UTM travel studies offer students opportunity
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 16:10
UTM offers students the chance to experience the globe and earn college credit at the same time, with travel study and study abroad programs.
These programs allow students to be able explore and experience different cultures throughout the world, and they involve students becoming immersed in studying a specific subject of interest by visiting different cities or countries where the students can actually live and breathe what they learn and get hands-on experience.
The programs involve students studying and researching prior to the travel study, as well as sharing the experience from the travel study when students return. The study-abroad programs here at UTM allow students to get the chance to travel to international partner universities where students can enhance their learning capabilities.
UTM has many travel study groups to choose from.
One travel study, the Fashion Merchandising travel study, is taking students to Atlanta in April of 2013.
Past travel-study programs have benefited the Fashion Merchandising Curriculum in a positive way. Several Fashion Merchandising students have made connections throughout the U.S. while participating in the travel-study programs.
“Past fashion merchandising travel study tours to New York City, Chicago and Dallas have helped students make connections with retailers and led to internships as well as jobs after graduation. One student landed an internship and subsequent job with Neiman Marcus in Dallas. One of our alumni is currently studying in London to be a fashion designer. She became interested in studying fashion design through our New York City and London/Paris travel study tours. With UTM not being a fashion capital, these tours allow students to see the possibilities for a dynamic career in the fashion industry.” said Sue Byrd, Professor of Fashion and Merchandising.
Another travel study happening soon is the New Pacer Singers tour of the Northeast, taking place in January 2013. The New Pacer Singers tour each year, offering both music majors and other members of the ensemble performance experience in new places.
“I went on the New Pacers tour last year, and I loved it, because it gave me an experience to remember with a great ensemble. I’m not a music major, but I feel that just the experience of traveling with an educational focus can give any student inspiration and knowledge to carry into their future careers,” said Communications major and New Pacer Singers member Alex Jacobi.
These are just two of many travel studies. For students interested in taking part in a travel study, there is a UTM Travel Scholarship Award, funded by the SGA Travel Study-Fee that students can apply for. Any full-time undergraduate students and graduate students who enroll in a travel-study or study-abroad program approved by the Travel-Study Scholarship Committee can apply and is eligible for this scholarship.
“Travel study trips are a great way to enhance your education experience. The things you learn from actually experiencing a different culture and place are invaluable. You will develop a deep appreciation for your studies. Travel study experiences can help you as you seek a job. In today’s global marketplace businesses are looking for students who understand different cultures and have an adventurous spirit,” said Dr. Joey E. Melhorn. “As a professor I have led several travel study trips. The one comment I like to remind students is that they may not remember everything we discussed in the class, but they will most certainly remember our trips for the rest of their lives. Travel study allows students to see a bigger picture than just where they are from.”
The proposed list for travel-study programs for the 2012-2013 school year include the following destinations: Guatemala; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; London/Paris; San Juan; Puerto Rico; Germany; Brazil; Ireland; Italy; Taiwan and New Zealand.
The proposed list of the UTM's study-abroad programs include: University of New Orleans, University of Castilla-La Mancha, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi and Technical University of Braunschweig. Some of the listings are not just limited to students, however; they are also open to staff and the public. The cost of travel study programs usually cost between less than $450-$4500.
For more information about travel-study programs or study-abroad programs, stop by the Center for International Education located in 124 Gooch Hall, call 731-881-1039 or email www.utm.edu/departments/globalstudies/.