Students weigh in on study abroad opportunities

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University will be welcoming 20 new international students after Spring Break of this year. The new students will be arriving from various institutions across Brazil as part of the Intensive English Program, in which Clarion University participates.
The students will be arriving from around March 19, and continue to arrive in sections throughout winter break, where two international orientation leaders will be on hand to ease the transition and help them settle in.
An international student who knows of this process all too well is sophomore Malavika Vemulapalli from India. She said, “Since I arrived a week earlier than all normal U.S. citizens, it was a comfortable transition. I got a culture shock, but I chose Clarion so as to get a smaller culture shock then if I went to a big state such as New York. It was easy because it’s a small and a friendly campus.”
She added how she is excited for the arrival of the new students and is looking forward to Clarion hosting them, but advised the new students to “be patient.”
“It’s amazing that Clarion is having such diversity. I would just tell them to have some patience; Clarion is a small place and sometimes tends to be very boring,” Vemulapalli said. “A study abroad broadens your mind. It increases your way of thinking, and broadens your knowledge. Interaction and communication tends to be a major part of a study abroad.”
Brazil is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, and so the schooling system works differently than to the United States. They are currently on summer vacation, and so when they begin it will be the equivalent of their fall semester, Lynn Hepfl, International co-ordinator at Clarion said.
The new students will have a period of orientation to help them adjust to the transition of moving countries, and get to know each other and other students on campus.
Clarion University is also a participatory member of the program, International Student Exchange Program, which last semester saw several international students from countries including Sweden and England.
Maggie Ditmore, a sophomore psychology major is looking to apply for a study abroad on the same program, “I want to embrace as many cultures as I can and just know humanity as a whole and not just my specific viewpoint of humanity.”
“It’s going here but going somewhere else, it’s the only possible way I can do what I want to do. All these other programs charge thousands of more dollars that I would normally pay,” Dittmore said.
She is looking to apply to England, Germany or South America. She said, “I took German and England just seems awesome, and I went to Latin America, so I love their culture but I want to experience as much as possible.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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