Whittier College’s International Community: Interview with Alessandro Corneglio

Alessandro Corneglio is an international transfer student from a small town in northwest Italy. Fall 2020 marks the beginning of his second year at Whittier College and the start of his journey as OIP’s Public Relations Coordinator. He has been on over 200 flights and has traveled to 34 countries, including India, Thailand, Cambodia, South Africa, multiple countries throughout Europe, and is now continuing his international journey here in the United States. Before coming to Whittier, Alessandro completed a year of high school in Omaha, Nebraska and received a soccer scholarship to attend college in Oklahoma City for two years.

What inspired you to pursue a degree in the United States?

I believe my field of study (marketing and business) in the US is the best place to learn and study. My exchange year in high school began as a radical experience of your culture and a way to learn English, but when I had the chance to get the American diploma and begin college here, I took the chance.

What is one aspect of U.S. culture that you have enjoyed the most?

Your integration of many different extracurricular activities, such as sports and clubs is amazing and helps shrink your daily routine and use your time in the best way possible. Playing soccer in Italy, for example, I had to get out of school and travel 50 minutes by train to get where I was playing while here you have everything integrated and correlated to your educational institution and you’re able to manage your time without wasting any of it. Fast pace but extremely efficient and enjoyable.

What is one aspect of your home culture that you have enjoyed sharing with other Whittier students?

I believe the most important aspect of the Italian, but in general of the European, culture is that we seek “pleasure” in little things and beauty, while the American culture is very “entertainment” oriented. Which is not a worse way to live the fun, but is very different, and I think a good mix is the perfect solution. For example, lunch can be fast food to get right back to work but dinner has to be slow food like we are used to in Italy.

Pursuing an international degree can come with many challenges – one of the biggest and most unexpected being the COVID-19 pandemic. What is one COVID-19- related challenge that you have overcome? What did you learn from this experience?

The biggest challenge was definitely getting back to my family and home, many flights got cancelled and most borders even in Europe were closed, but I managed to arrive just before I couldn’t. One other challenge was some of the online lectures at crazy times at night because of the time changing. My finals week I had given a presentation at 1:00 am and one at 4:00 am, but I learned that better managing sleep and time can make any schedule efficient.

What would you say to students who are interested in pursuing an international education and studying away from home in the future?

It’s scary but I also think it is supposed to be, it’s the best way to get out of your comfort zone of your home country. But once you overcome the difficulties, you’ll find that these years are not just years in your life, but a life in these years, and an extraordinary possibility to build relationships with people completely different from you and people you would never expect to be so similar. Definitely the best decision of my life.

Fall 2020 Whittier in Rome Update

As future world travelers and Whittier in Rome students, we know that you’ve been paying extra attention to the events around the world, at home, and, of course, Italy.  Italy has caught the world’s attention, as it is now one of the countries most affected by COVID-19. To help reduce the spread of the virus, people across the country have been ordered to stay home. Much like here in California, they can no longer stroll the local street markets, enjoy a cappuccino at a local coffee shop, or socialize with their friends and families.The self-isolation order has restricted people from enjoying their normal daily activities, but it has not stopped them from finding creative ways to cope with the changes. While news headlines highlight the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, it is also important to shed light on the stories of resilience and acts of kindness spreading throughout Italy during these uncertain times. To bring the community together, the mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, turned to Facebook to encourage residents to step onto their balconies at 6pm each day to sing and dance with one another (from a safe distance, of course). Since then, videos of neighbors singing, waving flags, and smiling from balcony to balcony have started circulating the internet. In her article Italy’s Inspiring Response to the Coronavirus, Erica Firpo, a travel journalist for BBC travel, shared, “In just two weeks, this 18:00 tradition has become fundamental to our daily routine and spread across Italy, becoming the country’s new national pastime to spread hope and boost morale.” People of all ages have taken part in finding new ways to strengthen their community, including children who have created posters with a phrase that has become a national slogan for those living in isolation: “Andrà tutto bene” – everything will be alright. These brightly painted banners can be seen hanging from balconies above empty city streets that were once bustling with people.

