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There we go! Okay, can everyone see that okay? Thumbs up? Okay, so, like I said my name is Roseanne DeFlorio and I work in the study abroad RIT global office. I am one of the study abroad advisors there. I work primarily with affiliate programs but I can answer a lot of questions on a lot of different topics so feel free to ask. There you go. So why would you want to study abroad in the first place? You can definitely gain some insights into your field in particular. For example, how global health issues are approached and solved throughout the world You can develop some professional and cross-cultural skills that make you stand out One of the statistics that we found over the years is that 97 percent of study abroad alumni worldwide found employment within 12 months after graduation. So that’s compared to only 49 percent of non-study abroad grads, so that’s definitely something that can kind of make you stand out in a job interview or on a resume and then you can explore the unexpected – basically take on new challenges and really get a global perspective from your major while you’re studying abroad So recently we’ve had CHST students study abroad in a variety of different ways. In one program, CHST students collected field data in Ghana and they did research on childhood anemia prevention They also examined patient cases related to neurological disease diagnoses in Denmark and then some of them completed psychology courses towards their immersion in Croatia So we have five different types of programs in our office The first type of program is our global campuses. So these are RIT campuses overseas and they function very similar to our campus here. They follow the same calendar It’s a very easy application process and we have four of them. Two are in Croatia, one is in Dubai and one is in Kosovo and then also if you were to study abroad in one of these you could take classes through RIT, taught by RIT faculty, pay RIT tuition. Everything is taught in English so regardless of the whole the home language of the country all the courses are taught in English Another program type is called faculty led. So this is when we have a professor who designs their own study abroad program and takes a group of students overseas So they’re usually shorter in length. They’re usually between one to five weeks because the course the program is attached to a course that’s offered in either fall or spring semester, so the travel portion is sometime within that course. So it could be, you know, if it’s a spring semester course, it could be during spring break or it could be winter break or it could be right after the end of the spring semester in May but all students in that class would travel together as a cohort Then there are affiliate study abroad programs So these are essentially non-profit organizations that run study abroad programs and there’s probably about 10 or so of them that we work with and they have a very wide variety of coursework that’s available, different locations that are available, different terms and there’s also some scholarship funding that’s available for them as well And then finally we have exchange and international research programs So exchange programs are pretty discipline specific They happen when a student studies abroad on a program that we have a direct relationship with overseas. So like a local university abroad and then there are students from that local university that come to RIT in response so there is kind of the reciprocal nature of that the two don’t ever overlap, but it’s mainly a direct partnership with a local university

And then finally there’s international research and this is usually geared towards some pre-existing research that you’re already working on. Whether it be with a professor or like a capstone project. If this research that you’re working on allows you to go overseas this is a good way for you to do that And then there’s different ways of, or you should say different levels of, cultural immersion when you’re thinking about your study abroad program So there’s, on the spectrum of cultural immersion, there’s kind of a low side and there’s a very full side on the opposite end and then there’s kind of a gray area between where you can mix and match the two sides on the low side. What you would do is you would take classes at a study center and then you would be living with other Americans. And the classes will be taught in English and it’s a little bit more of a group dynamic in the sense of there’s planned activities and planned excursions for everyone who’s on the study abroad program And then the full immersion side is much more intensive cultural experience So you’re going to be enrolled in classes at a local university, you’re going to be taking class or could be potentially living with a host family and a homestay. You know, depending on your language level you could be taking classes in the local language and so your role while you’re there is really just to live and travel as much as you can like a local for the time being Okay, so, every major at RIT can study abroad. I know that there are, if you’re in a very particular major that has a lot of rigid coursework, it can be a little bit tricky but that’s where early planning comes in. So as long as you are planning with your academic advisor and your academic department mapping out a time for you to study abroad, it’s possible to study abroad. You don’t necessarily have to take classes in your major but it’s definitely possible. You can also do classes in your minor or immersion or liberal arts or free electives What every program does is, you would fill out a course pre-approval form and the purpose of this form is to make sure that you’re staying on track for graduation. So the courses that you’re going to take abroad are going to count back towards your degree program in some way So now I’m going to highlight a few programs that I think are really good for CHST majors. They have the right curriculum. We’ve had students study abroad on them in the past and they have had success with them. So the first program is DIS. So DIS is a program, I don’t know what the acronym stands for. I think it used to stand for Danish Institute for study abroad, but it is expanded beyond Denmark. So it’s in Denmark and in Sweden now and you could study abroad for a summer, a semester, or full academic year Even though the courses are in Denmark or Sweden, the classes are all taught in English and it’s really well known for their medical based coursework So they have courses in biomedicine, medical practice and policy, public health, neuroscience So anything along those areas is really good And they also have research availability while you’re there so you could take a course that would allow you to do some hands-on research And then there’s also Queensland University of Technology. So this program is a more traditional semester program and it is located in Brisbane, Australia, for either the fall or the spring semester you could go. What’s nice about this program is it is a big university It’s another university of technology so it’s got a lot of lab space so you could take classes in things like cell and molecular biology, medical lab science, biochemistry, anatomy, immunology This one tends to be popular if you have an interest in public health

