More Details on the CEHS Summer Program

Just a few more details on the CEHS Summer Program. It’s definitely something to think about for next year or even in the fall of this year. Make sure to check out their website!

The Program:
1. Homestays with Spanish families, one student per family. They recommend living with a family, and the overwhelming majority of students choose this option. The families work with CEHS from program to program, are accustomed to having American students in their homes, and this is the ideal way to have an authentic “Spanish” experience. You will be treated like a member of the family, you will receive your three meals per day, and it is a chance to practice Spanish. If you and a friend wish to be placed two to a family, they can accommodate your request.

If you prefer to live in a Residence Hall, maybe with a friend, they can guide you through this option, but it is dependent on availability. Keep in mind that this option may add to the program cost, since one or more meals daily are often not included. Nevertheless, if you do choose the Residence Hall, the arrangement is between the student(s) and the Residence Hall management, in terms of conditions and the responsibility of the parties, not of CEHS. The Residence Hall in Segovia is a private company, and is not run by any educational entity.

2. Big excursion package: 5 days/4 nights in Andalucía (Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada); 2 days/1 night in Madrid; 2 one-day excursions (Escorial/Valle de los Caídos; Palacio Real de la Granja/Real Fábrica de Cristales). They also do an optional, albeit free hike in the Guadarrama Mountain Range. There is so much to see in Segovia, so they also make many visits in the city: The Roman Aqueduct, Alcázar (palace/castle), Cathedral, Alameda walk following course of Segovia’s rivers and defensive wall, tour of the Medieval Jewish Quarter (with Main Synagogue and cemetery), tour of Segovia’s Romanesque architecture, the 16th-century Mint (one of the few 16th-century industrial buildings anywhere that is still intact), to name just a few.

All hotels, transportation, entrance fees, meals, etc. are included.

They are leaving open one free three-day weekend for students interested in doing some independent travel. Last year, many of the students went to Barcelona. No one is obligated to travel during this weekend, so feel free to stay with your family in Segovia.

3. Classes Offered (Added two classes to the original list):

-SPAN 1102: Beginning Spanish II (Beginners II)
-SPAN 2103: Second-Year Spanish I (Intermediate I)
-SPAN 2104: Second-Year Spanish II (Intermediate II)
-SPAN 2115: Conversation in Spanish
-SPAN 2201: Contemporary Readings of Spain
-SPAN 3402: Spanish Civilization and Culture (this class is offered in Spanish and English)
-Photography (taught in English). Initiation to Digital Photography.

Students can choose one class (3 credits) or two classes (6 credits). The transcript fee is the same whether you register for one or two classes. If you are taking SPAN 1102 or 2103 in the program, you can combine that with a class offered in English (check with your academic advisor). If you take SPAN 2104 or SPAN 2115 in the program, you may combine that with SPAN 2201 or SPAN 3402.

Not included in program price:
-student airfare
-transportation to Segovia if student does not arrive within a predetermined timeframe
-textbook(s) for classes (all photocopied materials are free, even if there is no textbook). Total textbook costs will not exceed $25.00.

Application process: The application deadline is April 1, and there is no charge for applying. The following application materials, all of which can be found on the CEHS website (cehsegovia.com/forms.htm) and submitted online, or printed, scanned and sent in an email attachment, must be submitted no later than April 1:

1 – Study Abroad Application form

2 – Program Waiver/Release form

3 – Housing Profile Form (for homestay). On the study abroad application there is a space to indicate your housing preference. If you have chosen to live with a family, as they recommend, then also fill out the Housing Profile form.

4 – Faculty Recommendation form. You must seek the recommendation of one faculty member, and her/his evaluation must be received by April 1. This letter of reference must be sent separately by the professor/instructor you have chosen, but no later than April 1.
Students are accepted into the program on a rolling basis, so the sooner the application is submitted, the better. CEHS will not review your file until all forms have been submitted, and no later than April 1. Within 4-5 business days of receiving the completed application, the student will be notified. The notification will include payment information (credit card or wire transfer) and deadlines (all payment deadlines are in April) . The student can make payment in two installments (equal amounts), or all at once. The $300 payment for the academic transcript must be made separately a minimum of two weeks before the program start date, and you will also be given this information in the notification.

Medical/Health Insurance. In the Study Abroad Application you must indicate whether or not you have a Medical/Health insurance policy that will cover during the program dates. If you do not possess. If you indicate that you do not have such insurance, CEHS will secure a policy for you free of charge after you have made full payment of the program cost. Article 6 of the “Program Waiver/Release Form” reminds the student of the obligation to have a policy that will provide coverage while in Spain.

Summary of steps to take. The forms are simple, and easy to fill out (10-15 minutes, tops!)

1. Fill out and send application materials:
– Study Abroad Application
– Housing Profile Form (if living with family)
– Program Waiver/Release Form
– Faculty Recommendation Form (to be sent separately by professor or instructor)

Note: There is no application fee, and you should not make any program payments before receiving notification of your acceptance.