So, as we plan the next steps for Fall 2020 Whittier in Rome, we look to Italy for a glimpse of hope. Our exclusive faculty-led semester program will allow you to live and learn in one of the world’s most historic cities, bringing the stories of Italy’s resilience and solidarity to life. You can read online articles and admire photos on social media, but there is no substitute for what you can learn by living in Rome and engaging in the everyday routines that create culture. Rome will become your new classroom, allowing you the opportunity to experience Italy’s culture first-hand. When you find yourself in a new and unfamiliar environment – a market in Rome or a bus station in Florence – the smallest interactions can become significant lessons that help you learn to operate in an international context. Studying abroad can help you gain global skills that are more important now than ever. The world needs future leaders who can communicate across cultures, adapt to changing environments, and tackle global crises that require global cooperation on solutions. We encourage you to embrace this unique opportunity to live in a new country and speak with locals about how they adapted and overcame challenges during this global health crisis. The things you do, places you see, and people you meet will stick with you long after your return from abroad, so as you work with us to plan your future global adventure, remember: “Andrà tutto bene.”

Fall 2020 Whittier in Rome

Whittier In Rom

By Emily Russo, POET Intern

What else could be more fascinating than studying Italian language, art, and literature? Studying it all in the heart of Rome!

During Fall 2020, Whittier College students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study Italian culture first-hand through the exclusive semester abroad program WHITTIER IN ROME

This semester program is led by Whittier College professors Dr. Hunt and Dr. Furman-Adams. Over the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to partake in field trips to the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, a multi-day Florence trip, historic museums, ancient ruins, and so much more! All of these field trips are woven into the curriculum of the four classes that the students will take while abroad.

The class offerings include:

Italian Cinema

Italian Art History

Beginning Italian Language

Epic of Rome (Taught by Profs. Hunt and Furman-Adams)

This well-rounded and engaging approach to the study of Italian life and culture is the epitome of a learning experience and fulfills the Whittier College CONN 1 PAIR, CULTURE 5 (EUROPE), CULTURE 7 (LANGUAGE) liberal education requirements. The classes will be taught at the Italiaidea Language School, which is located within walking distance of the Roman Forum and Colosseum!

Program Fees & Financial Aid:

The program fee is similar to the cost of living on campus and students are eligible for their financial aid as normal (including federal, state, and institutional aid)! Students will pay their Whittier tuition and a program fee of $7,500 (or $5,500 with the use of the Global Poet Scholarship). Exclusively for this program, students are eligible to use their Global Poet Scholarship one semester early- at the start of their first sophomore semester and on! What’s included in the program fee? Housing (either with an experienced home-stay family or a student apartment), international health insurance, and planned excursions!

Housing Options:

Each housing option provides a unique Roman experience for students. Through a homestay, students have the opportunity to live in the home of a local Italian family that has years of experience as a host family and is well-known for their hospitality to their student-guests. Single rooms are available in each homestay and a homemade dinner is served by the host family Monday through Thursday every week as well as a breakfast Monday through Friday. Homestays are a wonderful fit for students looking to create a lasting bond of family and friendship long after they leave Italy. 

The student apartments are located in the charming, historic neighborhood of Trastevere and will be a walking distance from Italiaidea Language School. These apartments will allow students access to double-occupancy rooms with multiple bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a combination living room and dining area. Students will provide meals for themselves and have the opportunity to find the hidden gems and local delicacies of the Italian markets near their apartment!

Wherever you choose to live, studying Italian literature, art, and language in the heart of Rome with fellow Whittier Poets will be an amazing and unforgettable experience. Rome has lots to offer and Whittier College students have an unparalleled opportunity to participate in this custom-designed program!

Applications are NOW OPEN! https://goabroad.whittier.domains/apply/

Questions? Contact us!

Amber Chiapparine, Study Abroad Advisor, Platner 204 achiappa@whittier.edu

Prof. David Hunt, Faculty Leader, dhunt@whittier.edu

Prof. Wendy Furman-Adams, Faculty Leader, wfurman@whittier.edu

Ryan Smith and Liana Miera ('21) Receive Gilman Award

By Emily Russo, POET Intern

Congratulations to Ryan Smith and Liana Miera!

