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Study Abroad

Linda Palumbo OlszanskiLinda Palumbo Olszanski
Assistant Vice President of International Programs
Office: Minor Fine Arts 202
Phone: (706) 233-7409
Fax: (706) 236-1508

Kaitlin AkvanKaitlin Akvan
Administrative Assistant for International Programs
Minor Fine Arts 202

“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

Why Study Abroad?

The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently surveyed national business leaders to evaluate college graduates in several key areas, including global knowledge. “Nearly one-half of employers responding did not think their recent college hires had the global knowledge necessary for advancement.”

Study abroad is a stepping stone to acquiring the global knowledge needed to compete in today’s job market, excel in graduate school, and serve in a multicultural society. In addition, a study abroad experience provides the opportunity for personal growth, an understanding of other cultures and world dynamics, improvement of language skills, and increased confidence, independence, and maturity.

Watch First Lady Michelle Obama talk about the importance of Study Abroad:

Michelle Obama: The iReport interview

Students with Big Ben in the backgroundBe a Global Citizen

At Shorter University, we develop global citizens by promoting intercultural understanding and encouraging students to study, work, and live abroad.

Shorter University’s Office of International Programs offers study abroad opportunities for students and research/teaching opportunities for Shorter University faculty members throughout a variety of college and university campuses around the world.

Study abroad agreements have been established with a growing number of colleges and universities throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. The Study Abroad Partners describes all of Shorter’s current exchange partners and affiliates for those students interested in studying abroad for a summer, a semester or a full academic year.

Most programs are taught in English, while others offer courses in the host language. The Office of International Programs can help students select the program best suited to their interests and needs.

Participation in Shorter University’s Study Abroad programs is limited to Rome traditional students.

Our Students Abroad

Katie-Grace Walker

Hi, I’m Katie-Grace Walker. I chose to study abroad in Costa Rica, because it was a warm location year-round and it was a Spanish Speaking country. I absolutely loved it! I chose the perfect spot to better my Spanish and meet some wonderful friends!

Katie-Grace Walker

One of the things that really stuck out to me on my study abroad experience was the mission part. Through the missions that Veritas offered, I got the opportunity to be surrounded and up lifted by fellow Christians while I was being immersed in the Spanish language. My favorite food was the papaya that I had tried for my first time in Costa Rica. It was funny, because at first I didn’t like the fruit, but after having it a few times I began to love it.

Katie-Grace Walker

Also, my favorite excursion was when we all went to Panama to spend the weekend. We got to see dolphins on that trip as well as amazing houses that were built on top of the bay. We also got to see a resort that was in the middle of the bay. It was so cool to see these attractions.

Oddysey Smith

I chose London for my love of Shakespeare, but I got so much more. I made friends I never would have met otherwise, I saw three different countries, and I learned a lot of history and culture! The CAPA staff was always there when I needed help. The best part about London was that it came to feel like home and I can’t wait to go back!

Oddysey Smith

Oddysey Smith



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