Full-Time Student Perspective: Cynthia M. Alcantar, PhD '15
One of the benefits of attending school at NYU is the opportunity to study abroad as a graduate student. As an undergraduate student I did not have the opportunity to study abroad for various reasons. Looking back on my undergraduate experience, I deeply regret not studying abroad. So when I started my PhD at NYU I decided that it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
The study abroad program on Race and Higher Education in Brazil was an excellent fit with my program of study. This study abroad course gave me a global perspective on college access and admission policy issues. Visiting various colleges and non-profit organizations allowed me to critically think about the contrast and similarities in race relations and college access between Brazil and the U.S.
Aside from spurring an intellectual curiosity about college access in other Latin American countries, it also deepened my desire to travel abroad. Our travels through the historic areas of Salvador, Liberdade of Sao Paulo, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro really sparked my desire to visit other Latin American gems.
Full-Time Student Perspective: Erin Carlisle, MA '14
Education, Justice, Health. The sign displayed three simple words outside of a college within the University of Mumbai. Indian higher education has greatly developed in recent years to expand its access of education. From the moment I stepped foot onto Indian soil, the literature and head knowledge transformed into a deeper level of context. Through the global program, I gained cultural exposure to the facts and statistics I had read. Personal conversations with the resilient students and faculty interaction further enriched my learning. Those three "simple" words don’t seem as simple after expanding my worldview in India.
Part-Time Student Perspective: Nick Heller, MA '14
As a part time student in the HESA program I knew I wanted to study abroad from the first time it was mentioned by my adviser and was specifically interested in India because of its rich and diverse culture, and heritage. During the two weeks in India, our class visited a variety of public and private institutions. I grew tremendously through interacting with students and experiencing their hospitality and passion for learning. Some of the cultural highlights included exploring Mumbai and Kerala in rickshaws, and spending an evening watching a kite festival from a beach side rooftop. This has truly been a perspective changing learning experience.
Full-Time Student Perspective: Colvin Georges, MA '15
The study abroad in India has been one of my most rewarding experiences while being a graduate student at NYU! There were many presentations, conversations, and site visits that strengthened my understanding about the culture and customs of this country as it pertained to education, marriage, religion, language, food, family, social inequalities, and financial stability. Another rewarding part of my study abroad experience was when I toured one of the greatest slums in Dharavi, Mumbai. I witnessed a system of resiliency. By the end of your journey, you will have a whole new outlook on life and the way you view your native country.
Full-Time Student Perspective: Amber Lodman, MA '14
The South Africa study abroad program was distinct because of the hearty contextual experience it provides. Yes, South Africa is a beautiful country and its story frames a powerful narrative. You will visit schools, meet people, become acquainted with a culture and gain knowledge of a young democracy. Consider what you will bring there and what you may carry back. l met people and captured moments that influenced who I want to be to the world. That was compelling. Do consider cost, but greatly consider investing in an experience, one which I am carrying throughout life.