This summer, more than 200 UNCG students studied abroad in 14 countries across the globe through UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC). IPC offered 17 faculty-led programs, as well as international exchange opportunities with the center’s partner universities.
For Spartans, study abroad is an opportunity to not only gain academic credit, but to experience different cultures and new ways of thinking, become more independent and build new friendships.
“Our goal in the International Programs Center is to facilitate the creation of innovative study abroad programming options that are cost-effective and accessible to all students,” said Denise Bellamy, senior director of IPC and director of study abroad and exchange programs. “Not only have we continued to grow our summer options in non-traditional locations, we also continue to see the incredible diversity of UNCG reflected in our study abroad participants. Study abroad returnees have shared that in addition to learning about a new culture, they discover even more about themselves and their future goals.”
Senior Shameeka Wilson, a deaf education major who is also enrolled in the accelerated teaching English as a second language (TESOL) master’s program, participated in the “Experiencing China” program in Shanghai.
Led by Dr. Ye (Jane) He, Wilson and her peers observed bilingual-bicultural teaching practices implemented by Chinese math teachers.
Christina Santiago, an Elementary and Special Education major, also studied in this Shanghai summer program. “Studying abroad has allowed me to get to know myself a little better . … This experience has also allowed me to get to know and experience a culture that is completely different from my own. But the best part of it all, I have built meaningful and lifelong relationships with SHNU undergraduates and Shanghai educators. In fact, being emerged in this culture and their education system has challenged and impacted my perspective on education in ways that I never imagined.”
Both Wilson and Santiago are members of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College.
“My time spent in China was phenomenal,” Wilson said. “I made a lot of connections between the methods courses I’ve taken at UNCG and the educational practices I observed in China. I feel confident as I prepare for a classroom of my own in the future.”
Want to learn more about Study Abroad? Visit the fall Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the foyer of Elliott University Center Auditorium.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Visual courtesy Wilson. UNCG students and teachers from the Shanghai Experimental School visit Old Shanghai. From left to right: Yun Wu, Nyomi Hemphill, Shameeka Wilson, Julie Greenwood, Christina Santiago, Aliyah Ruffin and Xuan Zhou.