Ohio State Newark Students on Spring Break Education Abroad Trip in Berlin, Germany
NEWARK, Ohio, March 15, 2016 - Seventeen students from The Ohio State University at Newark are spending their spring break in Berlin, Germany. The group left on their education abroad experience Saturday, March 12 and will return Sunday, March 20. They are blogging about their experience for those here at home to read: https://u.osu.edu/eng4400berlin/
“Over the eight days, students will visit landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and see the underground bunkers where city residents huddled during World War II. They’ll also meet Berlin residents, conduct their own research, and take a private tour with a German historian who has lived in the city since before the Berlin Wall fell,” said Associate Professor of English Stephanie Brown, who is one of the resident directors taking students on the trip. “They have a pretty full schedule, but they'll also be time for exploring the city independently.” A favorite choice for students on their own time is Fassbender & Raush, Berlin’s oldest chocolate shop, which displays giant chocolate sculptures of many of those famous sites.
The students are traveling to Berlin in conjunction with an on-campus spring semester English course focused on the literature of Berlin. One-third of the students in the course are English majors and several are studying German, but the course is designed to interest students of varying ranks and majors.
“Students frequently tell us that education abroad is a transformative experience for them,” said Brown. “Going to Berlin can be challenging because of the language and the fact that students have to learn to navigate an extensive public transportation system pretty quickly. However, they always succeed, and I think usually feel a well-deserved sense of accomplishment for having done so.”
This is the fourth group that Brown and Comparative Studies Lecturer Stephen Evans have led to Berlin since 2011. The study abroad opportunities on campus are popular with students because of the academic enrichment they offer, at an affordable price. Newark-based education abroad courses typically require a program fee of less than $1000. More than 60 students applied for the Berlin course.
“We keep costs as low as possible for students, using campus funds to pay most of the travel expenses or to provide scholarships,” said Ohio State Newark Associate Dean Virginia Cope. “The campus and the university are deeply committed to helping students study abroad because of the profound effects it has on their academic life and their careers. Students with education abroad experience have higher grades and are more appealing to employers, studies
show, and we know first-hand that it can change lives. I’ve seen shy, uncertain students turn into world travelers after taking one of our courses to Berlin, Quebec or Costa Rica.”
For academic year 2016-17, the Newark campus also will offer scholarships of up to $2500 to Newark campus students accepted into any Ohio State-sponsored education abroad program. Regional campus students may apply to any of the hundreds of education abroad courses listed on the Office of International Affairs website: https://oia.osu.edu/getting-started/search-programs.html
“The international educational experience is crucial for all students,” said Brown. “After all, they are graduating into an increasingly globalized economy and a world in which intercultural competency is more vital than ever before.”
Since 2010, 120 Newark campus students have studied abroad on programs led by Newark campus faculty, and an additional 39 Newark campus students have earned credit through other oHor independent provider programs.
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