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17 February 2017

#HogsAbroad Frequent Flyer


Upcoming Events
Studying Abroad While Black Panel Discussion
Monday, February 20, 6pm, ARKU 512-514
Are you looking to learn more about what it is really like studying abroad as an African American student? Then join us Monday, February 20, at 6pm in the Arkansas Union for our Studying Abroad While Black panel discussion. This event is co sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Office of Study Abroad as part of Black Excellence Week.

Upcoming Study Abroad Program Deadlines
The deadline for selected Faculty-Led Programs has been extended to Monday, February 20!
Programs are filling quickly, so finish your application now!
There is still time to look for External programs with rolling admissions!
Upcoming External Program Information Tables
Representatives from several external program providers will be holding information tables over the next few weeks. Stop by to find out more information about external program options! And, click here to search external program options on our website: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/external-programs.php
  • DIS Wednesday, February 22, 1pm-2pm, ARKU Food Court 
  • API Wednesday, March 1, 10am-2pm, ARKU Food Court
  • IFSA Butler Thursday, March 2, 10am-2pm, ARKU Food Court
Scholarships
Gilman Scholarship Information Meetings & Application Help
Gilman Scholarship Summer 2017 & Fall/Academic Year 2017-2018 Application Deadline: March 7, 2017
The Gilman Scholarship is for students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible. For more information, please attend the following meeting:
  • Tuesday, February 21, 3-4pm, JB Hunt 207
For the application and more information, go to http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program#.WJSnk3-q4QN

Freeman – ASIA Scholarship
Application Deadline for Summer 2017: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Here is the link to apply: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA.

There are many other upcoming scholarship deadlines. Now is a great time to complete your application! Check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding for scholarship opportunities.

Hogs Abroad 101 Sessions
Center for World Languages: JB Hunt 207, 4:00pm – 5:00 pm, Every Tuesday & Wednesday
Learn the study abroad basics – program types, locations, housing options, scholarships, etc. – through these peer-led info sessions. These take place weekly throughout the semester. Space is limited to the first 25 students each week, so get there early!

We look forward to helping you go abroad!

16 February 2017

Studying Abroad While Black: Monday February 20 #HogsAbroad

Are you looking to learn more about what it is really like studying abroad as an African American student? Then join us Monday, February 20, at 6pm in the Arkansas Union for our Studying Abroad While Black panel discussion.

Less than 5% of the students who study abroad are African American and we at the office of study abroad think it is important to do our best to bridge that gap within our own Hogs Abroad community. Come listen to 4 African American study abroad alumni discuss everything there is to know about their own personal experiences abroad and more specifically, how their color influenced that experience.

Join us in the Union, room 512-514 at 6 pm Monday evening for free food and a taste of what it’s like to study abroad while black!

This event is co sponsored by the multicultural center and the office of study abroad as part of Black Excellence Week.

14 February 2017

U of A Alumna Making an Impact in Peace Corps #HogsAbroad #GSIE

Abby Graupner teaches enthusiastic students in a Mongolian schoolroom.
Abby Graupner teaches enthusiastic students in a Mongolian schoolroom. Courtesy of Abby Graupner

Mongolia was not what Abby Graupner had in mind when she joined the Peace Corps after graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2013.

Though Graupner indicated on her Peace Corps application she was willing to go anywhere, she had always imagined herself in hot, humid environments. Instead, she received a 27-month assignment in Mongolia, a country with winters that can average 40 degrees below zero and last eight months.

"I wanted the universe to direct me where to go," Graupner said. "Even though I would have never chosen Mongolia, it was a really good experience to explore a country I never even thought about."

The U of A alumna was placed in Jargalant, Mongolia, as a community development officer and English teacher. She worked to develop women empowerment projects in the community and partnered with local teachers to implement interactive teaching methodologies.

She said working with more than 500 students was not easy, but she found her reward in the support she received from the community and the growth she observed in many of her students.
"I know not all 500 students learned English, but I saw an incredible increase in skill from several of the students," she said. "Beyond English, there are girls there now who are pursuing real careers because they were exposed to women who are pursuing their dreams. I may not have had an impact on every student there, but if I made a difference in even a few people's lives, that's a pretty cool experience to have."

