Record Numbers in Summer Study Abroad
This summer, 995 undergraduate students will be studying through 123 programs in 42 countries. In 2013, 735 students participated in summer study abroad programs. That equates to an increase of 260 students in one year, which is credited to the 943 Purdue Moves Scholarships that were awarded.
"Studying abroad today is really a must as it expands students’ educational experiences and better prepares them for careers in the global economy," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.
"We are moving forward in engaging more students to study abroad, thanks to this financial support," said Brian Harley, Associate Dean of International Programs and Director of Programs for Study Abroad. "Students who were hesitant to sign up before are committing, and individual academic programs are promoting an attractive variety of plans that support students' majors and fit seamlessly into their coursework." The Office of Study Abroad continues to encourage first-year students to plan from the start how they can incorporate studying abroad into their academic plan.
This summer is the third time Purdue Moves contributed to an increase in study abroad participation. In the recent past, 547 students received scholarships for winter break, spring break, and spring semester programs. A major goal of the scholarship program going forward is to see more students studying abroad for a semester or longer to benefit most from the experience.
Student Jillian Ellison says of her current study abroad in Paris, "Without The Big Moves scholarship, I could never have fulfilled my dream of studying abroad. I am a financially independent student, so I knew after receiving other smaller scholarships that I was only half way there. This scholarship has paved such an incredible way for my future plans. I'm volunteering in another country and gaining aspects of another culture I could never have known back home. Every time I call my parents they always say, 'We can't stress enough of how proud we are of you.' and that is such a great feeling."
Excerpts from Article written by Amy Patterson Neubert