2. Notification. In 4 business days or less your application will be reviewed, and you will receive notification indicating if you have been accepted into the program. Payment information and deadlines will be included in this notification.

3. Payment. Payment deadlines are in April (2 installments or all at once, and separate transcript fee payment), although you may make payment in advance of the deadlines.

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CEHS Summer Program

Hey guys! So I just received an email from Ricardo D’Augusta who is the Director for the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. He talked to me about their summer program that goes abroad to Segovia Spain. I met him at the Study Abroad Fair a little while ago and he got back to me with the details.

Over the last 14 years, close to 100 Pace Students have participated in the summer program.

This program is called Summer 1, and it ventures off to the beautiful city of Segovia. CEHS Summer 1, as with all their programs, is all-inclusive. Their philosophy behind the programs is ‘to offer students everything they could possibly want out of a study abroad program, and include it all in the program cost, unlike most other study abroad providers and agencies which charge extra’. Once in Spain, your only expenses will be personal ones. The total cost of the program is $3,150 ($2,850 for program + $300 for a transcript). Program dates: May 25 (arrival in Spain)-June 22 (departure from Spain), for a total of 28 days. Students depart the U.S. on May 24.

I know this might be a little late post but this gives you an opportunity to maybe plan for this program in the next year or so (if the summer programs are best for you).

If you wish to check out the CEHS website you can check it out here

Advice for Pace Travelers

Hello everyone! So Dean Lisa came to my class last week to talk to my Digital Newsroom class about different things pertaining to our blog topics.

She answered my classmate’s questions as best as she could and I decided to ask a couple questions about Pace’s student abroad program.

Here are some of the questions I asked:

  1. How realistic is it for a student who works full-time and goes to school full-time to study abroad for, let’s just say, a semester? How much does financial aid really help?
  2. Do you think it’s important for students to study abroad?
  3. What advice do you have for students who are thinking about studying abroad?

She answered majority of my questions so I’m going to paraphrase a little bit. When I asked her about financial aid and how much they help, she said, “There are shorter classes that students can take that are about a week or two in length. These classes are a bit cheaper [since they’re shorter] and financial aid works with students as best as they can. You can still get credits for these shorter term classes as well.” More information can be found on the Pace Website.

Dean Lisa also spoke about how students who study abroad have brought back an array of different skills they learned throughout their time. The students she’s talked to had a wonderful time abroad and they would definitely do it again. The school is working on a program called “GloCulture” which is based on students experiencing different immigrant cultures on a global aspect.

She also took a leave of absence in the spring and worked the semester at sea. She traveled with 620 students and 200 faculty and their families and went around the world. When I asked her what advice she had for students who want to go abroad she said, “Do it. I’m a firm believer that you will gain the skills you need to be successful professionally when you have those opportunities.”

It’s never too late to follow your dreams! If you wish to travel, take these opportunities available to you while you still can.

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”- Lin Yutang

Europe has Free College Tuition?

While doing some work for my Art of Anchoring class, I came up on an article regarding college students. The headline was, “Americans are moving to Europe for free college degrees.” I thought to myself wait what?

I figured this would be an interesting topic for my blog because the article talks about students leaving the United States in search for free college tuition and new lives. Now, I’m not saying that if you move to Europe, it’s an all expense paid vacation. There’s a few statistics and facts you guys might be interested to know.

According to Jennifer Viemont, the founder of an advising service called Beyond the States, there’s about 44 schools across Europe where Americans can earn their bachelor’s degree for free.

The article states, “All public colleges in Germany, Iceland, Norway and Finland are free for residents and international students. Some private schools in the European Union don’t charge for tuition either. Many are going out of their way to attract foreigners by offering programs taught entirely in English.”

However, if you go to a public school and get a large scholarship, going overseas might not be that great a deal for you. If you can handle paying some money towards school that doesn’t leave you in debt, why fix what isn’t broken? It still doesn’t beat free though.

“The cost is what makes people think about going to college abroad, but then they start to see the other benefits like learning a new language, travel opportunities, and being prepared to work in a global economy,” Viemont said.

There are definitely some cons about going overseas too. According to the article, you’ll probably have to find your own housing, you’ll have to apply for a residency permit, and (depending on the country) you might have to pay for health insurance.

But these stipulations may seem little compared to paying for college tuition on top. If I were getting tuition for free, I would pay for these additions in a heartbeat.

To see this article and what some students have to say about their journey overseas to pursue their college careers, click here.

Perhaps this is can put some motivation in your study abroad process!

Your Journey Begins Here

Just in case you guys missed the study abroad fair last week, I have a few updates about what is to be expected on your journey abroad.