Graupner, who returned from Mongolia in November, is already on another Peace Corps assignment. She began a 10-month position as a response volunteer in Guatemala earlier this month. While there, she will be working with a team of Guatemalan agricultural extension agents to teach local farmers about sustainable farming practices and food security initiatives.

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, the native of West Fork, Arkansas, participated in multiple study abroad programs as a U of A student. She said her experiences as a student abroad and her experiences as a volunteer in the Peace Corps have helped mold her into the person she is today. She hopes her experiences will inspire other U of A students to push their boundaries and explore education abroad opportunities.

"I literally grew up on a cow field, and now I've been to 26 countries," she said. "I encourage students to not let what they think are their restrictions hold them back. We all have the same amount of potential, but it's the amount of work we put in and the paths we pursue that allow us to reach it."

Graupner, who earned bachelor's degrees in international business economics and Spanish, plans to pursue graduate education after concluding her experience with the Peace Corps.

Students interested in learning more about Peace Corps opportunities can visit with a Peace Corps representative at the U of A Career Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Arkansas Union Verizon Ballroom.

Students interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities should contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange.

13 February 2017

How to Pack Like a Pilot #HogsAbroad

Pack three pairs of shoes. No more. No less.
Article courtesy of Conde-Nast Traveler  
November 8, 2016

Don't you want to know if pilots roll their clothing or flat pack? We did—here are eight packing tips from one of the most frequent of fliers.

 

We might travel a lot, but pilots have us beat. Take Sylvie Benjamin, a Hawaiian Airlines pilot based in Honolulu, who has been flying since 1996 and even worked for a non-schedule airline transporting American troops all over the world after 9/11. Her thousands of hours in the sky have not only made her the most frequent of fliers, but a suitcase-packing pro as well. Here are her eight rules to fly by:
  1. Fold, Don’t Roll
    “I fold to save space. I also found it to be easier on the fabric. I lay flat starting with bigger pieces at the bottom. Very methodical. And I fill the gaps at the end by rolling some items like my fitness gear.”
  2. Stuff to Maximize Space
    “I place socks inside shoes and my coffee bag inside the coffee machine that I always bring with me. I wear bulky items like my boots and coat, and I do laundry on the road.”
  3. Pack Three Pairs of Shoes
    “I always have one pair for walking/exercising, one dressy pair, and flip flops to avoid direct contact with the room carpet. Also, to keep things clean and orderly, I wrap each shoe in a plastic bag. It keeps the dirt from getting on my clean clothes and keeps my shoes from getting separated in the suitcase and more easily accessible.”
  4. Respect the Wheels of a Suitcase
    “The most important item are the wheels of my suitcase. I’ve had my suitcase for 15 years now and never had a problem. A broken wheel on a bag can ruin a trip, so invest in one that will last you forever.”
  5. Invest in Your Luggage
    “One item I must always have is my rolling bag. It carries all of my necessities and it’s easy to keep in the cabin. It’s made of steel, with multiple side pockets. This makes it able to handle the rough impact of travel and also allows for easy, organized access to all of your belongings.”
  6. Rely on Multifunctional Items
    “Bringing multiple items for the same function is completely unnecessary. Your phone can be your GPS, calculator, camera, flashlight, and much more. See how you can use an item in multiple situations to avoid overpacking. Also, unless you have a medical condition, you don't need to carry a medical kit.”
  7. Bring a Little Something to Remind You of Home
    “It’s important to feel comfortable when you travel, so choose something that reminds you of home. For me, wherever I travel, I pack my coffee, coffee machine, and my ceramic mug.”
  8. Research Your Destination
    “The best advice I have learned from experience is to acquaint yourself with the place you are going to stay. Do your research online or call. Do they have a coffee machine, fridge, laundry? Check the weather at the destination and make a checklist of items to pack.”
Read the full article at cntraveler.com 
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If you need help getting started with study abroad, take a look at the first steps: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/getting-started/first-steps.php.    
For scholarships for study abroad, check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding

