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22 September 2017

The Big Day: Leaving for Study Abroad! #HogsAbroad in England

Central London from the airplane! My college and residence are located on the south side of the river; kind of in the middle of this picture. If you look closely on the left, you can see the London Eye and Big Ben!
I’m currently writing this from the airplane – we’re flying over Ireland right now which means about 45 more minutes of this 9 hour long flight! To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

September 12. It was this date that I would just throw out when people asked when I was leaving; for so long it was still months away and really just a topic for happy discussion. Even when I got out of bed this morning it didn’t seem real to me that the day had actually arrived for me to fly across the world for 3 ½ months.

This semester I will be studying at King’s College in London. Ever since we took a family trip to London when I was 12, I have been absolutely in love with London. I would tell people that I was going to live there someday, and while this may not be that permanent, 12 year old me would be so excited to know that I’m finally returning, and get to live like a local. My apartment is in the South Bank area; I’m about a 10 minute walk from the Tower Bridge and the Globe Theater, and close to a 45 minute walk away from Big Ben, London Eye, Parliament etc. I’m really excited about this location because it is so centrally located – I’m sure a lot of my free time will be spent walking up and down the Thames taking in all the sights or taking a quick tube ride to spend time at all the museums close by. (The tube… I love the tube!!!)

I chose King’s College because of a course offering called Health and Society. Basically this course is an immersive pre-medical class; all our lectures are taught by doctors, we have discussions on things like medical ethics, medicine and media, different healthcare systems, and how to communicate efficiently with patients, to name a few. The course also includes clinical placements in four different institutions within London – it will be very interesting to actually be in the clinics seeing how their healthcare system works first-hand. Up until now, I basically have just taken hard science classes for my pre-medical track (General and Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, etc.) so I am really looking forward to this unique class that is actually going to prepare me for what I’m going to be seeing as a doctor someday. As for my other classes, I’ll be taking Biochemistry, a genetics course, and an immunology course (ah, the life of a science major) but it really did work out because all of these will transfer back to Arkansas and go towards my major and MCAT prep!

Soon, we’ll be touching down at London Heathrow and I’ll meet up with an Arcadia staff member (Arcadia is my host program and support system while I am abroad – they are like the liaison between me and King’s College) who will transport me to a hotel for their program’s orientation. I’ll move into my apartment on Saturday, and then all next week King’s College will hold its own orientation for new students. I don’t actually start class until September 25! Until then, I’ll be orienting myself with my new home – I’m so excited to be a Londoner J

Thanks for reading!

-Katie

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Katie, a senior Biology major, is spending the Fall 2017 semester studying Health & Society at King's College in London through Arcadia University.
Read more from Katie at https://katientheuk.wordpress.com/
Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

19 September 2017

“Nobody Wants to Read your Blog” #HogsAbroad in Belgium

Throughout my first two semesters of college, a certain trend made itself apparent to me. Whether it be girls I knew in high school or newly acquainted sorority sisters, everyone and their mom seemed to have a blog. Whether they were writing about what they’d learned in college, their religious endeavors, or anything under the sun, endless amounts of blog posts would pop up on my social media feeds. I adapted a motto of sorts: “Nobody wants to read your blog.” The blogging trend just didn’t sit well with me, as it felt self-centered and assumed the avid interest of all your Facebook friends.

However, here I am creating a blog. Although this is a requirement by my university, I must say I am excited to document my upcoming travels. I think this will be a good way to keep family and friends in the loop as I gallivant across Europe.

And thus, my bitter attitude towards blogs has circled back to bite me. Let this stand as my formal apology to anybody’s blog I might’ve rolled an eye at in the past. I will be blogging my travels and with every post I will send apologetic vibes into the universe. So with that, I begin.

Tomorrow I will depart from my home town of Dallas, TX, to Atlanta, GA. There, I will join most of my classmates from the study abroad program and depart on a nine hour flight to Ghent, Belgium. This will be my first time leaving the country and my first time flying alone.

