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​Study Abroad Opportunities, International Education to be Celebrated at PC

Providence College’s Center for International Studies will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) from October 1 to 5 with presentations and information sessions about study abroad opportunities.

The United States departments of the State and Education developed IEW as a way to celebrate and to encourage the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. IEW has been observed at PC since 2009.

This academic year, 26 new undergraduate international students enrolled at PC from 17 countries. That brings the total number of international students on campus to a record high of 72 — 64 undergraduates and eight graduate students, said Adrian G. Beaulieu, dean of international studies.

In addition, 275 students are expected to study abroad, up 20 percent from last year.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of study abroad at PC. Beaulieu said that a committee has been appointed to plan events, such as a reception for study abroad alums during Alumni & Family weekend in February and a reception to be held in the library in conjunction with an exhibit on the history of study abroad at PC. 

At PC, College leaders hope IEW events will motivate more students and faculty to take advantage of life-changing international opportunities, Beaulieu said.

“The events of the week prepare our students to be responsible and productive citizens to serve in their own society and the greater world community,” he said.

IEW is just one way the school will celebrate study abroad opportunities.

An array of abroad opportunities 

One of the week’s first events is the annual Education Abroad Fair on Monday evening. Representatives of the College’s study abroad programs will meet with students who are considering studying abroad and provide them with program materials and information.

The International Meet & Greet Dessert Night sponsored by the International Student Organization on Tuesday is also expected to be a popular event that will foster greater cultural exchange and understanding among faculty, staff, and students, Beaulieu said.

There will be two separate presentations by the recipients of Fr. Philip A. Smith O.P. Student Fellowships for Study and Service. Over the summer, seven students traveled to four countries to centers of Dominican scholarship and outreach to deepen their understanding of the Catholic and Dominican traditions.

Additionally, Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, professor of chemistry, will discuss study abroad opportunities for faculty at a Thursday luncheon. She used a faculty grant from PC’s Center for International Studies to participate in an international faculty seminar in Italy last June, examining food from a global perspective. Beaulieu said Cornely’s grant was part of an effort by the center for International Studies to help faculty to internationalize the curriculum at PC.

Schedule of events

  • Monday, October 1:
    • College Year in Athens Information Table, 12:00 p.m., Raymond Dining Hall
    • College Year in Athens Information Session, 4:00 p.m., Harkins LL14
    • School for Field Studies (SFS) Information Session, 5:00 p.m., Harkins LL16
    • Education Abroad Fair, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Slavin ’64 Hall
  • Tuesday, October 2:
    • “Abroad for Christ in the Company of St. Dominic: Reflections by the 2012 Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Fellows”, 12:00 p.m., Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies
    • PC Summer 2013 Roman & Early Christian Italy Program Information Session, with Dr. Arthur Urbano, associate professor of theology, 4:00 p.m., Moore Hall III
    • International Meet & Greet Dessert Night, sponsored by the International Student Organization, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Aquinas Lounge
  • Wednesday, October 3:
    • “Abroad for Christ in the Company of St. Dominic: Reflections by the 2012 Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Fellows,” 7:00 p.m., Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies
  • Thursday, October 4:
    • Faculty Luncheon Seminar: “Eating My Way through Italy — Food from a Global Perspective” with Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, professor of chemistry, 1:00 p.m., Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Feinstein 304
    • International Fellowship Opportunities, with Dr. Michael J. O’Neill, associate professor of philosophy and fellowship coordinator. 4:00 p.m., Slavin 112
  • Friday, October 5:
    • CTE Faculty Seminar: “How Best to Assess the Study Abroad Experience” by Lilli Engle, president and on-site director of the American University Center of Provence, France, and Dr. Mick Vande Berg, vice president for academic affairs at the Council on International Educational Exchange, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Feinstein 303.

— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14


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