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A Breakdown of ESF Study Abroad for Advisors

Who Manages Study Abroad at ESF?

The Office of International Education (OIE) facilitates the process for short-term program development, advises on study abroad opportunities, organizes scholarship opportunities, and ensures health and safety standards. OIE also hosts the annual Study Abroad Fair, International Education Week, and countless sessions, workshops, and other events to help promote the unique opportunities available to our students. Despite being managed by OIE, study abroad would not be possible without the Offices of Financial Aid, Registrar, Graduate Studies, Bursar, and of course, ESF’s academic advisors.

How Can I Get More Info on Study Abroad?

Start by checking out the ESF Study Abroad website a little more deeply. In addition to this page, some great spots to review include:

After this, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Office of International Education (OIE) at oie@esf.edu. OIE holds countless information on study abroad programs, processes, policies, and past data. If there’s a request for more information, OIE will do their best to help out.

How Do Students Study Abroad?

Studying abroad at ESF is divided into two categories:

Short-Term Programs

Short-term programs are often 1-4 weeks longs and take place during winter break, summer break, and even sometimes spring break. In spring 2016 alone, ESF had a total of 6 different short-term programs.

To apply for short-term study abroad, students are encouraged to contact the administering faculty member.

Long-Term Programs

Long-term programs meanwhile last a full-semester, often allowing for a more in-depth, but also more difficult to plan, experience. ESF students took advantage of over 29 different semester-long programs in 2015-2016.

To apply for long-term study abroad, students are encouraged to reach out to OIE to set up an advising appointment.

Where Do Students Study Abroad?

Students have the opportunity to study in nearly any country and every continent, including Antarctica. In the past year alone, our students ventured to over 30 different countries, on 6 different continents including:

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bonaire, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, England, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Madagascar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks and Caicos Islands

What Do Students Do While Abroad?

Our students not only take classes while abroad, but they take the unique opportunities to engage in internships, field experiences, independent research, service-learning opportunities, volunteering, language learning, and more. With study abroad, our students are not only able to see more, do more, experience more, but also learn more.

Top Advice to Give Students:

Plan Ahead!

One of the largest barriers to studying abroad is fitting it into your calendar/schedule. The most prepared students will often leave Free and Directed Electives as well as General Ed courses for study abroad. Even if a student didn’t do this, don’t discourage study abroad. For some students, the experience of studying abroad might be valuable enough to consider taking more time to finish their degree. 

Don’t be discouraged by barriers.

Barriers such as culture, language, and financial are not impossible to overcome. There are hundreds of programs that teach in English and even more opportunities for scholarships or financial assistance.

Attend the Study Abroad Fair and meet with OIE.

Students should take advantage of the Study Abroad Fair as a great resource to learn a little about a lot of programs in a short period of time. This year’s fair will be held in Gateway on 09/16/2016.

Consider places that offer things that ESF can’t offer.

Syracuse, NY and more generally Central New York is a great location to access mountains, forests, and water sources, but what about deserts, rain forests, and metropolises? How different does sustainability look in Norway or water management in Israel? ESF’s fields aren’t limited to CNY and neither should our students.

Pick the right program for you!

Studying abroad (and often traveling abroad for the first time) is not an easy venture for most students. Students should be comfortable with where they are going so they can deal with the discomfort that will come with traveling, learning a new culture, and discovering norms that they may have never even considered.

How Else Can I Get Involved?

Host your own Faculty-Led Short-Term Program!

You have the unique opportunity to take the classroom to the location with short-term study abroad programs. OIE has countless resources to help get you started and will work on guiding your through the process the entire way. Already have an idea, let us know! Don’t already have an idea, that’s ok – we’re here to help! Check out here for more information: How to Plan a Faculty-Led Program.

Contribute to International Education Week (IEW)

ESF hosts an annual IEW in November to help celebrate the international community at ESF and encourage global thinking/learning. Consider hosting a lecture, an event, or a gathering to help celebrate a unique perspective that students haven’t thought of before. Join in on the celebrations and encourage your students to get involved too.

Attend the ESF Study Abroad Fair

The annual Study Abroad Fair every September isn’t just for students. Come talk to study abroad providers and your fellow faculty leading their own programs to explore more of the opportunities available to students and you!

For More Information…

For more information on study abroad opportunities at ESF, hosting you own Faculty-Led Program, or contributing to either the Study Abroad Fair or International Education Week, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the ESF Coordinator of International Education at oie@esf.edu.