Washington, DC (December 11, 2013) – This spring, Howard University and the Ralph J. Bunche Center will send 61 students abroad to develop as scholars and global leaders.
The students will travel to 13 countries: England, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Morocco, China and Japan.
“We are in a global environment where borders no longer exist and everything we do is connected," said Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick. "We are immensely proud of our students for expanding their academic and personal experiences by becoming global citizens. This is the Howard way.”
With a total of 92 students, the University this year celebrated its largest class of study abroad participants. Several students opted to stay in the program for a second academic year.
Chandler Moore, an advertising major from Rochester, Mich, is visiting Barcelona, Spain, and expects to improve her Spanish-speaking skills during her time abroad.
“I wanted to go to a Spanish-speaking country and immerse myself in a real environment to become fluent in the language,” said Moore.” I am participating in a host stay so I can be immersed in the language for the next four months. I also want to travel to other countries in Europe.”
Wayne Pollard, III, a junior political science major and French minor, will visit Grenoble, France, and is already planning his next visit.
“I am ready to travel all over Europe. I would like to join language and sports clubs during my stay,” said Pollard. “My main goal is to find an internship so I can extend my stay throughout the summer.”
The excitement of studying abroad is always accompanied by nervousness, but last year’s participants, like Bryce Fluellen of Oakland, Calif., helped to ease the way for new students during their pre-departure orientation.
“My advice for students who are nervous about studying abroad is to just do it. Don’t be afraid of your greatness,” said Fluellen, a legal communications major who studied in Spain last year.