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Feb 04

Recap: Lively Lucy & Study Abroad Fair!

As we enter the sweet spot of a new semester–that first week or two of getting into the swing of new classes and clubs, just before the workload starts to pile up–it’s a prime time to start planning and applying for your off-campus study experience. If you haven’t gotten the chance to speak with us or any study abroad returnees yet, drop by for walk-in advising (every Mon-Fri, 1-4pm, Starbuck 202).

Hopefully you were able to stop by our Lively Lucy Goes Global event last week, and our Study Abroad Fair yesterday!

Here are some highlights of both:

Student bands, photo booths, doughboys–oh my! Our welcome back event (in collaboration with the weekly Lively Lucy performances at Falstaff’s) was a blast thanks to the students who performed and participated. London freshmen, international students, and other study abroad returnees came out to meet new friends and share stories about their time off-campus. We loved listening to their travel tales over Esperanto’s pizza and the musical talents of The Accents, Izzy Howard, and other student performers.

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Our Study Abroad Fair was also a success! Twenty program providers set up shop in Case Center to discuss programs and opportunities for Skidmore students abroad. Students who came to grab a coffee between classes left dreaming of studying in South America or in Europe, and those who already had a program in mind had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives and returnees of those programs. Thanks to all the students who volunteered to come and talk about their program and how it has shaped their global perspective!




Don’t forget–deadlines for Fall 2016 are fast approaching!

Jan 25

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!

Whether you’ve just returned from a semester abroad or this is your first semester on campus (hi, London freshmen!!), we are eager to hear all about your recent studies and travels. Come share your stories and catch up with other study abroad returnees this week at our Welcome Back event, Lively Lucy Goes Global!

When: January 28, 2016, 7-9pm

Where: Falstaff’s

What: Esperanto’s pizza & doughboys, live music, a student photo gallery, & a raffle!


For those of you who are starting to plan your time abroad, be sure to mark our upcoming Off-Campus Study Fair on your calendars–it’s a great opportunity to learn about the various types and locations of programs that Skidmore offers and approves, and to speak directly with their representatives.

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 11:30-2:30pm

Where: Case Center, Second Floor


Finally, we’ve hired four new student bloggers for the spring semester! Follow along as they explore a range of cultures and approach their studies through hands-on field work or home stays, studying graphic design illustration, sustainable development, Spanish, and geologic formations.

Madeleine Welsch, England

Zia O’Neill, Costa Rica

Will Kaplan, Spain

Belle Bennett, New Zealand


Good luck with getting settled and the first week of classes!

Dec 14

OCSE Student Blogger Feature!

Studying abroad has further solidified the teachings I have gained from Skidmore.  I have looked at the same issues, but instead of learning about them from a professor, I have seen them with my own eyes and interacted with people whose daily lives are affected by these issues.

~Allison Gretchko, ’17


In this OCSE student blogger feature, I caught up with junior Allison Gretchko (third from the bottom), who has been blogging for us from around the world on her IHP program about city development in the 21st century. Here’s what she had to say:

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Dec 07

OCSE Student Blogger Feature!

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“It’s been really interesting discovering who I am in a different language, because it’s really difficult to get your true personality across in a language that you’re unsure of.”

             ~Emily Savarese, ’17

Junior Emily Savarese (pictured above, far right) is currently studying on the Skidmore in Spain program (based in Madrid and Alcalá) and I had the pleasure of interviewing her via email this past week. This semester, she’s been blogging for OCSE and cataloging her experience via a photo diary, taking us on tours of Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, and tapas-making classes with her friends (featured above). Here’s what she had to say about her time off-campus so far:

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Nov 23

Recap: International Education Week!

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To celebrate the experience of international education—as well as the contributions of the international students who enrich our education here at Skidmore—our community came together this past week to share our educational experiences from around the world. Last Wednesday, we celebrated Global Skidmore Day, in honor of the global education which has nuanced so many of our perspectives and tangibly impacted the way we interact with our studies.

