Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

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Like many UD students, I opted to spend my Winter 2018 semester studying abroad on one of the numerous programs offered by the University. The New Zealand Study Abroad Program allowed students of all majors to study animal science, plant science, food science, sustainable agricultural practices, and current issues faced by rural farmers. While abroad, students resided in dormitories and took classes in the academic buildings at Lincoln University. Aside from classes, students embarked on 3-4 educational field trips a week to explore the South Island of New Zealand, one of the world’s most agriculturally varied and proficient countries. With agriculture being a main component of New Zealand’s exported goods and economy, it was the perfect setting for this educational excursion. These trips provided students with hands-on learning experiences that reinforce the course material studied in the classroom, helping to make more well-rounded students overall and furthering the ability to make connections both in and out of the classroom.

This journey offered courses and adventures that I believed significantly enriched my experiences as a student of Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences. The courses in Sustainable Farm Management and Topics in International Farm Management were specifically beneficial to my major because they give me a unique perspective on how animals are used, viewed, and cared for in different areas of the world. Farming and animal agriculture are businesses that rely heavily on utilizing animals in a way that is efficient and cost-effective. Veterinarians play a major role in animal agriculture by working with farmers to keep livestock healthy by monitoring structural soundness/lameness, reproduction, nutrition, vaccinations, biosecurity, and animal welfare. Being able to observe how these components of animal care are managed across the world provided me with experiences that are invaluable, should I one-day work as a large animal veterinarian.

Like most undergraduate students, the financial burden of higher education is always a concern of mine. Thankfully, I was able to participate on this incredible educational journey due to the immense generosity of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students of limited financial means with the extraordinary opportunity to study abroad and expand their horizons as a student. Many students are denied the chance to study abroad due to financial constraints, and most are unaware of the resources and scholarship opportunities available to help finance these educational journeys. Given all of the incredible opportunities I was afforded through this scholarship, I aspire to share my experience to inform students at the University of Delaware of the Gilman Scholarship to help make their academic aspirations a reality.

I do not believe that a student should ever have to turn down an educational experience due to lack of funds, especially not experiences so enriching and life-changing as studying abroad. In my perspective, an education is the best investment one could ever make. Thankfully, organizations such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program recognize this as well, and are willing to aid students on their journey to achieve an education, no matter where it may lead them.

If any student interested in studying abroad, I would encourage them to start by researching study abroad programs available to them. It is incredibly important to participate in a program that best suits them if they are to make the most out of their journey. Some important criteria to consider when choosing a study abroad program includes:

  • Be aware of cultural differences and language barriers of your destination.
  • Carefully consider the living accommodations available in that country (drinkable water, toilets, WiFi, etc) as well as where you will be staying during the trip (dorm, host family, etc).
  • Is the duration of the trip compatible with your academic schedule?
  • Are the courses you will be taking abroad of interest to you or beneficial to your desired career path?
  • What activities are there available for you to participate in during your free time?
  • Are you comfortable with the climate in your area of study and are you educated on that area’s natural threats?
  • Be aware of the program cost and the conversion rates between US currency and the country of study.

In regards to the final consideration listed above, I highly recommend every student considering studying abroad to apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program. The application consists of supplying personal information, as well as two essays. The first essay is a Statement of Purpose, highlighting information about your chosen study abroad program, explaining your personal desire for studying abroad, and how the trip will benefit you.  The second essay is a proposal for a Follow-On Service Project, which is expected of every student who receives the Gilman Scholarship. The Follow-On Service Project is an assignment to be completed upon return the the US that promotes the Gilman Scholarship and helps other students to learn more about this incredible opportunity. To be eligible to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, students must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be an undergraduate student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the US who is in good academic standing
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or proof that they will be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of the study abroad program
  • Be in the process of applying or accepted to a study abroad program that offers academic credit at the student’s home institution
  • Be participating in a program that does not take place in a country under official Travel Warning by the US Department of State

For more information about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program and applying, please feel free to contact me at sbussard@udel.edu or seek additional information and apply at https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

To check out all of the study abroad programs offered by the University of Delaware and find applications, please visit http://www1.udel.edu/global/studyabroad/information/programs.html

Study Abroad Information

Did you know that you can study in Morocco, New Zealand, Dominica, India, Brazil, England, South Africa, or in a host of other countries while fulfilling your requirements towards graduation?  With over 70 programs in more than 35 subjects in over 30 countries, the University of Delaware has a program that suits your interests, schedule, and academic needs.  Take a minute to browse our website (www.udel.edu/global/studyabroad ), where you’ll find detailed information about all of our programs, as well as an on-line application.

