Daryl Stephens – Florence University of the Arts
“I am currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I live in an apartment with four other students and if you were to walk out of my front door to the left, you’d hit the Arno river; to the right, Piazza della Republica and Florence’s famous Duomo. I take classes three days a week, which leaves plenty of time for me to travel and explore Florence (even though the city is extremely small). So far I’ve been all over Italy and also to France, Monaco, the Czech Republic, Ireland, and Greece. I’m headed to Munich in two weeks, and I might even be planning a trip back to Ireland before I come back home! Although I love traveling and seeing new places, it always feels great when my train or bus comes rolling back into Florence on Sunday nights. I fell in love with this city so quickly, and I know it is a place I want my family to see and experience at some point. I’m headed back to the states in less than four weeks, and I know that it is going to be hard adjusting since there is such a big cultural gap. I know it’s cheesy and every one who studies abroad says it, but I really have grown so much and learned so much more about Italy, America, and just people in general. I have made great friends and learned so much about myself and our own society by meeting other American students going through this same experience. It has been a great journey, and I’d give just about anything to comeback and do it again someday!”
- Daryl Stephens, Junior Psychology Major
P. Brennen Reynolds – Fudan University
“From the moment I landed in Beijing, I knew this was going to be a fantastic semester. After a week of touring the Great Wall, Tian’anmen Square and The Forbidden City, I flew to Shanghai to begin classes at Fudan University. It’s amazing from both an academic and social perspective! Ranked third in China, Fudan offers numerous classes taught in English about China’s society and economic development. My favorites are Western Culture from an Eastern Perspective and Financial Development in China. In the first couple of months I have made friends from all over the world and planned a trip to Nha Trang, Vietnam with them for the end of April. Everyone should study abroad. This is my second semester abroad and I can honestly say that it is a priceless experience!”
- Peter Brennen Reynolds, Senior Business Administration Major
The Lasallian Consortium was designed to continue the over three hundred year old practice of the Christian Brothers to prepare young people for leadership roles in a global society by offering courses that are both academically and culturally enriching through learning and caring for others in the Lasallian tradition.
Starting out as a novice program by offering one-week walking classroom trips to Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain, numerous students and alumni discovered the importance and excitement of not only learning skills but also developing an intercultural perspective.
Christian Brothers University has been a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, allowing students to participate in the multitude of programs offered. The Lasallian International Programs Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the seven United States Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculty of member institutions for semester study abroad opportunities.
In collaboration with Lasallian Consortium, CBU is able to span the globe and include intensive language as well as content courses. Additionally, CBU encourages engaging instruction by promoting living, service, and internship opportunities abroad.
CBU offers Lasallian Consortium Semester Programs in the following locations:
- Shanghi, China
- Berlin, Germany
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Sydney Australia
- Melbourne, Australia
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Rome, Italy
- Florence, Italy
- Dublin, Ireland
- Galway, Ireland
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Corboda, Argentina
- Aix en Provence, France
- Montpellier, France
- London, England
- Oxford, England
- Madrid, Spain
- Seville, Spain
- Alicante, Spain
It’s a wonderful time to be Lasallian, isn’t it?
Click here to view more information about the various programs.
-Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14
As a rising senior, I have recently been asked one particular question on multiple occasions, “Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for incoming freshmen?” While I would not change anything about my wonderful college experience, I can certainly think of some things I wish I would have known sooner. As a world traveler myself, here are some travel tips that would have made my first journeys that much easier:
1. Never wait until the night before to pack. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself you will “start packing tomorrow”, you won’t. Save yourself the headache; as soon as you think to pack something, do it…item by item.
2. If at all possible, limit your luggage to one bag and one carry on. If you can’t limit it to these two, reduce what you’re packing. I’m always amazed by these sturdy business men adorned in their tailored suits, followed by the smallest suitcase possible. I imagine it’s something out of Mary Poppins; as soon as you open it there is infinite space for everything one could possibly need.
3. Really like those Vera Bradley or Nike Duffels? You won’t anymore after having to lug it through various airports and security checkpoints. Bags with wheels are so much more beneficial than they are given credit for. A wise man once said, “How could we send a man to space before having invented a suitcase with wheels?”
4. Speaking of airport security, I don’t care how tired you are or how early or late your flight is, be friendly to officials. Border control officers do not get sarcasm. Your journey can go so much more smoothly if you just smile and show them a little of that “southern hospitality.”
5. Plan your time. The key is knowing your airports. For example, I cannot tell you how many times I have been told to arrive 2-3 hours early for an international flight. While 2 hours is about the time it takes to get from the ticket counter to a gate at Washington Dulles, Memphis airport is about the size of Mud Island in comparison. So, while I’m not saying to arrive at the last minute, I advise to not be too conservative with your time (unless you want to browse Twitter for hours waiting for your boarding call).
5. Always check-in online, print your boarding pass, and choose your seat in advance. (Window seats are the best sleepers; aisle seats have the best leg room). I cannot stress how much of a time saver this is the day of your flight.
6. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, bring snacks. If you love food as much as I do, nothing can go wrong with this precaution.
7. In regards to food, please for the love of everything diverse, do not set foot into a McDonalds or any fast food joint for that matter when traveling. Always hit up a local café or restaurant. “But Melanie, I am a college student. The cheaper the better!” I understand, I really do. In Cambodia, my dinner cost all of $2; while in Europe, one can get a decent culturally acceptable breakfast for as little as 5 euros. Be creative. Your beloved Spicy McChicken will still be here to greet you upon your return.
8. It is inevitable that you will forget to pack something. Just take a moment to accept this reality now and move on. Let’s just pray it isn’t your medication.
9. ALWAYS attempt to speak the local language. Neither I nor the locals will care how much you butcher it; they will most likely be amused at your efforts. You would be surprised how many people don’t even try to immerse themselves into the culture in which THEY are the visitors. Long story short, manners are universal. Use them. Plus your mother would be SO proud.
10. Just like you would research to write that ten page paper, research your top sights you want to see, or that local restaurant that received rave reviews on Trip Advisor. However, if you aren’t feeling quite that motivated, I promise there will be some “hole-in-the-wall” treasures you will stumble upon when abroad. Just don’t be afraid to be a tourist in your first weeks. (That’s the reason you’re even traveling, right?!)
While these don’t cover everything, I’ll leave you with the most basic, applicable advice I can possibly think of…Be open-minded,flexible, and fearless. When abroad, you can be whomever you want to be.
- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14
Gina Bui (Business Administration ’13) and Patrick Ghant (Business Administration ’14) at FH Joanneum University in the Austrian Alps. Their experieces so far are “beyond awesome.”
Left: Madeline Faber (English ’14) at St. Mary’s Belfast College at Cave Hill, a high summit overlooking the city of Belfast. “This experience is unparallel to anything in my life…. My time has been so enriching, and school has barely begun.”
Center: Brittney Sails (Business Administration ’13) with the fabulous city of Barcelona in the background. “It’s the experience of a lifetime.”
Right: Peter Brennen Reynolds (Business Administration ’14) sitting in one of Russia’s seats in a UN conference room. ”My summer in Fribourg, Switzerland was one that I will cherish forever. Sitting in the seats of diplomats from around the world at the United Nations Headquarters while listening to various specialists speak on everything from disarmament to intellectual property rights offers indescribable inspiration. Thanks to the many new friends and globally-influential people that I met in Switzerland, I am looking forward to leaving my mark on the world.”
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)
Students in the MHIRT program have the opportunity to participate in research projects in different parts of the world and present their findings at CBU and at various conferences.
Left: Liz Booker (Psychology ’12) performing her first successful dissection of a beetle larva at the biochemistry lab the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Right: Justin King (Biology ’12, right) and Stephen Juel (University of Memphis, left) in the lab at the Universidade de São Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
• Brennen Reynolds will be going to Shanghai for the spring semester to study business.
• Darryl Stephens will be in Florence.
• Ryan Haskett will be in Barcelona, Spain.
Other students are invited to join them on the bargain exchange opportunity.
Emily Flechas is a sophomore Psychology major who is originally from Alabama. In order to get to know more about her studies abroad, we asked her a few questions about some of the highlights from her trip.
What was your favorite place to visit in Italy and why? (Assisi, Rome, etc.)
Assisi, it just took my breath away.
What was your favorite site to see?
The underground Roman house.
What food should every one traveling to Italy try?
What did you gain most out of this experience?
A better understanding of a culture different from my own.
What would you tell students who are thinking about studying abroad?
Do it. Somehow, someway, make it work.
Maxime Boisdron (left) and Piruntha Muthukumaru (right) are both senior foreign exchange students from France majoring in Engineering. In order to get to know more about them and their native country, we asked a few questions about their hometown and their stay in America.
What are your favorite things to do in Memphis? France?
While in Memphis, they both enjoy Tiger football games and going to Beale Street. In France, Maxime enjoys eating French food while Piruntha enjoys hanging out with friends.
What is the biggest difference between France and America?
They both agree that the biggest difference is the food. Another difference is the layout of the campus; in France, that have many schools on one campus while CBU is just one university.
What French food would you suggest to Americans traveling to France?
French baguette: bread with a nice cheese and wine to compliment it.
What American food would you suggest to French citizens traveling to America?
Travel/ Study Trips Open to All CBU Students!
• Barcelona, Spain with a day trip to the charming village of Figueras, Italy, home of Salvadore Dali and the ancient walled city of Carcassonne, France. Join us over Spring Break, March 2-9, as we begin our travels to Barcelona, Spain. We will submerge ourselves in the unique learning environment that will engage all of our senses. We will taste the Spanish foods that Old City Barcelona has to offer, see art in the Picasso Museum, hear the sounds of Flamenco dancers, smell the roses in Guell Park, and get a feel for everyday life at LaSalle University. Come see the influence Barcelona has on commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, science, and the arts and be a part of one of the world’s most global cities. Learn and experience economics and global studies throughout this study abroad experience via “walking classrooms.” Cost includes tuition and fees*, airline tickets, hotel, breakfast, some meals, all included sights, health insurance, and ground transportation. Students from all majors are invited to take advantage of this program.
