General Information Sessions: Spring 2011

So you want to study abroad, but you don’t know where to start.

Your first step is to go to a General Information Session. These presentations will give you an overview of the study abroad opportunities that we have available at OSU. We require* you to attend one of these so that you can be better prepared for your indivual advising session.

Listed below are the dates and times that we will be giving presentations during Spring 2011. Notice that we have daytime (Wednesdays and Thursdays) as well as evening sessions (Mondays).

*If you have already heard the presentation either through a student organization or through a class then you do not have to attend one of the below listed  information sessions.

 

Wednesdays at 12:30 in CLB 119

  • January 9
  • February 2 & February 16
  • March 3 & March 30
  • April 13

Thursdays at 11:45 in CLB 206

  • January 27
  • February 10 & February 24
  • March 10 & March 24
  • April 7 & April 21

Mondays at 5:00 in CLB 119

  • February 7 & February 21
  • March 7 & March 21
  • April 4 & April 18
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Prospective Participants: Courtney’s Interview

Courtney Baker is studying Political Science here at OSU and is beginning the study abroad application process. Courtney is currently enrolled in the Introduction to Study Abroad class and will be applying to a study abroad program soon. She writes about the positive impact that meeting someone who is from your prospective host country can have!

When I enrolled for A&S 2000: Intro to Study Abroad this Summer, I thought I would just be choosing where I wanted to study next year. Now, six weeks into the class I still don’t know where I am going, but I HAVE learned a lot more than I anticipated.

For starters, I never realized that when I do study abroad, everything will be different. From religion to the language that is spoken at my host country, nothing will be quite the same as it is in America. I didn’t truly understand this until I completed an international student interview as part of a class requirement. I interviewed an American college student, Rachael, who had lived in Switzerland from age six to eighteen.

Rachael and I talked about everything during the interview. However, one of my favorite parts of the interview was when Rachael told me how the average Swiss person dresses.  “The Swiss dress plainer than Americans. They wear a lot of gray and are not as fancy. But you will be at a college campus so people will be a little more fashionable. Overall, the Swiss are not as into looks as Americans are. They won’t ever wear dramatic make-up or flashy clothes.”

I thought this was so funny! Before my interview with Rachael, I had never considered how much effort Americans, especially women, put into their appearances every day. Interviewing an international student was such a great experience. Talking with Rachael helped to take some of the fear out of studying abroad. The interview made me so excited to experience all the things we discussed! Although I am still not sure where I will end up studying abroad, I plan on talking to an international student when I finally make the decision. Putting a face to the place you have researched so much about makes the country come alive.

To get started on the study abroad process, come to the Study Abroad Office in the basement of the Classroom Building (005) and talk to one of the Peer Advisors about getting started! For more information about the Intro to Study Abroad Class, ask your academic advisor, come see us, or enroll on SIS. I hope to see you soon!

Short-Term Course: Summer in London 2011

The Spears School of Business offers many different short-term study abroad courses.

This week we’re featuring: Summer in London

Description: This highly successful study program meets at Regent’s College within Regent’s Park in North Central London. Facilities include sleeping rooms, food services, classrooms, computer labs, library and a lounge. Courses are supplemented by guest lectures, company visits and field trips.

Sightseeing: Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, the London Eye, and the Tower of London are examples of the many sightseeing opportunities available in this beautiful city.

Coursework and travel begins: June 11-July 3, 2011

Fee:
$3,950 + airfare if enrolled prior to March 1, 2011
$4,150 if enrolled after March 1, 2011
A deposit of $400 will be charged to your bursar account at the time of enrollment; the balance will be billed to your account on April 15, 2011

Fee includes: Tuition, housing, and meal card. Airfare is a separate cost and is estimated at $1,000.

Course:
LSB 4633 or BADM 4050 or BADM 5200: Legal Aspects of International Business Transactions
-and-
MGMT 4750 or MGMT 5750: Global Leadership Perspectives
-or-
ACCT 4763 or ACCT 5840: The Evolution of World Accounting Standards

Earn 6 Hours of Credit

Instructors: Dr. Andrew Urich, Dr. Ken Eastman and Dr. Bud Lacy

To Enroll:
Center for Executive and Professional Development
215 Business Building

For more info: http://spears.okstate.edu/studyabroad

Current Participants: Jake’s Semester in Japan

Jake Biros, a Junior studying Chemical Engineering , Japanese, and Spanish,  writes about his experience as an exchange student in Japan. Jake is studying in Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan through a Reciprocal Exchange program. His exchange has been during Fall 2010. Read what Jake has to say about Japan!

It is hard to choose a good starting point for a paper about my experiences in Japan.   I guess the first thing I would like to say is that I have yet to see any Ninjas yet (with the exception of the people that work in the Ninja Café).    I am going to stray far away from the point that everyone makes about how it changes your life when you go abroad and you learn languages and become one with a foreign culture.  That is definitely true, but I haven’t come back yet so rather than talking about that I am going to talk about fun and interesting stuff about living here in Japan.  We can save the deep, life changing experiences part for when I come back to the United States.

Naturally, we have all heard rumors about the toilets with what amounts to a small computer attached to them and the vending machines on every street corner that have all sorts of things in them.  That stuff is for the most part true, and it does happen to be one of the parts of Japan that I really enjoy.  By the way, there is just something nice about being able to buy a beer out of a vending machine without having to talk to anybody or do anything besides press a button.   Other things that you can’t miss out on while you are in Japan are riding the bullet train, watching grandmas with colored (we are talking blue, red, purple and pink) walk around town, riding bicycles where no American would dare to ride, eating weird foods like fermented soy beans, and seeing some ridiculous innovation every time you go into a department store.  It all makes for a very exciting day to day experience.

More important than the cool things that I have seen are probably the awesome experiences I have had.  I have listened to an atomic bomb survivor, which gives you the greatest respect for the Japanese, especially the citizens of Hiroshima.  I have practiced martial arts with other college students my age, and seen the hierarchy of upper and lower classmen.  I have lived a Japanese lifestyle, eating Japanese food, sleeping on a futon, riding a bike for transportation, and speaking Japanese with my friends and host family.  I have even gotten good at defending my country in debates with other people that like to think that the United States is a bunch of uneducated, impolite jerks that think they are number one and that everyone around them speaks English.  It’s kind of true though (I would insert an “lol” or a “haha” here but for some reason it just seems less than appropriate, so understand that I am just joking).

I already know that coming back to the United States is going to be a hard thing for me.  I love it here.  However, I choose not to dwell on it too much, because as I just explained, there are too many fun things to enjoy here in Japan.  Do your research and find the location that is perfect for you.  I can guarantee that no matter where you go you will have experiences that are just as interesting, if not more interesting than mine.  If you settle on Japan, hit me up.  Be careful though, I will talk your ear off!  In the mean time I wish you luck with your decision on where you want to go.

To read more about Jake’s time in Japan, check out his blog at http://jakestravelsinjapan.blogspot.com/