So this is a program where you actually go to two different locations during the summer You’d spend about four weeks in London and then four weeks in Amsterdam and you’re going to be comparing and contrasting the public health systems between the two. And so you would take two classes, one in each location and then you’d earn six credits And this is a brand new program that we have, it’s really good for students who are interested in nutrition and diet If you’re interested in becoming a dietitian, it’s called Mediterranean Diet in Greece. So this is a program in Greece. It’s in Thessaloniki, Greece and it’s for six weeks during the summer. And the program really focuses on food science and nutrition It does a lot of hands-on activities so, you know, cooking, sampling products, you can go to olive gardens and vineyards to taste products The nice thing about this program is it has significant scholarship funding available You know, to the point of you may even be able to get a full scholarship for your tuition and program fee. So if you’re interested in this program, you would apply through the compass and then you would automatically be entered into that scholarship funding And then finally, there is Summer Psychology in Croatia. So this is at our global campus in Zagreb. So it’s a five-week summer program. You would spend four weeks in Zagreb and then there would be a one-week summer study tour where you get to visit a couple other countries In the past, students have gone to Vienna or Poland or Austria as part of that study tour and it offers two psychology courses – positive psychology and abnormal psychology So this is popular if you have an interest in psychology, if you’re doing maybe an immersion or a minor in psych. And the other nice thing about this program is you it has a discounted rate of tuition for the summer because it is an RIT global campus program And then, a little bit about the cost structure of study abroad in general. So there are three main costs associated with any study abroad program So you’ll have a tuition charge, a program fee charge (which is essentially your housing and then other amenities), and then out-of-pocket costs. And out-of-pocket is basically anything that you can’t pay for in advance, so like your flight or your meals or your in-country transportation It is possible to use financial aid when you go on a study abroad program. The easiest way is if you’re able to maintain full-time status, so 12 semester credits, while you’re abroad and then, that way you can use your RIT aid and your federal aid. Half time – if you can’t maintain full-time status, if you can at least take six credits (like on a summer program), you may be able to use your federal aid regardless of what aid situation you are in. Our office is going to give you a budget worksheet that outlines all the costs associated with the program. So your tuition, your program, for your out-of-pocket expenses, and then it’s going to break down the budget so you can see exactly how much the program is going to cost. So then you want to take that budget and meet with your financial aid advisor to see how your aid is going to be applied to that program There’s also several study abroad scholarships that are available. So our office offers study abroad education abroad travel grants. Those range from anywhere from 500 to a thousand If you are in the honors program, you can get an additional 500 travel grant on top of that and many of our affiliate providers have scholarships that you can apply for And then, in addition to that, there’s a few national scholarships. These are a little bit more competitive but they do offer more money So the Gilman, the fund for education abroad, diversity abroad. So we have an advisor in our office that can work with you on your essays to

make sure they’re the most competitive and so that you have the best chance of winning those scholarships. I mean we’ve had winners before in the past so it is possible to win Some general questions that are asked about studying abroad How long is it possible to go for? It really ranges. We’ve had some programs that are as short as one to two weeks and we’ve had some other programs that can go a full academic year It really ranges, it depends on what you’re looking for. So most students study abroad either in their second year or their third year, but it really depends on your own academic plan So talking with your academic advisor to determine what’s the best time for you to go abroad that is really the best way to go about it You can go abroad more than once. We don’t put any restrictions on how many times you can study abroad, it just depends on, you know, mainly, if you can get the courses to work out with your schedule, if you can afford it. We’ve had students go abroad more than once We recognize that your parents and your family and your support system might be a really big influence on your interest in studying abroad If your parents in particular have questions or anyone that’s really influential in your life has questions about studying abroad definitely let us know. We can connect them with our office and with some resources on our website And then finally what I want to do, is if you have any interest in talking to previous students who’ve studied abroad, you can talk with one of our global ambassadors. So Amani Stone is one of our global ambassadors. She’s here with us today so if you want to talk with her or anyone else there, we have a list of them on our website. And so they’re always available to help And then finally, if you are really interested in studying abroad and you want to know what you can do next in the process, what I would suggest is talking with your academic advisor and then determining where you want to go. So that could be setting up a meeting with someone in our office, like an advisor in the study abroad office, and doing some preliminary research on the website, to logging into the compass and looking for study abroad programs It takes roughly about six months from start to finish for the application process So if you are interested it’s never really too early to start planning And that is about it. What I want to do now is to maybe give Amani some time to talk a little bit about her experience studying abroad and how could she make it work as a CHST team major Hello again, for those who joined us a little bit later, I’m Amani I’m a third year biomedical sciences student. I also have a minor in French and I studied abroad in spring of 2020. So I did an affiliate program with c-I-e-e so what I did they have like a global campus option which means you can go to several different countries You can go to up to three but I chose the UK and France. So I went to London for six weeks and Paris. It wound up only being four weeks before we had to come back and it was really great. I had a really good time in terms of fitting my classes abroad in with my degree. I really used that time to do my psychology immersion so during my time abroad, I pretty much finished my psychology immersion and added more credits to my French minor so that was really great academic-wise What else I did take? One class in global health, it was called global health and emerging diseases that I took at London. That was actually really interesting and very timely given everything that happened, but yeah and in terms of like cultural immersion I kind of had a mix of like light immersion and full immersion

