Study Abroad is the new student loans
Written by Bwog Staff
We noticed this article yesterday, but in case you didn’t, here’s the bit that might have to do with why it’s hard getting your study abroad program approved:
“At many campuses, study abroad programs are run by multiple companies and nonprofit institutes that offer colleges generous perks to sign up students: free and subsidized travel overseas for officials, back-office services to defray operating expenses, stipends to market the programs to students, unpaid membership on advisory councils and boards, and even cash bonuses and commissions on student-paid fees. This money generally goes directly to colleges, not always to the students who take the trips.
Kathleen McDermott, director of global programs for liberal arts undergraduates at Columbia, said trips subsidized by outside providers posed no conflict because â€œour business is to evaluate programs…
Since 1998, Dr. McDermott said she had taken six such trips: one to Argentina and Chile, another to Uganda and Tanzania, and visits to Cuba, western China, Jordan and Morocco. The trips were sponsored, she said, by various providers.
The Butler institute sponsored one of Dr. McDermott’s trips; Columbia, along with about 120 other institutions, is a member of the its national advisory council.”
We’re not saying Columbia bureaucracy could ever be corrupt or anything, but we can’t help wondering whether it’s harder than necessary to study where you want. If you’ve got stories, you know the address: [email protected].
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