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[Soph] SOPH@NEWS: Studying Abroad

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What’s Next at Villanova! - Introducing What's Next at Villanova online -- a new website dedicated to Father Donohue's year-long world tour of more than 30 cities to present The Villanova University Strategic Plan. At www.WhatsNextVillanova.com, you'll find more information about the Strategic Plan, Father Donohue's video and presentation from the What's Next events, photo galleries and how to get involved and be a part of the future success of the University and more!


Villanova Campus Leaders Commissioned as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) College Ambassadors - Students and faculty from Villanova University were commissioned as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Campus Ambassadors, a role which provides them the opportunity and resources to engage communities around critical global issues that directly impact the lives of the global poor. For 2011-12, Villanova has 45 student ambassadors in five issue groups, including Fair Trade, Food Security, HIV-AIDS/Global Health, Migration, and Peace-building. 


New Center for Learning Receives Grand Opening - Dozens of members of the greater Philadelphia business community joined the University’s College of Engineering at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new center of learning at the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard. Located within Philadelphia Technology Park, the space allows the College to offer graduate programs, distance-learning courses, executive and professional engineering training programs, and corporate training with remote capabilities in a new world-class research, development and industrial center.


Students Brunch With Billionaire Warren Buffett - For the second consecutive year, a group of VSB students traveled to Omaha, Neberaska to spend the day with Warren Buffett, chairman, CEO and primary shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. During the daylong visit, the 20 undergraduate and Masters of Finance students, accompanied by David Nawrocki, PhD, The Katherine M. and Richard J. Salisbury Jr. Professor of Finance, and James Jablonski, instructor of Finance, learned about the business models of two Berkshire Hathaway-owned stores, attended a two-hour Q&A session with Buffett and ate lunch with the esteemed billionaire at his favorite restaurant.


FEATURED: Villanova Study Abroad…

One out of every three students in 2010's graduating class had studied abroad as part of their Villanova University education.

Villanova’s Office of International Studies provides students with the opportunity to experience the world beyond the borders of our campus and country. Their focus is on student learning, and their goal is to provide programming that will allow students to become immersed in their host culture.


Villanova’s study abroad program is nationally recognized for having one of the highest percentage rates for total students who studied abroad. The dozens of different programs and fantastic support from the Office of International Studies is what makes this possible. A popular time for students to study abroad is during their Junior year, and current, interested sophomores must start thinking about this once-in-a-lifetime experience!


In 2010-2011, Villanova students were in 31 different nations on 25 different programs.

The all important first step for students is to sign up for an appointment at the Office of International Studies (OIS). At these sessions, students will learn from a member of the OIS staff everything they need to know about studying overseas: costs, credit transfer, safety issues, types of programs, etc. At this meeting, students are also given an application checklist which outlines the steps they need to take to study abroad.


At the initial information session, the most important requirement for students is the need to enunciate a skill that they want to develop while studying overseas. This skill can be academic (studies in a major, minor, or language acquisition); professional (internships, service learning); or even personal (artistic talent, or 'something I just can't study at Nova'). This skill becomes the focus as we work with students to identify a program that best meets their needs.

In this regard, as a parent you can be most helpful. Encourage your student to think of overseas study not as a vacation but as another aspect of their education. The Office's unofficial motto is 'We are not a travel agency,' and this is particularly true as the students go through the process of selecting a program. Students that enunciate their program wishes by geography--choosing destinations by country and not by program strengths--are selling themselves short and missing an opportunity to develop both personally and academically. By helping your student to frame this opportunity in terms of the 'skill question,' you ensure that the experience is an extension of a Villanova University education.

The OIS works with programs that are located in virtually every country in the world. This means that students can go anywhere! Again, because of this flexibility, it is especially important that students not think of study abroad in terms of geography.

The only exception to the 'geography question' occurs when the State Department suggests otherwise. Villanova University students cannot study in countries receiving a 'State Department Travel Warning' label. 


Students from 37 different majors across all four colleges studied abroad in 2010-2011.

All students, regardless of major, can study overseas. In addition, because financial aid transfers with the student, all students, regardless of financial need, can study overseas.

Like its peer institutions, Villanova University maintains a 'home tuition policy,' meaning that students that study overseas during the semester and/or year are charged Villanova University tuition.


Villanova University manages 18 international summer programs in 12 countries.

Does your sophomore not want to miss out on a whole year or semester at Villanova? The University also sponsors International Summer Programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. These summer programs are fantastic opportunities to get the study abroad experience, while not missing out on any time at Villanova!

These summer programs are intensive language programs, literature and civilization programs, Villanova School of Business programs, or area studies programs. VU summer programs are directed by Villanova University Faculty Program Coordinators from all academic disciplines and departments who can provide your student with more information on each particular program.


Deadlines and more information:

The study abroad application process can be lengthy, so getting started now will help things go smoothly. Winter break is a great time to discuss any study abroad plans with your student, and also a good time for students to get a jump start on the application process. The deadline for study abroad in the fall semester & for the summer programs is Friday, March 2, 2012. All paperwork must be submitted to the Office of International Studies by this deadline to be considered eligible for fall & summer 2012 study abroad.

For all additional international studies information, programs, forms, frequently asked questions, and contact information please visit  http://www.villanova.edu/vpaa/intlstudies/


Looking Ahead to Spring Semester…

As students buckle down for finals week in anticipation of the holiday break, Soph@news is wrapping-up this semester with a look into what’s coming-up in 2012.


-Rising Junior Housing Selection: Soph@News will help explain the rising junior housing selection and the process that sophomores will go through in late January if they wish to reside in on-campus housing for the 2012-2013 academic year.


- A Look into the University’s Four Colleges & Sophomore Academic Major Selection: Take a peek into the four academic colleges at Villanova with Soph@news, and get an overview in time for sophomores to select or change their academic major.


- The University Career Center & The Summer Internship Crunch: Villanova’s Career Center is here to help with their vast array of resources, workshops, and events. Soph@news will explain everything the Career Center has to offer, in addition to uncovering how sophomores can land that all-important summer internship.


- The Junior Year Experience: The end of the academic year will be here before we know it, and Soph@news will highlight what students have to look forward to in their junior year.

2012 Spring Semester Snapshot

January 15 and 16

Residence halls open for students to return

January 16

Martin Luther King Day (no classes)

January 17

Classes Begin

March 2


March 5-11

Spring Break

April 4-9

Easter Break

May 3

Final Day of Classes

May 4

Reading Day

May 5-11

Final Exams (no finals on 5/6)


From all of us in Student Life, have a wonderful holiday season!

Thank you for reading Villanova’s Soph@News! We’ll see you in 2012 when we continue to bring you news, features, and events for the parents of the Class of 2014!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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