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Table of Contents Hello from CIPE Peers and Staff ONE: Explore a new culture TWO: Re-discover your own culture THREE: Sharpen your foreign-language skills FOUR: Network and build friendships around the world FIVE: Enhance your résumé SIX: If not now, when? SEVEN: Utilize Yale funding EIGHT: Earn Yale credit NINE: Use the world as your classroom TEN: Discover new passions FAQs


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HELLO! From your CIPE Peers Congratulations! You’re about to embark on four of the most incredible years of your life. You’ll make lifelong friends, live and work in historic buildings, and maybe even come to consider Yale to be a second home. But while you explore everything that Yale has to offer, don’t forget that there is an entire world out there. A world that Yale will help you explore! We’re the Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) Study Abroad Peer Advisers, and we’re here to assist you in planning your experience abroad. We can help you at any stage in the process, from brainstorming, to identifying resources, to putting you in touch with other students who have already done your program of interest. We’re committed to supporting you as you make the bold, exciting move to explore the world that exists beyond Yale. We would love to meet with you as you start to think about embarking on an adventure abroad. We, along with the Center for International and Professional Experience, are located at 55 Whitney Avenue. The 2011-12 CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers created this guidebook to give you a sense of the opportunities and resources that are available to you. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please enjoy, and we hope to meet you soon! Love, CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers ‘11-‘12


¡Hola! Bonjour! ‫!שלום !مرحبا‬ привет! Sawubona! 你好! Xin chào! Hej! Woé zɔ! Sannu! From your CIPE Staff The CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers have done a wonderful job of articulating some of the many reasons why you should consider going abroad. To achieve the successes and rewards outlined in these pages, it is your responsibility to develop clear goals for your international experience and to actively pursue a plan of action. To assist you in planning and developing goals, we encourage you to take advantage of the many CIPE resources offered at the Center - including the opportunity to meet with an advisor who will guide you through goal-oriented discussions, thoughtful program selection and support throughout the process. Best wishes, CIPE Staff Read about the CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers Center for International and Professional Experience 55 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510



Explore a New Culture One of the benefits of going abroad is the opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn about other cultures. Where and when else will you ever be able to seize the opportunity to fully engage another culture or put yourself in the shoes of a person from another country? The experience of living in a foreign land will undoubtedly do wonders for your growth into an enlightened individual, perhaps by allowing you to dispel previous misconceptions that you carried about a particular place. Studying and living in a new country can alter the way you view the world, help you to become more open minded, and can help you gain new perspectives on things like academics, politics, social issues, and daily life. Studying abroad is a unique experience that cannot be obtained through traveling or touring a country, which will allow you to learn how things are done abroad in a significantly more nuanced way. Living in a different country teaches you how to adapt to new situations, and we hope that you will return home enriched with a general appreciation of cultural similarities and differences.


Total No. of Yale College Students Abroad (2010 - 11)


At the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare on one of many weekend trips to see the natural beauties of Ireland. Ilana Seager (TD ‘12) was a Psychology and History of Science, History of Medicine major who received the 2011 Hixon Fellowship and the GALA Summer Fellowship to spend the summer interning at Lambert House, a youth center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Seattle, WA. During the summer of 2010, she received the International Summer Award (ISA) to intern with Stonewall UK as part of the British Bulldogs program based in London. Prior to that, she spent her sophomore spring term studying history at University College Dublin.



Re-Discover Your Own Culture Living, studying, or working internationally will cause you to think critically about where you come from. Take this as an opportunity to expand your worldview and to challenge your own long-held assumptions about the society that you call “home”. Moreover, your immersion in a new culture can alter the lens through which you see yourself, the world, and how you fit into our global society. When you return home, you will have developed the skills necessary to understand and contemplate the inner workings of your own culture from an international perspective. “You learn so much from studying languages and spending time abroad - about other cultures, but also about yourself. Encountering different perspectives has provided me with new friends and a better idea of what I’m interested in and why.” Alexandra Dennett (PC ‘12) was a History of Art major, who spent last summer in Copenhagen interning at the National Gallery with Bulldogs on the Baltic and doing research in Moscow with the support of the Richter Summer award. The year before that, she was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarship for the Yale Summer Session in Saint Petersburg. During her freshman year, she went on a spring break trip with YIRA through the Balkans that took her to Istanbul, Sofia, Skopje and Kosovo.