While browsing, check out some of the newly-approved winter 2019 programs that enable students to fulfill University breadth requirements:  London ENGL/THEA, Italy PHIL, Hawaii BISC, Dominica GEOG, London COMM, India ENGL, Florence ART, and many more.  Semester programs in Barcelona, Sydney, London, Prague, and other locales, are slated for the fall and spring.

For students interested in a full immersion experience, exchange opportunities exist as well.  Be sure to check with your advisor to find out which programs would best meet your curricular needs. Come learn more about each individual program at an interest meeting.  Check our website for a full list of meeting dates, times, and places, with new ones to be added as the semester begins: http://international.udel.edu/DB/PUB_InterestMeetings.aspx .

**To learn more and meet program faculty directors, come to the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, February 20, from 2:00 – 4:00 in the multi-purpose room of Trabant.**

ALL applicants will automatically be considered for need-based study abroad scholarships.  No extra application is necessary!

Want to learn more about how to finance study abroad?  Come to a financial aid information session on March 7 or 8  from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in 126 Memorial Hall.

Upcoming program application deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semester 2018:         5 p.m. February 15 and March 10

Winter Session 2019:      5 p.m. March 23, April 20, September 20 (check website for deadlines)

Spring Semester 2019:    5 p.m. September 20

If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by our office in Clayton Hall, drop us an e-mail (studyabroad@udel.edu), or give us a call (302-831-2852).  If you want to meet with a study abroad adviser, come by during advising hours on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Institute for Global Studies

www.udel.edu/global/studyabroad

studyabroad@udel.edu

 

Study Abroad Winter 2018- Dominica

Study Abroad in Dominica in Winter 2018

In Winter 2018, Dr. Anthony Seraphin (MATH) and Dr. Steven Hastings (APEC) will be Co-directing a trip to Dominica, one of the most southern islands in the Caribbean. The courses that will be offered are GEOG 235 and APEC 150. If you have had either of these courses, a 3-credit  Independent Study  can be arranged. This trip is open to all majors.

This is the third Study Abroad trip to Dominica for Dr. Seraphin and second for Dr. Hastings. Dominica is tropical and a very nice place to visit in January!

Details, deadlines, interest meeting re the trip can be seen at http://international.udel.edu/DB/PUB_Program.aspx?Pgm=2160. The next Interest meeting is Monday, March 20 at 5:00 pm in Room 116, Gore Hall.

A blog, compiled by Dr. Hastings and the students,  detailing the 2012 trip can be seen at: https://dominica2012.wordpress.com/.

Questions: please contact Dr. Hastings (hastings@udel.edu) or Dr. Seraphin (seraphin@udel.edu).

 

Winter 2018 Study Abroad- New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND

Study Abroad January 2018

Interest  Meeting March 1,   4:30 room 049 TNS Hall

Study beef cattle, sheep, and dairy cattle, horses and sustainable farm management, and current issues facing agriculture and the environment.  New Zealand is a spectacular country full of beautiful scenery, friendly people and innovative farmers. New Zealand is also one of the most agriculturally diverse and efficient countries in the world. Students will also enjoy the natural beauty and animals (domestic and wild) of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, glaciers, mountain lakes, and temperate rain forest.

Based at Lincoln University on the South Island of New Zealand, just outside of the city of Christchurch on the Canterbury Plains, you’ll meet farmers, entrepreneurs and agricultural professionals as you study current issues facing the agricultural industry and pastoral livestock production. In addition you will learn about the history and settlement of New Zealand, one of the younger countries of the world and Maori culture (the native Pacific Islanders of New Zealand) through excursions to historic stations, modern farms, the Canterbury Museum, and The International Antarctic Centre.

