The College of New Jersey emphasizes the importance of global thinking to its students. In an effort to encourage conversation across nationalities, the school created an office that helps both TCNJ students who want to study abroad and foreign students coming to TCNJ in their own “study abroad” experiences.
“The Center for Global Engagement got the name because it’s a place where people of all nationalities can come together and talk to each other,” explains Jon Stauff, Ph.D., the center’s director. “It gives students who don’t go abroad the same advantages of broadening their perspectives.”
For TCNJ students who do study abroad, the school provides a variety of opportunities. Some students go for a full semester at one of 80 colleges and universities around the world, from Argentina and Australia to Vietnam and Wales.
Many others, however, go for two- to four-week programs. These summer programs are increasingly popular — participation in them is up 200 percent over last year — because they’re more affordable and more focused. Coming up in 2011 is a biology course on the natural history of the Galapagos Islands.