Appalachian Away (or Stay)

Summer is abundant with global experiences abroad and at home
Friday, May 18, 2018

As summer begins, some exciting global adventures are about to commence for members of the Appalachian Community.

Study abroad programs on the summer calendar:

  • The Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment have excursions to Peru focused on climate change research and sustainable water practices.
  • The Department of Anthropology is opening a new field school at the University of Quintana Roo in Chetumal, Mexico. Students will be learning intensive Mayan and ethnographic research methods and living in Mayan host homes.
  • Professors from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies will be leading an international class on the study of wolves in conjunction with the University of Innsbruck.
  • The Walker College of Business is offering short-term study abroad courses in Japan, Brazil, Bermuda, China and France. Students traveling to Brazil will partner with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation to observe logging operations and evaluate the global impact of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Participants will also visit Rio de Janeiro to study the aftermath of the 2016 Olympics and the environmental legacy of the games.
  • The Beaver College of Health Sciences’ study abroad program in Costa Rica will explore Costa Rican social welfare systems and social work, involve an exploration of cultural humility via immersion into the local culture and include an active learning opportunity with a local children’s shelter.

Each year, Appalachian awards about $130,000 in student scholarships for study abroad. Reach out to the Office of International Education and Development and start planning for future adventures.

There are opportunities for global engagement that do not require a passport. We have the honor of hosting the Mandela Washington Fellows — a group of young African leaders — for the third consecutive year. The fellows and the Vietnamese Student Academy, a cadre of middle and high school students, will arrive on campus in June and leave in July.

We can interact with our guests in a number of ways — host in our homes, attend public events or sign up to be an International Friend. The value of these cultural exchanges is immeasurable.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor