Welcome to Salem State University’s Study Abroad blog; “GoAbroadSSU” Before we hand you a plane ticket and tell you to start packing, let us, first tell you a bit about who we are.
“Does she even go here?”
We are the Center for International Education (CIE), and, YES, we exist. Located on South campus across from the Harrington building (affectionately called “The Little Green House”). Our offices may be a bit out of the way for students not taking classes at South, but are easy to get to get to if you hop on one of the shuttles.
What we do:
We help students, like you, apply and prepare for an amazing cultural experience abroad. We also help students from other countries come to Salem State to study. Currently we have students enrolled from: China, Japan, Sweden, Africa, Brazil….
Why a blog?
We understand that, from an outside perspective, the study abroad process can appear intimidating. All of the forms and financial jargon, not to mention finding the right country and program, are certainly enough to discourage any student. This blog is aimed at not only demystifying the application process, but providing you with program information, and student testimonials in order to find the best option.
In addition, this blog may be used as a travel companion. Don’t be turned off just yet. These won’t be your grandma’s travel suggestions! The articles we post are written by students and cover a wide variety of topics including: site-seeing, best clubs/nightlife, tips on budgeting and packing while abroad, and maybe even a poll or two to see what country you think has the: best beer, food, most attractive people, etc.
Who am I?
My name is Samantha Cepican. I’m a senior at Salem State majoring in Communications (public relations) with a minor in Spanish. Before coming to work at CIE, I not only studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for six months, but had the opportunity of traveling/performing for two years with the international Disney on Ice production: High School Musical: The Ice Tour (’07-’09). I’m addicted to travel and love helping other students throughout their study abroad experience.
If you have any questions regarding study abroad or have studied abroad and would like to propose an article/submit photos or videos, please feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.