OSU Study Abroad is proud to introduce Marissa Hernandez as the new Study Abroad Coordinator. She holds a Master of Science in International Studies from OSU and a B.A. in Law from Monterrey Tec (ITESM), where she was fortunate to participate in various study abroad programs that helped reinforce her love for travel and international education. She is a native of Denver, Colorado, grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico and has lived in Stillwater for the past 3 years.
Prior to being hired in the Study Abroad/NSE office, Marissa served as the ITESM representative on campus and was in charge of leading short-term programs to Mexico and welcoming Monterrey Tec students for short and long-term programs at OSU. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and loves the friendliness and warmth Stillwater has to offer.
It is an exciting time for the Study Abroad office at Oklahoma State University. The student applicants for reciprocal exchange just found out which country they will be making their new home next year. When students apply for a direct exchange study abroad program, they list their top three choices of universities and we are happy to announce that everybody was placed into one of their top choices. This year we have seen a record breaking number in the amount of students who are committing to studying abroad, a trend that has held true for the last several years. Oklahoma State students can take advantage of an international experience by participating in a reciprocal exchange program, an affiliated/approved program, a faculty-led course abroad, and even through National Student Exchange to another state or U.S. territory. In the 2009-10 school year, we saw a combined 563 students participate in an exchange program and in only five short years, the amount of OSU students abroad has nearly doubled, totaling at 1,056 students for the 2013-14 school year. Students are starting to realize that a study abroad experience can be so much more than an extended vacation, and that it can be a great resource for professional development, to learn a new language, and to discover a new culture while still discovering yourself. To find out more about how to start planning your experience abroad, visit us at abroad.okstate.edu or visit us in 242 Student Union.
Simpson named new director of OSU Study Abroad/NSE office
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Division of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma State University has named Jeff Simpson as the new Director of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange office.
Participation in study abroad continues to increase at OSU with more than 600 students studying outside the United States in 2011-2012. As the new director, Simpson will be tasked with exploring strategic partnerships with international universities that complement OSU students’ growing need for diverse academic opportunities.
“I’m excited to be in this position and look forward to assisting OSU with their study abroad goals,” Simpson said. “Thanks in part to increased funding opportunities, such as the Don and Cathey Humphreys Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship, more OSU students are able to study in more destinations worldwide. New discipline specific programs such as engineering in Madrid, Spain and international business in Brussels, Belgium are just two of the new initiatives being explored.”
David Henneberry, International Studies and Outreach associate vice president, said Simpson is a great asset to the Study Abroad Program.
“As the new director of Study Abroad/NSE, Jeff will coordinate a variety of programs both internationally and domestic that will connect current OSU students to the world,” Henneberry said. “He has a lot of experience in this area and will do an excellent job in this role.”
Simpson will oversee the much anticipated move of the Study Abroad/NSE office into the recently renovated Student Union. The innovative new office, anticipated to include the latest program management systems designed to coordinate student enrollment, orientation, and health and safety procedures, will enhance overall student services and provide an outstanding destination for students exploring opportunities abroad.
As OSU continues to strive for increased student participation in meaningful international experiences, Simpson anticipates continued interest among students across campus.
“Our new, premier location in the Student Union will introduce us to countless students who may not have considered study abroad before. For our students to succeed upon graduation, it is critical they explore the diverse opportunities outside of the classroom offered at OSU,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be guiding the university’s study abroad efforts as we work to create the meaningful leaders of tomorrow.”
CUTLINE: Jeff Simpson has been named as the new Director of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange office. He will begin in this position on August 1.
Did you make it to the Study Abroad Fair this semester? If you did, then you probably got a great amount of information on different study abroad options. The Study Abroad Fair was held this semester, at the end of September, in the Noble Research Center atrium. We filled the atrium up with tables and booths from OSU colleges offering faculty-led trips, affiliated/approved (3rd-party) provider programs, and more.
Oftentimes, students come into our office and only see our bookshelves with most of our Reciprocal Exchange programs displayed. They think that is all they can do. The Study Abroad Fair is a great opportunity to dispel that notion, because it is a setting that focuses more on the options that aren’t prominently displayed in our office. And they are endless, just as there was an endless stream of students in and out of the fair. 3rd-party providers had representatives on hand to answer questions about all of their own programs, and same for OSU colleges.
Many of our own exchange students that are at OSU, visiting from our international partner universities, helped out with the event. In the back of the fair we had a large area for all of our Reciprocal Exchanges, and many of the exchange students represented their own university and answered questions that they were knowledgeable about. We also had our Photo Contest on exhibit, and visitors voted for the People’s Choice award, that went to Wil Stokes this year for his photo titled “Interlaken.”
I just wanted to give you an update on what’s been happening in the Office since the last post.
We had the Outbound Orientation for Fall 2011 and Academic Year 2011-2012 participants earlier this month. The outgoing students received all of the information they will need to get ready to go to their respective universities/programs – starting at 9am on a Saturday. Dedication at its best!
We are nearing the end of the semester, which means that if you want to go on a Reciprocal Exchange program Spring 2012, you need to turn in those applications really soon.
We are currently in the hiring process for a new Peer Advisor. We will miss you, Mindy!
There are a couple of new programs with which study abroad students can get involved. I’m excited to tell you more about the International Ambassadors and the Study Abroad Correspondents programs, but that will be for another post.
Look out for some upcoming posts with useful websites and tips.
Check out this beautiful photo – it was one of our entries in the 2010 Study Abroad Fair Photo Contest.
It’s been very busy around the office as we just had the priority deadline for the Reciprocal Exchange application on January 28th. For those of you who have just come back from your study abroad program, welcome back! For those who are currently studying abroad or will leave soon, it’s an exciting time for you!
If you did not meet the Jan. 28th priority deadline, it’s not too late for you to apply! The main thing you have to consider is that the more competitive places (for this year that means: //Any university in England/Cork/Kansai Gaidai/Valencia//) are likely to have been filled by priority applicants.
However, there’s still a lot of options to choose from even if those universities listed above do get filled by the first round of applicants. Some of my personal favorites that I wish more students considered are Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea, Lithuania, Sweden, and Mexico (and of course, my former study abroad site, Czech Republic). If you’re open to trying out one of the lesser-traveled places like these and more, there’s still time for you to apply!
That being said, we had a record number of applicants this cycle, which means that more of you want to go abroad!
Another really cool exchange program about which you may or may not know is the National Student Exchange (NSE). This program allows students to go on exchange within the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Every year we have both incoming and outgoing NSE students, but we could definitely send more. It really is a good opportunity if you want to live and study in another part of the country. I know many of the incoming NSE students come to OSU because of the Agricultural and Veterinary programs here. The deadline for NSE is February 15th, 2011. That includes Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and the Academic Year 11-12.
If for no other reason, you should come into the office because on rare occasions it looks like this 🙂
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.
Check out our library display in Edmon Low Library. It displays the winners of the Study Abroad Fair Photo Contest and the winner of the Poster Contest. Check it out next time you’re on the second floor (next to the Browsing Room).