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All Aboard to Go Abroad

University-led trips are looking for interested students

by Published: Nov 14, 2012

The labor force is becom­ing more glob­ally con­scious and an inter­na­tional expe­ri­ence can help stu­dents to become more employable.

The Study Abroad Fair informed stu­dents on how to broaden their aca­d­e­mic cur­ricu­lum out­side of Ferris classrooms.

“You get to know the in and outs of inter­na­tional busi­ness rela­tion­ships,” Glen Marks, Ferris sopho­more in auto­mo­tive engi­neer­ing, said.

Marks lived in England for two years while he attended Bradford University and Yale College in Wales.

The fair had tables rep­re­sent­ing numer­ous trips planned this sum­mer, span­ning from Costa Rica to Scotland.

Aaron Waltz, the pro­fes­sional golf man­age­ment pro­gram coor­di­na­tor who is co-leading the trip to Scotland this sum­mer, said, “It’s a trip of a life­time, and com­ple­ments what stu­dents are doing at Ferris.”

During the two-week trip that leaves in August 2013, stu­dents will be able to visit the “birth­place of golf” in St. Andrews among other stops. The golf course dates back to the early 15th century.

Fans may recall the 2000 Open Championship at St. Andrews where Tiger Woods tri­umphed for­mi­da­bly by eight strokes, a stand­ing record. This famed golf course has hosted the Open Championship a record 28 times.

Students who attend can gain nine over­all cred­its. Six of the cred­its obtained fall under the cul­tural enrich­ment cat­e­gory and the other three are biol­ogy credits.

Studying abroad is not cheap, as the Scotland trip, for exam­ple, costs $3,950 plus addi­tional funds for meals. However, with sound finan­cial plan­ning it can be fea­si­ble. A stu­dent can receive a direct loan from finan­cial aid total­ing $7,500 as long as an appli­cant did not exhaust his or her loan limit in prior semes­ters. Of course, there is always mom and dad.

Becoming involved in the Conversation Partners Program is another avenue to raise money. Members lead a group of inter­na­tional stu­dents and are given an oppor­tu­nity to immerse them­selves in exotic cul­tures here on cam­pus while earn­ing up to $800 per semester.

There are also var­i­ous schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able on the university’s web­site. Interested stu­dents in a short-term pro­gram can con­tact the Office of International Education at ext. 2450. Those request­ing more infor­ma­tion about the Scotland trip specif­i­cally can con­tact Aaron Waltz at walt3@ferris.edu