Office of International Programs introduces new study abroad changes
Hillary Thompson, Staff Writer
The impact of the pandemic has been felt by students and teachers in their learning atmosphere. Schools have also been forced to change many of their programs in order to adjust to new COVID-19 regulations. One of the more specific Saint Martin’s University programs that has been affected by the pandemic is the study abroad program.
Assistant Dean Lindsay Kramer of International Programs and Development gives insight into the study abroad program at Saint Martins.
“The study abroad program is a program that Saint Martin’s offers through the Office of International Programs and Development [OIPD] located in Old Main, room 430. The Office of Study Abroad is committed to developing students as global citizens through experiences overseas, whether by education abroad, cultural exchange, service-learning, new virtual programs, and/or research projects in countries outside the U.S,” shared Kramer.
Kramer also discussed some upcoming changes to study abroad programs, and reflected on the “highly attended Study Abroad fair” of Sept. 2019, where “over 130 students attended to learn more about opportunities around the globe.”
“Following the event a survey was sent to attendees asking for feedback, but also what they would like to see in the future. Over 90% of the respondents said they were more likely to pursue a study abroad experience if the application process was available online. As a result, OIPD purchased a software program that now allows students, staff, & faculty to access all available programming. This software link will be available through Saint Martin’s webpage and give access to and provide information on all programs offered 24/7,” Kramer said.
Kramer shared that this software, called “Via-TRM or Via-Traveler Relationship Management” is user-friendly, and provides student support “from the early-stage research of programs,” to the “pre-departure process.” The software utilizes a simplified application process to help students apply to programs they are interested in. As Kramer described, “it is a one-stop for all of your study abroad needs.”
Kramer also discussed the reason behind the new addition: “We believe that every student should have the opportunity to engage in global learning opportunities. By providing a software program that can be accessed 24/7 and one that our 2019 survey results among students echoed, we hope that every student here at Saint Martin’s will take a few minutes to go online and check out the new software Study Abroad has to offer.”
Interested students can access study abroad information by following https://stmartinuniversity-studyabroad.via-trm.com/.