• Join us in Ormskirk, U.K. at Edgehill University June 8-29, 2013! This unique three-week program allows you to experience life abroad in an authentic 18th century market town near the bustling metropolis of Liverpool with its rich culture of arts, theater, music, and shopping. Then, mid-way through the trip, see the exciting international city of London for three nights! Courses offered include History of British Rock and Introduction to Travel Writing. Cost includes tuition and fees* , lodging at Edgehill, meal pass at Edgehill, ground transportation, airport pickup, 6 day excursions, 3-day trip to London (including train fare, lodging, breakfast daily, and Hop-On & Hop-Off Bus Tour).
• Join our classroom in Mexico City in May 2013! Mexico City is one of the most important financial centers in North America. Learn a little Spanish, visit with business leaders and university faculty at LaSalle University, and see the colorful sights! Cost includes tuition and fees, sightseeing and tours, lodging n the form of a “Home Stay,” shared accommodations with breakfast and dinner at the home of a Mexico City family, roundtrip airport transportation, four buffet lunches, gratuities for bus drivers and guides and medical insurance. An extra stipend may be charged according to age of the traveler.
Exchange programs are a great way to study abroad for an extended period of time — students are able to soak in all the of the country’s language, food, and culture! One of the greatest things about exchange programs through CBU is that ALL GRANTS, CBU, STATE, AND FEDERAL AID APPLY! Your tuition will be the same as it is at CBU.
Barcelona, Spain Exchange Program – LaSalle University
The capital of Catalonia and one of the main ports on the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a city by the sea and has a perfect climate and a cosmopolitan character. BES Lasalle is known for its practical and innovative education, focused on best business innovation, theory and practice and a delivered through a strong international perspective. Business courses are offered in English.
Bad Gleichingburg, Austria Exchange Program – FH Joanneum
Located in the eastern sector of the Styria Bundesland (state) in Austria, Bad Gleichenberg is in the heart of what is considered the country’s spa region. Bad Gleichenberg has a long tradition as a spa resort and training centre for the tourism and hotel industry, which makes it an ideal location for the FH Joanneum health service courses. Business, accounting, hospitality management and tourism courses are offered in English.
Belfast Ireland Exchange Program – St. Mary’s University College
St. Mary’s University College is located in Belfast, Ireland and is an academic community committed to the search for meaning and value in the intellectual life, to academic excellence and to individual attention for students. A wide variety of liberal arts courses are offered. Students must register as part of a normal full time class load.
Value of Study Abroad in the Market Place
RESEARCH SHOWS, IN THIS INCREASINGLY GLOBAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY, THAT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE GIVES STUDENTS A COMPETITVE EDGE IN JOB SEARCHES AND ENHANCES CAREER ADVANCEMENT!
Mrs. Pat Papachristou and her husband, Dr. Gerald, traveled to England, Wales and Mexico.
“I enjoyed my family vacation in London in July. We were visiting my husband’s two sisters and brother. We rented a “converted barn” near Ross on Wye, in a charming out-of-the-way place. The scenery was made up of small farms with sheep in the meadows that looked like green patch work quilts in many shades. A few miles away and a world away from Ross, with its bustling high street and old market place that sold fresh vegetables. Most of the establishments were old Tudor buildings that were now hotels, antique stores, etc.
“During the month of June, I had worked in Mexico with Dr. Joan Landeros at the university and her assistant to develop a week study visit for CBU students to Mexico City. I visited most of the sights that will be included in our May trip and met the professors who will be giving lectures on the three cultures of Mexico and its history. I was particularly interested in checking out the safety in the neighborhoods around the university where we would be staying and around the sites we would be seeing. I got to experience the excitement of being downtown after the Mexicans won the Olympic soccer championship on Saturday afternoon. It was amazing!
“In August, I went to Mexico City to develop an exchange program with La Salle University there. I stayed with one of the families that La Salle uses for short stays for foreign students. It was conveniently located in the Condessa neighborhood, very close to the University and only a few miles from the historic district. While I was there I met with the Dean of Business School and talked about how we could develop a student exchange program that would include a future internship component, as well as an academic semester program.
“Please join me for my CBU trip in May 2013!”
Other Faculty Travels
• Professor Gary Tooley (Physician Assistant Studies) and his wife traveled to Jamaica on a medical/dental mission trip and will be leaving for Guatemala in May.
• Dr. Frank Busher (VP for Academics) travelled to Rome and to the Philippines on Lasallian business.
• Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli (President) were in Rome for a Lasallian workshop and visit.
• Dr. Rick Potts (Education) and his wife, Annalise, traveled extensively to Italy, Monaco, France, Spain and Tunisia.
• Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) was in Brazil directing MHIRT students in research.