Intercultural Learning

Murphy’s Law

Travel often doesn’t turn out as you’d perhaps dreamed or even planned. Sometimes Murphy’s Law feels as if it hangs like an albatross around your neck. Whatever could go wrong … will, and often you can do little about it. But that’s what travel really is. Whether it’s an airport dash that ends in heartbreak…

One Thing I Forgot While in Madrid

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement) are the most important Jewish holidays. Celebrating this year in Madrid looks a little different than usual for Rebecca Dowd. Rebecca is majoring in Science and Society and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. She is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. I was one of 6 Jews in my high…

Fries Center for Global Studies 2020-2021 Annual Report

Want to better understand what the Fries Center does and the opportunities to collaborate with us? Check out our 2020-2021 Annual Report. The “Executive Summary” from that report follows; for the rest of the report, follow that link! Executive Summary The pandemic-induced pause on study abroad coupled with the arrival of two new colleagues meant…

Academia, Culture and Campus Life: What to Expect at Wes

Academia, Culture and Campus Life: What to Expect at Wes opens July 1st for the class of 2025! Welcome Wesleyan Class of 2025 international students! Based on the suggestions of current and past international students, we created an online course for you to explore Wesleyan before you arrive. Academia, Culture, and Campus Life combines the…

Practice your language skills with the Language Buddies Program!

Are you worried about maintaining your hard-earned language skills over the summer break? Sign up to be a Language Buddy, an expanding new program housed in the Fries Center for Global Studies that seeks to match or group Wes students, faculty, or staff members with one another to practice their language skills over academic breaks…

New Language Ambassador Student Employment Opportunity!

The Fries Center for Global Studies is excited to introduce the Wesleyan Language Ambassadors program! Wesleyan Language Ambassadors are a group of multilingual students who are passionate about languages and helping their peers navigate Wesleyan’s open curriculum to reach their language learning goals. Language ambassadors will help promote the study of languages on campus and…

Spring Edition of WeScrive

Written by Emily McDougal ’23 Welcome to this semester’s issue of WeScrive, the only Italian magazine at Wesleyan University and one of its few publications not in English! As we all know, this has been the year of COVID and, as such, it’s been a very strange time: at times depressing, at times stressful, and…

Staying Connected Abroad

Written by Gem McHaffey ’21 In the fall of 2019 I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh through the IFSA-Butler program, which means I was lucky enough to study abroad right before the pandemic. As a senior, this has also put me in the strange position of having my last “normal” semester of college…

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…