Study Abroad connects students to international education
By Amanda Heersink | University Communications
DENVER – The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus offers and facilitates a range of international education opportunities that span the globe.
During the past three years alone, the number of students participating in the Study Abroad program has increased by 35%. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) coordinates the Study Abroad effort for our students and faculty to travel to international locations, as well as facilitating exchanges that bring international students and faculty to our university.
Educating students about international study opportunities was the focus of today’s Study Abroad Fair in Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus. Students were invited to stop by to learn more about the options available.
“We have a wide range of programs for international study,” said John Sunnygard, director of Global Education. “Our commitment is that every student can go abroad.”
Student Lateefah Young has studied in South Korea and already has planned her next study trek to China — which is the top destination for CU Denver students. “Student Abroad opens your horizons to different cultures and makes you a well-rounded person. It helps you gain confidence,” Young said.
“This experience gives you a totally new perspective of yourself,” said undergraduate Kelsey Evans. “It’s an unforgettable experience.”
Associate Professor Marjorie Levine-Clark; chair of the History Department agreed, “These experiences help you to understand your own place in the world and gives you the ‘thrill of the new.'”
While the cost of international travel to study may seem to put the option out-of-reach for many students, Sunnygard noted that the university’s collaborations with various organizations are funding more than $40,000 in travel costs for students enrolled this semester in Study Abroad programs.