You MUST attend a Study Abroad 101 Information Session before you expeditions begin. On the Pleasantville campus, this session meets Mondays during the common hour (which is 12:10pm-1:10pm) in the Kessel Student Center, Room 212.

You can browse the lists and choose a program based on your goals and desired outcomes. Think to yourself “what do I want to achieve abroad?” or “where/when am I going to receive the best benefits?”

Then you should consult with your Academic Advisor and talk about what will work for you and your school schedule. You can study abroad in any of the semesters (Fall or Spring), over the summer, or even go for the full Academic Year. Whichever best suits you.

Definitely consider your financial situation, and I’ll talk a little bit more in my next blog about what studying abroad requires and what you can do to help manage your money. We all have financial situations that may hinder our eligibility to go places and do things. If money might be an issue, don’t stress. All goals can be achieved with perseverance and willpower.

It might also be helpful to talk to you family. Perhaps they’ve been to places out of the country and can shed some light on what it was like. Their advice and guidance can really come in handy to those who are still in the dark about going abroad.

These are all some tips to just get you guys started. If in the end of these steps, you decide that studying abroad isn’t for you, I won’t get mad. But definitely start off doing this stuff just so you can really get a jist of what to expect from this journey.

More information on getting started can be found here.

Attention!

Hi Pace Travelers! Just a heads up, Pace’s Pleasantville Campus is holding a study abroad fair tomorrow, February 11th from 2pm-4pm on the 1st floor in the Kessel Student Center!

Here, we’re going to be exploring the many opportunities we have, including short-term programs, semester programs, research and volunteer opportunities.

There are many ways to get started. In my previous blog, I talked about getting out of your comfort zone because that’s where the magic happens! Identify your goals and desired outcomes for life. If studying abroad is just that, then try to attend this fair to get more information. I will be attending this event as well, just to give you guys more information if you can’t get there.

In case tomorrow is busy for you, the Pleasantville campus holds Study Abroad Information Sessions every Wednesday’s from 12:10pm-1:10pm in Kessel 212. Students are required to attend an Abroad 101 session prior to meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Get off your bums and attend these events! You won’t regret it!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

 

Comfortable?

In order to get you guys up and out of the house, let’s first talk about comfort zones.

We all have them. Personal comfort zones and literal comfort zones. It’s hard to start a different schedule or go to a different setting when we’re so used to the things we do and where we are.

I have a schedule…well sometimes. I get up in the morning, have my coffee, and lay in bed on instagram until I have to start getting ready. I brush my teeth, wash my face, put makeup on and yada yada yada…

It’s weird how these simple tasks turn into habits without us knowing. I started to think to myself “what if I didn’t have enough time to lay in bed on my instagram?” Or “what if I didn’t have the luxury of getting coffee in the morning and putting on my makeup?”

For me, this schedule actually pisses me off because if it get’s disrupted, I’m a wreck for the rest of the day; I don’t know what’s going on.

I have this mindset now to actually mess up my schedule on purpose so I get used to not being able to do what I want to do. It’s all willpower, if you truly want to do something, you go for it. If you really want to travel, start by getting out of your comfort zones and schedules because a hotel suite in Japan is not the same as your room at home.

This Blog

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by! I just want you tell you what this blog is about and who the writer of this blog is about. I am a Digital Journalism Major hoping to write as my career. I’m currently a student at Pace University and I can not wait to further my education here. I took a couple of semesters off so my writing might be a little shaky (bear with me)!

I love to travel, even though I’ve only traveled to states in the United States. I have an unbelievable desire to discover the unknown and see what the whole world has to offer. My blog is going to be about how we aspiring travelers are able to make our dreams come true. A little advice here and there, how to get you out of your comfort zone, and financial aid options (since finances play a huge role in traveling).

Lets get you Pace Travelers started!

Some faces of Pace University in Pleasantville and what they did over their break!

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Jason Habash went to South Carolina to catch some waves! Surfs up!
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Jessica Baulkman spent some quality time with her two kids.
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Brian O’Leary learned about android programming.
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Robert (Bo) Jones went to the Bahamas with his family for a week!
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Adrianna Lawrence worked at Starstruck Dance Studio over the break.
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Samantha Geesin went on a free trip to Israel!
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Keeyana Harris went to Miami, Florida with a few friends for two days and successfully climbed a palm tree! She also recorded her own rap song!
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Anthony Jones, President of the Nature Club spent quality time with his grandmother over the break.
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Scott Torantore jammed out and played guitar with his friends!
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Servio Saravia interned at an accounting firm in NYC! For 4 weeks he gained experience in network toward his future career!
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Joey Lopergolo caught up on his sleep! He’s more than ready to take on this Spring semester!
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Damien Nguyen took a road rip to the University of Pittsburgh to be reunited with his best friend!
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Erik Kenison took a skii trip to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire with friends.
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Hyacinth Claire Jaranilla Tequin spent time with her family and worked over her break!