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International education opportunities highlighted during study abroad fair

BOONE—Appalachian State University students wanting to experience a different culture and expand their global understanding learned about short-term and summer study abroad programs during a Study Abroad and International Fair held on campus.

View larger imageMegan Roberson, left, learns about study abroad opportunities in Poland from Department of Communication Professor Nina-Jo Moore. Roberson is a sophomore at Appalachian State University and a member of the women’s soccer team. Moore has led trips to Poland focusing on international communication for seven years. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageThe Department of Social Work at Appalachian State University will offer a study abroad program in India in summer 2014. Assistant Professor Deborah Phillips shared information about the program in India with freshman Jasmine Chillious. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageDr. Tiffany Christian, who teaches First Year Seminar and in the Department of Social Work, co-led a service-learning trip to Uganda this summer. Students on the trip helped build a large classroom for Hopeland Junior School, located in the rural village of Kitloola. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)View larger imageArtwork from Ecuador welcomed students to an information table about the Department of Anthropology’s ethnographic and linguistic field school in Ecuador. Led by Dr. Timothy J. Smith, the program gives students the opportunity to study indigenous culture and language in the Amazon. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

Short-term international service program destinations during spring break include Belize, Ecuador, Jamaica and seven other locations. Summer program destinations include Belgium, Finland, Malawi, Poland, Russia and 15 other international locales.

According to the annual Open Doors report, a total of 672 students from Appalachian participated in an international educational experience in 2011-12, the most recent year in the report’s ranking of schools. This placed the university fourth in the nation among master’s degree granting institutions for the number of students who participated in a short-term study abroad program.

The university was listed sixth for the overall number of students from master’s level institutions (809) who travelled abroad for academic credit on short-term and long-term programs that same year.

“Even though Europe remains the main destination for many of our students, we have made tremendous efforts and have been successful in providing numerous opportunities to the many other regions throughout the world for our students,” said Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development.

“Our faculty and staff do an outstanding job of encouraging and supporting students to study abroad, in addition to our return students who willingly and enthusiastically share their experiences with other students,” he said.

Appalachian is committed to engaging students in diverse experiences at home and abroad to increase their knowledge of global issues, regions, and cultures; improve their intercultural skills; and develop attitudes that cultivate global citizenship.