Uncovering history at an archaeological field school in Greece. Learning Spanish through community engagement in Costa Rica. Exploring nature, art and the human experience in Wales.

This summer, more than 200 UNCG students studied abroad in 14 countries across the globe through UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). IPC offered 17 faculty-led programs, as well as international exchange opportunities with the center’s partner universities.

For Spartans, study abroad is an opportunity to not only gain academic credit, but to experience different cultures and new ways of thinking, become more independent and build new friendships.

“Our goal in the International Programs Center is to facilitate the creation of innovative study abroad programming options that are cost-effective and accessible to all students,” said Denise Bellamy, senior director of IPC and director of study abroad and exchange programs. “Not only have we continued to grow our summer options in non-traditional locations, we also continue to see the incredible diversity of UNCG reflected in our study abroad participants. Study abroad returnees have shared that in addition to learning about a new culture, they discover even more about themselves and their future goals.”

Senior Shameeka Wilson, a deaf education major who is also enrolled in the accelerated teaching English as a second language (TESOL) master’s program, participated in the “Experiencing China” program in Shanghai.

Led by Dr. Ye (Jane) He, Wilson and her peers observed bilingual-bicultural teaching practices implemented by Chinese math teachers.

“My time spent in China was phenomenal,” Wilson said. “I made a lot of connections between the methods courses I’ve taken at UNCG and the educational practices I observed in China. I feel confident as I prepare for a classroom of my own in the future.”

Are you interested in going abroad for a summer or semester session? IPC will hold its annual fall Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the foyer of Elliott University Center Auditorium.

To learn more about UNCG’s study abroad opportunities, visit international.uncg.edu.

Students can share their study abroad experiences with the campus community by using the #uncgabroad hashtag. IPC also posts about study abroad on Instagram at @uncg_ipc. 

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography provided by Shameeka Wilson