Shorter Trips Abroad

December 6, 2012 - Leave a Response

Too many students are unaware of all of the opportunities CCI Study Abroad has to offer.

Though Florence and Madrid are unforgettable experiences, they are not the onlyoptions.


CCI offers courses that include shorter trips for students who are satisfied with just a taste of a different culture.

“Some students aren’t programmed to be away from home for months and months at a time,” Coordinator of International Programs Deborah Davis said, “but still want to see the world. We in CCI are happy to accommodate the needs of these students.”

Suggested courses for students who fit these descriptions are International Storytelling, Design Abroad and Global Advertising and PR. Through these courses, students have traveled to places such as London, Brazil and India.

For more information on the short courses visit the CCI Study Abroad website or contact Deborah Davis with any questions at


“Like” Us!

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Want to stay updated on study abroad options offered through CCI?

Get connected on your favorite social media outlet. “Like” the Kent State University Study Abroad page on Facebook to receive updates on all the available programs offered at Kent.

More importantly, the page keeps students updated on information sessions about CCI study abroad programs. There are no more remaining sessions during the Fall 2012 session, but don’t forget to regularly check the page for information on the next time your can hear about these life-changing opportunities.

Information can also be found on the CCI Study Abroad website.

Fund Your Trip!

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The greatest concern of students who plan on studying abroad is the cost of the programs.

Financing studying abroad is easier than ever because of the collaboration between Kent State’s College of Communication and Information and the Financial Aid Office.

Before venturing off to countries throughout the world, students individually meet with financial advisor Tara Jackson to discuss budgeting a semester away from home.

Jackson gives students an accurate break down of the costs of studying in another country.

“I make sure to be fair when talking to students,” Jackson said. “I want to make sure they know what they’re getting into. I do my best to be straight forward and realistic when I talk to students about financing study abroad.”

To get more information on scholarship opportunities visit the Scholarship and Financial Aid page on the Kent State website or contact Tara Jackson at

Food, Freedom, Florence

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The most popular study abroad program through Kent State’s College of Communication is offered in Florence. Every semester, a group of CCI students hop on the plane to the historic land of Italy.

florenceAmong the cathedrals, narrow roads and medieval palaces, Kent students attend school at the Palazzo dei Cerchi, where 700-year-old paintings hang on the walls. The program is run through Kent State and therefore credits are directly transferable, according to the CCI study abroad website.

Participants benefit from more than the education, however.

“The food, the people, the freedom,” applied communications major Michael Stone said, “Every aspect of the trip forced me to grow up and mature during those four months. It was much more than just learning or take classes. It was a life-changing experience.”

Stone took advantage of the program spring semester 2010.

Students live in fully furnished apartments and are responsible for purchasing their own food. This is not a problem, because the apartments are positioned near many markets, local stores and restaurants, according to the CCI study abroad website.

Field trips are integrated into the curriculum and students take every opportunity to travel throughout Europe.

For information on studying abroad in Florence, visit the CCI study abroad website or contact the Coordinator of International Programs, Deborah Davis, at

Students Venture to Madrid Spring 2013

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Kent State students will once again venture overseas to study abroad in Madrid, Spain, at the College for International Studies this upcoming spring.

The new year will mean cultural immersion and major change of location for three female undergraduates for the first four months of 2013.

“I can’t believe the time has almost come,” said magazine journalism major Maddie Winer, who is taking advantage of this opportunity. “This is an experience I couldn’t pass up. I’m eager to pack up my belongings and head out into the unknown.”


After a demanding application process, trip to Chicago for a student visa and hours of mental preparation, Winer and her fellow journalism students will be ready to make their dreams a reality.

“It truly was a life-changing experience,” said Chris Englehart, who studied abroad in the program Spring 2012. “I can’t stress enough how

much you learn, not only academically, but also socially. This trip opens your eyes to a completely different way of life.”

The program includes weekend trips to destinations in Spain including Segovia, Barcelona and Toledo. Students are encouraged to travel on their own time, a plausible feat due to Spain’s close proximity to the remainder of Europe and other nations.

“I always tell students who are about to study abroad to take advantage of every opportunity possible,” Englehart said. “Don’t be afraid to step out your comfort zone and see as many places as you possibly can.”

There are 20-30 students in each class at the College for International Studies. The professors are very helpful and provide a satisfying supply of personal attention said Englehart.

Participating students will live with host families who provide them with three meals a day and are chosen after a thorough background check.

“I became very close with my host family,” Engelhart said. “Many people are worried about this aspect of studying abroad, but if you show your family respect, they will be more than willing to spend time with you and help you with anything you need. My advice is to spend as much time with them as possible.”

For more information on how you can go to Spain, visit the CCI Study Abroad website or contact the Coordinator of International Programs, Deborah Davis at

frau oboe

April 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

I played the oboe for nine years of my life. It was also always a big part of me until college meant my lease was up and I had to return the school’s instrument. My junior year, a German exchange student arrived who also played oboe! I was the only oboe player in every band I was in since I was in fourth grade. I was so excited to have a fellow oboist in my midst. Sofia was amazing at English, and math, and biology, and any other subject she came across. Many American students paled in comparison to the effort and work ethic of Sofia. She was very much her own person and was not afraid to yell (in both languages) at annoying freshman or complain loudly about our disagreeable band director. I used to constantly ask Sofia how to say things in German. The only one that really stayed with me is “Geduld ist eine tugend.” It translates as “patience is a virtue.” I think this is actually a pretty symbolic phrase, not only when it come to communication, but in all areas of life.

choir girl

April 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

When I experience change of any kind, I am eager to explore my new surroundings and dive into new activities and adventures. My first semester at Kent State was no different. I joined club and activities left and right in order to begin my new life on the right foot. One of these choices was choir, well Kent Chorus to exact. I was surprised to find the amount of older people in the class. They chorus is open to community and therefore there is a wide range of ages and talent. Among this assorted group, I found the best companionship in Miho Nakajima. When I found out she was from Japan, I drilled her with a stream of questions. Every break I would have a new topic to discuss. Miho seemed very grateful for the attention and said that I was the friendliest person she met. When she came to the US, she was surprised at how unfriendly the people are. When Americans visited Miho in Japan, they were very opening and eager to learn about the Japanese way of life. It troubled me that people here weren’t welcoming to Miho. I can’t imagine not being interested in other culture and they way people live. I told my parents about Miho and they even invited her to stay at my home in Buffalo over Thanksgiving break. I hope Miho found more generous Americans.

foreign phenomenon

April 28, 2011 - Leave a Response

Here at Kent State, there is a constant presence of international students. This was most evident for me in my Music as a World Phenomenon class. We learned about music from places all over the world. There were so many countries represented in the class that almost every unit had someone that knew the music well and understood its meaning. Other cultures have always fascinated me and music has always been a passion of mine. This class was a perfect combination. My group consisted of two students from Turkey. Ali, one of them, was intelligent enough not only to converse, but also to make some jokes. The class also consisted of people from Nigeria, Taiwan, China and other distance locations. While many people like to ignore the people who are so different, I am extremely interested in how other people live and why they are in Kent, Ohio of all places. I am majoring Spanish and am eager to be fluent enough to be able to converse and help those people feel ore comfortable being in America.