WHITTIER COLLEGE students RYAN SMITH and LIANA MIERA (’21) awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

The Whittier College Office of International Programs is pleased to announce that Ryan Smith and Liana Miera (‘21), both juniors at Whittier College, have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2020 academic term. Smith, a Religious Studies major, will spend Spring 2020 at the   School for International Training in Indonesia , while Miera, a WSP major and Spanish minor, will spend Spring 2020 at National University of Maynooth, Ireland with American Institute for Foreign Study.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

In addition to receiving the Gilman Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, Smith has been awarded the Critical Need Language Award– a financial scholarship of up to $3,000 to study a foreign language in one of the countries deemed to be a critical priority by the U.S. Department of State. Through this scholarship, the U.S. Department of State hopes to increase language proficiency and further students’ professional goals by means of immersion into a native culture. Smith will be studying Bahasa Indonesian and “hopes to learn deeply about the Hindu and Muslim religious traditions found on these islands [in order to] bring that knowledge back home to the U.S, where both of these religions are highly misunderstood.”

Ryan also shared, “While it was a long process involving many questions and three essays, I am so excited for the opportunity to officially be a Gilman Scholar and go to Indonesia. My ability to study in Bali and Java with SIT depended on this scholarship and after waiting for months to hear back, I felt so relieved when I finally received the email saying I was awarded the Gilman and Critical Need Language Awards. Not only will this scholarship help me to get to Indonesia, but there are so many amazing opportunities for employment following my graduation because of this program… What is really important is going into the field and viewing the lived religious practices for yourself and the Gilman really has given me such an incredible opportunity to do so.”

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman

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The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.  An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organizations.  IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions.  IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State.  The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org  search engines for study abroad programs and study abroad scholarships.  For more information, please contact Lindsay Calvert, Director, Gilman International Scholarship, at 832-369-3481 or lcalvert@iie.org.

Spring 2020: Mexican Riviera Cruise

This upcoming spring, the Office of International Programs is offering a faculty-led 7-day academic cruise to Mexico with stops in: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. These three cities are bustling hubs of culture, fun, and excitement. Enroll in KNS 290: Sport Event & Entertainment Management for the entirety of the spring semester and embark on the cruise during Spring Break! Check out the details below for information on the program and our unique Global Poet Scholarship (GPS) opportunity!

Program Highlights

  • Meet with your professor and fellow students in an on-board class space that has been reserved especially for our Whittier Poets.
  • Experience hands-on learning by participating in excursions at each of the ports, including a tour of a 4-star resort in Cabo, a stroll through historic downtown Mazatlán, and much more!
  • Speak with members of the ship’s crew for behind-the-scene details on what it takes to keep a cruise afloat.
  • Enroll in KNS 290 (spring 2020 semester course) for a one-of-a-kind learning experience 

Course Descriptions: 

KNS 290 Sport Event & Entertainment Management led by Profs. Kathy Barlow and Gina DiPierro: Learn about the world’s largest industries, from destination planning, hotel and restaurant management to sport entertainment and event management.

Program Fee:

$1,450 without GPS or $450 with $1,000 GPS applied

Includes: room, meals, excursions, and transportation to/from Whittier College to the port

First-time GPS Opportunity: Apply 50% ($1,000) of your GPS towards the cruise, and save 50% ($1,000) for a future study abroad program! 

Application NOW OPEN!

Apply here (15-20 minute process): https://goabroad.whittier.domains/apply/

Questions? Contact us!

Amber Chiapparine, Study Abroad Advisor, Platner 204, achiappa@whittier.edu

Prof. Kathy Barlow, KNS 290, kbarlow@whittier.edu 

China & Hong Kong May ’18

Course Name: Financial Institutions
Professor: Fatos Radoniqi
Credits: 4
Lib Ed.:  Culture 2
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3100 (estimated)

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Using economics of information this course analyzes the functioning of financial markets and institutions and their role in allocating resources, managing risk, and exerting corporate governance over firms. This course aims to: a) provide students with the economic principles for understanding the emergence of financial institutions, their roles in shaping economic growth, business cycles, and crises; b) familiarize students with and help them think critically about both the economic reasons for government regulation of financial institutions and the political forces shaping actual regulatory choices; c) introduce students to the complexities of managing financial institutions; and, d) put forth ideas for how the financial system can be improved

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the financial institutions used to coordinate the global flow of financial capital. From local credit unions to global re-insurance companies, these organizations affect the lives of the majority of humanity, playing a central role in allocating the world’s savings to the world’s investment projects. We begin with an overview of money, the financial system, its emergence and its functions in the economy.  We then delve deeper into the workings of the financial markets (bond, stock, and mortgage markets) as well as financial institutions such as commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, and the central banks. Hong Kong is consistently ranked as one of the top financial centers in the world. The ranking reflects key competitive areas including business environment, financial sector development, as well as infrastructure. Hong Kong is in the unique position where the global advantage and China advantage converge in one single city. As a gateway between China and the rest of the world, Hong Kong offers a unique opportunity to study the importance of financial markets in economic development and liberalization.A picture of a group of students in Hong Kong.

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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

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[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

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Trentino Northern Italy May ’18

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Course Name:
Professor: Cinzia Fissore
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3500 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/30/18-6/14/18

 

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This faculty led course abroad will explore the northern Italian region of Trentino to look at modern-era relationships between humans and the environment. The self-autonomous region represents an ideal example of how sustainability and the responsible use of resources can be achieved with respect of cultural and historical traditions without sacrificing progress. Students will learn first-hand about challenges and opportunities related to sustainable development and will be pushed to make connections with their personal experience in the US in relation to their ecological footprint. Visits will include UNESCO-recognized sites (Dolomites), urban development projects (city of Trento), power plants (hydro dams), local agricultural initiatives (cheese making), meetings with experts, and more. The trip begins with a full day exploring the historic city of Verona.

 

 

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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome and departure dinners
  • Guided excursion in the Ecomuseum Judicaria
  • Guided excursion in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park
  • Visit to MuSe science museum
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage prehistoric pile-dwellings museum and archaeological site
  • Guided excursion in the Storo area (agricultural projects, historic mining site)
  • Visits to various power plants
  • Guided excursion in Rovereto and the Gresta Valley (green tech hub, organic farming district, local producers)
  • biodiversity, heritage and sustainability activities

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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

  • Airport transfer from/to Verona, with private bus.
  • Transportation for all tours and excursions, as per the itinerary, by public transit or private bus.
  • Accommodation in double or triple rooms (students) and one single room (faculty member), in three-star hotels or equivalent.
  • All breakfasts.
  • Five group dinners, as per the itinerary.
  • Guides and guest speakers for all excursions, as per the itinerary.
  • Orientations, advising and teaching assistance services.
  • 24-hour emergency assistance.
  • Trentino Guest Card (individual pass to use local public transit, access museums and get discounts at local businesses).
    Visitor’s local taxes.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

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[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

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Costa Rica May ’18

Students in costa rica

Course Name: Urban Education
Professor: Dr. Ivannia Soto
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 6
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $2900 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/21/18-6/1/18

Prerequisites:

ANTH 211, CHDV 105, or SOC 200

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In this course students will learn about both historical and contemporary issues in public school education, which have led to the achievement gap between underrepresented groups. Students will compare the schooling experiences and underachievement of Latinos, African Americans, and English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 settings. Local school visits and educational documentaries will be utilized as experiential and pedagogical tools.

 

The theme of this course is literacy. Students will engage in a project in which they will develop digital stories that connect to a type of literacy studied on the trip: language, global/cultural, and environmental. Location is critical to this course; students will obtain a deeper understanding of literacy in the context of this setting. Learning about Costa Rica’s vast sustainability efforts, ecotourism, and biodiversity, they will be able to experience global and cultural literacy more deeply. Interactions with local students (both children and adults) from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds will immerse them in the Spanish language as well as cultural norms.

