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Hamline Makes New International Connections


Since 2018, Director of the Global Engagement Center, Dr. Leila DeVriese has made twenty-one new connections with international institutions in order to provide more educational opportunities for Hamline students and to bring more international exchange students to campus. 

“I looked at research on where the greatest demand for study abroad is for American students as well as gathered anecdotes from where Hamline students would like to go. I also wanted to provide opportunities for students from all different disciplines,” said DeVriese.

DeVriese attended the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) conference this past summer in order to make connections and network with international institutions. 

One result of the trip is a relationship with Webster University which houses campuses in Austria, China, Ghana, Greece, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Thailand.

In addition to new traditional semester-long study abroad options, Hamline recently also welcomed Student Projects for Amity Among Nations (SPAN) to campus from their previous home at the University of Minnesota. SPAN is the oldest study abroad program in Minnesota operating since 1947 as a immersive summer research program aimed at providing funding and scholarships to students from underrepresented populations who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to study abroad. This program is open to all Hamline students and students from other colleges. Starting next summer 2020, Hamline will have its first faculty lead SPAN trip going abroad.

“I’m excited for SPAN because it will help Hamline be a more researched-focused program, before students would have to do a little more digging to find specific research-centered programs,” said Global Engagement Specialist, Kate Meyer

To learn more about SPAN please visit the Global Engagement Center.

“The [educational] development curve when studying abroad is remarkable because students are out of their comfort zone and that's when real learning takes place,” said DeVriese

Throughout the month of October, Hamline’s Global Engagement Center is also celebrating International Education Month with events including the Study Away Fair on Thursday, October 10, 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in Anderson Forum.

To learn more about study abroad opportunities and events, visit the Global Engagement Center’s website.

Written by Emma Larson