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Winter 2015 / Volume 16

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The Newsletter for the University of Kansas Study Abroad Alumni and Friends

The Newsletter for the University of Kansas Study Abroad Alumni and Friends

Thompson Deufel, secondary education major, took this photo during his summer internship in South Korea. Twenty-seven KU students interned in Asia in 2015, many with Freeman Foundation Scholarships.





Office of Study Abroad receives

Freeman Foundation Grant East Asia internships for

Photo taken by Tho Nguyen. Nguyen, majoring in Biochemistry, completed an internship in Vietnam this past summer with the assistance of a Freeman Foundation Scholarship.

In Fall 2014, the Office of Study Abroad was awarded a grant in the amount of $100,000 to provide 20 $5,000 scholarships to students participating in credit-bearing internship programs in East or Southeast Asia. Provided through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the primary objective of the scholarship program is to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United States and the countries of East Asia by supporting U.S. students’ engagement in the region. The Office of Study Abroad awarded Freeman Foundation scholarships to thirteen students participating in summer 2015 internships and five students interning abroad this fall. Two awards remain available for spring 2016 applicants. The recipient pool included students representing 14 distinct academic majors, all academic levels, and four destination countries: China, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Seven award recipients had never traveled outside of the United States

prior to departing for their internship programs, and the majority of students had never previously traveled to Asia. Consistent with the goals of the program, the financial support available to students through the Freeman Foundation scholarship proved to be a significant driver in encouraging students to pursue internships in the region. During the first two terms for which the Freeman Foundation scholarships were available, a total of 27 students completed internships in the region (compared to 29 participants in total over the previous 4 years). “International internships enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the different cultures, economies, systems and values of peoples across the planet, and to apply that perspective to the context of the professional work environment” said Angela Perryman, Director of the Office of Study Abroad. “These experiences are critical to the mission of KU and to our efforts in

Winter 2015 / Volume 16 Lynne Yang, majoring in East Asian Languages & Cultures, received a Freeman Foundation Scholarship for her internship in Thailand.

thank you! Through the generous support of our alumni and friends, the Office of International Programs, the Office of the Chancellor, and the Office of the Provost, 223 KU students received scholarships for their experiences abroad this year. The Office of Study Abroad would like to thank the following people for their continued support:

Christine Rieder Anderson Alex Anderson Maria Arnone Rita Kell Austin Adrian Babich Ashley Barnes Reverend Kyle Bauman Casey & Dr. Jacklyn Biggs Jan Bolinger

graduating globally-prepared students.” Speech-LanguageHearing major Brigid Derby interned at Elliott’s Corner Pediatric Therapy Clinic in Beijing, China. “Through my internship experience, I learned about the diversity of the profession, what it is like to work in a private practice setting, different strategies to assist Chinese-English bilingual children, and the organization of the online medical database Clinko. Having clinical experience as an undergrad has been incredibly beneficial.” Secondary English Education major Thompson Deufel received a Freeman Foundation scholarship to intern in Gwangju, South Korea at the Kyunghwa Girls’ High School during the summer term. Throughout the course of his internship, he assisted in a classroom, taught conversational English classes, and planned and delivered original lesson plans. Deufel believes that

his internship accurately reflected the work he hopes to do in the future. “The most beneficial aspect of my internship was the real life scenarios of teaching that we were not only given the opportunity to witness, but also given the chance to be a part of. By working hands on in the field, and in a true ESL classroom, the experience gained was far more beneficial than any lecture we could have taken” stated Deufel. Building on a strong foundational year, the OSA has applied for a second grant from the Freeman Foundation to support student interns in East and Southeast Asia in summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. If awarded, students will be able to apply for Freeman Foundation scholarships to participate in any credit-bearing internship program in East Asia with a minimum duration of 6 weeks. KU currently administers

three programs eligible for funding - Architecture Internships in Asia, TESOL Practicum in South Korea, and International Internships in Shanghai, China – and development is underway to create additional direct pathways for KU students to engage in internships in East and Southeast Asia. The KU OSA formally initiated its international internships program in 2007 with 15 students participating in professional practice internships in either London, England or Dublin, Ireland. During the subsequent eight years, the OSA has expanded the portfolio of international internship opportunities for KU students to include programs in Madrid, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Eutin, Germany; Shanghai, China; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Paris, France; and various cities in South Korea. A new summer 2016 program is currently under development in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hannah Bolton Christopher Brandon Alexandra Bronska Dr. Dylan Bryant & Ms. Ellen Kraus Dr. Joan Budd G. Wayne Burge Linda Schultz Butler Janet Buttery Joseph & Michelle Campbell Kathryn Carroll Edward J. Chesky Jr. Dr. Angelika Howard Clark & Dennis Clark Fred Conboy Christopher Confer & Allison Ross Peter & Caroline Curzon Robert & Mary Dagastino Tashia Dare Dr. Deborah Davies Andrew & Erin Curtis-Dierks Jill & Margery Docking Ramona Doerkson Myrl Duncan John Dunlap Janet Schrunk Ericksen Yvette L. Fevurly Samantha Finke Brenda Finnell Dr. Billie Thompson Fischer Ashley Fiss

thank you! Jeannette Francia Helen Cheng & David Frey Emily & Ashford Galbreath John Galloway Kelsey Gibbons Aaron Gillespie Paula Godwin Dennis Golden Holly Goodman Cathryn Prutzman Gowan Shannon Green-Kingery Drs. Marilyn Leidig & Roy Gridley Wendy Haas Sandra Hannon Dr. Kelley Hayden Aimee Green Hayes Dr. Elizabeth Sterling Helgerson & Mr. Ronald Helgerson Drs. Thomas Helling & Kristen Schutte Paige Henderson Conrad Henderson Jeffrey Hewett

Mapping study abroad to the major In the fall of 2013, the Office of Study Abroad received funding from the Office of the Provost to launch the “Mapping Study Abroad to the Major” comprehensive curriculum integration (CI) initiative which is a collaboration between KU academic departments; key faculty, staff, and administrators across the campus; and the Office of Study Abroad (OSA). The goal of this initiative is to fully integrate study abroad experiences (to include international study, internship, research or service-learning) into the academic plan for students in all degree programs. In 2014–2015, the first full year of the initiative, the CI team actively engaged over 20 diverse academic departments from five KU Schools and has plans to add an additional 20 units to the CI portfolio for the current academic year. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) was among the first academic units to become involved in the project and was selected as one of the inaugural units because the sequential nature of its curricula often deterred students from pursuing semester-long study abroad programs. Over the past year the CI team has been working with CEAE faculty to pinpoint semesters and specific

courses in the curriculum where a study abroad experience could be accommodated while keeping students on progress towards a timely graduation. After identifying suitable study abroad program matches and vetting relevant courses at those institutions, outreach and advising materials were produced for distribution amongst prospective and current CEAE students as well as their academic advisors. The information contained in these materials will help students to begin planning during their freshman year (or even earlier) for their study abroad experience. As an added outreach strategy, the CI team has been holding regular walk-in advising hours in the engineering complex to meet with interested students and provide them with information pertaining to study abroad program and course selection. After his semester at the University of Strathclyde, engineering major Jeff Kraus stressed the importance of international experience, stating “engineering is fueled by international collaboration, and the experience of living and studying abroad prepared me for this new era of global innovation in ways that a traditional undergraduate education cannot provide.”

