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The benefits of studying abroad continue long after students return home. "It gives them a certain amount of insight that, wherever they go in the world, they can adapt to a different culture," Buschman says. "It certainly contributes to the image they project."As society becomes more globally interdependent, DIPA's place in the education of undergraduates has become increasingly important. DIPA staff constantly monitor how the programs will help prepare students for the future. Buschman points to the Zimbabwe and Hong Kong programs as evidence that DIPA is very much in step with the changing face of the global society. "Before we established those programs, we had four centers in Western Europe," he notes. "We understand the world is more than just Western Europe. Students must have opportunities in other places. That's why we started a program in Chile last fall."
As good as SU's study-abroad programs are, Galson is always looking to improve them. "I would like to see more graduate programs abroad, and more of a presence in Latin America and Asia, possibly in China," she says.
Cultural enrichment is bound to have a positive effect on SU students and faculty. Those individuals, in turn, bring their awareness back with them, and the entire campus benefits. "Students come back transformed, not just academically, but psychologically and physically," Korman says. "They see themselves more as citizens of the world."
As students demand more of a global perspective in their education, Shane foresees DIPA developing more programs in which different fields of study converge. "We are constantly retooling the programs to reflect the educational needs of the students," she says.
Korman is confident DIPA will meet those needs. "Foreign study is a process of forcing oneself to confront personal limitations," he says. "This generation really is the first global generation, and I firmly believe that in the future, opportunities will go to people who have that kind of global view."
At 40, the University's Florence |
Program is Pre-eminent Among the Competition
In fall 1959, a group of 15 SU students boarded a ship bound for Italy. For two weeks they traveled together, building friendships and learning as much as they could about the culture they would soon experience. Most didn't speak a word of Italian.
Somehow, it worked. Today, 40 years later, students fly to Italy. Yet the ultimate destination remains unchanged: It is Villa Rossa, home of the Florence Center, where thousands of SU students have studied since 1959. The Florence program now serves the largest number of DIPA participantsabout 300 each semesterand is considered the pre-eminent study-abroad program there. "The program that educators usually mention first is run by Syracuse University, which has been a sizable presence with its own campus in this arts capital, a virtual museum without walls," The New York Timesreported in August 1998.
Mike Calo '71, an SU recruitment consultant, developed an affection for Florence as a DIPA student in 1970. He has twice directed the Florence program and now travels the country talking to students about its offerings. "The Florence program hasn't changed much," Calo says. "For many students, this is a pivotal experience in their lives, just as it was for me."
In recognition of the Florence program's 40th anniversary, reunion events will be held at the following locations:
- Syracuse campus, Homecoming Weekend.....October 29-31, 1999
- Lubin House, New York City ........................November 18, 1999
- San Francisco ................................................February 26, 2000
- Greenberg House, Washington, D.C. ............March 18, 2000
- Florence, Villa Rossa......................................April 29, 2000