If you can’t attend and want to be included in our interest group on Sakai – email Dr. Griffiths: lesa@udel.edu

Winter 2018 Study Abroad Tanzania

How would you like to spend Winter 2018 with the elephants and lions?

Are you interested in how these species are being conserved?  Have you ever wondered how the aboriginal people interact with these large mammals?  If you are interested in conservation and African culture, this program is for you!  On a four-week guided safari, you’ll experience the splendor of African animals in their natural environment, and learn firsthand about the real, practical challenges involved in wildlife conservation. You will travel to Tanzania with Dr. Jacob Bowman, a wildlife ecologist specializing in large mammal conservation, ecology, and restoration, who has directed this program eight times.

Once in Tanzania, your safari will take you to the national parks and reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire for wildlife viewing amid the savanna. The parks contain spectacular concentrations of wildlife that are habituated to vehicles, allowing close observation of various aspects of animal behavior including foraging, social interactions within species, and multiple-species interactions. You will also spend time on aboriginal lands adjacent to these national parks where you will learn about community-based conservation for the people practicing it. Our time on aboriginal lands is unique because you will have the opportunity to take foot safaris accompanied by local guides, which will provide you the opportunity to really feel Africa.

On safari, you’ll experience a cross-section of ecosystems in northern Tanzania.  Daily field excursions will be supplemented with nightly campfire discussion about African wildlife conservation.

We have four interest meetings planned in the next month:

02/22/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall
03/06/2017         2:15 PM – 3:00 PM           218 Gore Hall
03/08/2017         1:00 PM – 2:30 PM           256 Townsend Hall
03/09/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall

We will present at brief slide show about the upcoming program and answer questions.  I encourage freshman and sophomores to apply!

I hope to see you at one of the meetings,
Dr. Bowman

2018 ANFS Study Abroad in New Zealand

Kia Ora!!! Applications for the Jan 2018  ANFS study abroad program in New Zealand will open on about January 26th.  You will apply on-line at the UD study abroad website:
http://www1.udel.edu/global/studyabroad/information/apply.html

If you were unable to attend the December interest meeting and you are not  already on the Interest List and you would like to be added, please email Professor Griffiths at lesa@udel.edu  and she will add you to the Interest List (a Sakai site) where you can watch the UDCapture from the December Interest Meeting and find other information about the program.

CANR 2018 Winter Session Study Abroad

The CANR is excited to offer two study abroad opportunities for Winter 2018.  Check out the information below to learn about these two exciting trips and their upcoming information sessions.  Stay tuned for other potential CANR study abroad trips that are being planned!

NEW ZEALAND STUDY ABROAD
There will be an Interest Meeting where you can hear about the program and ask lots of questions on Monday December  5th at 4:00 in MEM 108.  All majors welcome!

The program takes place on the south island of New Zealand at Lincoln University which is about 15 miles from the city of Christchurch. Our host for the month is Lincoln University  and students on the program stay in single dorm rooms on campus.  We meet for class 4 days a week and have field trips 3-4 days per week – so we keep you very busy!  Most of our field trips are to real farms or “stations” as they call them in New Zealand.  You also have plenty of free time to explore the island on your own. New Zealand is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. You will be accompanied by Professor Lesa Griffiths and Susan Garey who stay with you at Lincoln University and teach the two courses – which will be an ANFS animal science course and an AGRI sustainable agriculture course.  If you are interested, come to the Interest Meeting on the 5th and send Dr. Griffiths an email: lesa@udel.edu saying that you are interested and she will start the “Interest List” to keep you apprised of program planning updates.

