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Speak live with UT students currently studying abroad in Italy on March 24


The Office of Education Abroad will be hosting Skype Across the World, a live Skype session with UT students currently studying abroad in Italy on Tuesday, March 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union Room 3020.


UT students interested in studying abroad are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask questions from UT students who are currently learning and living abroad in Italy.

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“This is a great opportunity to connect across the world through social media,” said Education Abroad USAC Ambassador Sean Koogan.  “At this event, students can also meet other education abroad ambassadors, and enjoy biscotti and coffee.”


“If you have wondered what it is like to study abroad and how this experience will benefit you academically, professionally, and personally, then this event is for you,” said International Education Specialist Michelle Ploeger. “UT students who have studied abroad are excited to share with you what it is like to study, live, and travel in another country.  Hear firsthand how a global experience will transform your life.  Stop by the event and see where this journey will take you!”

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UT students who participate in education abroad experience new and diverse academic environments, cultures, people and sights, all while earning college credit.  Education abroad programs include faculty-led, exchange, and affiliate options.  International opportunities are available in over 40 countries, and are offered during breaks, summer, semester and yearlong sessions.


For more informaiton please go to http://www.utoledo.edu/cisp/infosession/index.html.


Special Education Abroad Information Sessions on Costa Rica and India

The Office of Education Abroad in the Center for International Studies and Programs is holding two special information sessions featuring UT faculty who will be teaching abroad. Learn more from students, faculty, and staff about both locations, unique offerings, and steps for applying.

Bangalore, India Info Session

Monday, February 23, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Suite 1100

This education abroad program in Bangalore, India provides the opportunity to:

  • Explore diverse landscapes, exotic and varied food, unparalleled cultural sites, and colorful festivals.
  • Study in the “Garden City,” the hub of India’s technology and business outsourcing revolution.
  • Take advantage of numerous opportunities for service learning and volunteering.
  • Take courses focused on issues concerning women, poverty, and religion with focus on India.

Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan

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Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan, associate professor in the Department of Communications, was accepted to USAC Visiting Professor Program to teach in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India during Summer Session II 2015. Dr. Srinivasan will teach the following course while abroad: The World is (Not) Flat: Globalization of the Indo– American Diaspora COM/SOC, 400/600-level, 3 Credits

Students can learn more about studying abroad in India during a special information session with Dr. Srinivasan.


Heredia, Costa Rica Info Session

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Suite 1100

This education abroad program features:

  • Easy access to the cultural, historic, and urban highlights of the capital city, San José.
  • To the Pacific Ocean, courses ranging from four levels of Spanish to ecological studies.
  • To opportunities to explore interesting and beautiful areas of Costa Rica and neighboring countries on field trips and optional tours.

Dr. Ainsworth Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Marketing & International Business has also been accepted to the USAC Visiting Professor Program to teach in Heredia, Costa Rica during Fall 2015 semester. Dr. Bailey has been teaching and conducting research in the United States since 2000. He has also taught in France, India, Jamaica, and Saudi Arabia.  While in Costa Rica, Dr. Bailey will teach International Business & Management (MKT/MGT, 300/400-level, 3 credits) and Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior (MKT/BUS, 300/400-level, 3 credits).

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Women’s Hoops Cross-Culture

Photo of Dr. Sammy Spann   Learn about Basketball and Help Support our UT Women’s Basketball Team

The Center for International Studies & Programs is giving international students a chance to learn more about basketball and meet the UT Women’s basketball team.  International Students are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 21 for a Basketball 101 in Savage Arena along with free pizza.  Students then stay and cheer on the UT Women’s Basketball team.  Following the game, students will have an opportunity to meet the players and get a free T-shirt.

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We have several international players on the team and we want to show them, and the rest of the team, some support.  This is a wonderful chance for our international students to learn more about basketball and get a chance to experience a game live.

Students can sign up in Snyder Memorial 1000 between 8:30 and 5:00.


Studying, Exploring, and So Much More-in Spain!

Education Abroad in San Sebastián, Spain: Studying, Exploring, and So Much More!

Zachary Baker Junior  majoring in  International Business at the The University of Toledo has spent his fall semester abroad studying in San Sebastián, Spain.

Zachary has made the most of his experience by taking advantage of events and activities offered through the USAC program, one of UT’s education abroad partners.  Organized programs are great opportunities for students to become even more immersed and involved in local lifestyle and to establish connections and contacts through which both American and local students benefit.

Zachary has been very active and meets regularly with three conversation partners to practice his Spanish. The conversation partners or “intercambios” are American students’ first ticket into local culture.  Most conversation partners become real friends and, at the same time, they invite American students into their group of friends.  

San Sebastian is an ideal location for students who are interested in sport activities.  The city includes three beaches, surrounding mountains, and a great sport infrastructure.  Students can take advantage of many different indoor and outdoor sports, such as soccer, tennis, hiking, surfing, and more.

Zachary enrolled in a surfing class. The class included theoretical instruction (history of surf, how surf arrived to the Basque coast, how it has been developed, etc.) and also practical instruction in the water such as the base position, paddling, and different approaches to attaching the waves.  Although challenging, it was an experience of a life-time! Before the surfing class

Exploring the city and surrounding areas through organized excursions has also been a significant part of Zachary’s education abroad experience. Zachary visited the Guggenheim museum, hiked in the Pyrenees, visited a witch cave and a museum in Zugarramurdi, and discovered Biarritz, a well-known international seaside resort in France.

This year, the program also included a new two day excursion to Santander.  Students visited the exact reproduction of the cave paintings of Altamira from the Paleolithic period and also the medieval town of Santillana del Mar, which has been called “the most beautiful village in Spain”.   Additionally, students took advantage of the proximity of San Sebastián to other towns in Spain or Europe, giving Zachary life-long memories.Excursion to Pyrenees Zugarramurdi in the Pyrenees

Education Abroad continues to help students to immerse themselves in the local culture and to learn many new things about themselves and their surroundings.

