Quinnipiac University wants students to get the most out of their education. This is one of the reasons why they offer the study abroad program.
“Studying abroad is a life changing experience,” said Dr. Regine Lambrech, the half French director of International Education.
Though she has only been with Quinnipiac for two years, Lambrech has 20 years of experience working at an engineering University in France as the director of International Relations and International Research.
According to Lambrech, over 200 Quinnipiac students study abroad each year. Students can go overseas any semester and can go anywhere in the world.
Students in all majors can participate as long as their G.P.A. is at least a 3.0 and the courses are able to transfer back towards graduation.
Depending on what a student wants to do, it is possible to go for an entire year, a semester or a few weeks.
“There’s a program for everyone,” said Lambrech.
There are waiting lists for schools overseas, and the university urges students to give themselves enough time to prepare for studying abroad.
Lambrech explained that applications need to be filled out, signatures recieved and deadlines followed.
In attempt to spread the word, hundreds of emails have been sent out to students.
“There are only so many I can keep sending,” said Lambrech. “I wish more students would look into the endless list of programs offered here.”
Even though the demand for study abroad does not seem high, people that go have loved the experiences.
Kate Brown, a senior international business major, came back this semester very excited to share her experience in Rennes, France.
“Studying overseas is easier than people think,” said Brown. “All people need is the initiative to go over. The rest is pie.”
In four months, Brown was able to complete a semester at ESC Rennes in France while traveling around Europe. For spring break and long weekends, she traveled to England, Amsterdam, Paris and Bordeaux.
“Students that have studied abroad have come back gleaming with nothing negative to say,” said Lambrech. “They’re walking advertisements.”
Lambrech told a story of a student who studied in London and completed a minor in fashion design.
“This minor was not even offered at Quinnipiac,” said Lambrech. “Once the sophomore returned, she had a whole new minor under her belt.”
As if that was not a good enough reason to study abroad, students are also saving money.
“They pay Quinnipiac tuition, but they do not have to pay for room and board overseas,” said Lambrech.
“Having room and board free is key,” said Brown. “You save $9,000 by not living on campus in the Village.”
Many emotions go through a student’s head when getting ready to go on this life-changing journey.
“At first, I was scared to go overseas completely alone,” said Brown. “I kept thinking of who was going to pick me up from the airport, who I was going to live with and if I was going to make friends.”
However, once Brown was in Europe, she said the laid back way of life was very easy to get used to.
“My classes were held for only three hours per day, which left me the rest of the day to enjoy,” said Brown. “It’s so different than Quinnipiac. I never even had to wait for a parking spot.”
Lambrech said taking classes abroad enables the students to see how a subject is taught in another country.
“Many people have the tendency to take our own education system for granted,” said Lambrech. “Studying overseas also gives students the opportunity to see how other people view America.”
Lambrech also explained that everyone comes back more mature.
“If there was another opportunity to study overseas I would have no hesitation,” said Brown. “I’d do it all over again in a second.”