In Ghent, we will be studying the sustainability of the European food system. I am incredibly excited about this topic and the location in which we will be studying. I am a chemical engineering major and think this program will not only be intriguing but also applicable to my future career. In fact, I have considered picking up a minor in sustainability on multiple occasions. I think this program will really help to solidify whether a career involving sustainability, food science, and/or biofuels is in my future. I am especially looking forward to learning about biofuels as I think that pertains most to chemical engineering and is most likely to be relevant to my future career.

I am so excited for all the things I will learn and all the experiences I will gain from being in a foreign country. I know spending time in Ghent will give me a much broader world view than I already have. I am most looking forward to the tours of food facilities we have planned. I have never had an inside view into the food industry, much less in a foreign country. I think seeing how the Belgians implement and maintain sustainability in their food system will allow me to come back to the USA and make comparisons and possibly implement change in the industry myself one day.

I also am looking very forward to just getting to explore Ghent as a city and getting to know the other students in my program. I think this will be the trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to fill everyone in on everything I learn and experience.

–Mary Kate

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Read more from Mary Kate at https://you.uark.edu/mkfairle/
Chemical Engineering major Mary Kate studied abroad with our U of A Faculty-Led: Sustainability in the Euro Food System program.
Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

Reminder: #HogsAbroad Study Abroad Fair is TOMORROW, Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017!

Are you wishing you studied abroad this summer? Don’t miss another opportunity! Get started at the study abroad fair tomorrow!

The annual Study Abroad Fair will be from 10:00am-2:00pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in the International Connections Lounge in the Arkansas Union on campus.

Come meet with faculty, past participants, and external providers for programs for all majors and all language levels. U of A faculty-led programs, the U of A Rome Center, U of A exchange programs and other approved external programs will have information about studying abroad all over the world during the summer, semester, or academic year. Scholarship and funding information will be available as well.

Start making your dreams a reality!

When Can I Move to France? Things I Wish I Knew #HogsAbroad in France #TravelTuesday #TravelTipsTuesday


Things I Wish I Knew/Reminders Before Leaving
If you are going to a big city like Paris or Barcelona and there are lots of things you want to do, make sure you have purchased all of your tickets way before you visit those cities. The lines could be really long to get your tickets the day you visit, they may not sale tickets the day you visit, or you are required to buy them online, so be prepared for that.

Make sure you bring excellent walking shoes because there will be days where you walk all day. Also, if you have chacos or some type of water shoes bring them for the rocky beaches; I wish I brought mine.

There are some free apps that I found helpful while I was abroad because you could use them without data or Wi-Fi. I highly recommend that you download MAPS.ME and download only the maps of the cities that you will be visiting. This app can show you the nearest public restroom, drinking fountains, bus stations, and metro stations. I used it everywhere I went. You can also drop pins on places in the app that you visit frequently (like the university or your host family’s house) so that you can always find your way back to those places, and have pins in places that you want to visit ahead of time. Another good free app is Paris Metro – Map and Route Planner. If you plan on going to Paris, this app makes using the metro map a breeze! You’ll be a metro pro after using this!

Dara, a Chemical Engineering major, studied abroad with our U of A Faculty-Led: French in Perpignan program.

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To find out more about the French in Perpignan summer program, visit http://studyabroad.uark.edu/perpignan.
Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

18 September 2017

Engineering and German Student Awarded International Fellowship #HogsAbroad

Connor Heo, a senior mechanical engineering and German major, has been awarded a fellowship for study at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) in the amount of 1800 euros.

Heo is a student in the International Engineering Program, which incorporates a year abroad to prepare engineering students for careers in the global economy and is a partnership between the College of Engineering and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Through the program, students spend one semester taking regular university engineering courses in German at the Technical University of Darmstadt, an institution recommended by Albert Einstein and located in a major German research and technology hub, and one semester working in a paid internship with a German company.

Please visit the International Engineering Program website for more information.

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To find out more about exchange programs, visit http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/exchange.
Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/
And, be sure to come to the Study Abroad Fair to explore your program options!

