P1020741Itching to hop on a plane and see new sights, perhaps while earning a few credits? Well, the Daily Clog checked out the Study Abroad fair held last Friday Sept. 21 and has all the updates you need on such academic adventures.
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If you haven’t been paying attention these past few months, there have been copious amounts of Irish kids running around Berkstown. There are a number of exchange programs set up for the summer, from study abroad to soccer (or football) leagues.

The Clog has had its fair share of run-ins with the Irish — here are a few observations we have gathered based on completely scientific anecdotal evidence: read more »


4924265447_22f8b99d8fStudying abroad. All your friends are thinking about doing it, so why don’t you? It’ll be a nice change from Chipotle for lunch and waiting for the 51B in the freezing Berkeley evenings. Instead, you could be picking up a fresh baguette from Jean-Michel the jolly baker in the morning to nibble on all day and frantically trying to figure out the Parisian metro on your way home from classes. An ideal switch-up? We think so. read more »


The Clog took advantage of the opportunity to talk with some of you about your study abroad dreams, experiences and advice this past Friday at the Study Abroad Fair! Watch and hear all about it, and even get some tips and tricks from the study abroad experts.


Yet another fair approaches Bear Territory, but rather than giving in to that insatiable desire for study abroad clog picfree stuff, how about actually taking a good look around?

Studying abroad is something nearly every student would want to do (if not, shame on you). However, rumors of students who have been on a study abroad program graduating a year later than usual or getting messed up socially have been a source of concern. There is nothing wrong with studying abroad; it is truly a life changing experience. Sure, going abroad makes your resume a little more pretty but experiencing a brand new culture speaks for itself.

Attending these fairs with the sole purpose of swiping free stuff only helps those bad rumors become reality. Actually going to the fair to obtain important information might be a better alternative. Why not travel to some country on the opposite side of the world and finish some units while you are at it? Double win.

Speaking of important information, check out the UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair this Friday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union. See you there!

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UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair [Berkeley Study Abroad]


tour eiffel...pantalons!

Obviously, we all love Cal and know that there’s nothing quite like walking onto campus with the sounds of the Campanile and the Sproul Preacher Guy ringing in your ears.

But every once in a while, we dream of taking our studies elsewhere — studying the renaissance in Italy, navigating the labyrinth otherwise known as Tokyo’s subway system, brushing up on our Aussie accents down under, maybe even finding out if there are turkeys in Turkey!

We know that for most people, “study abroad” is a parentally-sanctioned synonym for a semester of bar-hopping through Western Europe, but if you’re interested in learning about some of the other perks of taking a global approach to education, we suggest you check out the official UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair. It’s all going down tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 24) afternoon, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., in Lower Sproul Plaza.

Be there or vous êtes un carré!

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UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair [Facebook]


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If you’re thinking you can skip out on this whole budget crisis/economy mess by leaving the country and partying studying in another country, we hate to tell you, but uh … things just got a little more expensive.

Beside the 32 percent university fee hike that will follow you no matter which remote corner of the earth to which you try to flee, the Education Abroad Program (EAP) has decided to hop on the shake-’em-for-every-last-penny bandwagon and tack on a nice little “program-specific fee” in the area of $1,000 – $1,500.

The new EAP fees do not directly affect students participating with Quarter Abroad and Summer Abroad programs since they are campus-based. Well, now that you’re probably not leaving the country, that gives you lots of time to protest the fee hikes here at home. Meh, the euro ain’t worth sh*t anyway.

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Studying abroad has its price [The California Aggie]


Turkey!

Then you should put your name in the not-entirely-chance-based hat for a Gilman International Scholarship! We totally would, if the Clog weren’t mostly English majors who speak Romance languages. Confused? Here’s the run-down:

The Gilman International Scholarship is apparently a federally-funded program for students who are big on the desire to study abroad and small on the extra cash-monies. The catch–What? Don’t tell us you’re surprised–is that you have to be the type of student who doesn’t usually go abroad. Read: not a humanities major and studying things that require you to go somewhere unusual. Like the Middle East. Or ‘Nam.

In other words, if you’re a History major who’s planning on “studying” in Madrid, you might be out o’luck on this one. On the bright side of things, if you do qualify to apply, you’ve got about a one in three chance of winning. It’s like the lottery on steroids. Except not really like that at all.

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Untraditional students of the world [NewsCenter]


We mourned the passing of College OTR’s best writers, honked noisily into kleenexes at Beetle’s departure in May, and raised a brow at Dangierre‘s disappearance from the collective blogosphere that same semester. But waddaya know? New voices on the internet are never lacking. read more »