May 03, 2016
College Communications and Marketing
Whether exploring the ancient ruins in Athens, Greece, celebrating Carnevale in Venice, Italy, enjoying open air markets in Buenos Aries, Argentina, or hiking the mountains of Grenoble, France; 44 Saint Anselm College students are spending their 2016 spring semesters learning, discovering, and embracing the wide range of opportunities that come with studying abroad.
From early January into late July, our Anselmians abroad are traveling the world while opening their minds to new cultures and traditions. Across four different continents, spanning 10 different countries, students majoring in politics, biology, history, business, education studies, and international relations are gaining a global perspective.
Junior Amanda Young is spending her semester in Seville, Spain, participating in Education in a Multicultural Context, a program that provides her with valuable teaching experience in a Spanish classroom. As an elementary education major, Young is also interning for two hours a week in a local bilingual preschool where the students learn English and Spanish simultaneously. One of her responsibilities is to teach one of four teaching methods for a second language and at the conclusion of her internship, she and her fellow interns will study the results of their methods to determine which was most effective.
Young's semester abroad was made possible by the Gilman Scholarship, a government funded grant that offers financial aid to U.S. undergraduate students who wish to pursue academic studies or career-oriented internships abroad. Out of almost 10,000 applications, Young was one of 2,500 chosen – providing her with the opportunity to receive both an education and work experience abroad.
Michael Schmidt '17 is studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, as the first Saint Anselm College student to choose Germany as a destination in over five years. His academic focus on history and German studies lured him to this particular location, where he says he is fulfilling his dream of experiencing German culture firsthand.
Twin sisters Jaime and Kelsey Dulac '17 are spending the semester in Florence, Italy. Respectively, a communication major and a business major, they are experiencing Italian culture and traveling Europe with their life-long best friend: each other.
Rounding out this semester's study abroad is the college's pilot program, Semester Abroad in Orvieto, Italy, where 11 Saint Anselm students are living, learning, and traveling together. Accompanied and taught by Classics professors David George and Linda Rulman, students are taking four courses on topics ranging from Classics, history, art and architecture, to Italian culture, politics, and theology. The program also incorporates a core course centered on tours of landmarks, local cultural events, and excursions. Students traveled to Rome, Florence, Monte Cassion, Assisi, Siena, Pompeii and other heritage sites, experiencing firsthand the cultural energy and history of Italy.
Over the course of the semester, three students have blogged about their adventures abroad: Christine Drew '17 (Buenos Aries, Argentina), Jamie Dulac '17 (pictured above, Florence, Italy), and Erica Hudson '17 (Grenoble, France). Read the Study Abroad blog to see what our fellow Anselmians are up to overseas.
Story by Liliana Kane '16