abroad.
January – Athens, Belize, London, Venice, and a new program in Cuba – presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.
Summer – Berlin, China, France, Ireland, Japan, Rome and Sorrento. Additionally, the Spain program is moving its home base to Granada from its traditional location in Santiago.
Semester Abroad – Amsterdam, the European Odyssey, and India.
Professor Maria Fixell, assistant dean for study abroad programs, says that the most asked questions she gets at the fair each year are regarding the cost of the program. “But more and more students recognize the value of studying abroad and knowing how to travel, socialize and work with people from other cultures. We meet many first year students who are planning to participate at some point during their time at Hofstra.”
Students unsure about spending a whole semester abroad may appreciate being able to take part in one of the winter or summer intercession programs. These shorter opportunities allow students to travel as a class with their professor. Professor Fixell says those programs are well-suited for students “who like the idea of having a support system built into the program. You’re not going alone.” These programs also seem to work better for students who have work commitments during the fall and spring semesters or who have a class schedule that isn’t flexible. “Elementary education students who have teaching assignments, engineering and premed students are more likely to do study abroad programs between semesters.”
What’s next after a student decides on a study abroad program? Professor Fixell says, “Prepare, prepare, prepare! As early as possible, begin studying your host city – its laws, customs and culture.” She also says selection of a study abroad program should be completely based on a student’s individual academic and personal interests – not on whether a friend is going. “Go knowing no one, and you’ll come back with a whole new group of close friends. Go with few expectations and immerse yourself in the experience.”