Against a backdrop of increasing globalization, student
enrollment in SUNY Oswego’s study-abroad quarter
courses jumped nearly 50 percent this spring.
Students in the quarter
course Broadcasting 370: “Broadcasting in London”
at SUNY Oswego toured the country during their
weeklong visit. Students toured the BBC, rode
the tube, also known as the train, visited St.
Paul’s Cathedral, Stonehenge and Bath. Students
and mass communications major, and Bridget
public justice and history major, stand at the
Stonehenge monument, one of Pecka’s favorite sites.
Student enrollment in study-abroad quarter courses
at SUNY Oswego jumped nearly 50 percent this year.
The number of students taking the courses, which feature
seven weeks of classroom study and a week abroad, rose
from 71 last year to 105 this spring, said Joshua McKeown,
director of study-abroad programs for the college’s
Office of International Education and Programs.
Research shows that travel, opportunities for adventure,
and learning about other cultures are among the experiences
most desired by students, McKeown explained.
“We’re hoping the combination of educational
content on campus with international travel will have
the ultimate student benefit,” McKeown said. “Our
goal is to have study abroad be accessible wherever
a student is in their time in Oswego.”
By the conclusion of this year’s courses in May,
almost 300 students will have experienced the world
through four years of these short programs — many
of whom would not have an opportunity otherwise, McKeown
Matthew Frank ’08,
a broadcasting major from Webster, saw a quarter course
visiting London as his first chance to see a country
and the British Broadcasting Corp. that have long fascinated
“I hope to gain a wider perspective on the media
world, especially in regards to television. I wouldn’t
even mind meeting the right people to find a job over
there,” said Frank, who participated in Broadcasting
370: “Broadcasting in London.”
Another BRC 370 student Blair
Pecka ’08 enjoyed the experience of traveling
to another country for the first time.
“I had the most amazing time on the trip,”
Pecka said. “Each day was jampacked with tours
and sites to see. I got to see everything that London
has to offer in one week, and it has opened my eyes
to traveling abroad in the future.”
A tour of the BBC taught Pecka about television and
its similarities and differences in other countries
compared to the United States.
“Every experience was influential,” she
New offerings include Biology 301: “Tropical Marine
Ecology in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” where students
will sail on a catamaran between sites of biological
interest, and Chemistry 401: “Fermentation and
Distillation Science in Scotland,” offering scientific
lessons on the chemical processes that produce whiskey
More traditional “Global Cities” courses
provide intensive explorations of London, Paris, Dublin,
Rome and Tokyo.
The trips abroad are scheduled during spring break or
just after the end of the spring semester.
In addition to meeting student interest, the program’s
continuing growth owes its success to teamwork and a
supportive campus culture, McKeown said.
“This is made possible by what I believe is the
most talented and experienced staff in the SUNY system
and responsive faculty who are willing to go the extra
mile,” he said.
—Tim Nekritz M’05
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