“Travel is like an endless university; you never stop learning.” Harvey Lloyd
Georgia Perimeter College, (GPC Students in Peru) 2008. GPC Center for International Education. Web. 15 April 2015
As a student you can spend most of your time attending class, taking notes, completing assignments and generally working a fast paced academic and career life. Sometimes in spite of that routine you may wish to learn in a different place entirely. You may want to explore leaving the campus and traveling to another country where the learning is more personal and the experience broadens your outlook. If you want to experience other cultures, languages and environments and study while doing it, then a Study Abroad program is for you.
There are many resources available to start journey. Beginning with the GALILEO Discover Tool (password required): this allows you to search many of the various databases in GALILEO. All you have to do is type in the terms: study abroad and you can get some great results. It’s a great place to get started and see what on-line resources there are in GALILEO. Fortunately, it is not the only place to start your search.
You can also search GIL Find (GPC Libraries’ catalog) for books on the country you wish to study in, languages you want to learn, or customs and cultures of various countries. Search by subject for the best results. For example, if you type in China as a subject you will get books or non-print items on every topic related to China, such as history, travel, religions, food and so on. You will be glad you did.
Here’s a list of additional excellent resources for learning about studying abroad:
GPC Center for International Education, Clarkston Campus
This is another wonderful place to start your search right here at GPC! There is information on this site about applying for GPC Study Abroad programs and available scholarships. An extensive information sheet lists all the programs, who to contact, when the programs are available, what country the program is located in, classes offered, and costs involved. There is a great list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for you to review. They do a great job of putting all the information in one place.
Institute of International Education
An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors.
IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide.
We accomplish this by:
- managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs
- conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education
- protecting scholarship around the world (from About Us)
CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange
A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For more than 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.
There are many, many sites about Study Abroad programs, be sure and ask a lot questions and learn more before you commit to any program (from Who We Are)
Ellen Barrow, Library Services, Clarkston