Outlook

Exploring the world and your place in it!

Monday, April 3, 2006

What better time than the university years to experience study abroad and the profound impact it can have on perceptions of the world and the people in it? “Our minds were open and our spirits were filled with adventure,” a study-abroad alumnus said in one of the stories in this issue – stories about the places and faces that forever reshaped attitudes and enhanced global awareness.

Preparing students to succeed in a global community is an integral part of the University’s identity and mission. The presence of 850 international students from 85 countries and outstanding faculty from around the globe brings multiple layers of contrasting views to our classrooms. SCSU ranks 16th in the nation for the number of international students on its campus and 17th for the number of domestic students participating in study-abroad programs, according to a survey of U.S. universities of its type. SCSU’s semester-long programs in Australia, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, South Africa and South Korea as well as many short-term study-abroad opportunities have enriched their lives immeasurably.

In preparation for their reunion Aug. 11-12, alumni of the Alnwick, England, study-abroad program were invited to submit favorite memories and photos from their experience.

This story reflects some of the comments included in the dozens of enthusiastic responses from participants eager to reminisce about their transcendent coming-of-age experience at “The Castle.” Although there is not room on these pages to include all of the stories and photos, all are published in their entirety at www.stcloudstate.edu/studyabroad/alumni.

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