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Brockport study abroad program voted a top bucket list item

by brockportnews
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 pm

Students across the United States have been increasingly traveling across the world to study abroad. The national rate of students traveling rose to 3.8 percent during the 2015-2016 academic year. According to nafsa.org, that number accounted for around 1.8 percent of all students attending a higher level institution in the U.S. 

This number incorporates students of both the private and public school sector, with many of those students making State University of New York. This fact has recently been attested through The College at Brockport’s study abroad program to Antarctica being recognized as one of “10 most bucket-list worthy study abroad programs” by the   Travel Channel.

Owned by Discovery, the Travel Channel is an American based corporation that highlights topics like travel, documentaries and diy projects among others. An email by the Associate Director of Communications John Follaco, explained that not only was the program ranked as a top 10 program, but its ranking was number two on the list. The highest ranking program was a trip to Harry Potter’s United Kingdom. 

According to travelchannel.com, the trip to Antarctica allows students the opportunity to participate in a field study, a collection of raw data from outside a lab to be further investigated. This can be done at the Antarctic peninsula and part of Argentina, including Tierra del Fuego.

 The site stated, “[participating in the trip to Antarctica] provides students with extraordinary experiences few others will ever have, such as diving into a caldera or sleeping in a hole in a glacier.” 

The experiences the Antartica trip offers is one like no other. The Assistant Director of study abroad, Lindsey Crane, was taken back by the ranking.  

“To be recognized by the Travel Channel was a surpise. But we always knew that our Antartica trip was a stand out program,” Crane said.

“We only have a reserved number of spots for the trip but the program has always filled and usually students have to get on a waitlist,” Crane said. 

Different SUNY schools offer study abroad programs, however, since all of these schools fall under one system it is possible for students to have access to a particular program even if the school they specifically attend doesn’t offer the program. The online information site at suny.edu explains SUNY currently offers, “1,000 overseas study programs in more than 60 countries and all seven continents.” 

The site goes on to explain programs can range anywhere from just two-three weeks to a full semester or even a complete academic year abroad. 

While the experience of studying abroad certainly comes with many benefits, such as cultural enhancement, the cost of such an endeavor can cause students to refrain from looking into different programs. However, the SUNY site explains that costs depends heavily on the intended destination and the monetary difference between that country or territory’s currency and the U.S. dollar. 

The site explains, “Program costs are usually only slightly higher than on-campus costs of tuition, room, and board (exclusive of international air fare) - and in some countries expenses are actually less than they would be on campus.”

As of 2011, Brockport only hosted a population of just over 8,000 students, however, the school’s study abroad program offers a unique opportunity to connect with the rest of the world. Students interested in learning more about studying abroad either to Antarctica or any other location can either visit the study abroad office at on the top floor of Dailey Hall, or visit its website at brockportstudioabroad.com.