Learn by Traveling

By Martin Dinh

As the end of the spring quarter wears down on us, we can’t help
but daydream what the summer has in store.

Many students are packing their suitcases, toning up their
bodies and planning their summer destination spots, What are you
going to do for the summer?

Cal Poly’s International Study Abroad Program has all the
answers you need to help you plan that dream summer vacation.

Whether you dream of backpacking through Europe, just relaxing
along the beautiful beaches of Spain, enjoying the fine cuisine of
Italy or even partaking in the exquisite culture of China, the IP
program offers a variety of adventurous destination stops for the

Summer 2007 options include: France, Spain, Italy, China,
Greece, Ghana, London, Morocco and Puerto Rico.

If you qualify for financial aid you may apply it to your trip
abroad. Scholarships are also available for studying abroad. The
approximate cost for traveling ranges from $2,000 to $5,000,
depending on the destination. If money is an issue, the IP program
makes an effort to accommodate to your needs.

To be qualified for the IP program you must be enrolled in a CSU
campus or be eligible to transfer from a California community
college. Also, you must complete coursework prerequisites and
language requirements for the particular country to be visited.
Some programs ask for either a 2.75 GPA or a 3.0, but in certain
cases if you do not meet the GPA requirements you could still be

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience a new
culture, meet people from around the world, gain international
experience and gain units towards your major. Perhaps most
importantly, you get a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore
the places that you have only read about and experience for
yourself the art, lifestyle, and culture of a whole different

Studying abroad allows you to “gain global knowledge of
international affairs and make lifelong friends abroad,” said
Theresa R. Ansley, coordinator of the Study Abroad Programs.

Tired of watching Southwest Airlines commercials asking, “Wanna
get away?” then contact the International Center to find more
information on next summer’s programs or the year-long study abroad

Martin Dinh can be reached by e-mail at arts@thepolypost.com or
by phone at (909) 869-3744.

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