Student Spotlight: Kaitlin O’Rourke



When studying abroad, students often have a language barrier to overcome when living in their host country or as part of their travels. Kaitlin O’Rourke, who is studying at the SU Center in Santiago, Chile, has taken language immersion one step further by teaching English to Spanish speaking students at a local high school.

In her blog, Kaitlin writes about how she is navigating not only speaking but teaching a foreign language and the trials and moments of hilarity that come with teaching a class of  seventeen year-old boys. She writes:

“I have never quite appreciated my Spanish teachers as much as I do now. Teaching a language is hard. Even though all I really have to do, in theory, is talk with the boys (did I mention that this is an all boys high school??) and correct their grammatical mistakes, my job is really far more difficult than that.”

Follow Kaitlin as she wraps up her abroad experience by reading her blog here.

SU Abroad Alumni Win Outstanding Delegation at National Model United Nations Conference


Representatives from Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs, including several SU Abroad alumni represented the Republic of Chile at the National Model United Nations conference hosted in Washington, D.C. October 31 – November 2.

After spending the summer and early fall preparing position papers and learning the rules of procedure for the conference, the delegates skillfully and diplomatically negotiated with other delegates in the conference in their portrayal of the Republic of Chile. Their preparation and diplomatic resolutions at the conference earned them the title of Outstanding Delegation.

SU Abroad alumni represented over half of the delegates for the Republic of Chile, three of whom (Pamela Davis, Michael Getto, and Meghan Schneider) studied at SU’s center in Santiago. The alumni were able to leverage their understanding of the Republic of Chile having studied abroad there and having experienced on a first-hand basis the culture, politics, and overall nuances of the country. Alumni of the SU Istanbul and Hong Kong programs (Ivan Shivkov and Nava Auza) also participated in the national conference.

Congratulations to our outstanding SU Abroad alumni and the rest of their delegation!

Student Spotlight: Kathryn Ayre


In her blog, Beware the Buddha Belly, Kathryn Ayre takes her readers on a culinary and cultural journey throughout Southeast Asia as she studies at SU’s center in Hong Kong. Kathryn has taken to exploring the streets of Hong Kong to find new eats from “Phenomenal Pho” to New York-style deli sandwiches and everything in between. Her blog offers a candid view of her adventures during her study abroad experience thus far and reports on the things she loves, the things she misses, and all the exciting facets of living and studying in Southeast Asia.

Read more on her blog here.

SU Student Spotlight: Samantha Ho

Study abroad blogs have become a popular way for students to document their journey  as they traverse through the new cultures and landscapes that color their study abroad experience. Samantha Ho is currently studying abroad at the SU Center in Beijing, China and has taken to blogging to curate her photos and thoughts on her travels through China’s diverse provinces.

On her Signature Seminar experience, Samantha writes:

“In just two weeks and with seven other wanderlust-filled students, I embarked on an amazing, jam-packed Signature Seminar with the SU Abroad program. Traveling around Southern China, we started in the Yunnan Province. Truly a testament to the “colorful” reputation that Yunnan holds, it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the biodiversity and amazing culture that surrounds you in this more rural area. Blue skies, colorful mountains, and no sign of smog or crowded urban life greet you at the entrance to the airport.”

Read more on Samantha’s blog here.