Student Spotlight: Shoshana Kranish

shoshanakranishShoshana Kranish ’17 is an international relations major from Massachusetts. She spent the Spring 2015 semester in Tel Aviv, Israel as an international student at Tel Aviv University – an SU Abroad World Partner program. The TAU program is one of our most popular world partner programs, so if you’re interested in spending a semester in Israel, you might find Shoshana’s experience helpful:

1. What was your most memorable experience abroad?
The most memorable part of my time abroad were the holidays – in the spring there’s a whole bunch. There’s one holiday, called Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance), that commemorates soldiers who have died in Israel’s wars. I participated in a ceremony with a dozen other students, and it was an incredibly powerful way to connect with the community and give back. This holiday transitions right into Yom HaAtma’ut (Independence Day), making it a huge time for celebration. That transition doesn’t exist in the U.S. and it’s truly incredible to see the country go from somber to joyous in a short period of time.

2. What did you think of the courses you took at TAU?
I loved all the courses I took there. I had some truly remarkable professors who, in addition to teaching, were world-renowned scholars, researchers, and government consultants. I’m an international relations major concentrating in the Middle East and North Africa, so every class I took was really catered to my interests.

3. What was your favorite part of the city?
My favorite part of Tel Aviv are the beaches – there’s close to a dozen. I grew up on the beach in Massachusetts, and I really miss the ocean when I’m in Syracuse. Having a beach only a few miles from my dorm was really something I tried not to take for granted, and I miss it everyday!

4. What advice would you give to students who are preparing to study abroad?
Learn the language – or at least try! It makes life so much easier, it’s a great way to meet locals, and it’ll make them appreciate you so much more. Even more than that, who wouldn’t want to be able to say they can speak a bunch of languages (even if you can only read a menu)? You never know when a second or third language will come in handy in the future.

To read more about Shoshana’s experience in Israel, check out her blog!

If you’re interested in the Tel Aviv University World Partner Program (open only to SU students), start here! Have any questions? Let us know!

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Student Spotlight: Zachary Kahn

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As students are wrapping up their abroad semester they are rushing to drink in the last few  experiences they can before returning home. They are also starting to reflect on the experiences they have already had and writing their final posts in their online journals and blogs.

To reflect on his experience studying intercultural communication in London, Zachary Kahn has come up with 10 tips for studying abroad as a way to impart the knowledge and experience he has gained this semester to others still abroad or going abroad soon.

Excerpts from his tips, which he has posted on his blog via youtube videos are as follows:

1. Be Open-Minded

2. Try New Things

3. Download City Mapper and Foursquare Apps (for expert    exploring)

4. Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket (so it doesn’t get stolen)

5. Book Your Travel Plans and Accommodations in Advance

To see the rest of Zachary’s study abroad tips or to read his weekly blog posts from the past semester please visit his blog here.

SU Abroad Student Terry Jones Wins Prestigious Udall Scholarship

SU Abroad is proud to announce that World Partner student Terry Jones has been awarded the Udall Scholarship. Jones, who is currently studying abroad on SU Abroad’s World Partner program at FAMU (Prague), was one of 50 of a total of 464 applicants nationwide to be named a Udall Scholar. In addition, Jones previously studied film on an SU Abroad summer program in Bologna.

The Udall Scholarship is awarded to sophomore and junior students who demonstrate commitment to issues related to environmental studies or the American Indian Nations. A member of the Seneca Nation, Jones was chosen to win this coveted scholarship for his work in sharing his culture through film.

His films “Savage/Future,” “Gripped,” “Empire State,” and “Ancient Knowledge to the Future” are part of his ongoing work to expose and create conversation nationwide about critical issues that affect the American Indian nations. His study at FAMU in Prague and previous study of film in Bologna are helping Jones to pursue more work in this subject area.

The Udall Scholarship will now be a part of Jones’ many accolades including his membership to the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta honor societies, the Gilman Scholarship he won in 2014 to study in Bologna, and his many projects which tackle the issues of the American Indian nations.

Jones plans to pursue his M.F.A. and continue working to create an open dialogue about issues affecting the Native American population.

SU Strasbourg to Introduce New Social Work Program

Strasbourg3Beginning in Spring 2016, the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center will offer a new course cluster with a focus on social work and human services in the region. This new program will cater to SU and visiting students majoring in social work, child and family studies, or other human services programs.

Located in the heart of Europe in close proximity to the Council of Europe, European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights, SU Strasbourg is uniquely capable of delivering a meaningful program in social work. Students will benefit from collaboration between SU Strasbourg and French, German, and Swiss higher learning institutions of social work and social pedagogy as well as the School of Social Work.

Highlights of the course include a 3-credit traveling Signature Seminar and an optional one-credit internship. During the Signature Seminar, students will visit major cities to meet with local government leaders, educators, and activists to deepen their understanding of multilayered European identities. The internship program allows for students to intern at institutions such as the Council of Europe, government agencies, or agencies that work with immigrants or refugees.

Social work and human services students will enroll in five courses. The courses are as follows:

  • SWK 328 Human Diversity in Social Context (3 credits)
  • SWK 470/CFS 470 Experience Credit; conducted as a collaborative course with regional students/programs (3 credits)
  • French language (required) (4 credits)
  • Elective or course to satisfy other requirements (3 credits)
  • PSC 400 European Identity Signature Seminar (3 credits)

Each course within the program is designed to bring students a well-rounded and first-hand view of social work as it is delivered in other nations.

For more information on this program please contact: Gael Noyes at gknoyes@syr.edu or (315) 443-0252