Did you know – as an Augsburg College student, you have access to study abroad programs in 90 different countries around the globe (including USA programs)? Here is one Auggie’s global story in our new blog segment #AuggiesGoGlobal:
English literature, language, theory, and creative writing
I chose this program because it fit perfectly with both of my majors. It was a good fit because it helped me to get credits toward graduating and also was a good country to live in for my first time out of the US. While it is not extremely similar to the states, Ireland offered some familiarity to me as also being a westernized country, which made the process of culture shock a bit easier to handle.
This is a guest post written by Augsburg College student, JD Mechelke, after two months on CGEE Southern Africa program.
My eyes began to open, being disturbed by the slight shaft of light poking past the peaks of the mountains around our two story double decker sleeper bus. We were on the road all night traveling from Bloemfontein to Cape Town. I dug through my backpack and found my phone. It was a little past 5am. As the light behind the mountains grew I began to more accurately assess the highway we were traveling down. Though our bus was massive and the thruway vast, we were at the mercy of the mountains. But moments earlier, my conscience was somewhere else… Continue reading “Guest Blogger: JD Mechelke, Southern Africa October 2015”→
This is a guest post written by Augsburg College student, JD Mechelke, after one month on CGEE Southern Africa program.
The view was hard to take in. It was decaying. An endless view of tin, tarp, and cardboard roofs. It was not possible to distinguish between each jury-rigged shack. It wasn’t overtly overwhelming to me. I had encountered the sounds and smells of deep poverty before. The merciless sea that is Alexandria halted drastically as we stopped on a bridge passing over a freeway. When we got to the other side, I realized we weren’t in Alexandria anymore. My eyes bulged as I watched a Lamborghini drive into a mansion. We had entered Sandton, the richest municipality in South Africa. There was an endless contrast between the super rich of Sandton and the extreme poverty of Alexandria, separated by 8 lanes of freeway: now that was overwhelming. Continue reading “Guest Blogger: JD Mechelke, Southern Africa September 2015”→
This is a guest post by Alicia Olness, an Augsburg College student that participated in the summer program in Mexico with CGEE, 2015.
Mexico had a lot of great things to offer. Every week we were able to meet with someone new from the community and discuss a topic such as poverty, immigration, or business in Mexico. This allowed me to expand my knowledge about Mexico as well as feel more connected with different kinds of people from the area.
I also loved the three states we were able to visit and the other destinations that CGEE brought us to. Everything we did and everyone I met had a huge impact in my life. Overall I had a great summer studying in Cuernavaca, Mexico and can’t imagine spending my summer any differently.
The following is a profile & reflection of Olivia Boerschinger, Augsburg College Alumni, Metro Urban Studies major, who completed a “Study Away in the USA” program with Augsburg’s partner organization, HECUA.
Olivia interned with Catholic Charities Refugee Services while participating on HECUA’s program “Inequality in America” during the spring semester of 2013.
She now works for Project for Pride in Living running programs for children transitioning from homelessness to a PPL supportive housing development in North Minneapolis. Olivia is currently supervising a HECUA intern enrolled in the Inequality in America program.
Did you miss the deadline to study abroad on September 30th? No problem!
We have decided to extend the deadlines for Augsburg students who want to study abroad.
October 9th for Short Term Programs in January!
(Includes: “Justice & Equality: Grassroots Movements in Nicaragua” and “Pottery and Mayan Spirituality in Guatemala”)
October 15th for Semester Length Programs for Spring 2016!
(Includes: Augsburg’s Global Campuses, Exchange Programs, and Affiliate Programs)
GET HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
In addition to the new deadlines, Augsburg study abroad advisers and our peer advisers will be hosting “Application Help: Lightning Rounds” where you can come in with your laptop, and have an adviser help you through the application process.
You can come to a lightning round, no appointment necessary, on the following dates/times:
Monday, 10/5, from 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, 10/7 from 4:30 to 5:00 pm – special session for Exchange Programs
Thursday, 10/8 from 12 to 12:30 pm
All lightning round sessions will be 20-30 minutes, and in the Nelson Room in Christensen Center.
Augsburg students – would you like more information on your options to study abroad or study away in the USA? Join us for an information session at any of these times during the fall 2015 semester:
Mondays at 10:40 am & 3:40 pm
Tuesdays at at 11:30 am
Wednesdays at 3:15 pm
Thursdays at 11:30 am & 3:40 pm
Fridays at 10:40 am
Sessions are 20 minutes in length, and cover the basics of study abroad for students at Augsburg College (finances, choosing a program, policies, etc.). No appointment necessary. Sessions are held at the international/multicultural suite in the lower level of Christiansen Center.
Words and photos from CGEE-Mexico Spring student, Tim Bishop.
A few weeks ago, the CGEE crew went to Hacienda Panoaya, the childhood home of Sor Juana Inez De La Cruz. If you don’t know who she is, please look her up – she is a truly spectacular human being and deserves to be known.
We did many things, from touring her house and grounds to getting lost in a maze. My personal favorite was the house of birds, where tiny little flapping-things would flit from ceiling to floor and sit on you.