LANDSCAPE EXPLORATION OF BRAZIL 
Learn about this exciting study abroad at an interest meeting on Thursday, December 8 in at 4 PM, in 317 Gore Hall.  In the Landscape Exploration of Brazil study abroad program (W2018) students will study how humans interact with plants while learning methods to capture details in the landscape using freehand sketching and journaling.  The program will begin in the Amazon rain forest where students will explore local fauna, flora and culture.  We will then fly to Rio de Janeiro and stay in a hotel about one block from Ipanema beach.  We will see how the work of the famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx impacts Brazilian culture in public and private gardens in and around Rio. We will also enjoy the beach, modern art museums and various cultural events such as samba and the famous “hippie fair”. Students will interact with members of the landscape firm Roberto Burle Marx, LTD as they study a variety of Brazilian landscapes and artists.  The two courses, Plants and Human Culture and Field Sketching of Landscape Subjects will include some classroom sessions as well as a wide variety of field trips to local gardens, museums, and parks.  The program will be led by Dr. Susan Barton.  If you are interested, come to the Interest Meeting on the 8th or send Dr. Barton an email: sbarton@udel.edu and you will be placed on an “Interest List” to keep you apprised of program planning updates.

Study Abroad 2017

Did you know that you can study in Morocco, Dominica, India, Brazil, England, Costa Rica, or in a host of other countries while fulfilling your requirements towards graduation?  With over 70 programs in more than 35 subjects in over 30 countries, the University of Delaware has a program that suits your interests, schedule, and academic needs.  Take a minute to browse our website (www.udel.edu/global/studyabroad ), where you’ll find detailed information about all of our programs, as well as an on-line application.

While browsing, check out some of the winter 2017 programs that are still open and accepting applications from students in all majors:  Costa Rica, Brazil, India, England, Italy, Japan, and many more.  Summer 2017 programs include location such as Belgium, Ireland, Spain, and England, and internships in Spain and Vietnam are available as well.  A new spring semester program in Limerick, Ireland, as well as programs in Copenhagen, Rome, Barcelona, Sydney, London, Prague, and other locations (many with no language prerequisite) are slated for spring and fall 2017.

For students interested in a full immersion experience, exchange opportunities exist as well.  Be sure to check with your advisor to find out which programs would best meet your curricular needs. Come learn more about each individual program at an interest meeting.  Check our website for a full list of meeting dates, times, and places, with new ones to be added as the fall semester begins: http://international.udel.edu/DB/PUB_InterestMeetings.aspx .

Want to learn more about how to finance study abroad?  Come to a financial aid information session on Wednesday, September 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in 217 Willard Hall.

ALL applicants will automatically be considered for need-based study abroad scholarships.  No extra application is necessary!

Upcoming program application deadlines are as follows:

Winter Session 2017:     5 p.m. September 20, 2016
Spring Semester 2017:   5 p.m. September 20, 2016
Summer Session 2017:   5 p.m. November 20, 2016
Fall Semester, 2017:       5 p.m. Feb. 15 or March 10, 2017 (dates vary – see website)

**To learn more and meet program faculty directors, come to the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 1, from 2:00 -4:00 in the multi-purpose room of Trabant.**

If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by our office in Elliott Hall (26 East Main Street), drop us an e-mail (studyabroad@udel.edu), or give us a call (302-831-2852).  If you want to meet with a study abroad adviser, come by during advising hours on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Institute for Global Studies
Elliott Hall
26 East Main St.
832-2852
www.udel.edu/global/studyabroad
studyabroad@udel.edu

Study Abroad in Dominica in Winter 2017

In Winter 2017, Dr. Anthony Seraphin (MATH) and Dr. Steven Hastings (APEC) will be Co-directing a trip to Dominica, one of the most southern islands in the Caribbean. The courses that will be offered are STAT 200 and APEC 150. If you have had either of these courses, a 3-credit  APEC 367 Independent Study  can be arranged. This trip is open to all majors.

This is the third Study Abroad trip to Dominica for Dr. Seraphin and second for Dr. Hastings. Dominica is tropical and a very nice place to visit in January!

Details, deadlines, interest meeting re the trip can be seen at http://international.udel.edu/DB/PUB_Program.aspx?Pgm=1936.

A blog, compiled by Dr. Hastings and the students,  detailing the 2012 trip can be seen at: https://dominica2012.wordpress.com/.

Questions: please contact Dr. Hastings (hastings@udel.edu) or Dr. Seraphin (seraphin@udel.edu).