Eastern students have the opportunity to travel and study in places like Spain, Australia, England, or Rome through study abroad.
” I learned more [Spanish] in two quarters in Spain than I did in six years in Spanish class,” said Carrie Tompkins who recently returned from her Study Abroad trip to Spain. As a Spanish major, Carrie was encouraged to study in Spain, where she lived with a local family. The experience was invaluable to her degree and she had a great time.
For students who are interested in studying abroad and learning about other countries and cultures, there is a group called Students Promoting International and Cultural Exchange (SPICE). This is a great place to hear more about the benefits of studying abroad and talk to some students who have gone or are here from other countries. The next meeting is on October 15 at 1 p.m. in the PUB.
But Eastern students take a different approach toward studying abroad. First of all, they should look at all the programs and locations available to study. Students can do this by visiting the Study Abroad — International Education Office (Showalter 127) to check out videotapes and look through their brochures.
The next step is to decide on a few options students want during their experience. These include destinations, which schools they want to attend, do they want an internship or to volunteer, and do they speak a foreign language (A foreign language is not required to apply, but for some programs it is necessary).
Costs vary, so it is important to be aware of the differences in specific programs. There are a few options to help with the costs. Most types of financial aid will apply toward studies abroad. There are also scholarships available. Information can be found on the Study Abroad website:http://studyabroad.ewu.edu.
After deciding where they want to go and what options they want, students need to pick up an application at the Study Abroad office. When applying, students must provide two references, one from a faculty member and one professional, and then fill out the required forms.
Also, students must submit an essay explaining their reasons for wanting to study abroad and what they hope to gain from the experience. A student must have completed at least one quarter at Eastern and have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 to apply.
For more information about the Study Abroad program or the S.P.I.C.E. group contact Study Abroad — International Education Office Coordinator Sara Scmelzer at (509) 359-2442 or visit their website: