“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.”
–St. Augustine of Hippo

Starting in the fall of 2018, Milligan’s study abroad program is getting a makeover. Five students per semester will have the chance to study in another country or another state and receive credit at Milligan.

The study abroad program is open to all students that are second semester freshmen and up. Students are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA, have good conduct and be a full-time student before and after they return from the study abroad trip.

However, in the past it was a first come, first served opportunity. Now the program is more of a merit-based competition and is open to all majors.

For example, on Milligan’s website under study abroad there are 15 options for different semesters. The Disney College Program and the New York City in Journalism are both options for either the spring or fall semesters. For summer, there are options such as the Humanities USA tour, the Humanities Europe tour or the Oxford Summer Programme.

Milligan already has several options to choose from to study abroad, both domestic and worldwide, but if there is another program that fits the student’s course of study then the student should talk to their advisor and see if that would be a compatible program.  

Dr. Allysha Martin, assistant professor of Spanish and humanities, is one of the people in charge of the study abroad program.

“The benefits (of studying abroad) outweigh any hesitation,” Martin said. “It helps (you) be accountable for yourself. And it allows you to see a different culture and interact with the people there.”

Senior Kaitlin Miller studied at the Disney College Program in the spring of 2017.

“The Disney College Program gave me so many incredible opportunities,” Miller said. “But the best of them all was being able to meet and learn about people from all over the world. Being a part of their lifelong memories by helping create magic and happiness is so rewarding. There is a lot you will take away from your program, but you will leave a piece of your heart behind. It truly is a life-changing experience!”

If a student does not get accepted the first time they apply, they can reapply for one of the five spots the next year.

Also, students who need some of their scholarship money to study abroad must fill out the scholarship form a year before they plan to travel.

Students interested in the study abroad program should be able to look at the form by the end of December.

Senior Kaitlin Miller poses with Ariel at Disney World during her semester there. Photo by Kaitlin Miller.

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