Posted February 9, 2012

Study abroad options expand with new exchange programs

Photo courtesy of Sina Feng
Temple student Sina Feng visited the Great Wall of China while studying abroad.

Temple’s Office of Education Abroad has expanded its exchange programs to offer students the opportunity to study more curricular options in more locations.

Exchange programs are available in English-speaking countries, such as England, Hong Kong, Ireland and Scotland. In addition, Temple partners in China, Denmark, Korea, Sweden and Taiwan offer courses in English. Students who do have foreign language skills will find even more opportunities, as a broader range of courses are taught in the local language at Temple’s Asian and European partners.

“We’re a large university and our students have a broad range of academic interests and geographic preferences,” said Denise Connerty, assistant vice president for education abroad. “We’re delighted to be able to expand our offerings and accommodate those varied interests through our exchanges.”

Unlike study abroad programs designed specifically for American students, exchange programs enable Temple students to have a full academic and cultural immersion experience. They become members of the host university community, sitting in classrooms with students from the host country, engaged in a different educational system and taking full advantage of student life.

Moriah Baxevane-Connell, a Temple student majoring in information systems and psychology, found her semester in England to be extremely rewarding.

“While it required me to be more independent, I felt like a true Brit during my time there" she said. "With the friends I made, I know I always have a place to stay when I visit again.”

Financially, exchange programs can be affordable. Students pay Temple tuition and continue to receive any financial aid they normally receive. Some of the exchange partners offer additional financial incentives, and students may apply for special exchange scholarships. Housing is provided at all of Temple’s partner institutions, and in some cases it may be less expensive than what is available in Philadelphia.

Semester and academic year options are available and, depending on the institution, short-term summer study abroad may be an option. The application deadline for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 is April 1.