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Oct 28

Congrats to the 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

Off-Campus Study & Exchanges is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 OCSE Photo Contest. OCSE received over 200 photos from students that studied off-campus during the 2014-15 academic year. Photos were submitted in one of four categories: My City, My Self(ie), My Host Culture, & My Studies. A first-place winner was selected for each category. A Best in Show award was also given for the best overall photo. Here are the winners!

Cuba_Trinidad_Dorothea Trufelman_Cuban SunsetWinner of the “Best in Show” category.
“Cuban Sunset” was taken by Dorothea Trufelman while studying on the NYU Tisch Special Program in Cuba.


Winner of the “My City” category.
“London’s Light and Dark” was taken by Leila Farrer while visiting London. She studied abroad in Denmark with DIS Abroad Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

OCSE Blogger Feature

“I am writing this on a Sunday night and Paris is sleeping. On Sundays, at around one in the afternoon, all shops begin tucking themselves in. Restaurants, boutiques, bars, cafés, patisseries: all close their eyes until Monday. You can even hear the streets sigh.”

         ~Claire Foster, ’17


You won’t be surprised to learn that Claire Foster is an English and French double major. Her blog, Lettres de Claire Louise, is addicting — her writing is studded with sparkling French phrases and insightful observations on cultural differences. She catalogues her immersion with a compelling immediacy, exploring the language and the lay of the land in every post. In an attempt to live vicariously through her while awaiting her next post, I interviewed her via email:

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Oct 21

OCSE Photo Contest Submissions

Submissions to the annual Skidmore OCSE Photo Contest are currently being reviewed! Here’s a look at some of the wonderful, wanderlust-y photos we’ve received:




Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; London, England; Paris, France; Himalayas, India; Wadi Rum, Jordan; China; Ferrara, Italy; Venice, Italy; Ahmedabad, India

Photo Credit (in order of appearance): Leila Farrer; Elena Veatch; Leah Docktor; Anna Tashie; Dominique Ramirez; Eliza Dumais; Corinna Goodman; Madeleine Conover; Sukie Emerson; Katie Pazienza; Emma Giles; Emily Knickerbocker; James Rider

Thanks to the students for sharing their work!

Oct 05

Annual OCSE Photo Contest!!

Open to all students who studied off-campus in 2014-15! This year we have brand new categories, and more categories means more chances to win. Each category will have a $100 prize winner, and there will be a $200 PRIZE for the Best in Show category.

My Self(ie)
Submit photos of yourself or other students on your program during your off-campus study. Special consideration given to photos highlighting students interacting with the local culture, with their homestay family, or for creative selfies.DCIM100GOPRO

My City
Capture the atmosphere of your program location or the place(s) you visited during your off-campus study. Photos can include landmarks, landscapes, scenes from daily life (such as bustling local markets or commuting crowds), local residents, etc. Special consideration given to photos taken in the city or town you lived in.Morocco_Lauren Bosche_Water Delivery in the Medina_2014

My Host Culture
Submit photos that best exhibit your city’s cultural celebrations or traditions, such as national holidays, performances, regional cuisine, routine family gatherings, or ceremonies.Spain_Valencia_Dan Plumer_Feria en la calle_2014

My Studies
Show us what the “study” part of studying off-campus looks like! Photos could feature (but are not limited to) your school, action shots of fieldwork, long-term projects you completed, and you or other students volunteering or working in the local culture. China_Lanzhou_Katie Amo_first day_2014

Best in Show
The best photograph, regardless of category, as determined by the judging committee.

Students may submit up to five (5) photos across all categories.

DEADLINE: October 12, 2015

visit our website for more info:

Follow our Instagram (@globalskidmore) to view the submissions as they come in!



Sep 30

Come to Speed Advising!

Thinking about studying abroad? Want FREE pizza?? Come eat & talk with students who’ve participated in programs across the globe and learn more about what’s right for you! In one hour, you could learn about up to 20 different programs from our study abroad returnees. Bring an appetite and an open mind! 

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Where: 2nd floor Dhall

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7-8pm






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