Five students are among this year's recipients of the Zwick Study Abroad Scholarship. The awards, established thanks to a generous gift from Peter and Shelly Zwick, are intended to assist CHABSS students who plan to study abroad for a full semester or more who might not otherwise have the means to afford international travel.
Farhonda Alizada, a junior Global Studies major, will spend the 2016 – 2017 academic year studying at Kingston University, UK. Farhonda held a position as an exemplary student assistant for the CHABSS Dean’s Office. Maria Shterew, Assistant to the Dean, said, "Farhonda’s friendly and professional demeanor was a great addition to the dean’s office. She provided excellent support staff, and we will definitely miss having Farhonda on the team, but her studies abroad will certainly offer her experiences she would not otherwise have. She is certainly up for the challenge, and will undoubtedly continue to be the conscientious individual I know her to be!" Farhonda hopes to move beyond her studies abroad to also offer her language skills to volunteer efforts with the Afghan refugee community outside London.
Communication/French major Elizaveta Bogdanova, a junior, will spend this academic year studying at Aix Marseilles University, France. Elizaveta is new to campus as a transfer student, but she has huge aspirations for her two remaining years of study, one of which will be spent gaining French fluency abroad. Elizaveta’s major goal is to one-day work for the United Nations.
Junior Sociology major Bobbie Demuth will participate in CSUSM Exchange at University of Central Lancashire, UK for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. She looks forward to delving into the hands-on learning that UCLan’s Sociology programs such as Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Psychology and the Psychology of Crime.
Jordyn Freiler, a junior Anthropology/Human Development major, will spend Fall 2016 studying at Fundacion CIMAS del Ecuador through the CSUSM Extended Learning program. Jordyn has a passion for the world and a thirst to learn. Jordyn will venture to Quito, Ecuador where she will be immersed in a Spanish-speaking classroom and learn anthropological concepts from a variety of local experts ranging from professors to shamans and indigenous Quichwa community members.
Arts & Technology junior Kimberly Lopez knew as a freshman that the study abroad program would be part of her academic career at CSUSM. Kimberly was thrilled about spending Fall 2016 studying art and design at Hong Kong Baptist University, China as a CSUSM Exchange Student.
"I am currently studying in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I am taking classes at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). The program course I am studying is for Graphic Design. The way classes are structured is a little different here in Australia, but I am learning so much. I have five different teachers and they are all knowledgeable in this particular field of study. They all have different opinions and ideas on how to work in this industry. Which benefits students like myself because we get a better idea of how we want to work in this industry in the future. I am truly beyond thrilled that I did take advantage of this opportunity."
"I have been in Chile for 3 months so far and loving every minute of it. I am studying Economics and Spanish at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I really like my classes at the university because I have seen a big improvement in my Spanish skills. This semester I am also on the university swim team and we get to compete against other universities. Santiago is a very fun city with cool events happening all the time. I am so glad that I came to South America because there are so many countries to visit. I already have everything scheduled to visit Perú in December and Argentina in January! Here are a few pictures of me with some of my friends from the California State Universities. The last picture is of us inside La Moneda, which is like their white house. I live just a few blocks away from it."
Catherine's Study Abroad blog
Bryce Badger's photos from Trollhattan and Gothenburg, Sweden