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International Education Week November 2020

More Important Than Ever

Join the national celebration of international education & exchange.

PLU International Student Services and the Wang Center for Global Education invite you to a virtual week of global events and opportunities. International Education Week is an opportunity for the PLU community to learn together and celebrate international education. This national event is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare U.S students for a global environment and encourage future leaders from other cultures to study and learn in the United States.

At the beginning of this week, applications to study away in 2021-2022 will open. To get the most out of IEW, connect with us on social media and follow our Instagram Stories throughout the week to learn about student experiences, participate in trivia, and more – @wang.center @pluintl

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Explore

Around the World
Tuesday November 17th • Panel 1 5-6 pm, Panel 2 6:30-7:30 pm

Travel the world without leaving your room! Student panelists will share about the unique history, character and culture of different countries. Come to both panel sessions to learn about a new selection of countries.

Virtual Study Away Fair: Gateway Programs webinar
Thursday November 19th • 3:30-4:30 pm

Learn about Gateway semester study away programs! Throughout the week there is an opportunity to schedule individual conversations with a representative from each program.

Students who attend the session will be eligible to win a study away application fee waiver!

The Experience of COVID-19 in PLU’s Gateway Locations
Date TBD • Time TBD

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend our lives and the lives of many in our communities and across the globe. This event will feature a panel of professionals from PLU’s Gateway locations who will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted and continues to impact life in their respective communities. Hearing from the panelists will help us compare government structures and responses, economic realities, cultural viewpoints, and more.

Marketing Your Study Away Experience

Are you working on your applications (jobs, graduate school, etc.) and unsure of how to articulate your study away experiences in a meaningful way? Studying away provides students with attributes that can be applied in many aspects of life. The Wang Center has developed a workshop to help students identify knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed or strengthened through study away, and then articulate these competencies for professional purposes.

International Scholarships and Fellowships
Date TBD • Time TBD

Description forthcoming

Learn About Peace Corps Prep
Date TBD • Time TBD

Description forthcoming

Hello, My Name Is

Let’s celebrate the diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds that exist in our community! In this collection of pre-recorded videos, students share the origin, meaning, and correct pronunciation of their names

Musical Exchange in Namibia

While studying away in Africa as a Gilman Scholar, Elizabeth Larios ’21 utilized her musical experience to create a bridge between American and Namibian culture. This gave rise to a cultural, musical, and leadership exchange program between the Sunshine Private School in Namibia and PLU. Within weeks of arriving at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Elizabeth immersed herself in the culture through her music and dance class. She learned about the history of traditional African music, how to play Mbuira and sang in the UNAM Choir. Subsequently, Elizabeth acquired a volunteer position teaching music as a form of self expression and empowerment to the Sunshine Private School all-girl marimba band. She was able to form a connection with the students through their mutual love of music and create musical exchange of instruments and culturally significant compositions. As a result, the PLU percussion studio will perform these traditional African pieces at their virtual concert and continue to cultivate this relationship.

Virtual Study Away Fair

Thinking of studying away for a semester or full year? You’ve come to the right place.

Explore Gateway and Featured semester program information below. Schedule an appointment to discuss your options with the Study Away Advisor and learn how to apply here.

Meet with a representative of the program(s) you’re interested in! During the week of November 16th-20th, you can schedule a 15-minute one-on-one Google Meet conversation with someone to get your questions answered and learn more about the program. Depending on the program, this could be a meeting with a PLU faculty member or a staff member associated with a program, either based in the U.S. or abroad.

Study Away 101

Learn the ins and outs of study away at PLU from the Wang Center’s Global Ambassadors

Gateway Programs

Trinidad & Tobago: Heritage, Cultural Fusion and Sustainability in the Southern Caribbean

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Trinbagonian culture through a required set of three PLU-designed courses taught by local professors, local experts and US professors
  • Examine key issues such as post-colonialism, globalization, diversity, equity, social justice, gender and environmental sustainability in a rich, ethnically diverse culture
  • Study at University of the West Indies, a major research institution in the Caribbean, and engage with local students
  • Engage with the rich cultural, environmental, religious and artistic diversity of Trinidad & Tobago through a series of study tours and lectures that facilitate student participation in Trinidad’s expressions of the Hindu spring festival of Phagwa, the West African Orish and Shouter Baptist festivals, the Muslim Hosay commemoration, and the world famous Trinidad Carnival
  • Experience the traditional fishing village of Charlotteville, Tobago, as it explores new directions in organic gardening, marine research, and sustainable tourism

Oaxaca: Development, Culture, Environment and Social Change in Mexico

  • Explore Mexican history, development, society and environment through an interdisciplinary view of Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Mexico
  • Learn about U.S.-Mexico relations and gain an in-depth perspective of Mexican immigration to — and the hispanization of — the United States
  • Experience approaches to, and strategies for, social change, and the value placed on these processes by diverse groups in the Oaxaca region and across Mexico
  • Integrate academic knowledge and intercultural skills in an internship with a local nonprofit organization focused on an issue related to your academic, personal or professional goals
  • Build knowledge of pressing issues facing Mexico today through extended study tours to Mexico City and the states of Puebla and Morelos e Increase Spanish proficiency to advanced, advanced plus or superior through a complete immersion program

