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Russian Politics Class Held Virtual Discussion with Students at Presidential Academy of Public Administration in St. Petersburg

Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, is teaching the Spring 2021 course Russian Politics. As a part of the course, students joined a virtual discussion with students from a class in Ethnopolitics taught by Guzel Yusupova, Assistant Professor at the Presidential Academy of Public…

Beyond the Weirdness of Time Zones and Snow in April

Written by Lucía Guerrero, Spanish FLTA (2020-2021) This week during one of my tertulias, one student Zoomed in from a very sunny field on campus, raving over how great the weather had been. The next day, another student told me that it’d snowed. Sitting just above the equator, my home city of Bogotá doesn’t have…

Unexpected Beautiful Experience

Written by Yassine Ben Abou, Arabic FLTA (2020-2021) The only thing that will never change is how fast time goes by no matter where you are on earth. It has been one year since I found out that I had won a Fulbright FLTA grant and would be spending this year in the U.S teaching…

Bridging the Gap with Germany during the Pandemic

By Iris Bork-Goldfield, Adj. Professor of German Studies, Chair In March 2020, students were told to return from their study abroad programs, and we faculty were asked not to leave the U.S. Four of our students had just arrived at our Smith program in Hamburg, Germany, when they received that unwelcome message to pack again…

Virtual Exchange Courses

With study abroad suspended for the spring 2021 semester, the Office of Study Abroad looked for opportunities to continue to foster global and intercultural learning. For the first time, OSA is able to focus on the 60% of Wesleyan students who do not study abroad and ways for them to develop intercultural knowledge, skills, and…

Event Recap: Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

Despite uncertainties, the Office of Study Abroad hosted a well attended pre-departure orientation for Fall 2020On Wednesday May 6, the Office of Study Abroad hosted a virtual pre-departure orientation for students planning to study abroad for the fall semester. The orientation covered Wesleyan-specific considerations and items such as health and safety practices, acclimating to a…

Re-entry Adjustment: The Triumph and Challenges of Returning Home from Abroad

Returning from abroad can be difficult for students as they reacclimatize to life back in their own country. You have changed during your time abroad, home has changed, and you will be seeing familiar people, places, and behaviors from new perspectives. These changes will lead to some new emotional and psychological responses as part of a process called…

Returning From Abroad: Self Care and Resiliency

by Konstance Krueger, OSA Graduate Assistant It’s been a challenging last few weeks for students who planned, prepared, and saved to study abroad this spring. In difficult times like these, it’s important that we treat ourselves kindly, find community, and recognize that we are not alone.  The Office of Study Abroad, WesWell, and the Office of…

How Living Abroad Creates a Clearer Sense of Self

Written by Lexi Cummings A recent article published in the Harvard Business Review heralds the psychological benefits of studying abroad. In order to explore this claim, researchers examined the concept of “self-concept clarity,” referring to “the extent to which someone’s understanding of him or herself is ‘clearly and confidently defined, internally consistent, and temporally stable.’”…