Athena’s Passport #7

10 Life Changes from Study Abroad


Athena's Passport: Your Entry Into Our World of Study Abroad
Partner News | August 1, 2019 | New series issue #7
Meet the Fall 2019 Recipient of the
Marie McKay Global Citizen Scholarship

The McKay Global Citizen Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate an interest in and intention to promote the concept of social justice at a city, state, national, and/or global level. Because students who study abroad become many of our world’s future leaders, it is extremely important that these students consider ways to become globally competent citizens. The recipient of this award must demonstrate an initiative to give back to society, and awareness of global community, and intent to apply the skills and lessons learned abroad to his/her future endeavors.

This year’s winner is Stephanie Mills of Grove City College who will be studying with Athena in Cusco, Peru this fall!

In this issue…

Top 10: Things You Can Expect to Change When You Study Abroad

You have probably heard that studying abroad is a life-changing experience. But what does that really mean?

Here we outline a few ways that study abroad can change lives for the better!

Around the Field: Allegheny Students Study
Indian History and Politics in Media and Performing Arts

Following on previous years’ successful study abroad programs in India, in May and June of this year Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) offered “Restaging History as Media Event”—described as an “investigation into how historical sites and narratives provide the ‘theatrical’ backdrop to contemporary media events.”

Taught by media professor Ishita Sinha Roy and theatre professor Beth Watkins, the 4-credit course “explore[d} the rise of Hindutva (Hindu neo-nationalism), Islamophobia, and backlash against women, as symptoms of neoliberal postcolonial anxiety.”
Students were able to witness “how heritage arts and crafts are being threatened as well as revived by global markets, and how tribal villages are organizing their own forms of cultural survival.”

Research Discusses Learning About
Individuals’ Connections to Global Health

By Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., MBA
Manager of University Relations
Athena Study Abroad

“Global Citizenship through Global Health,” by Lee Stoner, Michael A. Tarrant, Lane Perry, Mikell Gleason, Daniel Wadsworth, and Rachel Page, was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. The authors describe and discuss a collaborative study abroad program (between one university each in the USA and New Zealand) that has run three times with a total of 59 students.
The program’s overall goal has been increasing higher education’s role in improving global health through developing students’ global citizenship. This has been based on evidence and arguments that a person’s health does not impact only themselves, but “lifestyle behaviors have deep and wide consequences extending to the community,
national, and global contexts.” The article discusses this relationship between global health and global citizenship, and evidence that even short-term study abroad can advance global citizenship, in addition to the course itself.

The highlighted personal health issue is non-communicative diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The program has been designed and run by the University of Georgia’s Discover Abroad and Massey University’s College of Health.

The 24-day course included four location-dependent subthemes/modules. They were: 1) “Urbanization and Public Health” in Sydney;
2) the “importance of natural resources to health and well-being” in Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef;
3) “climate change, biodiversity and indigenous health” in the Daintree Rainforest; and
4) “improving indigenous health” in Tyrconnell (Outback) and Atheron Tablelands (Outbush).
Each module was delivered through a “short narrative/introduction, a series of readings, field activities, service learning, seminars, and a collection of classroom lectures.” Students participated in “essays, group debates, science projects, and critical
reflection…iterative theme essay”; a two-hour, open-book final exam; and a three-minute critical reflection video, which the authors argue indicates course impacts better than reflective journals. Faculty also conducted other quantitative and qualitative assessment through surveys. Student learning (n=41) was statistically significant on three of six dimensions of the Global Perspectives Inventory, while the authors also reported the sample was insufficient to “fully quantify the effects.” They not discuss any observations or conclusions about students’ coursework other than the video.

Program Highlight: J-Term Programs
*Athena Announces New + Classic Offerings*

For students wishing to make the most of their J-term or holiday break, Athena offers a great variety of overseas programs during winter break. Participants can earn up to 6 credits over the J-term and stay on track to graduate.


Florence, Italy (LdM 4 weeks or SRISA 2 weeks NEW!). Florence is one of our most popular destinations for a reason. The city itself is like a work of art – all of the architecture, the people, the food.

Sorrento, Italy. NEW! Sorrento offers one of the most incredible vistas on earth. The city sits on cliffs along the Italian coast, and features a warm and welcoming family and community feel!

Cape Town, South Africa. NEW! Students live and learn about South Africa first hand, reflect about how countries and communities develop, and consider what is meant by development and progress.

Madrid, Spain
. The capital of Spain is a city that seems to come to life as the night goes on. You will find Madrileños socializing and networking at all hours of the day.

Cusco, Peru. Cusco is the former capital of the Incan Empire situated at 11,000 feet above sea level. Excel in Spanish while exploring legendary locations such as Machu Picchu.

Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is the highest capital city in the world! Get ready to discover a vibrant culture steeped with traditions dating back to the Incans!

Paris, France. Paris is a remarkable program. Students will have the opportunity to live ad learn in one of the most amazing cities in the world, while also getting one of the most personalized academic experiences Athena offers.

COURSES: Humanities, STEM, Social Sciences, Arts, Business.


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