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Effect of Study Abroad on Graduation
Jul 17, 2012

Are you worried that studying abroad could delay your graduation? Inside Higher Ed, a website dedicated to posting news and jobs about higher education, recently published an article about the positive correlation between study abroad and graduation rates. For instance, five-year graduation rates are 92 percent for study abroad participants and 78 percent for non-participants at the University of California at San Diego. Other instit...
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The Value of Bilingualism in the Job Search
Jul 16, 2012

We hope that all Boren recipients come back from studying abroad as a bilingual. But are your language skills really useful as you look for jobs? They are! A 2011 CareerBuilder survey indicated that 29 percent of companies would hire a bilingual candidate over someone who is equally qualified but only spoke one language. The article provides tips on how to highlight your language abilities to your advantage while reminding you not t...
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101 Fun Ways to Learn a Language
Jul 15, 2012

Living abroad gives you the opportunity to study languages in non-traditional settings. For example, you can interact with locals and read primary texts to learn useful phrases you don't always hear in classrooms. This article introduces 101 fun ways you can improve your skills, including watching a "cheesy sitcom" or attending a sporting event. We hope it provides you with interesting ideas. Good luck to all Boren recipients with t...
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Fellow Earns GED, Applies to College, and Travels Abroad
Jul 10, 2012

Leonard Leid, a graduate student at the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, has received a Boren Fellowship to study the social, economic, and environmental implications of agricultural practices in Brasov, Romania. Leonard's religious background prohibited him from attending school past the eighth grade so he worked on the family farm instead. Motivated by his desire to travel, he took the GED and...
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Undersecretary Promotes Language Training
Jul 8, 2012

Michael Vickers, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, believes that language can contribute to the success of military operations. In discussing the role of language in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, he stated: “I can’t go into more detail -- but the ability to have officers or translators who were fluent or very professionally competent in a language made all the difference.” He therefore concludes that foreign lang...
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