Office of Education Abroad Update, September 24, 2014: Issue 52

September 24,2014: Issue 52

Meet Your New Study Abroad Advisor

Matt Notarian joins CWRU Office of Education Abroad

Matt Notarian, the new study abroad advisor in the Office of Education Abroad, comes to Cleveland most recently from Tulane University in New Orleans, but has spent the better part of the last decade living and working in various places around the country and overseas. After growing up in New York, Matt attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in History and Anthropology. While in college, he had the chance to spend a winter semester in Italy, his first time travelling abroad, which convinced him to pursue his lifelong interest in archaeology. Matt returned to the Mediterranean to work on an archaeological project in Greece before graduating, and then entered graduate school at the University at Buffalo to pursue a doctorate in classical archaeology. During this time, he had the chance to work on projects in Greece and Italy several more times, and to independently travel to Turkey to learn about its archaeological heritage. Towards the end of his studies he won a pre-doctoral fellowship to conduct research at the American Academy in Rome for an entire year, which he followed up with an exchange fellowship at an Italian university, the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa. These two years living in Italy allowed Matt the opportunity to travel throughout the region, taking him to Tunisia, France, and the U.K., and helped him make connections with students and scholars from across Europe. After finishing his Ph.D., Matt taught Roman history and archaeology at Tulane as a visiting faculty member, and returned to Italy each summer as a staff member for an archaeological dig north of Rome with a couple dozen American undergraduate students. Matt soon realized that one of the most fulfilling aspects of his time was helping students participate in the same kind of overseas experiences that had shaped his career, and he decided to devote himself fully to International Education.

As a study abroad advisor, Matt will put his international experience to use by helping CWRU students plan and pursue their own study abroad programs. His primary job is to help every student who wants to study abroad find an appropriate overseas program or institution that is tailored for individual needs, such as majors, minors, and personal travel interests. He will also work to further the mission of the Office of Global Education on campus by promoting the value of global education and working to increase the number of students studying abroad. Matt will also work with CWRU faculty who are interested in leading their own overseas courses, drawing upon his own background as a faculty leader of archaeological courses in Italy. Through his contributions, he hopes to help the Office of Education Abroad continue to build upon its recent success and have an even greater impact in coming years.

Start your journey in the Center for International Affairs in Tomlinson 143 or email us at to set up an appointment with your study abroad advisor.

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

Spring Semester 2015 in London with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).  Deadline to Apply is October 1st!

CWRU has partnered with The RADA to offer a full spring semester course of study, in London.  This is a CWRU in program, which means students will register through CWRU for this semester abroad. This program is open to all undergraduate students of any major.  For over 100 years RADA has specialized in professional training for the dramatic arts. CWRU in London students spend very little time sitting around in lectures: the skills of the actor, the stage manager, the scenic artist need to be practiced to achieve expertise. The staff combines excellence as teachers, with continued engagement in the profession: winning awards, directing movies, publishing books and working with major producers, both in the UK and abroad.   Visit our website to learn more about this exciting program.  Click here to APPLY. To see a video of the 2014 RADA program click here.

Spring Semester Courses with Short-Term Study Abroad Applications are Open!
Would you like to study abroad this Spring Semester, but not necessarily for a whole semester?  Consider a short-term program!  Programs are all spring semester registration and have a study abroad component over spring break, or in May right after final exams.  Start your search today!

International Education Week, November 17-21, 2014

Celebrate International Education Week with the Center for International Affairs.  We are planning a variety of exciting activities for the week of November 17-21. Mark your calendars!

Other Announcements and Events

The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC)
The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) is pleased to announce its fourth annual competition for the Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award.  The award, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, encourages scholarly research about international trade in education and international student mobility. The annual awardee receives a $500 cash award plus a complimentary registration and hotel accommodation to attend AIRC's Annual Conference where the award will be presented. In addition, the awardee's final research product will be posted on AIRC's website.  Deadline for applicants is October 1, 2014.  To learn more, visit or contact AIRC staff at  Please feel free to contact John Deupree, Executive Director, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) directly if you have specific questions about this award.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) will host "Experiences in Guatemala"
Come learn more about the Mandel School 3 Credit Study Abroad Course to Guatemala for Spring Break.  Hear from former student participants about their experiences as well as learn more about Guatemala!  October 7th, 12:45 - 1:45, Mandel School, room 223 -- Refreshments Provided.  This MSASS spring semester course with study abroad is designed to familiarize participants with child welfare issues, social services, and indigenous community development, particularly women cooperatives, in Guatemala.  The experience challenges participants to compare Guatemala with the United States, and to understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both countries.
For more information contact 
Debby Jacobson
In this issue:
  • New Study Abroad Advisor
  • Announcements and Events from OEA
  • Other Announcements and Events
  • Application Deadlines
September 24, 2014

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Spring Semester Short-term Study Abroad: December 1st
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