16 September 2017

See you at the Study Abroad Fair next week! #HogsAbroad

Are you wishing you studied abroad this summer? Don’t miss another opportunity! Get started at the study abroad fair next week!

The annual Study Abroad Fair will be from 10:00am-2:00pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in the International Connections Lounge in the Arkansas Union on campus.

Come meet with faculty, past participants, and external providers for programs for all majors and all language levels. U of A faculty-led programs, the U of A Rome Center, U of A exchange programs and other approved external programs will have information about studying abroad all over the world during the summer, semester, or academic year. Scholarship and funding information will be available as well.

Start making your dreams a reality!

15 September 2017

Reminder: #GilmanScholarship Meeting Today! #HogsAbroad #FundingFriday

The Gilman Scholarship offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. If you are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible, this is a very promising way to get up to $5,000 in funding for your study abroad or internship. Learn more at one of our information meetings!
 
Information Meeting Today:
Friday, September 15, from 2-3pm in the Center for World Languages Lab (JBHunt 207)


Spring and Early Summer 2018 online applications are due by October 3, 2017 by 11:59pm CDT.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements
  • For students applying for any academic term (Academic Year, Fall, Spring or Summer) please find the eligibility requirements below:
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
  • United States citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
  • Receiving academic credit
  • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba
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For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, please come to the info meeting above, email us at studyabr@uark.edu and visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman/

#HogsAbroad Frequent Flyer

STUDY ABROAD FAIR
Wednesday, September 20
Arkansas Union International Connections Lounge, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come meet with faculty, past participants and program representatives at our annual Study Abroad Fair. Get information on the U of A Rome Center, U of A faculty-led programs, U of A exchange programs and other approved external program provider options, as well as scholarships and other funding information. Study abroad programs are available for all majors, so stop by to learn how to turn your scholastic dreams into a reality!
Please note: the office will be CLOSED this Wednesday, September 20th, due to the Study Abroad Fair. There will also be NO Walk-In Wednesday or Hogs Abroad 101 session on September 20th.
Come see us at the fair!

Save the Date
ISA Info Table, Friday, September 15
Arkansas Union Mall, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop by to chat with ISA representatives! You can find out more information about ISA program options by visiting their website at http://studiesabroad.com/. And, click here to search external program options on our website: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/external-programs.php.

Gilman Scholarship Information Meeting, Friday, September 15
JBHT 207, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Gilman Scholarship offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. If you are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible, this is a very promising way to get up to $5,000 in funding for your study abroad or internship. Learn more at our information meeting! Visit the Gilman website here: https://www.iie.org/gilman/

12th annual Plaza de las Americas Celebration, Friday, September 15
Verizon Ballroom in the Arkansas Union, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
All are welcome to attend and experience the many incredible cultures that make up the Americas. Also…VOLUNTEERS are needed! If you are interested in getting involved, please sign up here: https://ictevents.uark.edu/register_schedules.php?UID=20170829T092543-9974-20128-@ictevents.uark.edu

SIT Info Session, Thursday, September 21
KIMP 408, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Stop by to learn more from SIT representatives! You can find out more information about SIT program options by visiting their website at http://studyabroad.sit.edu/. And, click here to search external program options on our website: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/external-programs.php.

ISA Info Table, Friday, September 22
Arkansas Union Mall, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop by to chat with ISA representatives! You can find out more information about ISA program options by visiting their website at http://studiesabroad.com/. And, click here to search external program options on our website: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/external-programs.php.

Hogs Abroad 101 Sessions
Center for World Languages: JBHT 207, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Every Tuesday & Wednesday!
NOTE: There will not be a Hogs Abroad 101 Session on Wednesday, September 20, due to the Study Abroad Fair.
Learn the study abroad basics – program types, locations, housing options, scholarships, etc. – through these peer-led info sessions. These take place weekly from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the semester. Space is limited to the first 25 students each week, so get there early!

Applications
U of A Rome Center Spring 2018 Application Deadline, TODAY, September 15
For more information, visit the program website.

