International Studies Office to Host International Education Week
A study abroad advising session last month was only one of the events that have kept the International Studies Office at Anderson University busy this semester. From Nov. 12 through Nov. 17, the Office will sponsor International Education Week.
The events for International Education Week range from a session called “AU from the Eyes of International Students” to displaying the flags of other countries at AU’s first home basketball game.
Dr. Jane Cahaly, AU’s Director of International Studies, said International Education Week is an opportunity for all Anderson students to get a small, needed taste of our diverse world.
“We live in a global society now,” Dr. Cahaly said. “The more students know and the more they’re involved, the better they will be for the work world they’re going into.”
The Oct. 18 study abroad meeting enabled students to learn more about studying abroad through AU. Anderson currently offers about ten long-term programs, Dr. Jane Cahaly said.
Sydney, Australia, has undoubtedly become AU’s most popular option for study abroad. Twenty-eight students have participated in the Australia program since it started three years ago. Australia allows students to have an overseas experience without the language barrier, Dr. Cahaly said.
Mollie Williams, a junior at Anderson, has been in Sydney this semester and says while there have been major adjustments, she wouldn’t trade her experience for anything.
“Riding the bus over the Harbor Bridge, passing the Opera House every day is surreal,” Williams said, “It reminds me every day that I really did this, and I’m really here.”
London and Florence also rank high in school interest, and other programs include Beijing, Istanbul, and Buenos Aires. The school offers a wide variety of short-term trips as well.
Dr. Cahaly encourages students to consider study abroad because it increases their awareness and cross-cultural, communication skills.
“Students are given a new awareness of their place in the world,” Dr. Cahaly said. “They’re given an increased ability to interact in diverse cultures and settings, and it’s even a great builder of self-confidence.”
The International Studies Office also works with the many international undergraduates at AU. Between 50 and 60 students came from 23 other countries this year, primarily from France, the UK, Canada, and Brazil, Dr. Cahaly said.
While the Admission Office and Student Development handle the legalities of international students, the International Studies Office plays a major role in building community once the students are at Anderson.
Organizing social gatherings and providing transportation to and from the airport are ways the program helps out. The school even has a Facebook page designed specifically for the international students: http://www.facebook.com/groups/415317151865248.
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