The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Congratulations to the three Wright State Students who have already won the Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship!
According to the international Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of international students worldwide rose from 0.8 million in 1975 to 3.7 million in 2009. In addition, Unesco’s Institute for Statistics finds that the number is increasing by about 12% each year.
This summer and fall students at Wright State University are studying abroad to destinations all around the world thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! The learning that takes place abroad is a valuable and enriching experience that the following three scholarship recipients at Wright State could not pass up:
Meet Hannah Dos Santos, an International Studies major who hopes to become fluent in four languages.
Hannah is spending an entire semester in Morocco, a country that speaks both Arabic and French, thanks to the ISA program.
“I feel as though if someone is not immersed in the culture of a language they will never truly understand different dialects, slang, and way of life. To understand the language is one thing, but to understand the culture of the language is another. My trip to Morocco will expose me to things that I would never see in the US. I hope that it will help not only educate me, but make me a more understanding compassionate intellectual. I hope to teach others in Morocco just as much as I hope to learn from them.”
"In the future I hope to be employed in a government position. The United Nations is incredibly appealing, as is working for the CIA or US Department of State. Interpretation and translation are my passion. To bridge the language gap is a way of bringing people together. Receiving the Gilman Scholarship is a great honor. The scholarship assists me in achieving my goals in Morocco, and opens doors to amazing opportunities in the future.”
A country only 9 miles away from Europe, Morocco is located in the Northwestern corner of Africa. Morocco offers a unique perspective with its many cultural influences as a result of numerous ethnic, cultural, and religious groups that have settled there throughout history. With its bustling bazaars, cities, surrounding mountain ranges, and sea Morocco is a fascinating place to study abroad where one can practice both the French and Arabic languages.
Meet Andrew-John Hickman, a Biological Studies major whose aim is to become an international doctor.
The city of Nagasaki in Japan through the USAC program.
“An immense fascination with the Japanese language has drawn me to the country, alongside my aspirations to volunteer abroad. The rich international heritage of Nagasaki, Japan lured me to the south of Japan with an insatiable interest in exploring the region.”
“With the benevolence of the Institute of International Education and the help of a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, I am financially able to attend a university in Japan. In receiving the scholarship, I am tasked upon my return to demonstrate the feasibility and necessity of a study abroad experience through usage of the Gilman Scholarship, especially in the tight curriculum found in the STEM and Pre-Medical majors. This next year will be an amazing and eye-opening undertaking and I cannot wait to share my adventures with my Wright State University community.”
Visit Andrew-John’s blog where he will recount his travels abroad at: NagasakiNomad.blogspot.com
Considered by many to be a country of paradox, Japan offers travelers an environmental split between modern technological advancement and traditional heritage. While currently it is the leader in telecommunications, engineering, manufacturing, and business management this country also respects mediation along with its Shinto and Buddhist heritage. Whether you take a hike near Mount Fuji, view a sumo wrestling match, or participate in a traditional tea ceremony, your study abroad experience will be remarkable.
Meet Cameron Peagler, a senior nursing student whose goal is obtain his master’s degree as a nurse psychiatrist.
A summer in Japan.
“When I found out that my school was leading a study abroad program to Japan that focused on technology, I was elated to participate. This will give me the chance to learn about new technology that we do not use in the United States and help achieve my personal goal. Japan is the perfect place for me to study because it is one of the most technologically advanced countries in this world.”
“On this study abroad program to Japan, I hope to have a chance to visit hospitals and actually gain an insight on the medical technology being used. This study abroad program will provide me with the opportunity to go and develop ideas on possible ways to incorporate Japanese technology into our health care field. Receiving the Gilman Scholarship will help fund this program and allow me to learn about the new technology Japan has to offer.”
The possibility still remains for Wright State students to receive the Gilman Scholarship; a program that offers grants to those students of limited financial means who wish to pursue academic course programs around the world! To see if you qualify and to apply please visit:
To see further examples of study abroad possibilities and programs please visit The University Center for International Education in the Student Union located near the bookstore.
Or contact Joy Wanderi at: firstname.lastname@example.org