Name: Miguel Silva (M.A. 2019)
Participating in the South Africa course was by far the highlight of my graduate studies at Steinhardt. From cultural experiences with the Zulu people in KwaZulu-Natal to visiting several schools with varying education models, the program allowed me to gain a broader understanding of the education system in South Africa. Being able to engage directly with South African students from different backgrounds at the University of Pretoria was an enriching part of my experience. Understanding the educational and social reforms the country has gone through in the past 30 years has shed a light into the history of South Africa and its people, while simultaneously leaving me to ponder about what is to come in the next 30 years.
Name: Beth Markowitz (Ed.D. 2020)
Studying abroad in Brazil was one of the highlights of my doctoral education. A large part of this course is learning about the culture and the people of Brazil and I couldn’t have asked for better mentors than the professors. The course content was on affirmative action in Brazil, which is very different than in the US. We visited colleges, a high school, and black activists across the country. One of the most impactful experiences was speaking with the students at the Steve Biko Institute, which instills self-esteem by helping students form a black identity and learn about their Afro-Brazilian roots. I will never forget this trip, the people of Brazil, the professors, or the students!
Name: Samantha Nelson (M.A. 2021)
Having the opportunity to study abroad in three different cities to learn about the organizational structures and student experience at various higher education institutions in India will be with me for the rest of my life. This trip taught me the vast differences in higher education institutions worldwide. In contrast, the student experience is often very similar; the complex culture and intricacies of the student experience in India were eye-opening. We also learned about the diversity in culture, religion, and geographic location which was equally, if not more, impactful. Traveling with Steinhardt students is something I am also eternally grateful for. We have all graduated and are scattered across the country, but we still keep in touch and will forever have a trip that changed all of our lives.
Name: Danielle Cooper (M.A. 2021)
Working full-time as well as being a part-time student in the HESA program I never imagined I would have the opportunity to study abroad...until the HESA program added the opportunity, Global Perspectives in Higher Education in Ghana! This course was offered during spring break, so it made taking time off work more manageable. We visited several institutions from technical schools to private universities, as well as public universities. We sat, ate, and talked with students to learn about them and their institutions. We also had the opportunity to explore each campus, the streets of Accra, the Castles of Elmina Ghana, and learn about the historical and cultural history. This was a tremendous opportunity and one I highly recommend!!
Name: Danielle Cristal (M.A. 2019)
It was really a unique opportunity to learn about Ghana and get to know its people through the lens of the higher education system. In the span of a week, we were all engulfed in the history and the culture through the education system and the experiences of the trip. Being able to spend such a significant amount of time one-on-one with students throughout the school visits really helped to better understand their experiences within higher ed as we compared it to how we experienced our own higher education institutions. In addition to getting to know Ghana, seeing the beautiful country, and traveling to Cape Coast, it was a wonderful way to get to know my NYU classmates from across Steinhardt.