So in London, I did study in both London and Paris. I studied at a study center with other American students my classes were all in English with the exception of my French class And yeah when I was in London we lived in like student apartments with other students that were on the program but we also did have the opportunity to live and travel kind of like a local I took the tube very often I walked around the neighborhood that I lived in and that was a really great experience just getting to maneuver an unfamiliar city by yourself or even with people you just met is really it’s a lot of fun. Honestly and a great confidence booster and in Paris it was more immersive culturally I lived with a host family The host she didn’t speak any English so I spoke French most of the time with her and yeah my classes were still in English again except for my French class but yeah I still had the opportunity to navigate the metro and things like that and yeah that’s kind of a quick overview of my program. Excellent, thank you. It’s always good to hear kind of your perspective on and what it was like Ashley do you have any tips that you can offer students on maybe a good time to go or anything that they should be doing at this point if they’re interested in studying abroad? Well I think you’re still muted Sorry. That is okay. Sure I would definitely like to give this a perspective from the advisor’s point of view for those of you who logged in a little later my name is Ashley Jackson and I advise biomedical sciences as well as exercise please. Excuse me my son he’s having, yes okay, then don’t eat it. Okay I’m sorry, okay give me one second. Yeah take your time. Take your time So while we’re waiting for her to come back, does anybody here have any questions about, you know, questions about study abroad in general? Hi, yes, I have a question. So I wanted to study abroad in spring semester, which is, you know, our next one. Is this still possible to do it now? Because I remember you say it takes a couple of months to process right? Is it still possible? It is still possible right now. We are still accepting applications. What I would recommend is if you’re interested in going this spring to set up a meeting with myself or another advisor in our office pretty soon, so that way we can get things going. Okay, can you drop your email or your information and a PowerPoint that you just present to like the email? Yeah what I can do is, you know what I’ll do is, I’ll put my name and contact information in the chat and then I will, we will, let’s see here. I can email you specifically the PowerPoint if you want the PowerPoint. Awesome yeah, I want to set up meeting with you and I want to be able to talk about, because I never done it before so I definitely want to discuss about a few of the programs. They are very interesting. Yeah, what I will say, just as a general statement of the world that we’re living in right now, study abroad is suspended at this point so right now there isn’t anybody who’s studying abroad right now. We do not know if spring is going to run yet, so a lot of students who are interested in spring are going but we’re not sure if RIT is going to allow study abroad to happen, so it will be important to have a back-up plan if you are looking to go abroad this spring Oh okay, so they’re currently not open yet but those are the plan? Yeah so we can still accept your application You can still apply and go through the whole