Pretty happy after reaching the peak of Mount Halla-San in Jeju, the highest mountain in South Korea! Paul Han (CC ‘14) received the Light Fellowship in the summer of 2011 to study Korean language and culture for 3 months in Seoul, South Korea. While taking language classes at Sogang University, he also worked at a laboratory at the Yonsei University School of Medicine. While studying and working, Paul had time to explore South Korea outside of Seoul, traveling through the countryside and hiking mountains.



Sharpen Your Foreign-Language Skills If you want to strengthen your language skills, going abroad is an excellent way to help you achieve this goal. You could have the best professor teaching the best foreign language course with the best curriculum in an American classroom, yet the second you step outside and re-engage with the English speaking world around you, your mind can quickly revert back to receiving, processing, and communicating English. Because you must use the language all the time in order to function in daily life (instead of just in class), you can greatly improve your language skills while abroad. It can also be immensely gratifying — every new word or phrase you learn enables you to express yourself that much more. International Experience Breakdown by Activity (2010 - 2011) Research



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Enjoying the views of the Galician mountains as I walked from the village to O’Cebreiro to Triacastela. Lauren Provini (SY ‘12) was a Spanish major who received a Richter Summer Fellowship and a Saybrook College Summer Fellowship to travel to Spain to complete the Camino de Santiago in the summer of 2011. While hiking 170 miles from Astorga to Santiago de Compostela, Lauren investigated medicine, healthcare, and illness on the medieval pilgrimage road.



Network and Build Friendships Around the World Amigos. Freunde. Друзья. 朋友. ‫חברים‬. Amici. Just as your favorite part of Yale is your friends, your favorite part of being abroad will be the people you will meet — in your classes, your work, your apartment, your grocery store, and anywhere else you go. Meeting people is one of the best ways to learn more about and enjoy life in your host country. The friends you make will help immerse you in the local culture, introduce you to their friends so you can get more perspectives on life abroad, and teach you about their country’s society and history. There is no better way to learn about another country than by living among and learning from the people who know it best. Best of all, making friends gives you a great reason to go back to your host country to visit! “The exquisite places that I visited, the wonderful people that I met, the lifelong friends that I made, the instructive grammar and culture classes that I took - I will never forget any of it, truly an experience like none other.” Erica Blonde (ES ‘12, on the left) majored in American Studies and spent two summers in the U.S. - one interning with Bulldogs Across America in Louisville and researching for her senior project through the Ezra Stiles Linck Fellowship, and the other interning in New Haven through the Yale PPSF.


Visiting a local school in Zanzibar, Tanzania on a reporting trip with the Yale Globalist. Courtney Fukuda (BK ‘12) was an Economics and International Studies double major who received two Richter Fellowships and one Summer in Japan Fellowship. She used the former for research on sustainable agriculture in Tanzania and Indonesia, and the latter to support an internship with Slow Food International in Japan. Courtney has also spent time in the Republic of Georgia and Cambodia working on economic re-development projects with some of her peers from AIESEC Yale.