Spring 2018 Exchange Application Deadline, October 1
The U of A sends our students, from every college, to different host universities around the world in exchange for international students from these host universities coming to the U of A, typically for a semester or academic year. For more information, visit http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/exchange.php

January Intersession 2018 Faculty-Led Program Application Deadline, October 1
For more information, visit the program websites.
Scholarships
It’s never too early to start scouting scholarships!
If you’re interested in studying abroad during the upcoming year, check out the scholarships on our website so you’ll have a heads up on the application deadlines! There are a plethora of scholarships that are available; have a look at the ones we know of here: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding. There are many more as well so be sure to do your research!

Honors College Study Abroad Grants for January Intersession 2018, May Intersession 2018, & Spring 2018 Application Deadline, September 22 @ 4:00 pm
Here’s the link for more information: http://honorscollege.uark.edu/current-students/study-abroad-grant/index.php
Here’s the link to the application: http://hogsabroad.uark.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=12095

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship for January Intersession 2018 & Spring 2018 Application Deadline, October 1
Here’s the link to the scholarship application: https://hogsabroad.uark.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11438.

Gilman Scholarship Spring 2018 & Early Summer 2018 Application Deadline, October 3
The Gilman Scholarship is for students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible. Here’s the link to the Gilman Scholarship application: https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/Applicant.

University of Arkansas Study Abroad Scholarships on the Hogs Abroad Portal
Several study abroad scholarships now have their own applications on the Hogs Abroad Portal, so you can manage more of your scholarship applications in one place. Be sure to carefully review deadlines and eligibility criteria for each scholarship at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding. If you have any questions about one of these scholarships, refer to the contact information listed on the brochure.

To Do
Apply for Your Passport:
If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to locate your birth certificate and submit a passport application. You can find instructions on how to apply using the following link: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html. And, be sure to log in to your Hogs Abroad Portal to upload your passport information to your application!

Get Connected! #HogsAbroad
Stay in the loop with U of A students while they’re abroad! Students who are studying abroad will be posting throughout the summer, so be sure to check-in and see what’s going on. Follow the blogs at: http://studyabroadarkansas.blogspot.com.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. You can also look for our hashtag, #HogsAbroad all over social media, to see more news and posts from students studying abroad!

Office of Study Abroad Hours: Our office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday; however, the office will be CLOSED this Wednesday, September 20th, due to the Study Abroad Fair. There will also be NO Walk-In Wednesday or Hogs Abroad 101 session on September 20th.

We look forward to seeing you at the STUDY ABROAD FAIR!

14 September 2017

Reminder: LAST CALL Info Session TODAY for University of Arkansas Rome Center Spring 2018 Opportunities #HogsAbroad

Interested in studying at the U of A Rome Center this coming Spring? Come to this LAST CALL information session this afternoon! Spring Rome Center applications are due Friday, September 15!

Come learn about semester programs in Rome. The program is open to all majors, and major credit hours are available for Journalism, Communication, Political Science, Sociology, International Studies, Economics and Ag Communication students!

Visit studyabroad.uark.edu/romecenter for more information.

Gilman Scholarship Meeting Today! #HogsAbroad

The Gilman Scholarship offers funding for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. If you are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible, this is a very promising way to get up to $5,000 in funding for your study abroad or internship. Learn more at one of our information meetings!
 
Information Meeting Today:
Thursday, September 14, from 3-4pm in the Center for World Languages Lab (JBHunt 207)


Additional Information Meetings & Application Help:
  • Friday, September 15, from 2-3pm in the Center for World Languages Lab (JBHunt 207)
Spring and Early Summer 2018 online applications are due by October 3, 2017 by 11:59pm CDT.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements
  • For students applying for any academic term (Academic Year, Fall, Spring or Summer) please find the eligibility requirements below:
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
  • United States citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
  • Receiving academic credit
  • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba
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For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, please come to the info meeting above, email us at studyabr@uark.edu and visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman/