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Capstone Scholars Abroad

 

Each spring break and maymester, the Capstone Scholars Program works with faculty and staff to develop international and domestic programs for Capstone Scholars. We offer a variety of locations and topics based on student interest and financial considerations.

Here you will find some basic information to consider regarding each of the four programs we are offering in 2018. We strongly encourage students to start planning as soon as possible, and to continually check this page and Capstone Connections for updates.

Travel abroad can be an incredible experience but it can also be stressful. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Cassie Davis at CMDAVIS1@mailbox.sc.edu or the Study Abroad Office (803-777-7557, studyabroad.sc.edu) to speak with an advisor.

 

2018 Study Abroad Programs

Nicaragua Spring Medical Trip

Join Dr. Patrick Hickey and other University of South Carolina students as they serve the rural Nicaraguan community of Masaya by bringing healthcare to the people in their homes and clinics during Spring Break 2018. You will fly to Managua, Nicaragua, and spend 7 days assisting doctors and nurses with patient histories, diagnoses and medications. Your service will be followed by evening classes on such topics as medical Spanish, tropical diseases, and how to suture or administer injections. You will also have a free day to adventure in Nicaragua including zip-lining, hiking or simply shopping and enjoying the local culture. Please attend one of our information sessions for more details or contact Olivia at ola@email.sc.edu! For more information, please follow this link for the application and a more thorough outline: Nicaragua Spring Medical Trip.

Amsterdam Maymester

Join Dr. Doyle Stevick, Jessie McNevin, and other Capstone Scholars as they travel to the Netherlands for Maymester 2018 (May 11-26). Working in partnership with the Anne Frank House and its expert staff, we will examine her life, the forces that made the Holocaust possible, and the resulting legacy of this tragedy on human rights and international justice. You will fly into Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and begin our experience by traveling to The Hague, the site of the Nuremberg Trials and home of the International Criminal Court. After four days, you will return to Amsterdam for the remainder.

Information sessions for the Amsterdam Maymester will be held on the 2nd floor of the Capstone Scholars Office (13 Gibbes Ct). Sessions will have 20-30 minutes of content and remaining time will be for Q&A. 

10/18, 3:00-4:00pm CANCELED
10/24, 11:00am-noon
10/26, 1:30-2:30pm
11/1, 10:00-11:00am

For more information, please follow this link for the application and a more thorough outline: Amsterdam Maymester Trip.

Nicaragua Maymester Educational Trip

Join Dr. Julia Lopez-Robertson / Cassie Davis (Assistant Principal Capstone Scholars) and other University of South Carolina students as they serve the rural Nicaraguan community of Masaya from May 20th to May 31st, by providing educational assistance to students in a local primary school. You will fly to Managua, Nicaragua, and then be based in Masaya where you will be providing hands-on educational assistance through volunteer work in a classroom setting. Additionally, you will have opportunities to work on community service projects and will be integrated into the local community through a variety of cultural excursions. You will also have time to enjoy the beauty of Nicaragua by taking part in other activities such as zip-lining, a boat tour, hiking, shopping and enjoying the local culture.

Information sessions for the Nicaragua Maymester will be held on the 2nd floor of the Capstone Scholars Office (13 Gibbes Ct). Sessions will have 20-30 minutes of content and remaining time will be for Q&A. 

10/17, 11am-noon
10/23, 9-10am
10/24, 4-5pm
10/27, 2-3pm

For more information, please follow this link for the application and a more thorough outline: Nicaragua Maymester Educational Trip.

 

Passport Travel Grant Information

The Passport Travel Grant is a financial award of $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience for Capstone Scholars students. 

The application is due on 11/15 by 5pm and applicants will be notified no later than 12/15 on whether or not they received the award. To apply simply go to:

  • Symplicity - if you have not logged in before the system will require you to create a password by clicking “set password”
  • Once you have logged in select the “search scholarships” tab at the top
  • Select the Passport Travel Grant option by clicking on the “apply now” tab in the right hand column.

Tips and information for a strong application:

  • The Passport Travel Grant is competitive. Be sure to start the application process early!
  • A letter of recommendation is required. This letter must come from someone who teaches classes at the university and speak to your academic ability. A strong letter could set you apart so be sure to ask a faculty member for a recommendation early and be sure to ask someone who knows you well.
  • Let the reader know how this study abroad experience can impact your future goals, career, etc. This holds a lot of weight on the application!

Remember, the Passport Travel Grant is not the only study abroad scholarship offered. To find additional scholarships you can visit the Office of Study Abroad website – it is possible to earn more than one scholarship!


"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard