Office of Education Abroad Update, September 10, 2014: Issue 51

September 10,2014: Issue 51

Global Perspectives

One Student's Study Abroad Journey

The Center for International Affairs interviewed Matt Hively about his study abroad experience in Manchester and how it changed his global perspective. 

Where did you study abroad? How did you choose your programs?
During the spring 2014 semester, I chose to study abroad at the University of Manchester. The main reason for choosing the University of Manchester was due to its nationally ranked chemical engineering department. Another reason I chose this location was so I could attend a Manchester United fixture.

How has studying abroad changed your global perspective?
By studying abroad, I was able to personally see the differences between England and the U.S. There were many cultural differences I did not know existed. I thought Manchester would not be much different than any other place in the U.S., but this was wrong. Other than speaking English, there were many differences. By studying abroad, my global perspectives changed about Manchester. In Manchester, people don’t really acknowledge strangers. What I mean by this is that there was no random head nodding or talking among strangers. When in public, they usually keep to themselves. When they do talk to someone, they stand further apart compared to us Americans. Also, the homeless people there were surprising friendly, with the exception of some. If they asked for some spare changed and you didn’t have any for them, they would apologize for asking and bothering you.

What was something funny that happened to you while studying abroad?
Something funny that happened to me while studying abroad didn’t happen in Manchester, but rather in London. I was with other students who were studying abroad... As we were paying for our dinner at a restaurant in London, the workers behind the counter asked where we were from. I thought it was obviously that we were from the United States, so I had two of the workers guess which country. The first repose was Germany and then France. Once the one worker guessed Canada, we responded, “Close, a little further south.” With no hesitation, the other worker responded, “South Africa!” Eventually we told him that we were from the United States. It made us feel good that we didn’t stand out as stereotypical Americans.

How did classes you took abroad differ from courses offered on campus at CWRU?
There were a couple ways the classes I took in Manchester differed from the classes I’m used to taking at CWRU. First off, the days and hours of the classes were not split up evenly throughout the week. With the classes I have taken at CWRU, they are usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. Then the class time is split up evenly among those days. At Manchester, I may have class only on two days, with one hour the first day and two hours of the class the other day. Or I could have the class all in one day, sitting in a lecture for three hours in the morning. I ended up not having class on Wednesdays which was a great midweek break. Another difference was the students in the classes. Unlike most universities here in the U.S., students there do not take classes outside of their major. For me, I took one anthropology class. This was difficult because the professor assumed every student in the room was majoring in anthropology and knew every anthropologist name he mentioned.

What advice do you have for students who are considering study abroad?
Some advice I have for students considering a study abroad is, stop considering and just do it! No matter where you decide to study, you will always have a unique experience. Maybe your friend didn’t have a great time, but they are not you. Unless you get a traveling job when you graduate, you won’t be able to stay in another country for such a prolonged period of time. By staying in another country for many months, you get to immerse yourself in their culture. You will be happy you studied abroad and it will be an experience you will never forget.

What places are next on your bucket list?
I really do not have any particular place next on my bucket list, but I would like to go somewhere in South America. I’m still in the thought process of exactly where in South America though. Maybe somewhere I could hike the Andes Mountains.

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 2015 Deadline is September 24, 2014.
The spring semester study abroad deadline is fast approaching.  You can apply for a Spring 2015 study abroad program by visiting  Search for the program you want and click Apply Now, and the software will walk you through the process. Make an appointment with a study abroad advisor today to answer any questions. Simply email to request an appointment in person, via Skype, or via phone. While the Spring 2015 application deadline is September 24, some programs have earlier deadlines, so don’t wait too long to explore your options!  To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.
Spring Semester 2015 in London with The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Information Session and Webinar September 18th, 1 p.m.

Join us in Tomlinson Hall conference room on Thursday, September 18th, at 1 p.m. EST for an information session and webinar.  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!


Other Announcements and Events

Peace Corps
Do you love to travel? Want to work abroad after graduation? Check out opportunities with Peace Corps. Now it’s easier than ever to apply and choose the jobs and countries where you want to serve! Contact CWRU’s Peace Corps representative Annabel Khouri to learn more.

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.
In this issue:
  • Global Perspectives
  • Announcements and Events from OEA
  • Other Announcements and Events
  • Application Deadlines
September 10, 2014

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