Student Spotlight: Garrett Garcia

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Picking a study abroad destination can sometimes be a difficult decision with so many incredible options available to students. But for some, like University of Vermont student Garrett Garcia, picking a study abroad destination is very easy, especially if they have been dreaming about this experience for a long time.

In his blog “History Major in A Historical City: Adventures in Istanbul and Beyond,” Garrett writes about his first experiences in Istanbul this semester as he explores the history and culture of the unique region.

To read his blog posts and keep up on his musings on the history of Istanbul as it relates to the present and future as well as personal narratives, visit his blog here.

New Grants for Fall 2015 SU Abroad Destinations

IMG_1230Syracuse University Abroad is offering a $1000 grant to any student enrolling in the SU Beijing Center, SU Santiago Center, or the “Culture and Politics of Reconciliation” theme-based program in Wroclaw in Fall 2015. The application deadline for Fall 2015 is March 20, so apply now to take advantage of this addition to your financial aid package!

If you haven’t considered Beijing, Santiago, or Wroclaw, now might be the right time! Below, just a few examples of what these programs offer:

SU Beijing Center

  • Take on the challenge of understanding China today, so you can create new opportunities for yourself in the future
  • No language prerequisite
  • Study at Tsinghua University– one of China’s top-rated universities
  • Traveling Signature Seminar explores lesser-known areas of China

SU Santiago Center

  • Gain an understanding of Latin American culture and its influence on the United States and the world – travel to Argentina and Uruguay are included in the program!
  • Take in Chile’s variety of geographical landscapes: From the Andes Mountains to the glaciers of Patagonia
  • Deepen your knowledge and gain fluency in Spanish

The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation traveling program in Central Europe

  • Visit nine dynamic European cities
  • No language prerequisite
  • Understand the intricate issues surrounding reconciliation through course work, travel, and action research projects
  • Live in the beautiful and complex Wroclaw, Poland which has been named the  “European Capital of Culture 2016″

To learn more about these programs, visit suabroad.syr.edu or make an appointment with a SU Abroad advisor today!

Students Gain Real-World Experience Through London Business Site Visit

Screen-Shot-2015-01-19-at-11.35.59-300x225One of the highlights from the fall 2014 semester’s London program was the opportunity for students enrolled in the “Digital Britain: Engaging the User” course to work directly with a local London digital business, Historypin.

During their site visit in November, students were able to openly dialogue with executives at Historypin to enhance the user experience on the history blogging community website. Students were able to give feedback to Historypin and suggest ways to improve the website. In addition, students got a feel for how a real London office works and were able to experience first-hand the challenges that a digital company faces.

The two-way conversation between Historypin and the digital communications students was beneficial to both parties and facilitated insightful observations. The students were very excited about the collaboration and professor Carol Nahra hopes to continue this visit with future classes.