By MEGHAN MEIER
Kennesaw State University Study Abroad has made it its mission to give education a whole new global perspective.
In 2011, 750 KSU students traveled across the globe. The ratio of students averaged two girls for every boy. The majority of students traveling abroad are between 18 and 22 years old.
Global ambassador of the study abroad program Scott Runner believes studying in an unfamiliar culture not only opens future careers but also opens one’s mind to broader perspectives.
“As we branch out and travel more within our country, then travel within the world, we start to put the whole picture together and see that things are greater than ourselves,”
said Amy Bowes, who is KSU’s education abroad advisor.
According to Amy Bowes, an estimated 70 percent of student travel is dedicated to short-term programs, while another 30 percent is toward long- term and internship programs. Demanding responsibilities and independent living encourage fewer students to attend
long- term or internship programs overseas. Programs lasting four- to- five-weeks
require less independence and receive more interaction with peers and faculty.
“There is also a group of your peers who have different levels of travel experiences, so you’re in this group of KSU students usually, and a shepherd who herds you around the
country,” said Bowes.
Global connections with institutions help establish programs so students and faculty
can communicate in a global arena. KSU’s Global Engagement website illustrates
the numerous internships and study abroad programs within the university system.
Students are encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and student health to instruct them on the right vaccination procedures. It is
also mandatory for students to buy medical insurance in case of any emergency.
While traveling, the right documentation and contact information is crucial.
“I had copies of everything; passports, credit cards, with the numbers blocked off. The most important thing I tell anyone who goes abroad is to keep your wallet in your front
pocket,” said Runner.
Most recognizable, The Global Learning Scholarship gives students money for their trip. Students looking for financial help can search the study abroad home page for more