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Published: Thursday, 23 Aug 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University has appointed Opal Leeman Bartzis as executive director of education abroad, effective Sept. 24. Bartzis will direct MSU's Office for Education Abroad and provide strategic leadership to the university related to education abroad and international exchange programs. See https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/opal-leeman-bartzis-appointed-executive-director-of-education-abroad/



Published: Monday, 06 Aug 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Established in June 2003, the MSUFCU endowment has provided more than $1.6 million in funding to 1,500 students to help offset the cost of their participation in education abroad programs. More than 70 MSUFCU scholars attended the 2018 luncheon and shared their stories with donors in attendance.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

The Greeks had been taught their history as if it was a class in school, and I'm not talking some boring history class where you just memorize names. I'm talking an intensive inclusive class where you recognize what happened in the past, how that now affects the present and will later impact the future.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

During my second month in France I was placed on a dairy farm for my internship. The internship portion of the program is optional, and students get to choose from a farm, vineyard, restaurant, or R&D research. Since my personal interest are in sustainable agriculture as it relates to food systems, I chose to work on a farm.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Music has, at least for me, healing properties that I can't explain. Whenever I'm upset or confused about something, music helps me calm down and focus. Knowing that our music has given someone else back their faith reinvigorated my own faith in music.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

This experience was so beautiful and opened the door for me to realize how important it is to maximize my experience as a Spartan.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

What surprised me is that London is such a multicultural city. There are more than 300 languages spoken in London. We saw people from all over the world while we were exploring around.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Beginning my journey, I did not know what I was in for, from learning about the culture to being educated on the refugee crisis that is one of the biggest crisis in the world.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Spending the summer abroad in Norway was easily the best decision of my life. I started off in a city halfway across the world where I knew absolutely no one, but I was able to make friends, grow learn at a faster pace than ever before. It was a life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone.



Published: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

I highly recommend people take advantage of studying abroad, it is great on a resume when you try to get careers in law enforcement, business, marketing, etc.

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