David & Joyce Hiebert Jonathan Hof Jana & Bradford Hoffman Meghan Lasater Holden Elizabeth Horst Lauren Hoth Erin Hubert Stephen & Mary Anne Hughes Sara Jackson Brian and Heather Johnson Julie Jones Janet Justus Robert Kafalenos Carol Kalin and George Bevan Sarah Kerby The Hon. Joan Fowler Kessler Dr. Eric & Julie Peters Knudtson Aidan Loveland Koster Elizabeth Kozarits Alana McCaslin Kramer Andrea Langhurst Paul Lantis Hailey Lapin Steve Larsen Joshua Loeffert Dr. Betsy Longenecker Mark McBride Kathleen McKenzie Meredith McKinley

CLAS proposes Institute of GLobal and International Studies The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is proposing a new Institute of Global and International Studies (IGIS) to be established in early Spring semester 2016. The Institute will combine the strengths of the traditional area studies centers and programs. The center and program staff are developing and defining the new structure for IGIS. An advisory board has forged a mission: to provide a breadth of international study that complements the depth of the area studies centers and programs, to facilitate the sharing of center staff and resources, and to coordinate services that benefit the centers and programs. The Institute will also focus on critical global challenges and provide forums and research opportunities to bring these challenges to public attention. The director designate of this institute is John Younger (Department of Classics), who currently directs the Jewish Studies Program.

On September 1, the University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (SLLC) formally launched during its inaugural convocation. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the formation of the SLLC in September 2014 to enhance the reputation of KU as a leader in international expertise, unify the language departments, and serve as a portal to those interested in expanding their linguistic abilities and cultural awareness. The creation of the SLLC reaffirms KU’s commitment to the critical importance of studying foreign languages and cultures. “The school demonstrates the increasing importance of preparing students with language skills and deep cultural knowledge, which has become essential for employability of our students in an ever more complex, globalized world” said Marc Greenberg, first director of the SLLC.

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OSA staff win regional and national awards

Two Office of Study Abroad staff members were selected in 2015 as winners of regional and national awards.

Renée Frias, Program Coordinator for Asia and Oceania, was selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar in South Korea in June, 2015. Frias and six other award recipients participated in visits to 13 Korean universities, held meetings with private-sector organizations, and were audience to selected government agencies. Site visits took place in Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Pohang. After the Fulbright program, Frias visited KU’s five institutional partners in Seoul and Chuncheon. Melody Stratton, Outreach and Alumni Communications Coordinator, was selected to receive the NAFSA Region II Rising Star Young Leader Award. This award recognizes individuals in Region II (AZ, CO, KS, MT, NE, NM, UT, WY) who have impacted the field of international education during their first five years in the profession. In selecting Melody, the committee noted her commitment to internationalization, demonstrated innovation in her area of specialization, and dedication to serving the profession as a volunteer leader. One recipient is selected each year.

thank you! Susan Vernon Meier Dr. Robert Mettlen & Ms. Judith Neil Marilyn Metzler Daniel & Jadi Miller David & Susan Millstein Alan Miner Paul Monson Melissa Montgomery Sandra Moore Patricia Nall Christopher Navrat & Stephanie Fite-Navrat Marilee Neale Jennifer Williams Needs Dayona Nett William & Cecile Nye Dr. Ina Oppliger David Oswald Temple Richardson Overman Richard Paegelow & Chris Tang Angela Perryman

KU forms School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures The school represents five core departments — East Asian Languages & Cultures, French & Italian, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Spanish & Portuguese — as well as 13 affiliated departments and centers: African & African-American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Center for East Asian Studies; Center for Global & International Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Center for Russian, East-European & Eurasian Studies; Classics; English; Humanities and Western Civilization; Kansas African Studies Center; Linguistics and Religious Studies. In all, the SLLC and its affiliated departments offer more than 20 degree programs and 40 foreign languages, continuing KU’s legacy as a national and regional leader in foreign language education by offering more language study options than any other university in Kansas or in the Big 12 conference.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) has long supported the language and area studies units at KU and is a key partner of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. In collaboration with the individual units and the SLLC, the OSA coordinates 13 summer language immersion experiences, one faculty-led semester program, and language-based international internship programs. Through OSA partner organizations, students studying nearly any of the 40 languages offered at KU can further their language education abroad. As it looks toward the future, the SLLC aims to enhance the visibility of language study at KU; educate students, the campus and the public on the value of language study (both intrinsic and economic); and develop innovative curricula to meet student needs and external collaborations of mutual benefit to academia and industry. Through partnership with the OSA, expanded opportunities for study and internships abroad will be developed, ensuring KU students are fully prepared for lives of engagement and interaction in a global community.