Courtney Randolph (ES’14) Cappadocia, Turkey 15Yale Summer Session in Istanbul


Enhance Your Résumé In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, going abroad can help you stand out as a candidate for employment or future studies. Such an experience demonstrates that you have interest and experience learning about and exploring cultures other than your own. In your résumé, you can tailor your study abroad experience towards your career goals, and in an interview you can talk about your experience abroad, highlighting personal growth abroad and qualities you gained such as self-awareness, nonverbal communication skills, and the ability to adapt to new environments. One of the best things about going abroad is that with hard work, you can come back possessing knowledge and skills in a variety of areas that will help you personally, professionally, and academically, for the rest of your life! To learn more about how your study abroad experience can enhance your résumé, visit CIPE and meet with an Undergraduate Career Services adviser. Website:


Sitting on the ‘I amsterdam’ letters on a weekend trip to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Mia Nishikawa (JE ‘14) spent the summer of 2011 working in Brussels, Belgium at Dow Jones Newswires, publisher of the Wall Street Journal. In Brussels, she reported on EU-related affairs, practiced her French while interacting with locals, and enjoyed perfectly baked pain au chocolat. She travelled around Europe with the other Bulldogs in Brussels, using the convenient train systems to explore cities in France, Germany, England, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.



If Not Now, When? In your post-college years, living abroad may become more difficult because of increased commitments that do not allow for long periods of time to be spent away from home, such as a job or family. Going abroad as an undergraduate will allow you to discover a completely different style of life in a new, foreign place without these more permanent commitments holding you back. Time at Yale may be an incredible experience, but time abroad could be even more rewarding and eye-opening. The timing really is perfect as a college student, and at Yale we have financial resources we may never have again that can help us make those dreams of living abroad a reality.

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of the Class of 2012 had an international experience.

At Beihai Park in Beijing, a quiet respite from the bustle of the city. Angela Londono (DC ‘12) was a Political Science and International Studies major. She spent her sophomore spring at Peking University in Beijing with the Yale-PKU joint undergraduate program. She also completed summer session in Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia in the summer of 2010 and received a fellowship to spend a month receiving her Divemaster certification in Bali, Indonesia. This summer, Angela completed her senior thesis research on social entrepreneurship in developing countries in Mozambique with the support of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.


SEVEN Utilize Yale Funding

Yale offers funding opportunities for substantial and well-planned activities that are four weeks or longer. In some cases, going abroad may even be less expensive than staying at Yale for a semester, so don’t let money stand in the way of having an overseas experience: Financial Aid If you receive financial aid at Yale, you will receive it if you study abroad during the academic year. For many of the designated nonYale study abroad programs, the cost of tuition and living is the same as or lower than at Yale. International Summer Award (ISA) Students on financial aid may be eligible to receive the International Summer Award (ISA) once during their Yale career. This award helps fund one international summer experience. Fellowships Fellowships are merit-based awards which are available for a range of activities including internships, research, public service projects, and more, and are open to students of all years. Total Amount of Funding Given to Yale College Students (2010-11)

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Climbing Masada, a 2000-year-old fortress in the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea, in time for the sunrise. Sam Gardenswartz (BR ‘13) is a Computer Science and Religious Studies major who spent this past summer working at Giza Venture Capital firm in Tel Aviv with the support of the Birthright Excel Fellowship. He spent the summer after freshmen year working at Bema’aglei Tzedek, a nonprofit organization in Jerusalem dedicated to labor rights and handicap accessibility, through Yale’s Bulldogs in Israel program.


EIGHT Earn Yale Credit

If you choose to participate in a Yale study abroad program, the credit will go on your transcript just as though you had taken the courses here in New Haven. If you choose a designated non-Yale study abroad program, you will receive four general credits for a semester, nine for the full year and up to a total of two credits for summer study. Yale Study Abroad Programs Yale runs a number of its own study abroad programs through Yale Summer Session courses abroad and Yale-in-London. To expand the number of study abroad opportunities available to you, Yale has also designated more than 200 outside programs as eligible for Yale credit and financial aid transfer. Before selecting and applying to a program, we encourage you to meet with a study abroad adviser. Advisers can help you identify goals for study abroad and guide you through thoughtful program selection. Advisers will also go over the application, credit transfer and financial aid processes with you. To learn more, visit


Weekend trip to Pembrokeshire, Wales. Jennifer Matichuk (SM ‘13) is a Film Studies major who received the ISA to study Modern British Theatre and British Landscape Art through the Yalein-London program in Summer 2010. “Deciding to study in London was the best decision I have made since coming to Yale. Being able to fully immerse myself in an incredible culture with a group of peers that quickly became very close friends is something I am so thankful for. Because of this experience, I discovered my true career goals, decided on my major, and found a new love of theatre. I would strongly encourage other Yalies to study abroad.”



