Opportunities abound for students seeking study abroad

December 8, 2009 by Tony Reyes @NMSU the online newsletter for NMSU staff and faculty.

For students and faculty wanting to study abroad, New Mexico State University has plenty of options. The university sponsors five types of study abroad programs that allow students to transfer credit to NMSU, earn graded NMSU credit or engage in non-credit international activities.

University exchange programs: Students enroll in a foreign university for the purpose of earning transfer credit that applies to their degree at NMSU. In return, foreign students come to NMSU on exchange to take course here to transfer to their home institutions. Students typically study for a semester or an academic year, but some exchanges are available in summer.

NMSU student Casey O'Neill took this photo while studying abroad in Cambodia last summer.

NMSU student Casey O'Neill took this photo while studying abroad in Cambodia last summer.

Affiliated language institute programs: Students enroll at a language institute to study intensively these languages taught by NMSU: Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. Students typically study during winter break or during summer, but some are permitted to study during fall or spring semester.

Affiliated university direct programs: NMSU also has several agreements that allow students to earn academic and language credit, primarily in countries or at universities with which NMSU has been unable to arrange exchanges. This opens up additional, though not cost-effective, options for students to study abroad. NMSU also has entered into agreements with other universities and organizations to provide special options for students to study abroad. Some of these programs provide opportunities for faculty members to teach some of the courses offered through these programs. Programs are offered for a semester, academic year or summer.

NMSU internship and teaching programs: NMSU departments organize internships that allow students to enroll at the university and receive graded credit for the supervised work experience, including student teaching. Students may also consider enrolling in a Cooperative Education Program conducted abroad.

NMSU group or individual travel: Some faculty members organize courses with a field trip or field studies component required to receive credit for the courses. Other faculty members organize or supervise groups of students who travel outside the United States as an option, but not a requirement, of an NMSU course. Some faculty members supervise students who are conducting research or engaging in independent study while enrolled in classes for credit at NMSU, or who engage in the overseas activity just for the experience.

While there are many options for studying abroad at NMSU, many students are unaware of when they should apply and how they should apply. Dr. Paul E. Huntsberger, assistant dean for study abroad, explained the process.

“We don’t have one deadline, but for exchanges we have moved to a priority deadline of Sept. 1 for spring placements and Feb. 1 for fall placements,” Huntsberger said. “We will do what we call secondary placements (if space is available) up to about mid-October and mid-March. Other programs are less complicated than exchanges, so we are more flexible with deadlines for these, but they are usually Nov. 1 for winter break or spring, and May 1 for summer or fall. Some deadlines are set by our affiliates.”

Huntsberger said there are a multitude of choices for either faculty or students when deciding if they would like to travel and study abroad.

“Right now we have 23 exchange programs. Some, such as the International Student Exchange Program, have 100 universities we can choose from-ISEP accounts for about 50 percent of our exchange enrollment,” Huntsberger said. “Exchanges are the most complicated because we send and receive students and must deal with multiple agreements and government regulations, such as visa processing.”

In addition to exchange programs there are other programs offered through NMSU, such as intensive language programs, university study programs as well as internships and student teaching opportunities.

“We currently have 10 affiliated intensive language programs-some have multiple sites-and these tend to be winter break, summer semester programs,” Huntsberger said. “We have 15 affiliated university study programs, and most have multiple sites, which students turn to when we can help them with an exchange placement. We have five current options for internships and student teaching.”

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Watch our college-related videos on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/nmsubusinesscollege. Click the “Study Abroad” playlist or “Learn with us” playlist to see International Business videos. NMSU also has a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoStateU.

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