TAMIU Study Abroad Opportunities Expand Knowledge, Students' World
For two students at Texas A&M International University, spending
part of last summer in a foreign country was a different experience.
"It was my first time anywhere outside the United Sates,"
gushed senior business student Gabriela de Hoyos.
"I met people from all over the world and had the chance to see
different production processes for products like Evian and others,"
added De Hoyos. She spent four weeks in Chambery, France as a part of
TAMIU's study abroad program.
University psychology senior Sandra Alcorta said her three weeks in
Guanajuato were truly a learning experience.
"Even though I was raised in Nuevo Laredo, I realized that I didn't
know a lot about the Mexican culture. I learned a lot about customs, backgrounds
and traditions. Everything was so great I applied again." Alcorta
signed up to study in Monterrey this Spring.
TAMIU students interested in a study abroad program should visit the
Office of International Education (OIE). The Office assists those who
dream of countries far away with the process of studying and living abroad,
while still completing their academic objectives.
Jannet García, OIE director, said students can take advantage
of a diverse number of study abroad programs to study abroad for a summer,
semester, or up to one year. TAMIU provides access to several types of
study abroad programs - exchange, affiliate, or faculty-led - to meet
Exchange programs allow for direct enrollment at a foreign institution
while remaining enrolled at TAMIU. Financial aid can travel with the student
to finance study abroad. Most exchange programs are offered in Western
Europe and Northern America. Most popular at TAMIU are the business programs
in France (Marseille), Germany (Berlin), the Netherlands (Arnhem), Spain
(Córdoba), and México (Guanajuato, Monterrey, and San Luis
Potosí). OIE has applied for membership to the International Student
Exchange Program (ISEP), which offers TAMIU students access to study at
60 different universities in Asia, Latin America, Canada, and Europe.
"The ISEP program offers a very diverse offering in both academic
programming and location to TAMIU students, while being cost effective
and allowing for full financial aid transfer. It also is a full immersion
program, allowing students to fully experience every aspect of the culture,
people, and locations they visit," Garcia said.
More information about ISEP will be available as of Spring 2005.
Affiliate programs offer a wide variety of locations and disciplines
anywhere in the world. Students enroll with a study abroad organization,
and pay a program fee. Course work typically is taught in English, and
students have the support of an on-site director. Popular locations are
the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain.
Faculty-led programs are TAMIU courses taught by TAMIU professors abroad,
most often during the summer sessions. Students enroll and register at
TAMIU, while enjoying the benefit of taking the course abroad.
"Typically such courses give students a quick overview of the country
dynamics including government, culture, and business, and allow for comparative
research," García said.
Proposed courses for summer 2005 are Latin American Identity Development,
taught by Dr. Christy Teranishi in Guanajuato, Mexico, and International
Business in Chambery, France.
Interested students are encouraged to visit the Office of International
Education to browse through the Study Abroad Library, or visit www.tamiu.edu/dip/oie.
"Advisement appointments are encouraged, and will assist in determining
which program fits best with the students profile in terms of academic
objectives, financial details, and personal preferences. Academic advisement/approval
is required to fulfill study abroad application requirements, and allows
students to have realistic expectations of course transfer," García
The Office of International Education works closely with the students
throughout the application process to assist with housing and travel arrangements,
and remains in touch with the student throughout their study abroad program
to provide support where needed, García added.
The TAMIU International Education Fee Scholarship is available to qualified
students for financial assistance. Scholarship awards for 2005 range between
$1000 and $3000 (semester/year programs) and $500 and $1500 for summer
programs. Study abroad program expenses vary depending on length, location,
and which type of program was selected.
For more information, please contact García at 326.2565, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
the Office of International Education at Pellegrino Hall 301.
University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
University offices will close for the holidays Thursday, Dec. 23 at
noon through Sunday, Jan. 2. Offices reopen Jan. 3, 2005.
Online registration is available at https://lasso.tamiu.edu/ahomepg.htm
Classes for the Spring Semester 2005 begin Monday, Jan. 10.
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