Office of Education Abroad Update, May 7, 2014: Issue 42

MAY 7, 2014: Issue 42

Bon Voyage to All of Our Study Abroad Students

Over 150 students are studying abroad this summer—our largest group ever!

This summer, there are many exceptional study abroad programs offered through CWRU as well as  independently. In fact, there are more students studying abroad on independent programs (85) than on faculty-directed CWRU study abroad programs (67)!  Whatever program students chose, we wish them a congratulations on their acceptance, and the best of luck in their education abroad!

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 applications being accepted!
Study abroad for all majors in a multitude of different countries. Applications due 9/24. Meet with a study abroad advisor today to determine which university abroad is the best for you!
Conrad Moore has been selected as a MEXT Scholarship student to enroll in the MEM International Graduate Program.  The MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) scholarships are offered to international students who wish to study or do research at Japanese universities.  According to their website (, students must be graduates of a Japanese university or have the academic ability equal or superior to that of a Japanese university graduate. Conrad had studied abroad at Tohoku University through GE3 in Spring 2012 and is a May degree candidate at CWRU for the BS in Engineering with a major in Computer Engineering and the BA with a major in Japanese Studies.

Congratulations also to Anton Spencer, who was awarded a $2,500 Gilman scholarship toward his summer program at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece!  The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.  For more information on how to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, contact the Office of Education Abroad.  You could be the next Gilman recipient!

From Time Magazine: Experience abroad makes you more creative and more employable
A growing body of research indicates that study and work abroad experiences foster an “ability to think more complexly and creatively,” which can lead to more success as a professional, Time magazine reports. Time points to three different studies on the subject:

First, a 
study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their “multicultural engagement”—the extent to which they learned about and then adapted to new cultures—predicted the complexity of their thinking, as well as the number of job offers they received. Writes Maddux:  “People who have international experience…are better problem solvers and display more creativity…What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.”

Second, Angela Leung, an associate professor of psychology at Singapore Management University,
reports, “People with more experiences of different cultures are better able to generate creative ideas and make unexpected links among concepts.”

Third, David Therriault, associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Florida, 
administered a study in which three groups of undergraduates were given creative thinking tasks: students who had studied abroad, students who were planning to study abroad, and students who had not and did not plan to study abroad. The finding: “the students who studied abroad outperformed the two other groups in creative thinking.”
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In this issue:
  • Bon Voyage Summer Study Abroad
  • Announcements and Events from OEA
  • Other Announcements and Events
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
May 7, 2014

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Upcoming application deadlines

Spring 2015: September 24th


Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a study abroad advisor, contact:
Winter Break Apps are Open
Earn 3 credits while studying in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or India.  CWRU offers three exciting opportunities for you to study abroad on a short-term program over your winter break.  Students will register for the Fall semester for the 3-credit class.  The courses will meet in the fall, prior to the trip over the break.  There will also be a class meeting early in the spring semester.  Courses count for Global and Cultural Diversity credit for students in Arts and Sciences and Humanities credit for students in Engineering.  These courses are open to all students.

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