Use the World as Your Classroom While a textbook can offer interesting facts and enticing photographs, nothing can replace the experience of living abroad. The ability to experience a different culture through art, architecture, food, music, and relationships with new friends teaches much more than condensed, generalized descriptions ever could. You will be more personally invested in what you learn during your time in a foreign place, since it will be associated with your own vivid memories, so you will get an education you never could in New Haven. Number of countries Yalies travelled to in 2010 - 2011


Most popular travel destinations in 2010 - 2011

United Kingdom China 24

France Spain

Visiting the Ellora Caves in the area of Aurangabad, India. Emmanuel Quartey (TC ‘12) is from Ghana, and initially didn’t think that it would be useful to study in yet another country, while already studying abroad in the United States. Still, he applied his ISA towards the Yale Summer Abroad Program in Mumbai, and proceeded to enjoy one of the most spiritually nourishing, transformative experiences of his life. Emmanuel was an Architecture major in the Urban Studies track.



Discover New Passions Studying or working abroad will provide you with a fresh perspective on your academic interests and will allow you to discover new passions. Once you return to campus, you will be able to pursue these interests in a new light. For example, to maintain a connection with the culture that you have explored abroad, you might join one of the 53 cultural organizations on campus, or even start your own! You may also choose to attend one of the many language tables, which take place in a variety of residential colleges at lunchtime. This fusion of interests will provide you with a unique perspective as you carry out independent research projects or work on your senior essay. Your experience abroad may even guide your postgraduation plans! “The best part about my experience abroad was the incredible memories I created. It was during those times that I discovered my life’s passions.” Ava Socik (MC ‘12) was a Psychology major and a pre-medical student. In summer 2010, she did independent research in Cuba and Poland comparing obstetric care in communist and post-communist countries, with the support of the Wendy E. Blanning Fellowship and the Richter Fellowship. The summer after her freshman year, Ava studied abroad in Spain through the Spanish Institute of Hispanic Studies.



1. What is CIPE, and where can I get more information? CIPE stands for the Center for International and Professional Experience. Yale’s Center for International and Professional Experience provides hundreds of study, internship, and research opportunities. We also advise students and help them to set goals and plan for these opportunities. Explore these opportunities through the CIPE website ( and make an appointment with an adviser to discuss your options. 2. Who are the CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers, and how can I contact them? The CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers serve as a general resource about study abroad, connect you with other students who have had international experiences, and organize events to promote Yale’s abundant international opportunities. You can find and contact your CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers at: 3. How competitive are fellowships? Applying for fellowship funding to support a study, internship, or research project is an extremely competitive process, but CIPE offers excellent advising and resources to help guide you through the process. Find out more at yale. edu/yalecollege/international/funding/fellowships. 4. Are freshmen eligible for fellowships? Yes! To search eligibility for fellowships based on class year, major, location of interest, project, and other criteria, please visit the Yale Student Grants Database:


Prepared by the 2011-12 CIPE Study Abroad Peer Advisers Erica Blonde (ES ‘12) Alexandra Dennett (PC ‘12) Courtney Fukuda (BK ‘12) Sam Gardenswartz (BR ‘13) Paul Han (CC ‘14) Jennifer Matichuk (SM ‘13) Mia Nishikawa (JE ‘14) Angela Londoño Pardo (DC ‘12) Lauren Provini (SY ‘12) Emmanuel Quartey (TC ‘12) Ilana Seager (TD ‘12) Ava Socik (MC ‘12) With support from Katie Bell Assistant Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience Susan Evans Assistant Director, Study Abroad Designed by Emmanuel Quartey (TC ‘12) “Idea” symbol is by The Noun Project from collection.


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