Are You Thinking About Studying Abroad or Taking a Gap Year?

Are you thinking about studying abroad or taking a gap year? Are you interested in social justice and impact?  

On Friday 10/13, Makaela Kingsley (Patricelli Center) and Emily Gorlewski (Study Abroad) will do a site visit to Semester in the City, a “semester away” program in Boston.

SITC gives college students the opportunity to do hands-on learning through well-supported internships in the social sector. Students intern four days a week, participate in a social change theory seminar, and engage in reflection sessions and workshops. They receive a full semester of credits with no additional tuition costs. Details are at http://collegeforsocialinnovation.org/sitc/details/

Makaela and Emily are seeking 2-3 students (preferably sophomores considering a semester away next year) to participate in the site visit. Transportation will be provided from campus (departing at 7:00AM and returning at 5:30PM).

If you are interested, please contact Makaela (mjkingsley@wesleyan.edu) as soon as possible.

Submit a Proposal for International Education Week Poster Session

The FCGS is now accepting proposals for posters during International Education Week (November 13 – 17). Posters will be presented during lunch on Tuesday November 14th. We invite students to submit a proposal to share their international experience — including experiences in the United States — to showcase research, internships, academic study, language acquisition, artistic endeavors, and independent work that has an international component. We hope this experience will allow students to connect with one another, to share their knowledge and experience and to grow personally, academically, and professionally through this experience.

The value of sharing what you know through a poster session can have a far-reaching impact. Because of the collaborative nature of this sessions and International Education Week, presenters often find that through the process of sharing their expertise they often gain new insights themselves. Being a presenter is also an excellent way to build your professional résumé and speaker profile. We hope you will consider participating and help fulfill our mission to support students in expanding international opportunities and experiences by sharing what you know with others.

TO SUBMIT PROPOSAL, PLEASE CLICK HERE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 AT 11:59 PM EST.

2017 Wes in the World Photo Contest

The Fries Center for Global Studies is excited to announce its annual Wes in the World Photo Contest! This contest offers students who have studied or live abroad to share their experiences with our community. We invite anyone who falls within this group to submit photographs that you feel best represent your experiences abroad. In doing so, you will support the Fries Center for Global Studies in our efforts to recognize and celebrate cultural diversity.

Here is how you can participate.

You can find the contest rules, submission guidelines, and upload your photos on this website: http://bit.ly/2whqxB2  

This year we have 5 categories for photo submission, as displayed below:

  • People: Single pictures portraying individual or groups of people.
  • Nature and Architecture: Single pictures of flora, fauna, structures, or landscapes.
  • Daily Life: Single pictures documenting either the ordinary or extraordinary elements in everyday life not normally considered news.
  • Contemporary Issues: Single pictures documenting cultural, economic, environmental, political, or social issues.
  • Sports: Single pictures that capture individual or team sports.

Entry Deadline: September 30, 2017

Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each category at a special event, to be hosted in the Fries Center for Global Studies during International Education Week (November 13-17).

If you have any questions about the photo contest, please email Kia Lor (klor@wesleyan.edu).

Why Foreign-Language Study is a Good Idea for Every Student

We assume if you have reasons to learn a particular language (to study, work, travel, or live abroad or for resources not fully available in English translation), you already know why it is important. Here are reasons to study any language besides English or whatever you regard as your native language:

  1. Many employers, professional schools, and graduate schools see serious study of a second language (potentially, a double-major) as evidence that you can (a) put yourself more easily in others’ (colleagues’, clients’) shoes and (b) communicate more effectively even in English.
  1. You will never know your own language and culture more deeply than by studying another–by looking at it from the outside. Learning to thrive with the unfamiliar is often linked to creativity in many intellectual and professional contexts.
  1. Language learning teaches you to think more clearly and sharpens your brain’s ability to make sense of the world.
  1. Deep study of another culture through its language brings home how much of value will never be made available in English.
  1. Puzzling out another language and culture will help you understand (and empathize with) the difficulties of non-anglophone immigrants, colleagues, clients, and travelers in the U.S., even if you never leave American shores.
  1. Learning another language well makes it easier to learn anylanguage in the future. Even if you never need this, the experience–especially if you study abroad–will make you far more confident in your ability to face any intellectual or professional challenge.
  1. Foreign-language courses fit easily into study plans: offered on highly varied schedules, they provide a stimulating (and fun!) break from problem-set driven, heavy-reading or arts courses.

Wesleyan offers:

Arabic language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/aaissa/profile.html
American Sign Language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/courses.html
Classics (Greek and Latin): http://wesleyan.edu/classics/
East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean): http://wesleyan.edu/ceas/
German studies: http://wesleyan.edu/german/
Hebrew language and culture: http://www.wesleyan.edu/academics/faculty/dkatz01/profile.html
Romance Languages & Literatures (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish): http://wesleyan.edu/romance/
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program: http://wesleyan.edu/russian/
Any other language: http://www.wesleyan.edu/lctls/silp.html