by AMANDA RUNION
Studying abroad offers students a semester of college credits, the chance for new experiences and memories to last a lifetime, but where do you begin? Perhaps in a conversation with Professor Tiffanie Goff.
Goff accepted the coordinator position for the study abroad program this summer when Professor Bruce Bowlus had decided to step down after 20 years.
The study abroad program gives students a chance to experience a different culture within a semester; however, specific majors may narrow choices. This is a conversation that the student should have with Goff once the decision of choosing to study abroad has been made.
“An important consideration involved in study abroad is starting the process of exploring options and applying as early in your degree as possible,” Goff said. “It is often the general education courses that are the easiest to get credit for through the different programs, so it is helpful to know which courses you can take through study abroad before you take them here at Tiffin.”
Don’t dismiss the opportunity for fear the cost is prohibitive. “Depending on which program you choose, the cost is often comparable to Tiffin University’s tuition amount for the semester (sometimes even less),” Goff said. “In addition, any type of aid you are receiving for your tuition here at Tiffin applies to your study abroad tuition.” So you won’t be breaking the parental bank just yet.
Studying abroad offers experiences that can impact a student not just academically, but personally and professionally as well. Being able to experience different cultures is beneficial.
Senior Kayla Draper is currently studying abroad in London, England and is enjoying exploring the city and traveling not only throughout England, but all over Europe, which, she says, beats finishing class on campus and heading back to her apartment.
“After a morning of class, I have the rest of the day to explore the city, going to museums, galleries, markets, parks, and tourist sites,” Draper stated. “In Tiffin, those kind of things just aren’t as accessible.”
As for regrets, Draper has none. “There have and will be times when I question my decision because of being homesick or missing out, but I do not regret this experience at all,” Draper said. “Do not let any fears or anxieties hold you back. Take advantage of this opportunity because in the end, it will be worth it.”
Bowlus can attest that Draper’s experience is not out of the ordinary to TU students studying abroad.
“Virtually all our students have returned to the States enriched by their experiences, and most can’t wait to plan their next trip overseas,” Bowlus said. “Once you do this, the urge to travel becomes part of who you are.”
Of course studying abroad has its own set of requirements. According to the TU web page, a 3.0 GPA is required before going abroad. This may also vary depending on the location the student would choose. To search for information pertaining to studying abroad, go to the university website and type ‘study abroad’ in the search bar.
“Often a prospective student will come to my office and begin our conversation about study abroad with, ‘I have always wanted to visit (fill in the blank) and now I can go there in study abroad’ and most return with many treasured memories, as well as a new appreciation for a part of the world they knew little or nothing about before they left,” Bowlus said.
In addition to studying abroad, there are also potential international internships available for students. If any of this interests you, asking more questions would be the best step to take next. Goff is located on the second floor of Reichard House. She can be reached by phone at 419-448-3509 or email at GoffTN@tiffin.edu.