BHSU increases study abroad opportunities

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, September 3, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           

           Dr. Katherine Wildman, director of international relations and global engagement at BHSU, says new international relationships and collaborations over the past year are providing increased study abroad options for Black Hills State University students.

           

       

       

           

       

       

            International students at Black Hills State University gather to pin a map on campus designating their home countries. Far left, Dr. Katherine Wildman, director of international relations and global engagement at BHSU, says new international relationships and collaborations over the past year are providing increased study abroad options for Black Hills State University students.

       

   



New international relationships and collaborations over the past year are providing increased study abroad options for Black Hills State University students.

Dr. Katherine Wildman, the newly-appointed director of international relations and global engagement at BHSU, says the University is connected with more than 30 countries where students can travel, learn, and complete their BHSU degree.

"We have opportunities for study abroad in any budget, in any country, and any length of time from seven days, to semester or year-long programs," said Wildman.

Studies consistently show that students who study abroad achieve higher retention and graduation rates, secure employment sooner after graduation, and earn higher salaries. Increasingly, graduates are called upon to have an international perspective.

Dr. Rod Custer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said BHSU is ensuring students are ready to contribute to a more globalized world.

"The world is becoming so much more global. It's important that BHSU provide opportunities for our students to engage internationally through study abroad as well as by interacting with the international students who are here on our campus," said Custer.

Wildman says students can study abroad and graduate on time through BHSU exchange programs where students can take classes in their major.

The Office of International Relations and Global Engagement at BHSU fosters the study abroad program and also provides services to international students. This semester BHSU welcomed 22 new international students to campus. The international student population at BHSU represents over 25 countries including South Korea, China, Mexico, and Lithuania.

Wildman, who brings experience as an educator and administrator with Semester At Sea and the Qatar Foundation to her role at BHSU, says her curiosity about the world influences her daily work.

"Part of being an educator means continuing to challenge yourself and being open to what life might teach you. For me, it&rsquos putting my toes in other places around the world in order to learn," said Wildman.

Growing up on a farm in Indiana, Wildman says her work in the international field was inspired by her mother, a first grade teacher who traveled as a special delegate to China when Wildman was a young girl.

At BHSU, Wildman hopes to continue and expand the international collaborations already in place at the University.

"Study abroad and international studies are wonderful gateways to learning and growth," said Wildman.

"Inspiring others to be good global citizens &ndash that&rsquos what draws me to this important work."

Last year BHSU students studied abroad in countries throughout the world including Spain, Costa Rica, South Korea, and Ireland.







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