10 February 2017

#HogsAbroad Frequent Flyer

Upcoming Study Abroad Program Deadlines
The deadline for selected Faculty-Led Programs has been extended to Monday, February 20! Programs are filling quickly, so finish your application now!
There is still time to look for External programs with rolling admissions!
Upcoming External Program Information Tables
Representatives from several external program providers will be holding information tables over the next few weeks. Stop by to find out more information about external program options! And, click here to search external program options on our website: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/external-programs.php
  • CISabroad Tuesday, February 14, 12:30pm-3:30pm, ARKU Food Court
  • ISA/Veritas Wednesday, February 15, 10am-2pm, ARKU fountain
  • ISA/Veritas Thursday, February 16, 10am-2pm, ARKU fountain
  • DIS Wednesday, February 22, 1pm-2pm, ARKU Food Court
  • API Wednesday, March 1, 10am-2pm, ARKU Food Court
  • IFSA Butler Thursday, March 2, 10am-2pm, ARKU Food Court
Scholarships
Gilman Scholarship Information Meetings & Application Help
Gilman Scholarship Summer 2017 & Fall/Academic Year 2017-2018 Application Deadline: March 7, 2017
The Gilman Scholarship is for students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible. For more information, please attend one of the following meetings:
  • Wednesday, February 15, 5-6pm, JB Hunt 207
  • Tuesday, February 21, 3-4pm, JB Hunt 207
For the application and more information, go to http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program#.WJSnk3-q4QN

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Office of Study Abroad Scholarship for May Intersession, Summer, August Intersession, Fall and Academic Year programs is Wednesday, February 15. Click here for more information: https://hogsabroad.uark.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11438

Freeman – ASIA Scholarship
Application Deadline for Summer 2017: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Here is the link to apply: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA.

There are many other upcoming scholarship deadlines. Now is a great time to complete your application! Check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding for scholarship opportunities.

Hogs Abroad 101 Sessions
Center for World Languages: JB Hunt 207, 4:00pm – 5:00 pm, Every Tuesday & Wednesday
Learn the study abroad basics – program types, locations, housing options, scholarships, etc. – through these peer-led info sessions. These take place weekly throughout the semester. Space is limited to the first 25 students each week, so get there early!

We look forward to helping you go abroad!

08 February 2017

Creative Funding Ideas for Study Abroad #HogsAbroad

Selecting a program that helps achieve your long-term goals may make it easier to solicit funds from external sources.

Keep in mind that local, regional, and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors; it’s also important to keep careful record of those who helped support you in order to express your appreciation.

Finally, past study abroad students found that dedicating a set time each week to look for funding was really helpful.

Below are some ideas beyond traditional study abroad scholarships to ponder:

Frequent Flyer Miles:  Ask friends and family if anyone is willing to give you some miles or buy your plane ticket with their miles.

Kickstarter.com:  Sell poetry, art, etc. online to raise funds.

GoFundMe.com: Use this platform as an easy way for family and friends to donate to your study abroad program.

Go Old School: Bake sale, car wash, collect cans and bottles from your neighbors during football tailgating – identify yourself and your plans, and save, save, save!

Heritage groups with an interest in specific countries: American Swedish Institute, Japan America Society, etc.

Holidays:  Ask for study abroad related gifts (e.g. backpack, money belt, camera, etc.)

Local businesses, churches & civic organizations: Contact businesses, churches and organizations in your hometown, especially those whose mission may relate to your major, region of study, or another facet of your life. They may have scholarships or be willing to donate something toward your time abroad. You can offer to send letters while abroad or give a presentation upon return. Potential organizations include: Elks, Moose, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.

Sororities and fraternities:  Check with your local and national chapter for study abroad scholarships.
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Get started today! Search for your study abroad opportunity at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/  
For traditional scholarships for study abroad, check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding