Postcards From Abroad

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England and Italy and France, Oh my!


By Jessica Albert

Hello readers,

It’s me, Jessica, and I would like to tell you some interesting facts and need-to-knows about the JMU Office of International Programs .

 

This post is exciting for me because I originally went on a search to find the names of all of the JMU study abroad locations… I soon found out that this list is GIGANTIC and is forever-expanding. So, after scrapping my first idea for a post, I went ahead and surfed the OIP website for some more information.

I didn’t know that there were different types of study abroad programs that the university exposes you to. There are many possibilities for a student looking to receive college credit while traveling the globe. There are actually four different options available to JMU students. Here’s what I found:

  1. There are JMU run programs. (Duh.) These are the ones we usually hear about. Where students go study in another country for a designated period of time–during the summer, fall or spring. Okay, okay, so here comes the information I didn’t know. There are short-term study abroad programs. I thought that study abroad programs had to be for an entire semester or entire summer. As it turns out, they don’t necessarily have to be. Who knew? (If you knew, I’m sorry if I’m boring you.) I also didn’t know that you could study abroad as a graduate student. I thought that once you graduated from undergrad your life was over and you couldn’t study abroad. Nope. It’s still possible. JMU offers a ISAT graduate study abroad program and a Political Science graduate study abroad program. Crazy, right?
  2. Up next are external programs. You don’ have to go through JMU to get you international study on, you can also go to a private company too. JMU will recognize credits received from an external company. You just have to be diligent and make sure you have all your ducks in a row in order to receive credit. Click here to get a list of external programs most JMU students use.
  3. Exchange programs are also offered through JMU. You could study at one of JMU’s partner universities as an exchange student. JMU has exchange locations in Australia, Egypt, Japan, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  4. I was really shocked when I found out about this last one. You can do an internship, volunteer or even work through the OIP. What an awesome thing to put on your resume! JMU advertises a London internship opportunity, but also encourages students to find internships elsewhere. Check out this link for the London internship and this one for other internship, volunteer and work opportunities.

Now that I am done typing, I want to hear from you guys. I have inserted our blog’s first poll. Take a second and participate with us. Thanks.

Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it. I learned so much from just a few clicks on the JMU OIP website. I’ll check back in with you guys next Friday. Have a good weekend :).

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3 thoughts on “England and Italy and France, Oh my!

  1. Jessica Albert on said:

    I have to admit, I was very bummed when I couldn’t get a concentrated list of study abroad locations for this weeks post. However, I think I learned a valuable lesson this week. I know that as a real world journalist things are going to fall through all of the time. So, having to think on my feet and do more research to find my topic was a very rewarding experience for me.
    Next week, I hope that I can hopefully have an article up for my readers. If not, I will think of something else. I’m thinking of doing a TSA does and don’ts sort of thing. Or, as a backup plan, I would also like to do a post about attractions in London.

    Here’s the link to the comment I made on the Sports blog.
    http://smad210sports.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/joe-paterno-to-retire/#respond

  2. I did not realize how many different opportunities there are for study abroad- I wonder how many students at JMU go through the alternative programs. I definitely agree it would look amazing on a resume. I wish I had chosen to study abroad before I graduate.

  3. This is an awesome and informative post! I think most students forget that there are other opportunities to study abroad besides the ones offered by JMU. I recently applied for a summer study/internship program in LA for next year, but seeing all of the other ways to study abroad is really exciting!

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