Globalizing the heights, a push for more study abroad students


Amari D. Pollard '17, News and Features Editor

Today, with modern technology, the world seems smaller and more accessible than ever before. Luckily, that means it’s easier than ever for students to study abroad through great college programs like the one here at Le Moyne.

Studying abroad is a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a new culture while pursuing studies in their desired fields. Not only does it allow students to foster new perspectives on different people and cultures, but it also helps them gain an advantage as they prepare for post graduate careers.

Around 10 percent of Le Moyne student choose to study abroad each year, and the common verdict of their time spent abroad is that it was one of the most rewarding experiences academically and culturally.

Kelsey White in Le Moyne’s Career Advising and Development office stated, “studying is important because it can enhance your academic program number one. We have certain study abroad programs in the summer for accounting and business students in Spain and Mexico. Students also get to see a different culture, if you’re a language major you get to learn a different language, so it has academic benefits as well as social benefits.”

Elizabeth Bender, one of Le Moyne’s 2006 graduates who studied abroad in Stirling, Scotland stated, “Study abroad was the most amazing experience I have ever had. There were countless times when I encountered places and met people that I will always remember. I wish that more people would take advantage of the program.”

Currently Le Moyne has exchange agreements with eight universities in countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. Although these programs limit the amount of students allowed to participate per a specific semester, they have proven to be extremely beneficial academically and financially.

It is important to remember that Le Moyne students are not restricted to study abroad programs that are affiliated with Le Moyne. As long as the program is assessed and meets Le Moyne’s guidelines, it should receive approval. According to White “students still pay Le Moyne’s tuition as long as the price is of equal or lesser value, if it’s more you do pay out of pocket. But as long as the program gives students transcripts back at the end, they can pretty much go anywhere they want.”

Le Moyne also offers several avenues to help assist students in their search for alternative study abroad options. One of Le Moyne’s alumni, Angela Bailey, was able to study abroad in Hirakata-Shi, Japan where she had an incredible time. Studying abroad allowed her to have first hand experiences, rather than simply relying on the pages of a book to provide her with lessons.

For more information regarding Le Moyne’s study abroad opportunities you can visit or contact the Office of Global Education or the Office of Career Advising and Development.