If you are interested in learning more about the exciting opportunities in the Education Abroad Office, in the Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP) sign up for an Information Session .

CISP prepares for International Education Week: Join the excitement of exploring your world!

IEW 2014 logo The UT community, led by the Center for International Studies and Programs and in collaboration with campus wide     sponsors, will celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 17-21, with over 30 events planned. International Education Week serves as a reminder that university campuses play a vital role in shaping global awareness, preparing students for the global environment and encouraging them to become international leaders.

There are many events going on, something for everyone.  You can be a part of the photo contest, answer some fun trivia at Rocky’s pub, screen a foreign film, learn about abroad opportunities for students, faculty and staff, visit the library for some great international exhibits and much more.

International Photo Contest

The UT Community is invited to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) by entering a photo contest.  Photos captured overseas or domestic photos of international events will be accepted.  There will be a category for students and a category for faculty and staff.  Photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 10.  Learn more here.


International Education Kick-off Week with cuisine from around the world: Nov. 10-14

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. 

We hope to see you there.

Find Out Where UT Can Take You-Visit the Study Abroad Expo


Explore your world at the Education Abroad Expo on Sept 16th


UT students and faculty are invited to explore your world by attending the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday,  Sept. 16, in the Student Union Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Education Abroad Expo provides an opportunity to learn more about international study, internships, service-learning, volunteer, work, teaching, and travel opportunities. Take advantage of this event to interact with campus departments, exhibitors, and study abroad alumni. Gather resources and explore your international learning experiences.

Study abroad representatives include UT faculty, staff, and students from numerous colleges, departments, offices, and student organizations who provide or promote international opportunities.  Additionally, study abroad affiliate representatives include: University Study Abroad Consortium, International Studies Abroad, Semester at Sea and more.

Education abroad student, faculty and staff alumni will share their global experiences and answer questions.

UT faculty members are encouraged to attend to learn about teaching abroad opportunities.


Can’t make the Education Abroad Expo Fair, and want to learn more?
Attend a daily CISP Information Session

 The Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP) is hosting daily information sessions for any student interested in learning how to explore their world and enhance their academic career.  CISP Information Sessions will be held inSnyder Memorial, Room 1100 on the following days and times:

Monday & Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Students can register online at www.utoledo.edu/cisp/infosession. Walk-ins are welcome.

Students will learn about various options that fit their goals and interests.  Programs highlighted during the CISP Information Sessions include:

  • Study Abroad
  • National Student Exchange
  • Camp Adventure
  • International Internships
  • Fulbright

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Students are encouraged to attend the Education Abroad Expo or a daily CISP Information Session – both events serve as a good starting point where you can learn more about Exploring Your World.

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Once again it’s time for Holi-Toledo

Every year you’ll see students walking around campus with very colorful clothing in the spring (see picture below).  This is Holi Toledo, an all-campus celebration of Holi, an Indian holiday with Hindu roots to celebrate spring.   On the day of Holi, people throw colored powder and liquids at each other. A common greeting during this time is, “Happy Holi.”  It’s a great day with a lot of fun, laughter, music and discovery.  Come join in the fun and plan on getting a little messy.

Here are a few details:

Holi Toledo is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Field next to the Memorial Field House, Main campus, University of Toledo

• Welcome spring

• Throw colors

• Discover religions and cultures on campus

• Enjoy Indian music

• Win $100 cash prizes for most colorful and for raffle

• First 200 people into the color zone receive a free Holi 2014 t-shirt


Check out more on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/704810256245147/ and look out the flyer below.


See you there.

Can you solve the mystery?

Commuter students are being called to the University of Toledo’s campus through a series of programmed events.

The first event is the Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner, which is set for 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, in the Student Union’s Ingman Room.  “The Mystery Dinner is like a game of Clue that will have the audience interactive,” said Mathew Williams, a graduate assistant for Commuter Services. “Everybody that walks in the room will be a character, and one person in the room will be guilty of murder. The audience must put together the pieces and solve the case.”

                        Check out the flyer.

There are many ways for commuters and all students to get involved in some great activities.  See the flyer below for other events taking place.

Other ways for commuter students to get involved on campus are listed on UT’s website Here.


Happy Horse Year!


It is the Year of the Horse in China.  During this time, we will give our best wishes to our family members and friends.  Confucius Institute  will celebrate this time by proving three days of activities and events to honor the Chinese Spring and Lantern Festivals.  This all leads up to a unique Chinese  Troupe Performance.  These events take place from February 12-14, 2014.


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Join in on several days of fun, food and friendship.  We look forward to seeing you at these great events.

Check out the website to learn more about the Chinese New Year Celebration HERE!


Awesome Faculty-I Would Like to Thank You

During spring break, we take a group of students to Haiti as part of a week long service learning course for the spring semester.  The course is designed to facilitate each student’s exploration of leadership and global understanding. This year, thanks to some AWESOME Faculty, we are able to make this happen again.  The trip schedule is a bit different this year and because of the timing, there was concern that the trip may not happen.  When approached, however, the faculty provided overwhelming support to the students and the program.  They are now able to go because faculty were able to rearrange classes for these selected students. We appreciate the enthusiasm and continued support for this wonderful experience for our students.  Thank you!!

Here are some pictures of last years trip.


About Sammy Spann

It is my belief that students should seek diverse initiatives that will equip them to be change agents for the future. It is vital to step outside your comfort zone and unleash the potential that lies within yourself and within the world as you know it. This is your launch pad to "Explore your World."

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