Bringing Home the Value of Study Abroad
By Laura Olmstead Tonelli
Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Director of Study Abroad Programs
As featured in the Beverly Citizen (Feb. 23-29, 2012)
With the current focus on cutting the cost of undergraduate education, one popular element that might seem easily expendable is the popular option to study abroad. Even those programs that are sponsored by the home institution involve added expenses, and the price tag can be discouraging to students and their parents. In addition, since 9/11, the choice to go overseas has created fears about personal safety, resulting in a drop in travel worldwide. If the threat of terrorism is now lessened in 2012, there are new concerns. With the changeable political climate in the Arab world in the last 18 months, we have watched study abroad programs be closed or suspended in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and most recently Syria. And programs in Japan are just now beginning to resume after the events of March 2011 with the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout. Isn’t it just safer and cheaper to stay home?
The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding “No.” The increasingly global nature of our every interaction makes it more important than ever for young people to have an intensive experience in another culture. While it may be difficult to quantify the educational benefits, just as it is for a humanities education, there are important indicators of the extraordinary value of study abroad programs. Recent studies now provide hard data, not simply anecdotal evidence, that demonstrate these benefits: expanding students’ world views, affecting their life choices, increasing their tolerance of new ideas and behaviors, and imparting a greater sense of civic duty at home. Read more...
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We still have a few spots (and scholarship money $$) available for our Viterbo, Italy Summer Program!
Please visit www.montserrat.edu to learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity!
Click here to check out some photography from the summer 2011 trip to Italy. Also, illustrations can be found at drawingviterbo.blogspot.com.
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