Spring 2016 Gilman Winners!

Once again, we’re offering our congratulations to Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship winners from SU Abroad. The total award amount to SU students was $43,000! These are Spring 2016 recipients. Congratulations go to our 10 winners and 1 alternate! The next Gilman deadline is March 1, 2016 for summer and fall 2016.

Gabriel Acosta-Mitchell, SU Beijing: $5,000
Yajayra Cerrato, SU Santiago: $4,000
Patrick Cummings, SU World Partner (Ireland): $3,000
Sampson George, SU Hong Kong: $5,000
Daisia Glover, SU Santiago: $4,000
Lisa Guan, SU Hong Kong: $8,000
Ayoyinka Olusoga, SU World Partner (Australia): $3,500
Sarah Stoeber, SU Madrid: $3,000
Nicholas Townsend, SU Santiago: $3,500
Qirong Zheng, SU Hong Kong: $4,000

Christine Valenzula, SU Santiago

Fall 2015 Upcoming Events!

We have tons of events planned on campus this semester, so we urge any interested students to come out and say hello!

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Information Session: September 11, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Eggers 010 Learn some useful application tips to make yourself a more competitive applicant for this generous study abroad scholarship program funded by the U.S. government.

Meet SU Abroad Tabling Events: September 14-17, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We’ll be in the schools and colleges every day this week! (Monday: Whitman Atrium, Tuesday: Eggers Cafe, Wednesday: HBC Atrium, Thursday: Life Sciences Atrium)

Study in Asia Panel Discussion: September 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Schine 304ABC Students who have studied in Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India discuss topics related to studying in Asia. If you are thinking of studying in Asia,  bring your questions and take part in the discussion! Lunch will be served.

Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshop: September 28 or October 1, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Bowne Hall Rm. 306 Students seeking proofreading assistance and constructive feedback on their scholarship essays are welcome to attend one (or both) of our writing workshops. Please bring five copies of your essays.


LGBT Issues Abroad

Madrid Pride Parade

Madrid Pride Parade

Big news from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg this morning. This is what we talk about when we say that policies made in Strasbourg affect the entire region! Maybe future SU Strasbourg students will hear from activists and professionals involved in this case?

Here’s a more personal account from a student at one of our World Partners, CEA Academic Programs, which sheds light on what it’s like to be queer in Beijing. It’s a great, in-depth post, and Brandon believes that, “China is one of the best study-abroad locations for queer students.”

SU Santiago – Lifting Layers

DSC_0131It is common for visitors and study abroad students in Chile to base their interpretations of Chilean society and culture on a very limited area of Santiago. In the past, the Syracuse University Abroad staff frequently heard students describe Chile as “modern” and “similar to the U.S.” — an assessment representative of only a small fraction of the country and its population. At the same time, students sometimes struggled to contextualize their coursework and connect their topics of study to local reality. In response, the SU Santiago center staff designed a set of activities that seek to strengthen the critical and analytical skills with which students interpret their daily surroundings abroad. These are extracurricular activities that enhance and complement students’ academic experiences in a “multifunctional” way that can be adapted to courses from different areas of study, while at the same time helping students “lift the layers” of their host culture in order to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of their surroundings.

Each semester, the SU Santiago staff select at least six points in the city that have the potential to demonstrate—and at the same time, to hide—indicators or clues about Chile’s society, economy, history, politics, and arts. The goal is to train each student’s eye to discover details that are hard to see, and in doing so, help them unveil realities that have been re-signified over the course of time, through the modernization of the city; sometimes even intentionally, in an attempt to hide or alter their meaning. To fully understand this set of activities it is necessary to simultaneously teach students about the tensions that are still ongoing and very much present in Chilean society, including: the real scope and meaning of the transition to democracy, the implications of an unfinished reconciliation process after the dictatorship that affected the country during the late 20th century, the unspoken racial tensions that mark Chilean society, and the effects of the urban transformation that has rapidly changed the city, among many others that function as cultural keys to be deciphered.​

For example, for one activity students visit a public square that contains several monuments of presidents from the second half of the 20th century, the country’s most sensitive and controversial historical period. The group observes the apparent–and desired–process of peace and reconciliation represented in the commemoration of this time period. However, subsequently, students are encouraged to observe how the monuments are displayed and located within the context of the square’s overall design, to touch the materials that support the monuments, to listen to what Chilean passersby often comment while the group is conducting its analysis and, especially, to relate what they are seeing with topics they have studied in their classes. They discover, for example, that some of the monuments are solidly and properly constructed, that some are intrinsically related to the buildings and symbols of power that surround the square, and that one of them–perhaps the best known figure in Chilean history–is not a real monument at all: it is, in fact, a ventilation duct, and is built with light, flimsy materials. Through this activity, students come to understand how the recent past remains unresolved and that the supposed peace and reconciliation that the square attempts to demonstrate is only a thin layer of apparent calm.