Two Students in CR

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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Visits to Earth University and La Selva Biological Station
  • Visit Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center
  • Monteverde Friends School
  • Ranch Margot
  • Daily blogging
  • Free time on weekends to explore the country

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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

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[su_spoiler title=”What courses do I enroll in?” style=”fancy”]For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May ’18. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Applying” style=”fancy”]Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]

Denmark May ’18

Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia

Course Name: To Denmark and Beyond: Child and Family Well-Being in Workfare and Welfare States
Professor: Dr. Paula Sheridan & Lisa Ibanez
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3700 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/22/18-6/8/18

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This course explores social work policy and practice of services to children, youth and their families in both welfare and workfare states of Denmark and the US. Students participate in agency analysis of service delivery in both countries, collaborate with social work professionals and students in Denmark, and analyze similarities and differences in need and services. We will also examine the gaps in service delivery and resources in both settings. Course instruction is located at Whittier College and Metropolitan University School of Social Work, Copenhagen, DK.

Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez
Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez

This class is designed in collaboration with Metropolitan University School of Social Work. Our students will participate in the international course, Youth and Families, with English as the language of instruction. Metro students represent EU countries and their respective social service delivery systems. Togethe we will examine systems that enhance or deter the well-being of children and families through class and field experiences.

Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia
Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia

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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Walking tours of Copenhagen
  • Visit to Rosenborg Castle
  • Various museums
  • Agency analyses
  • Visit to Royal Library Garden

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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Due to international travel requirements, varying exchange rates and other factors, prices are always subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees as May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about WC tuition for May-Term classes.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

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[su_spoiler title=”What courses do I enroll in?” style=”fancy”]For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Applying” style=”fancy”]Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]

Southern Italy & Sicily May ’18

A Picture of Ruins in Southern Italy

Course Name: Rome, Naples, Sicily: The Cultural Mosaic of Southern Italy
Professor: David Hunt
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3900

All majors are welcome to apply!

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A three-week study tour of Southern Italy, visiting the city of Rome, the Bay of Naples (including Pompeii and Capri), and the island of Sicily. The course focuses on the rich history and cultural variety of the region, which contains more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any comparable area of the world.

This course focuses on the incredible variety of historical and cultural influences that have left their mark in Southern Italy. This location has become a cultural mosaic, and we will encounter examples of this during the course. While we will begin and end the course in Rome, the capital of the pagan Roman empire, we will also branch out to regions of Sicily to explore the wide variety of culture — specifically in the neighborhoods of the Albergheria district of Palermo. Students will gain a sense of how these cultures differ and will learn to recognize the diverse contributions of these cultures to the various monuments and sites that we visit.

An image of Cefalu, a city in Italy
Cefalu: Courtesy (CC) Wikimeda

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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Walking tours of historical centers: Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Palatine Chapel
  • Visits to archaeological sites
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Emperor Tiberius’ Villa Jovis
  • Buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Baroque gems (like the city of Noto)
  • Visits to cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalu

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The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

  • Accommodation in selected superior 3*** and 4**** star hotels in Sicily , Naples in rooms for double or twin bedded occupancy for  overnights (15)  with TV, private facilities, A/C and all modern comforts in central locations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • One (1)  dinner with local specialties (3-4 course dinner incl. appetizers, main dish,  dessert)
  • Four lunches (one in Pozzuoli, one in Agrigento, one in Etna, and one in Modica)
  • Coach transportation with fully air conditioning, modern facilities and professional driver as per itinerary
  • Group bus transfer upon arrival and departure when mentioned at  fixed  times
  • Hydrofoil tickets Naples – CAPRI roundtrip incl. taxes
  • Flight ticket Catania – Naples airport/security taxes based on current rates
  • Flights Rome – Palermo
  • Assistance by our local reps in Sicily , and in Naples
  • 3 semester credits (May term tuition is waived)
  • HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive

Costs Not Included:

  • Flights to/from the USA
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Airfare and transport other than indicated above
  • Visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
  • Passport expenses
  • Single supplement fee, if a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel accommodations if available
  • Lunches and/or dinners not included on the itinerary, drinks of personal nature, gratuities to porters and tips to guide and driver

[su_spoiler title=”What students have to say about our trips…” style=”fancy”]”This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”What courses do I enroll in?” style=”fancy”]For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled. [/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title=”Applying” style=”fancy”]Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.[/su_spoiler]