Carrie Gardner Pillsbury Janet Mark Plattner Dana Pollitt Judith and Fred Porta II Christina Przygoda Martha Rader Keith Ragsdale Alicia & Roger Rieder Paul & Michelle Rieger Drs. Jean Hardy & William L. Robinson Weston Rockers Marilyn Roelse Debora Roessler Stephen Rooney Tom & Jann Rudkin Abdul & Donna Saied LTC Leah Coleen Schmidt Lynn Schrag Catherine Shafer Randolph Dunbar & Shawna Sharp Laura Katherine Smail Ryan Smartt Dr. Debra Smith Shawna Smith Laura Speicher Amy Luiso Stadler Ellen Stallcup

thank you! Dr. Joseph Storrs Benjamin Tatum Sean Tokic Josef Cunningham & Anne Tormohlen Anthony Treu Lindsay Eplee Vance Stacie Daniels Vincent & Paul Vincent Lt. Matthew Visser Richard Walker

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Grant Wallace Dr. Anne Wallace Rebecca Watts David Clarey & Jean Wayne Patricia Weaver Philip Wedge & Linda Dobratz Brad Weiner Michael Welker Kristen Wesche Dr. Allan and Edna Wicker Victoria Wigle Allison Williams Scott Williamson Veronica Wilson Juliann Crider Wisbrock Stephen Wolf & Sallie Pagels Lori Olsen Woodbury Richard & Mary Linna Woods Miles Wuller Crystal Yakel Janet Dennis Zornes

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by Scott Friesen When I first caught the travel bug, I was only 13 years old and completely unaware of what the world looked like outside of Kansas. I discovered my passion for international travel when I was given the opportunity to travel with a high school delegation to Lawrence’s Sister City of Hiratsuka, Japan. During my freshman year of college, I learned about study abroad, along with the opportunities and tools I would have at the collegiate level, but I also came to understand what it felt like to pay for higher education. I soon felt that studying abroad would be a lost cause due to the expense. After declaring a major in German Language and Literature, I summoned the courage to visit the Office of Study Abroad. I began to get a sense of what studying abroad was all about and how invaluable it would be for me personally, and as a language major. I knew I wanted to study in Germany, but was unsure of how to cover the cost of studying abroad.

After much consideration, I applied to two programs: an intensive summer language program in Holzkirchen, Germany, and an academic year program at the University of Bonn. Each would take place during my junior year. I applied for as many scholarships as I could for both programs, and spent the entire semester editing

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“This generous scholarship made it possible to achieve my dreams of studying at a foreign university.”

and polishing my scholarship essays. A few weeks after the application deadline, I received a congratulatory email regarding my acceptance into both programs along with a financial aid report. It was a moment of pure joy realizing that the long hours of brainstorming, editing, and revising essays for these scholarship applications had paid off, even though I did not

truly know the impact that these scholarships would have on my life. Through the Krehbiel German Summer Language Institute Scholarship, I received $4,000 for the aforementioned summer language program. This amount alone was enough to cover the program’s costs and gave me the opportunity to live with a German homestay family, complete 9 German credit hours, and substantially improve my foreign language skills. To my astonishment, I had also been awarded scholarship money for my academic year program at the University of Bonn. Through the Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Study Abroad Scholarship, I was awarded $20,000 dollars for my academic year program. This generous scholarship made it possible to achieve my dreams of studying at a foreign university for a year and rewarded me with the experience of a lifetime. I traveled to 13 different countries while studying abroad, further developed my fluency in German, received 30 credit hours towards my major, befriended international students from over

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New Programs in 2016 Each year, the OSA partners with colleagues from across the KU campus to design and develop new opportunities abroad for KU students This year, in collaboration with the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Business; Education; Engineering; Journalism; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, the OSA has developed thirteen new international study and internship programs. Key highlights of our expanded portfolio include:

Scholarships upport student econd language 30 different nations, was fully immersed in German society, and bettered myself as a person in many positive ways. These scholarships allowed me to achieve my dreams and changed my life forever. The impacts of my study abroad experience is something I will carry with me for a lifetime, and it would not have been possible without the immense help from study abroad scholarships. The thought of graduating is scary, but studying abroad has truly been great in helping me discover what it is that I would love to pursue after graduation.

