Study Abroad

Professor Honored for Encouraging Students to Study Abroad

A Nebraska Wesleyan University communication studies professor has been honored for her work in helping students explore study abroad experiences.

Rachel Pokora, professor of communication studies, was named this year’s winner of the White Award for Internationalization. The award recognizes individuals who have furthered the internationalization of NWU, its curriculum, students and faculty.

Pokora was celebrated for using her own international experiences in helping NWU students to become globally-minded. 

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Two Students Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Summer Institute

Two Nebraska Wesleyan students have been selected for the Fulbright Summer Institute to the United Kingdom. Emma Peterson, a sophomore athletic training and Spanish major, will participate in the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Bristol. Hunter Smith, a junior history major, will participate in the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

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Student, Professor Translate the Identity and Meaning of Argentina's Dirty War

Toree Hempstead’s “Cultures of Spain” class sent her on unexpected journey.

She recalls her Spanish professor, Cathy Nelson, teaching about transitional justice and how countries confront human rights abuses when they transition to democracy.  While studying Argentine history, she learned about the Dirty War. 

Hempstead, a Columbus, Neb. native, consumed the facts of one of Latin America’s darkest periods from 1976 to 1983 when a brutal military ruled Argentina, leading to the illegal killing anddisappearance of some 30,000 people. Human rights abuses were rampant. 

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Fulbright Commission Selects NWU First-Year Student for UK Summer Institute

A Nebraska Wesleyan University first-year student has been selected for the Fulbright Summer Institute. Danielle Anderson of Ewing, Neb., is among 60 undergraduates from the United States and UK to be selected for the prestigious program.

Anderson will spend three weeks at the University of Westminster in London where she will further develop global and leadership skills while attending classes in media, art, design and business. 

The experience will be Anderson’s first experience studying abroad.

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Senior Reflects on Estonia Experience as Country Celebrates 100 Years of Independence

Alexis Rodriguez-Garcia grew up traveling the globe — Mexico, Spain and France just to name a few.

So when it came time to meet the study abroad requirement for his global studies major, he wanted to study somewhere unfamiliar.

“Estonia was that place,” said Rodriguez.

He attributes his passion for travel to growing up in a bilingual and bicultural home and having opportunities to meet foreign exchange students while in high school.

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Freeman-ASIA Award Sends Sophomore to Taiwan to Study Language, Culture

“The moment I walked into my first Chinese class, I knew that it was a language I wanted to stick with,” recalled Nebraska Wesleyan University sophomore Terri Seier.

Now Seier is stepping into a Chinese class in Taiwan, thanks to a Freeman-ASIA Award she received in December.

The Freeman-ASIA Award is a national award that provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates who want to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

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Canadian Internship Gives NWU Student First-Hand Experience in Cancer Research

When Felix Baumgartner set the world record for skydiving—jumping 25 miles above the earth's surface from a hot air balloon—he didn't just set a new standard, he inspired a Nebraska Wesleyan University student to follow suit.

Senior Joseph Roper isn’t skydiving but he has been adhering to the lesson Baumgartner unknowingly set in motion: seek out new experiences.

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Gilman Scholarship Winner to Study Art, Indigenous Culture in New Zealand

The United States has 566 federally recognized Indian tribes that have a common history, common government relations and a common bond.

“I’m intrigued by the idea of going to a different country on the other side of the world that has an indigenous community I have no ties to,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Angel Geller, a member of the Omaha tribe.

Geller will get that chance to study and learn on the other side of the world thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that will send her to New Zealand for the spring semester.

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Nursing Students Travel to London to Compare Healthcare Systems

With the current state of our country’s healthcare system and it unknown changes, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s nursing professors looked to valuable teaching opportunities for their undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

“Our healthcare system is in a state of flux with many opinions as to how we should deliver care to all people in our country,” said Molly Fitzke, professor and director of NWU’s nursing programs.

Among the teaching moments was an opportunity to lead the program on its first study abroad trip to London.

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Senior Tests Spanish Skills Through Study Abroad in Mexico

When Randi Knox graduated from Bellevue East High School, she had a hunch that her college experience would likely include studying abroad.

She holds a special curiosity for the world around her and has an intense desire to make an impact.

Shortly after stepping foot on campus, the modern language and political science double major joined Global Service Learning, the country’s first student-led global service learning group.

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