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A Bigger World, More Possibilities

It is five years after graduation from Central College, and I find myself living in a town similar to Pella. It is a small community in the Midwest, with cornfields just outside of town. The liberal arts college there draws students from across the country and around the world, and downtown is full of local businesses and landscaped flowers (but there are no fines for picking tulips).

Sep 12, 2014

Outdoor Pursuits students in Wales take on rappeling, kayaking and more

Going Farther

If the term “excursion” conjures images in your mind of luxury suites and infinity pools, you are not a likely candidate for Central’s Outdoor Pursuits course in Wales or Morocco Exchange in Granada, Spain.

If, however, you seek authentic cultural learning, physical and mental challenges, and the daily potential for life changing experiences, then these Central College program offerings promise to deliver, as they have for more than a decade.

Sep 12, 2014

Morocco Exchange immerses students in a completely new culture

Morocco Exchange, Granada, Spain

Morocco Exchange, known as the cultural highlight of Central’s Granada semester, is an intense excursion across the Strait of Gibraltar to North Africa, where program director Veronica Montero says, “Nothing is typical.”

Sep 12, 2014

McMorran teaches Japanese studies at National University of Singapore.

Living Globally

Some things in life aren’t easily measured. What, for instance, is the value of a study abroad experience that sparked a passion for foreign policy, provided experiences crucial to graduate school admission essays and eventually led to a job working with the Department of State? How do you measure the worth of a semester abroad that led to further exploration of world cultures and ultimately to a position teaching Japanese studies at a university in Singapore?

Sep 12, 2014

Mattlace, Suzanne Corley, and Ann Sobiech Munson '91 visit Chiapas, Mexico, in 1988.

Discovering a Sense of Place: Looking Back at Study Abroad

Being a guest in the Central College house in Merida, Yucatan, in January for three weeks made me so happy I could not sleep the first couple of nights I spent in the “faculty room.” I was on sabbatical from my home institution, Allegheny College, where I teach comparative and Latin American politics, and I was in Merida doing research for a new project. Val Grimsley, the resident director, graciously invited me to stay in the house during my time in Merida, which gave me a marvelous vantage point to reflect on the impact of Central’s study abroad programs on my life, during this 50th anniversary year.

Sep 12, 2014

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