Globally engaged

2013 GENIUS Olympiad winners on campus

Globally engaged

International connections and consequences for the future are multiplying around the world and at our college. Oswego advanced as a leading study-abroad institution in 2012-13, found new ways to engage more of our students with people overseas, and enrolled a record number of students from other nations.

Pérez Scholarship recipient Lindsay King in China

Pérez Scholarship recipient Lindsay King in China

Growing global opportunities

Resources, both financial and technological, made international learning a reality for more Oswego students, and a national institute rated our college higher than ever for sending students abroad.

Andrew Crumrine on our newest German exchange program

Andrew Crumrine on our newest German exchange program

Lindsay King, then a junior double majoring in global studies and communications, was the first to study in Beijing under Oswego’s new José Ramón Pérez Scholarship in 2013. “It challenged me in ways that I never thought possible,” King said. “I experienced an unfamiliar way of life and was able to adapt to new people, thoughts and ideas.”

“The global thinker is on all of our agendas, the global doer is the Oswego agenda.”
John Christian
President and CEO, CAPA International Education

Named for the founding director of our international education programs, the new need-based scholarships are made possible by a gift from 1987 Oswego graduate John Christian. His own study abroad while enrolled at Oswego ultimately inspired his life’s work. Now president and chief executive officer of CAPA International Education, he interacts with universities and agencies all over the world, and the level of Oswego’s international activity continues to excite him. “The global thinker is on all of our agendas, the global doer is the Oswego agenda,” he said.

Christian and CAPA pledged nearly $200,000 over three years to foster international education at SUNY Oswego, including the Pérez Scholarships and other opportunities to infuse a global dimension into the teaching, learning and service mission of the college. 

Scholarships funded by grants and gifts are one way Oswego is extending global opportunities to more students. King was one of about a hundred students for whom such aid made overseas experiences possible in 2012-13 and one of 249 Oswego students in all studying or doing research or internships overseas.

Oswego rose to No. 8 in the year’s Open Doors Report ranking master’s level institutions for mid-length study-abroad programs. The Institute of International Education report lists the top 20 colleges in various categories, and Oswego has repeatedly appeared on the lists.

Online opportunities

Oswego joined SUNY’s COIL initiative — Collaborative Online International Learning — in 2012-13 with two initial courses and grants from SUNY to add more. The innovative format for experiential cross-cultural education gives students a way to interact with peers from another country short of traveling abroad.

Students in a women’s studies course engaged online with an international-management class in Lebanon. They worked collaboratively in small groups to create presentations on workplace conditions for fictional multinational firms. “They were extremely on top of their game even though they were a country away," one Oswego student said of her teammates in Lebanon. “They brought a lot of things to the table that I didn’t even expect.”

Transhumanism class in Australia

“Transhumanism” class in Australia

“Transhumanism,” Oswego’s second COIL course, linked students from Oswego and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. The Oswego students’ disciplines ranged from English to human-computer interaction, while the Australian class focused on digital narrative and creative writing. The students met via video streaming and produced three movies, with screenplays by the Australian students and filming by the Oswego students.

Several Oswego students, and two faculty members, went beyond the online collaboration when they traveled to Australia in May to continue work with the other class and explore Australian culture.

Our faculty continued to develop their global contacts to add study-abroad courses, intercultural online courses, Global Laboratory experiences and exchange opportunities for our students in 2012-13. And the college continued to develop resources to assist the international endeavors and aspirations of students and faculty.

Oswego class on Chinese ceramic art at a tomb complex near Xi'an

Oswego class on Chinese ceramic art at a tomb complex near Xi‘an

World cultures on campus

A surge in international students distinguished 2012-13 as the college continued to integrate world awareness into the daily life of the institution.

South Korean students at Oswego

South Korean students at Oswego

They came to SUNY Oswego for the lake, the language and a learning experience that will earn them internships and jobs. Forty-four South Korean students arrived in January to spend up to three years at Oswego. Most hailed from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.

Their arrival boosted the total number of international and exchange students to a record 266 for the year. While Chinese students, undergraduate and graduate, still outnumbered the Koreans, together they accounted for more than half of the foreign nationals enrolled in our classes. The remaining 120 students came from 24 countries, led by Canada, Japan, Australia and Brazil.

The Brazilian population is growing since Oswego became an official destination for students in that country‘s Science Without Borders project. Initiatives like Oswego‘s Global Laboratory network, long active in Brazil, helped promote a positive international reputation and connections that made our college an attractive partner for the program.

While the surge in international students was a hallmark of the year, our students gained exposure to other cultures in a host of more routine events and activities that brought the world to our campus.

  • Professors from other nations took up residence on campus to advance their scholarly pursuits, like the Chinese scholar who was drawn to Oswego to learn from Stephen Crane expert Dr. Donald Vanouse of our English faculty; a Brazilian Science Without Borders faculty fellow working with our director of human-computer interaction, Dr. Damian Schofield; and a Turkish professor of business researching cost accounting and financial reporting with Dr. Donald Cram of our School of Business.
  • Our new Institute for Global Engagement launched a speaker series. The first semester of talks provided global and historical perspectives on war.

  • Artswego brought filmmakers documenting war in Congo and a troupe of Irish singers and dancers to share their art and meet with students and other members of our community.

SUNY Oswego‘s global connections and activities continue to multiply as the college community develops an ever more expansive understanding of the world.

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