Chengdu, China: Continuity and Change in an Emerging World Power

  • Study at Sichuan University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, with students from all over China and the world
  • Develop your Chinese language abilities with courses available at all levels
  • Engage with local communities through study tours to rural farms, local villages and nearby monuments
  • Deepen your understanding of the various cultures of China through study tours to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall in Beijing, and Xian, whose famous Terracotta Warriors and Wild Goose Pagoda are reminders of China’s prominence in the world as the eastern terminus of the Silk Road
  • Experience Tibetan culture with a week-long study tour exploring Buddhist temples and shrines, contrasting with China’s ethnic Han majority

Windhoek, Namibia: Cultural Immersion for Education, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences

  • Study at the premier University of Namibia alongside students from Namibia and countries across Africa and the globe
  • Engage in a practicum in a local school and complete a robust set of courses aligned with PLU’s program requirements (Education students)
  • Learn about this young democratic country with a focus on a historical perspective of Namibia from colonization to democracy
  • Engage with indigenous people, cultures, and the country’s unique geography on study tours, through rural homestays in the villages of northern Namibia and visits to Namibia’s renowned national parks and game reserves
  • Create your own batik art in a 3-day workshop in Windhoek
  • Engage with the local community through an internship or volunteer work with community organizations
  • Spend January enrolled in a context-setting, intensive course on non-Western history taught by a local Namibia historian

IHON Oxford, England

  • Experience the “Oxford tutorial” — weekly one-on-one sessions with Oxford faculty and graduate students, aimed at bringing forth the students’ own powers of judgment, thought, and argumentation e Learn to “read” the United Kingdom through the disciplinary lens of the semester’s Site Director — a PLU-IHON faculty member who will teach a place-based 200-level seminar and lead you on study tours in London, Manchester and other sites
  • Apply what you’re reading and learning to your own experiences in the 4-credit, discussion-based “Living and Learning in Oxford” course, also led by the PLU Site Director
  • Become an Associate Member of an Oxford college with dining and other privileges in the college
  • Take part in induction into the world-renowned Bodleian research library, including more than 20 Oxford branches, where you have full research access and reading privileges
  • Complete two of your 200-level IHON seminars — one in the form of an interdisciplinary tutorial with Oxford faculty and graduate students, the other with the PLU Site Director

Oslo, Norway: Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Challenge the perception of the “sameness” of Western societies by experiencing the rapidly changing Norwegian culture and society and Norway’s active engagement in defining and redefining its roles internationally and within its borders
  • Examine the Norwegian approach to contemporary issues in a central location with engaged faculty whose specialties include Peace and Conflict Studies, African Studies, International Relations, Middle East Studies, Polital Theory and more
  • Study in English alongside Norwegians majoring in Peace & Conflict and International Studies
  • Immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, history, geography, society, and politics with the “Norway—An Introduction” course (not for credit) that includes excursions in and around Oslo

Bø, Norway: Nordic Studies, Business, Natural Sciences, Environmental Studies & Kinesiology / Kinesiology in Vestfold, Norway

University of Southeastern Norway

Study in Bø:

  • Engage in an active campus community at the University of Southeastern Norway and experience the local natural landscape as an extension of classroom learning
  • Live and learn in an environment that challenges cultural assumptions and helps you to see your discipline and the world through a Norwegian lens
  • Explore Telemark, a region known as “Norway in miniature” and known for its rich cultural tradition and outdoor life
  • Focus on Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Marketing and Management, Business, Kinesiology, or Norwegian Language and Literature

Study Kinesiology in Vestfold:

  • Engage in an active campus community at the University of Southeastern Norway and experience the local natural landscape as an extension of classroom learning
  • Focus on Kinesiology in the Exercise and Health Management program
  • Examine the Norwegian health system and work life and social laws regulating health and sick leave through project management development and apprenticeship
  • Live and learn in an environment that challenges cultural assumptions and helps you to see your discipline and the world through a Norwegian lens
  • Put theoretical components into practice at the Vestfold campus’ stunning gym and pool facilities or in the stunning natural setting with numerous outdoor recreation options

Featured Programs

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Course options in STEM disciplines, indigenous studies, humanities social sciences and much more

University of Tasmania, Australia

Course options in STEM disciplines, indigenous studies, humanities social sciences and much more

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Course options in STEM disciplines, indigenous studies, humanities social sciences and much more

College Year in Athens (CYA) Greece

Course options in humanities and social sciences, Greek, Archaeology, Classics

GEO Liberal Arts in London

Course options in humanities and social sciences, fantastic internship opportunities

IES Berlin, Germany

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

IES Milan, Italy: Music

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

IES Vienna, Austria: Music / Psychology and Social Sciences

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

IAU Aix-en-Provence, France

Language immersion French Honors program / English-based academic tracks in Art – Business and Intl. Relations – Humanities & Social Sciences, French class required

CIEE Monteverde, Costa Rica

This is a great fit for adventurous students interested in science and the environment. ENVT majors can choose the Sustainability & the Environment academic track, and the Tropical Ecology & Conservation track is designed for Biology students

ILACA Granada, Spain

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

CIEE Seoul, South Korea

Choose between a language immersion track (Language & Area Studies) or one of two English-based academic tracks (Metropolitan and Urban Studies / Security Studies and International Affairs)

When study away resumes, what might it be like?

As you know, Lutes aren’t studying away right now. While there is still uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and international travel, study away will resume in the future. When it does, in some ways it will probably look different than in a pre-pandemic world. It’s too soon to know the details of exactly what things will be like on each study away program, but we know that health and wellbeing will be the priority.

To the right is one example of how things have been adapted for students living on campus at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Questions about study away?

Get in touch with us wang.center@plu.edu