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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!



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! 

speed advising flyerpizza

Where: 2nd floor Dhall

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






Trusty Tips on Where to Go and What to Do There

Wondering what to pack for your sojourn abroad? Looking for authentic cuisine, new exhibits, local concerts or free events? Look no further: whether you’re preparing to study off-campus or you’re already there, here are the best websites to keep you updated on what’s happening in your city right now.

Time Out:IMG_2426

One-stop shop for all your cultural curiosities. Pick a city, then a category: things to do, restaurants, bars, theater, music, art, shopping. New events and discounted tickets are posted regularly, so be sure to check back often. Search by neighborhood, popularity, or price range (i.e. restaurants in Soho; top 10 restaurants in NYC)–you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for, and likely some new spots to add to your list as well.

P.S.: check out their list of the 50 Best Travel Apps

Lonely Planet:IMG_2431

Fan of the old-fashioned travel guide, but not of the extra five pounds in your luggage? Go digital! Lonely Planet, my trusty travel companion, has one of the most aesthetically pleasing websites on the internet, in my humble opinion. Search by city to find precise and personal guides, covering all the tried-and-true hot spots; search by purpose (family travel, adventure, group tour, budget, sightseeing, etc.) to find professional recommendations tailored to your travel plans.


The ‘places’ tab on Instagram is one of the most underrated (not to mention interactive) ways to explore your local community. Looking to meet new people in a foreign city? See who’s recently posted in your area and reach out by commenting on their account! Everyone pushes their comfort zone while travelling–stay smart and stay safe, but stay social, too.

Beyond showing you who’s around, ‘places’ features what’s around as well–scroll through photos tagged at local restaurants, museums, monuments, and other venues. Look up nearby restaurants to see photos of their food, or local museums to see photos tagged at recent exhibitions. If you’re wondering how to pack or what to wear, peek at the outfits of people who’ve tagged photos near you. Social media is only as social as you make it.

Comment below if you have any other trusty sources for making the most of your time off-campus!

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social









Did you like studying off-campus? Do you love free ice cream? If so, then join us from 4-6pm this Thursday in the ICC Lounge (2nd floor of Case Center) to catch up with fellow study abroad returnees and chat about your travels! (Did we mention the free ice cream??)

Back to School

Labor Day Weekend came and went, but the humidity is here to stay. It feels incongruous with the first day of school—a fresh start calls for fresh air, no? Campus is buzzing with the heady potential of the year ahead and New Year’s-style resolutions: I will get straight A’s, be proactive on long-term projects, join the Outing Club and go rock climbing, and I will get a job and still make time for weekly dinners with my housemates. Or at least I’ll try.

Many students’ initial intentions include studying abroad, and yet the application process often joins the ranks of those clubs they swore they’d join, or that coffee detox they never quite managed to do. With each week, the commitments to classes and campus build up, and application deadlines arrive as quickly as this past weekend.

With our new online application system, studying abroad is easier than ever. Don’t let the process daunt you—come in during our walk-in hours (Mon-Fri, 1-4pm) to find the program that’s right for you!

We look forward to meeting you—stay tuned for useful tips and tricks about pre-departure, making the most of your time abroad, and re-entry from our study abroad returnees.

And They’re Off!

While we eagerly await your return to campus, many of your fellow classmates have already arrived to their study abroad destination for the semester or academic year!! Want to keep up with what some of them are up to?! Here are the new bloggers for OCSE:

Also fun to read:

Are you still trying to decide where you’d like to spend your semester or year abroad? Come see us! We start our walk-in advising next week: M-F, 1-4pm.

Did you just return from your time abroad?! Come see us!! We missed you:)

Still Accepting Applications for Next Fall!

Welcome back from spring break! Did you know that it’s not too late to apply for your fall semester abroad?!

We’ve extended the deadlines for the following Skidmore programs:

Students applying to a non-Skidmore approved program must still submit the OCSE application to our office at least two weeks before their program’s deadline. You can find the program’s application deadline listed on their website.

Still not sure what steps to take next? Come see us! We have walk-in advising from 1-4pm every week day. Starbuck 202.

Show & Tell – a contest for students that studied abroad

Remember when you were a little kid and your teacher asked you to bring in your most prized possession to share with the class? You’d bring in your favorite stuffed animal or video game or best pair of socks and show your peers what mattered most to you. You were the star of the class that day. It was all about you.

This contest is literally no different. Well, yes – there are a few differences:

  1. This is a chance to showcase your study abroad experience to a panel of judges
  2. You have to submit a proposal by March 25th letting us know how you would do this (among other questions)
  3. The top 8 proposals go onto the final round which will be held on April 10th from 12-1:30pm
  4. If you win the Show & Tell contest, you win a $500 travel voucher to go abroad again

show and tell flyer

Britney Smart ’16, receives Public Health Award while studying in Denmark!

Congratulations to Britney Smart for receiving the Fall 2014 Public Health Academic Award from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad! Below is write up from DIS on Britney’s outstanding achievement:

Academic Excellence Award
Each semester, DIS recognizes one outstanding student from the Public Health program with an Award of Academic Excellence. It is reserved for a student who has distinguished her- or himself through diligence, commitment, academic performance, and ideally a student who contributes to a good, collaborative learning environment in class. Britney Smart (public health, anthropology major) was recognized for her academic achievement during her semester at DIS. Britney conducted a semester research project for her core course Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe where she interviewed and wrote a paper and presentated with two classmates on the Danish Healthy Cities Network (part of the WHO Healthy Cities Network). Britney indicated that she was interested in social justice issues and learning how culture affects opinions and behaviors regarding health – she had the opportunity to examine these areas in Denmark as well on her course-integrated study tour to Helsinki and Riga.  

The award was presented at the Public Health program concluding dinner attended by faculty, program staff and students. Susie Bondorf, the Public Health core course faculty member presented the certificate and award check of $300 to Britney to enhance/invest in her studies and said: “Britney is a bright and attentive student, who has shown great academic and social leadership throughout the semester. She is very quick-witted and understands where the faculty is heading with a question.  She has a reflective mind and is not afraid to speak it, and is often the first to raise her hand in class. Socially, Britney showed great enthusiasm and initiative on study tours as well as in class. She ran, and was elected, for class representative.”

Britney also excelled in the following courses: Epidemiology: Danish Case Studies, Public Health Implications of Modern Lifestyles, Public Health Ethics.


New Student Bloggers!!

The start of a new semester means NEW STUDENT BLOGGERS!

Jonni Lynn ’16 (Skidmore in Paris) and Olivia Gramprie’16 (SIT: Tanzania/Zanzibar) are our newest student bloggers!

Are you blogging abroad?! Let us know and we can share your blog too!


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