process but I think it’s really important to have a backup plan in case study abroad isn’t allowed for spring. We were only allowed to send just 10 students this fall, unfortunately Yes, thank you so much. You’re welcome Does anybody else have any questions? You’re welcome to drop them in the chat box too if you’d prefer that All right Ashley feel free to jump in if you if you got a minute if you’re available but no pressure All right. So why don’t we, it looks like Ashley’s got her hands full with her family. So why don’t we, we can talk a little bit more about next steps if you’re interested. So the next steps, what you would do would be to talk with your academic advisor and then also to do some research on the study abroad options in our office and through the compass Okay I think I could chime in really quickly, Roseanne. Okay. He really took while he’s quiet. Okay so for students who are in the biomed program, I definitely recommend that you experience a study abroad if you’re interested in it. The curriculum will allow you to do so. I usually recommend students to go in their third year. I think that’s a perfect time to do it only because you’re out of those foundation science courses, like human anatomy and physiology and molecular bio, organic chemistry And in your third and fourth year that’s when you really get to take electives that are interesting to you. The study abroad programs, especially the ones that Roseanne mentioned are very, they’re very good. They relate to the curriculum very well, so we have had countless students study abroad and they all have had great experiences. So in terms of PA and ultrasound, I don’t advise these programs so I’m not sure, you know, it’s probably a little bit more difficult because the program is very structured So I would definitely encourage you to meet with Chelsea or Rebecca, depending on who you have as an advisor to see when and if it’s feasible, but for BMS programs, students have traveled all over the world. I have had students who’ve done an open campus experience that they really enjoy, where they got to go to multiple cities within a semester duration. Students have studied abroad during the summer when they want a smaller duration, so there’s options and I always recommend that you meet with the study abroad office to see what’s available and to talk with me about how to go about getting courses approved, so that you know you have a peace of mind that those courses will transfer in to your curriculum once you return back to RIT. I don’t recommend that you go in your last semester I agree with that advice. I will fully support that advice as well. Yes, in my experience transcripts take a little while to get in from abroad. So yes don’t want that to jeopardize you being certified on time but if you wanted to go in the fall of your fourth year that’s also a good time to do it. I have had students go in the fall of their fourth year, their senior year So there’s opportunities and I definitely recommend. It’s a very simple process. It’s not anything that’s going to be tough as long as you meet with your advisors and you become informed on the process and what it takes to study abroad. So if you have questions, let me know. Thank you thank you. I appreciate you chiming in like that, Ashley, and it’s nice to kind of get different perspectives while we’re here All right so we have a few minutes left If anybody has any questions feel free

to either unmute yourself or drop them in the chat and we can address them Kind of piggybacking off of what Ashley was saying about you know encouraging biomedical science students to study abroad, I just want to say that I do think it really enhances your experience of learning. It opens your mind to many different opportunities, kind of seeing how education systems work in other countries Especially in the realm of health, like the global health class that I took in London we talked a lot about the UK’s health system versus the US’s health system, learning about the values of different countries and how that informs the health care system, science system, science communication, things like that I think are very interesting and also just valuable to have in your career, whether you’re going into a health profession or you’re more aligned to research It’s a good experience to have. I think there is a question in the chat. It says “do you have any advice for those of us in the PA program?” So what I would say is we have sent PAs abroad before. So I know it is possible. In my experience I believe they’ve gone abroad during the summer for like a short period of time. But I would recommend doing two things. I would recommend setting up a meeting with your academic advisor probably sooner rather than later so at least you can just get the word out there and know that you’re interested in studying abroad and you can start planning the time frame that’s best for you to study abroad and then also setting up a meeting with the with an advisor in our office, so either with myself or my colleague Maureen Shannon so we know that you’re interested in studying abroad and we can start looking at courses depending on what courses you’re specifically looking for finding programs that would be a good match for you All right does anybody else have any other questions? Imani, this is Pierre mo It’s so cool that I didn’t know you were went to study abroad last semester. What is your recommendation for people who also want to study abroad? They will host family but does not know any of like their language like does it save you more money that way or how does it work? So it the program that I went on, it didn’t save any money living with a host family. It was the same flat fee whether you were living in an apartment with other students or living with the host family. There were some students who when I when I went to France at least with the program that I was on. There were some students who didn’t speak any French and lived with a host family and in that case the program will find a host family that speaks English for you But yeah I think in general with host stays at least in my experience they usually try to it’s usually like for a language exchange. But if you don’t speak the language they will try to accommodate you as well at least with c-I-e-e That’s the program I went on. So since you live in a host family, like does their child have to live in like your house? Is that how I work? The family that I lived with it was just one French lady, she had kids but they were adults so they didn’t live with her anymore and when I was like applying for the program and everything you like take a survey and they ask you like do you like kids, things like that, like what if you do like kids, what age range is comfortable with you, and all of that. Like what are your living habits, are you a night owl, are you an early bird, do you drink, dietary restrictions, things like that, so they kind of try to get to know who you are and then try to match you with the host and if you

do live with a family with kids you don’t have to interact with the kids, I guess, if you don’t want to. It’s not necessarily like a language exchange There are programs that are more like that but the one that I went on definitely wasn’t you don’t have to like take care of their kids or anything you’re just kind of there and of course you want to interact with them you know like that’s kind of the point but there’s no obligation to. So yeah does that kind of answer your question? Yeah I was thinking of like, I remember like from what I watched from story like if you went abroad to, it will host on me like that child has to go and live in like you know like exchange like they went to United States and then study there like it’s like kind of exchange I don’t know if that makes sense Yeah no I get what you mean. Yeah but yeah its okay I think I get it thank you yeah thank you So we have just a few more minutes so we probably have time for one or two more questions, if anyone has any remaining questions. If not definitely stay in touch my contact information is in the chat. You can also find it online and thank you for joining Thank you especially to Imani and Ashley for joining us and sharing your insights