|Study abroad students on a beach in San Sebastian, Spain. Photo submitted by Michael Tarkey|
The Office International Services will host "Welcome Home, Global Billikens" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the International Student Lounge (room 108) of Des Peres. All returning fall 2012 study-abroad students are invited to celebrate their global experiences during this welcome home reception. Students will have the opportunity to mingle with other returning study-abroad students, explore the opportunities to remain active in the SLU global community and discover the resources available to help acclimate back to life on campus in St. Louis.
Studying abroad is an exciting, challenging and rewarding adventure. In addition to expanding their worldview and gaining an appreciation and understanding of a different culture, students develop valuable and transferable skills that will help shape their personal, academic, and professional futures. Students master critical thinking, problem solving and flexibility, and gain a sense of independence, courage and self-confidence. Studying abroad is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shapes the future of Billikens as global citizens.
Students all over the United States are taking advantage of their amazing opportunities to study abroad and so are Global Billikens. This spring 2013 semester, SLU has more than 275 undergraduate students on five continents in 16 different countries. Students are not only exploring, but studying and living in Spain, El Salvador, Ecuador, Thailand, Taiwan, China, the Netherlands, England, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.
Each program provides a unique opportunity to experience a different culture and a different way of life. SLU students may choose from more than 35 SLU approved programs in more than 20 countries, and all SLU academic tuition scholarships (except athletic scholarships) and financial aid apply for the semester that students are abroad. In addition to these semester study abroad programs, the Office of International Services continues to add programs and diversify destinations for students interested in short-term, semester and full year study abroad experiences.