As of now, I plan to apply for a Fulbright scholarship to attend a university in Germany and conduct graduate level research for a year on an environmental topic. Upon completion of my research, I would love to find a job in the field of sustainability or environmental planning. My goal is to someday work in Germany, and I owe these aspirations to the impact of my recent year overseas. Studying abroad has given me the insight and tools necessary to being successful and happy not only in the professional world, but most importantly, as an individual.

Higher School of Economics (HSE) Although a relatively young institution, the HSE University has become one of Russia’s leading universities and one of the most respected institutions for the study of economics, social sciences, mathematics, and computer science in all of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. KU students can spend a semester at HSE University studying Russian as a foreign language as well as English-taught or Russian-taught courses in diverse disciplines, including Communications, Media and Design, Computer Science, Economics, International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, and more.

Field Biology in Suriname Led by Dr. Andrew Short, the KU Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will offer this 12-day program to undergraduate students who desire experience in field biology. The course will focus on methods to assess and measure biodiversity in an extraordinarily diverse lowland rainforest environment. The class will work in small teams with graduate students from the National University of Suriname to evaluate the diversity of several habitats within the Central Suriname Nature Reserve, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest protected areas in Amazonia.

Speech-Language-Hearing in Peru This summer study abroad program in Peru offers students the opportunity to gain an international perspective on the social, educational, and nongovernmental services available to Peruvian adults and children with various disabilities and their families in the coastal and mountain regions of Peru. The program is hosted by the Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú (CASP), an internationally recognized leader in providing high quality educational programs for children with different abilities and a long-standing partner of KU.

New programs: Semester/Academic Year


HSE University (Russia) Pontificia Universidad Comillas (Spain) Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)

Business and Culture of Cuba Business in South Africa Geology in Greece Internships in Prague Intro to International Business and Engineering in Slovenia Journalism in Rome Speech-Language-Hearing in Peru Western Civilization in Rome

Winter Break Architecture and Culture in Dubai

Spring Break Field Biology in Suriname

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Thank you for your support Over the 2014-2015 academic year, the Office of Study Abroad received 632 scholarship applications. We were able to award 223 students with both financial-need and merit-based scholarships. 46.5 percent of our scholarship funding comes directly from donors like you. KU proudly supports international educational experiences. Currently, 25.8% of KU undergraduates study abroad. Scholarship support makes it possible for students to discover ancient cities during archaeological digs in Israel, conduct field research on beetles in Costa Rica and Suriname, intern in a hospital in Dublin, and study supply chain management and logistics in Rotterdam. Approximately 75% of KU study abroad participants use financial aid, including loans, scholarships,

and grants. 14% of our students receive federal Pell grants, which are only available to students with high financial need. Study abroad is a major financial investment for many students. The OSA supports students through individual financial advising, scholarship application assistance, and financial aid information sessions, but over the last academic year more than 125 students still withdrew their applications due to financial reasons. The Office of Study Abroad greatly appreciates your continued support of the next generation of Jayhawks. In today’s globalizing world, studying abroad is a critical component of a KU degree. Your financial support makes students’ dreams a reality and we are honored to partner with you in the important work we do. Thank you!

Spanish and Journalism double major Dylan Jacobs (far left) received a scholarship to study for a semester at the Universidad de Costa Rica. View his and other students’ photos on Instagram @KUStudyAbroad.

Jayhawk Planet 2015  

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Jayhawk Planet 2015  

Designed by Chad Uhl