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EuroScholars News

Thank you for your interest in EuroScholars, a unique research study abroad program in Europe. In each edition, this newsletter aims to keep you updated with the latest program developments!Learn more about EuroScholars

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University in the Spotlight: University of Milan

The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university, which - with 9 faculties, 31 departments and a teaching staff of 2,196 professors - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in the region, with approximately 65,000 students; it is also an important resource for the socio-economic context of which it is a part. Milan is the capital of Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and international regions in the European Union, a leader in the national economy that stands at the Italian forefront of research and development investments and commitment to technological innovation.

The University of Milan also possesses a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, archives, botanical gardens and the old Brera Observatory commissioned by Maria Teresa of Austria. The University’s departments are housed in important historical buildings in the centre of Milan and in modern buildings in the area known as Città Studi (the City of Studies). Among the palazzos that house the University’s facilities are the old “Ca’ Granda”("the big house") – a monumental complex from the 15th-century in the heart of the historical city centre, the 18th-century Palazzo Greppi designed by Giuseppe Piermarini – who built the Scala Theatre in Milan, and the 17th century Sant’Alessandro College commissioned by the Arcimboldi family. The book collection, which is one of the richest in the region, is preserved in 87 libraries, while the APICE Centre collects rare and valuable book stocks and archives. The University also has a Choir and its own Orchestra, which actively contributes to the cultural life of the city and receives international acknowledgements on an increasingly frequent basis.

In recent years, the range of courses has been expanded and diversified with the establishment of new study programs, designed to meet the specific requirements of new social-economic contexts. The University offers a multidisciplinary educational program, which focuses primarily on three areas:

  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Science
Milan is famous for fashion, for theater, and for the international scope of its trade fairs – and will become even more so in view of Expo 2015. Sights to see include the numerous masterpieces preserved in the museums (the Brera Picture Gallery, the Ambrosiano Museum, the Museum of Modern Art) and the wonderful Romanesque churches, such as the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio. It is also advisable to visit the striking gothic structure of the Duomo, the age-old symbol of the city, and pass beneath the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele that leads to the Scala, the temple of opera and symphonic music.  There are also many possibilities for excursions to the outskirts of the city and to other places in the region. Milan is not far from Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, the Alps, the Ligurian Sea (90 minutes away), and Venice (a 2 ½ hour train journey).

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From an Alumna

Idu Azugo, Rutgers University, Leiden University

Studying abroad had always been one of those experiences that I hear other students talk about and I wanted to experience it for myself. I saw the opportunity to enrich my university career and, really, just do something different. I decided to study in the Netherlands because the research being conducted by Professor Bernhard Hommel was in the field of Psychology. As I’ve never been to Europe, this was a great place to start. 

I think that studying abroad is already helping my future. Because of the program, I was able to work on an Honors thesis project after my return to Rutgers University in the United States, and both of these experiences improved the look of my Curriculum vitae. I am happy to say that a manuscript resulting from my honors thesis work on mice and alcohol susceptibility was recently accepted for publication in the journal “Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry”.

I believe that the sense of independence and extroversion garnered from studying abroad is one that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Also, being able to conduct an independent research project was really helpful in the work I’m doing now that will eventually lead to my PhD thesis (e.g. I approach literature reviews with a more critical eye). In a less academic sense, my study abroad makes for a nice conversation piece.

I would advise a student thinking about studying abroad to highly consider doing it. Experiences like these don’t happen every day, and you’ll be enriching your academic career. Some people have mentioned to me that they didn’t really have an idea of what they wanted to study for their Bachelor’s degree and beyond, so I think that studying abroad will provide a fresh perspective and better clarity, and it would help you if you’re having doubts about your academic plans. The added incentives are the people you’ll get to meet, and the amazing locations you’ll have the opportunity to see.

I love that the EuroScholars Study Abroad Program was and continues to be available for students. They get to see how research is conducted in countries abroad as well as either work on a project of their own or take classes. Depending on the country, the language barrier might be a little bump on the road, but for the most part, the people speak English, and from my experience, they were really welcoming. To this day I am still very appreciative that I had the opportunity to study abroad, especially as a EuroScholar. The experiences and memories will continue to stay with me for a long time to come.

 

EuroScholars Site Visit Spring 2013

From March 17 to 24, EuroScholars had their first Site Visit. The EuroScholars institutions visited during this week were Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (Germany), KU Leuven (Belgium) and Karolinska Institutet Stockholm (Sweden). Thirteen Honors Directors/Professors and Deans from 13 US institutions attended several presentations about the research projects offered at these 3 institutions. They also visited some of the student facilities at these three locations. During the same week, 12 current EuroScholars students attended the MidStay program, which was organized by KU Leuven.

A note from a site visit participant: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, PhD, MPA ( Dean and Professor Honors College, Michigan State University)

"When I first learned of the opportunity to participate in the inaugural EuroScholars Site Visit I didn’t hesitate to register my interest. I knew there would be no better way to obtain a first-hand perspective on the research opportunities available for students. This was important since the students who would be participating from my institution could come from any and all majors. My university was considering establishing an affiliation with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and EuroScholars and on-site experiences and the knowledge garnered through the visit would facilitate the decision making process. As a result of the site visit, I can appreciate that LMU-Munich, KU Leuven, and Karonlinska Institute each have the faculty, staff, infrastructure, and environment necessary to ensure that students will have the best possible experience. The range of potential research projects across the natural sciences, engineering, and medicine to the social sciences, as well as arts and humanities, just to capture a few is incredible. I greatly appreciate that as participants on the site visit we were able to get our questions addressed thoroughly and quickly. We have made important contacts at each of the universities and that ensures confidence when attempting to recruit students for the EuroScholars program. The most affirming aspect of the site visit was the interaction we were able to have with current participants in the EuroScholars program. The students were excited about the work they were doing and clearly enjoying the opportunity to grow as emerging scholars in an international context. In case you’re wondering, the program staff, group leaders, and local hosts were incredibly gracious, accommodating, efficient, professional, warm, and welcoming. The site visit was one of the best investments of my time and energy. I remain excited for colleagues who may have a future opportunity to participate in a EuroScholars site visit and learn about what the university partners have to offer the amazing students that we all serve."

 

Upcoming Conferences

  • NAFSA: May 26 - 31, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri Some of the members of the EuroScholars Consortium will be attending. To schedule a meeting, please email Ms. Usha Mohunlol. EuroScholars is also presenting a poster on Wednesday, May 29 from 8:30 - 10 am.
  • EAIE: September 10 - 13, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey Some of the members of the EuroScholars Consortium will be attending. To schedule a meeting, please email Ms. Usha Mohunlol. EuroScholars is also holding a session at the EAIE: Undergraduate Research is the "New Normal" in Study Abroad