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Students Embrace Study Abroad Opportunities

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United by a liberal arts mission, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s students are passionately embracing the unknown as they more frequently take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

LR’s William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education (SCIE) is overseeing steady growth in participation in semester and academic yearlong study abroad. During the 2018–19 academic year, almost twice as many students will participate in semester-long study abroad exchange programs as did in the previous year. All students at LR have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs which are offered on every continent but Antarctica.

According to Laura Dobson, Ph.D., director of international education, new bilateral exchange opportunities in England, Spain, and Iceland were implemented this year, in addition to those that already exist in China and Germany. “We have been strategically adding partnerships that enable us to send more students abroad for an entire semester,” Dobson said. “Students are able to obtain the coursework they need to graduate while studying abroad. They can do intensive language study in Spain and Germany, but they can also study leadership development in Iceland or Business in China.”

Jacora Wright, a senior English major, traveled to Ghana, Africa, during the spring semester, an experience she was able to participate in after receiving a $5,000 grant through the SCIE. After studying abroad, Wright decided she wanted to work as a teacher in classroom settings across the globe. “My trip to Ghana opened my eyes to the realization that I want to teach children and inspire them, but I want to do it globally,” she said. “I want to travel the world and teach, impacting as many children as possible through education.”

LR students are provided with a number of generous grant opportunities, including the William and Robert Shuford Endowment grants. In fall 2017, LR’s board of trustees established the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education, after receiving the second-largest gift in University history. The gift provided substantial expansion of funding through an endowment that supports students with financial need seeking to study abroad. The fund has also helped to establish additional short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities which take place during the spring and summer semesters.

“The positive results of the endowment funding were immediate,” Dobson said. “The number of short-term participants doubled last year over the previous year, and an estimated 120 students will participate in study abroad opportunities this year as compared to 40 in 2017.”

During the 2018 spring and summer semesters, nine faculty-led, short-term trips took place, sending both undergraduate and graduate students to Ireland, Italy, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Ecuador, London and Austria. Many new trips were added, while some have been longstanding. For the past six years, occupational therapy students have traveled to Ecuador to volunteer in a clinic they helped establish. The clinic provides access to health care services in underserved regions of Ecuador through education, treatment and research.

“The clinic has had tremendous impact for the people of Ibarra, which is about the size of Durham,” said Sue Friguglietti, DHA, MA, OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy and academic fieldwork coordinator. “There are over 700 occupational therapists in Durham and Ibarra had only one. Now Ibarra has a thriving OT clinic which helps the local community meet their rehabilitation needs and advocacy efforts. Lenoir-Rhyne is proud to be a part of that effort.”

Another 11 short-term study abroad trips are planned for the spring and summer 2019 semesters to Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Ireland and Spain.
With an increased number of students studying abroad, SCIE is taking steps to ensure students maximize the cultural learning they receive from their experience through a course titled Before You Study Abroad.

Our hope is to enable students with the ability to explore more subtle cultural differences that are sometimes hidden beneath the surface." Laura Dobson Ph.D.

SCIE initiates and supports events and programs that contribute to global education at LR, and assists international exchange students when they come to LR for a semester or year. Global educational programming on campus and study abroad opportunities are designed to enhance communication and personal skills, lend distinction to resumes, and attract the attention of potential employers.

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Students Embrace Study Abroad Opportunities
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Multiple students posing for a photo in a tropical setting

United by a liberal arts mission, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s students are passionately embracing the unknown as they more frequently take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

LR’s William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education (SCIE) is overseeing steady growth in participation in semester and academic yearlong study abroad. During the 2018–19 academic year, almost twice as many students will participate in semester-long study abroad exchange programs as did in the previous year. All students at LR have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs which are offered on every continent but Antarctica.

According to Laura Dobson, Ph.D., director of international education, new bilateral exchange opportunities in England, Spain, and Iceland were implemented this year, in addition to those that already exist in China and Germany. “We have been strategically adding partnerships that enable us to send more students abroad for an entire semester,” Dobson said. “Students are able to obtain the coursework they need to graduate while studying abroad. They can do intensive language study in Spain and Germany, but they can also study leadership development in Iceland or Business in China.”

Jacora Wright, a senior English major, traveled to Ghana, Africa, during the spring semester, an experience she was able to participate in after receiving a $5,000 grant through the SCIE. After studying abroad, Wright decided she wanted to work as a teacher in classroom settings across the globe. “My trip to Ghana opened my eyes to the realization that I want to teach children and inspire them, but I want to do it globally,” she said. “I want to travel the world and teach, impacting as many children as possible through education.”

LR students are provided with a number of generous grant opportunities, including the William and Robert Shuford Endowment grants. In fall 2017, LR’s board of trustees established the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education, after receiving the second-largest gift in University history. The gift provided substantial expansion of funding through an endowment that supports students with financial need seeking to study abroad. The fund has also helped to establish additional short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities which take place during the spring and summer semesters.

“The positive results of the endowment funding were immediate,” Dobson said. “The number of short-term participants doubled last year over the previous year, and an estimated 120 students will participate in study abroad opportunities this year as compared to 40 in 2017.”

During the 2018 spring and summer semesters, nine faculty-led, short-term trips took place, sending both undergraduate and graduate students to Ireland, Italy, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Ecuador, London and Austria. Many new trips were added, while some have been longstanding. For the past six years, occupational therapy students have traveled to Ecuador to volunteer in a clinic they helped establish. The clinic provides access to health care services in underserved regions of Ecuador through education, treatment and research.

“The clinic has had tremendous impact for the people of Ibarra, which is about the size of Durham,” said Sue Friguglietti, DHA, MA, OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy and academic fieldwork coordinator. “There are over 700 occupational therapists in Durham and Ibarra had only one. Now Ibarra has a thriving OT clinic which helps the local community meet their rehabilitation needs and advocacy efforts. Lenoir-Rhyne is proud to be a part of that effort.”

Another 11 short-term study abroad trips are planned for the spring and summer 2019 semesters to Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, England, Finland, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Ireland and Spain.
With an increased number of students studying abroad, SCIE is taking steps to ensure students maximize the cultural learning they receive from their experience through a course titled Before You Study Abroad.

Our hope is to enable students with the ability to explore more subtle cultural differences that are sometimes hidden beneath the surface." Laura Dobson Ph.D.

SCIE initiates and supports events and programs that contribute to global education at LR, and assists international exchange students when they come to LR for a semester or year. Global educational programming on campus and study abroad opportunities are designed to enhance communication and personal skills, lend distinction to resumes, and attract the attention of potential employers.

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