SSS and Study Away
Luther College Student Support Services tips on study away
Studyâ€‰Away Student Support Services Dreams made possible 19 total SSS participants studied away from Luther during the 2012â€“13 academic year. 14 experienced J-term in China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. 2 students took J-term as a chance to study in U.S. locations such as Hawaii and Holden Village, Washington. 2 students expanded their horizons significantly with year-long experiences through the Nottingham program in England and a study abroad program in Japan. 1 student related life-changing experiences from her spring semester abroad in Botswana, Africa. Making study away affordable “I planned ahead to save money and made it my goal to study abroad by J-term of my junior year. I didn’t get any scholarships, but I also didn’t have to get any loans; I was able to pay my WHOLE trip up front by check! I even had extra money for spending in Europe. YAY!” “Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to see the world from my own perspective, meet fascinating and diverse people, and take cheesy pictures with every statue I could! Every penny is definitely worth it.” —Aimee Lenth ’14, Nottingham Program 2012–13 (full year) —Kara Osterman ’14, J-term 2013, English 239: In Frankenstein’s Footsteps in England, Switzerland, and Italy “Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s study abroad program in Japan initially scared me—the price was intimidating and it was over 11 months long. In the end, it was my dream to go to this country. Through online and ACM rescources, I was hooked up with both the Gilman Scholarship and a scholarship from the Japanese government of $11,000. Scholarships, loans, the help of family, and determination made it possible. My life will forever be changed because of my 11-month experience in this beautiful country.” —Emily Griffin ’14, Japan, 2012–13 (full year) Amazing experiences “A once-in-a-lifetime experience, this trip enhanced my understanding of ecology, biology, and biodiversity of the tropics through unforgettable excursions and adventures! I am so blessed that I was able to explore the splendors of Ecuador with such an amazing group of fellow Luther students and faculty.” “I was able to study abroad in Botswana and enjoyed everything about it! My favorite part was how people take you into their homes and treat you like family!” —Emily Browning ’14, Spring 2013, Botswana, Africa —Jennie Solverson ’15, J-term 2013, Biology 245: Ecology of Ecuador “My time in Spain was incredible because I got to meet lots of wonderful people and explore a different kind of Spanish language through total immersion.” —Aaron Kvale ’15, J-term 2013, Spanish 340: Language and Culture of the Spanish Speaking World in Spain How to Make Study Away a Reality Participate in a spring semester workshop sponsored by the Center for Global Learning and Student Support Services. To do now: o Stop in the Center for Global Learning in Larsen Hall or check their webpage for detailed information. o Stop in the Financial Aid Office in Main or check their Off Campus Programs webpage for detailed information. o Scholarships can also fund your study away experience! Check with your SSS adviser about the numerous scholarship opportunities, including the Gilman Scholarship, for which you can apply.