Bon Voyage to Students Studying Abroad This Summer

Posted: May 8, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: May 9, 2013 at 7:18 am

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By Linda Loffredo, Center for Global Education

Students planning to study abroad gather at a pre-departure orientation. Photo courtesy of CGE

Students planning to study abroad gather at a pre-departure orientation. Center for Global Education director Yehuda Lukacs is at center. Photo courtesy of CGE

On May 4, President Ángel Cabrera greeted students and staff at the Center for Global Education’s (CGE) study abroad pre-departure orientation.  Yehuda Lukacs, director of CGE, welcomed the crowd of more than 350 students who are preparing for their study abroad experience in 25 different CGE programs — doing internships, learning languages and studying on short-term programs, such as psychology, human rights and grassroots peace building.

Last month, Mason’s Office of Housing and Residence Life and CGE teamed up for International Week to promote participation in I-Week activities. Stamps were available at events that took place during the week, and students who acquired five stamps on an I-Week Passport were entered into a drawing with great prizes.

Winners were announced at the orientation.  Luggage winner Hadil Alyamani, who is majoring in management, will be packing up for China, where she is enrolled in SOM 498 Capstone Course led by Yan Ling, associate professor in Mason’s School of Management. Blake Robinson, a global affairs major, and Erika Schaefer, a communications major, each won a $500 award to a study abroad program. Robinson will be leaving in early June for an internship in Morocco, and Schaefer is traveling to Italy to study media, culture and society with professor Catherine Wright on a four-week course in Milan.

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