CBA Parent Letter on Study Abroad from Dean Plowman - 12/17/14

Happy Holidays,
 
I hope the winter break is a relaxing time for you and your family. While you are together, I encourage you to discuss with your son or daughter the possibility of a study-abroad program. Studying abroad is usually transformational for students. Just this week I was talking with a student in my office who told me he had studied abroad and said it was the best thing he had ever done in his life. I hear that kind of comment repeatedly from students. Research shows that study abroad is associated with all sorts of good outcomes such as greater chances of getting a high paying job, higher GPA upon return, getting into graduate school, success on the job, etc.
 
Each study abroad program is unique and provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in a new culture. All programs offer amazing travel opportunities either before, during or after the program, cultural events and activities, and some offer business tours or presentations. Students can also receive business course credit applicable to their degree. In many instances, study abroad can be done for almost the same cost as attending courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Additional scholarship information is available at: http://educationabroad.unl.edu/scholarships.
 
I encourage you to take a look at some of our newer programs. For example, the Brazil opportunity provides students the opportunity to visit a local research/technology park, tour business industries and explore two local universities among other interactions. This new program has numerous scholarship opportunities that may cover the majority of program costs. The China experience has similar scholarship opportunities available. Both experiences are scheduled for three weeks which would allow students to return and complete a summer internship.
 
Upcoming summer 2015 programs:
·   China http://cba.unl.edu/current-students/study-abroad/china/
·   Brazil http://cba.unl.edu/current-students/study-abroad/brazil/
·   Italy http://cba.unl.edu/current-students/study-abroad/italy/
·   England http://cba.unl.edu/current-students/study-abroad/england/
 
In addition to the summer programs, there are also semester programs available in Italy, France or Japan. The fall program to Japan includes language training at all levels along with culture, business tours and business course credit. This opportunity is a traditional exchange program, students pay UNL tuition and receive 17 hours of credit.  
 
If these areas don’t necessarily interest your student, there are additional opportunities in Australia, Spain and Germany. Please visit our website for more information: http://cba.unl.edu/current-students/study-abroad/. Feel free to contact our study abroad advisers any time at 402-472-2310 or undergraduate@unlnotes.unl.edu.
 
Sincerely,

Donde Ashmos Plowman
James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean