Extending the Experience at Bates
In a sense, the study abroad experience is never completely over. Academic research has shown that the process of unpacking an experience abroad can take 5 years or more. You may find yourself reflecting on an event from abroad years from now. The experience can also be extended with Bates assistance in many ways:
Senior These Research Grants: Consider a senior thesis which builds on your experience. The Barlow Grant web page has information about Thesis Grants.
Carol L. Stark ’72 Endowment for Summer Language Scholarship: This fund supports intensive, immersive language study in a host country over the summer. Applications are usually due in March but contact the Center for Global Education for updated information. Eligibility: Bates juniors who studied abroad (or are currently studying abroad) for at least one semester during the academic year and who studied a language formally/for credit during their off-campus semester. You must propose intensive language study for this summer and must be accepted into a program before receiving the funds.
Courses: Consider taking a course in an interest you developed while abroad. Follow Bates Today for speakers and other campus events related to your experience.
Share your story: Plan a presentation or other activity on campus or in the community. This can be a presentation at a local school, a talk or display on campus, or a presentation at the Mt. David Summit. The Barlow Grant program can provide funding for these activities.
Photos: Submit a photograph to the Off-Campus Study Photo Exhibit. Submit a photograph for the display TV in the Center for Global Education. You should be featured in this photo. You can send the photo as an attachment to Mrs. Palmer; include where the photo was taken and what term you were abroad.
Writing: Consider writing about your experience for The Bates Student, The Garnet, or other campus publications.