Tag Archives: Study Abroad

Alumni: Elliott Brandsma

Focus on Fulbright: Reflections on my first few months in Iceland

by Elliott Brandsma, ’13, B.A, English and Art

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

In April 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Icelandic language and literature at the University of Iceland for the 2013-14 academic year. Securing this prestigious honor marked the beginning of my life-changing journey to one of the most beautiful, unique and awe-inspiring countries in the world. Continue reading

Around Campus: New Year’s Resolutions for Texas State Students

By Andrew Osegi ’13

Welcome to 2013, Bobcat Nation! On behalf of the university, I hope all students, new and returning, enjoyed the winter holiday.

Always be thinking ahead

Always be thinking ahead.

As we ring in the new year with the spring semester, now is the best time to thaw that lackadaisical frame of mind we’ve embraced over the break and set our eyes on the future.

In addition to the resolutions you may have set for yourself this year, here are five more every Texas State student should consider:

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Happenings: International Education Month 2012

Learn to go global during International Education Month

Students from the International Studies Association hosted a multicultural food fair on campus.

By Andrew Osegi

Here at Texas State University, November is an exciting month. Not only are students looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving break, but they also have an opportunity to engage with different cultures from around the world during International Education Month.

Similar to the federally sponsored International Education Week (held Nov. 12-16), International Education Month aims to connect diverse members of the Texas State community by educating students about the global nature of the world in which we live and work. Continue reading

Students: April Correa

A Summer In Europe: Studying Abroad With April Correa

April Correa in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

April Correa traveled around Europe as part of her study abroad experience.

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Barcelona. Rome. Paris.  Texas State University student April Correa visited all these cities during her study abroad adventure this past June. The opportunity to study abroad is one that many college students consider, but few actually realize. Even Correa did not expect to travel overseas, but with a little encouragement, she committed to her traveling aspirations and was soon on a plane headed to Spain.

Correa, an accounting junior, was inspired to investigate her study abroad options not only by the advertisements around campus, but also by her academic advisor.

“I always wanted to study abroad, but I never thought I would actually go through with it,” said Correa. “My advisor was the one who brought it to my attention and supported my interest.” Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Caitlin Buck

With a hop and a skip, Buck coasts to Ireland for study abroad in dance

Buck's photo along the Cliffs of Moher was entered into the Academic Programs International Spring 2011 Photo Contest. Click for more contest photos.

By Catherine Harper

According to an Irish proverb, “The longest road out is the shortest road home.” For Texas State alumna Caitlin Buck, a drive to discover the ancient dance and culture of Ireland led to an adventure of self-discovery through study abroad.

After graduating in December 2011 with a degree in early childhood through sixth-grade education, Buck has taken the center stage in educating young minds. However, with a will to pursue her hobby in dance through study abroad, Buck found a new perspective on the world and, more so, herself.

After growing up in New Braunfels, Buck attended Texas State eager to learn. Pursuing her major in education, Buck solidified her career goals with experience gained from student teaching.

While staying focused on her career, Buck found an avenue of self-expression  at the Inishfree School of Irish Dance in San Antonio. Although Buck’s newfound passion stayed on the sidelines, she felt an urge to experience Ireland first-hand.

“I had been wanting to go to Ireland for an Irish Dance camp at the University of Limerick for a couple of years, but I kept getting injured,” Buck says. “The injuries ruled out dance camp,  but I still wanted to go to Ireland.”

With a push from family to follow her dream, Buck finally took her chance in the summer of her senior year. With help from Texas State’s Study Abroad website, Buck found an affiliated program with Academic Programs International — an all-inclusive study abroad program for students around the world — and was on her way.

Buck’s journey led her to the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland, where she took courses in Irish music and dance, Gaelic and archaeology. According to Buck, her courses offered a broader scope to her experience with a submersion in the culture.

“The courses I took were just for fun. They had nothing to do with my major,” Buck says. “The reason I studied abroad was for the experience. There is absolutely no way to better experience another country than living there for a few months.

Buck says she transformed by traversing with the spectacles and culture of Ireland. Traveling to the Aran Islands and Cork, Buck was able to enter a photo of the Cliffs of Moher into the API Study Abroad Spring 2011 Photo Contest, for which she received an honorable mention.

Buck says the perspective shift gained from the Ireland adventure — with self-confidence and inspiration to boot — was the apex of her experience.

“My entire perspective on how people can interact has changed. Studying abroad was an amazing learning experience,” Buck says.

“I was on a confidence high after I came back from Ireland. Since then it has diminished, but I’d say independence and confidence have been two things I have gained since my trip,” Buck adds.

With her degree in hand, Buck says her sights are still on the horizon of her career and future.

“I am planning on moving to Colorado; I’ll apply for a teaching job and go from there,” Buck says. “If I could be a teacher in Ireland, I would, but knowing how to speak Gaelic is a requirement and — if my language course in summer school taught me anything — I’ll never speak Gaelic.”

Happenings: “Window to the Middle East” seminar

“Window to the Middle East” opens doors for Bobcats in study abroad

By Catherine Harper

Texas State students in front of temple in Laos

Texas State students visited a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the "Bobcats in Indochina" study abroad course during the summer of 2011.

Ever felt like setting out to find adventure in an exotic location? On Thursday, Nov. 10, journey to the limits of possibility with the “Window to the Middle East: Study Abroad Opportunities in Turkey” seminar  hosted by Texas State’s International Office from 11-12:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center Room 3-5.1.

As part of Texas State’s International Education Month, the seminar invites students to explore a world of opportunity through study abroad with information about options available at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Free refreshments will also be provided at the seminar by Texas State’s International Office.

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Around Campus: International Education Month

Month-long international focus
aims to promote global learning

Texas State students in front of temple in Laos

Texas State students visited a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the "Bobcats in Indochina" study abroad summer course in 2011.

Texas State University will promote international education throughout the month of November for International Education Month (IEM).

Inspired by International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes global educational exchange, Texas State’s International Office is organizing a month-long series of events to raise awareness about international education opportunities for Texas State students. Continue reading