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Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.
November 8, 2020
As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s partner universities overseas sent their international students home, Mercer’s study abroad office had a logistical challenge on their plates.

Mercer student stuck in South Korea amidst global pandemic

Daniels said that the administration would not allow her back into her Loft until the 14-day quarantine was over. So, she missed her initial flight back to the United States on March 8, and since then, has been staying with friends in South Korea until she’s allowed back on campus.  Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels
March 15, 2020
Daniels said that the administration would not allow her back into her Loft until the 14-day quarantine was over. So, she missed her initial flight back to the United States on March 8, and since then, has been staying with friends in South Korea until she’s allowed back on campus.

Faculty-led spring break trips prepare to depart

Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.
February 25, 2020
“This is definitely the most programs and largest group of students we’ve ever had going over spring break for faculty-led programs,” said Study Abroad Coordinator Rebekah Anaya in an email to The Cluster.

Fourteen Mercer Global Leader Scholars study abroad this semester

Photo provided by Suzanna Arul
January 29, 2020
Mercer University awarded 14 students the new Global Leader Scholarship to aid them with their travel expenses as they study with Mercer affiliates around the world. This year’s scholars are traveling to countries including South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Sweden, Spain and the U.K. 

Mercer student partners with Cultural and Educational Programs Abroad Foundation

Photo provided by Dajee' Lyles.
November 24, 2019
Dajee’ Lyles, a senior international business major, was hired this semester by the Cultural and Educational Programs Abroad Foundation to share information about the foundation’s programs around campus.

STEM-focused internship program brings Mercer students to Germany

Shailey Shah and a friend explore Copenhagen during Shah's RISE Germany internship. Photo provided by Shailey Shah.
November 21, 2019
The program allows students from North American universities to intern at a German research institution for a summer, said David Davis, director of fellowships and scholarships.

Mercer alumna helps the Bahamas with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot

The Marsh Harbour Port serves as a logistics port in Abaco as part of emergency response efforts following Hurricane Dorian.
October 23, 2019
Erin Brett and her colleagues at the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot, a section of the World Food Programme that provides logistics support for non-food items during crises, were in the Bahamas to facilitate the movement of cargo from island to island.

Psychology professor to lead semester-long study abroad program in London

Dr. Amy Borchardt is hoping to lead a study abroad trip to London, England next semester.
October 8, 2019
Some of the courses being offered include Introduction to Psychology and Health Psychology, both taught by Borchardt, as well as classes in art history, English studies and British life and culture. “It’s like you’re in Mercer in Macon, but you’re actually in London!” she said.

Mercer University to offer new study abroad scholarship

The study abroad office is located on the top floor
of Ryals Hall.
September 28, 2019
Through the increase of more streamlined financial aid opportunities, Mercer students now have a greater opportunity to expand their worldview with over 30 programs offered in a number of various disciplines.

Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer

Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer
September 27, 2019
So why am I here? What is it like being that far from home? Or, as many like to ask: of all places, why are you in Macon?

One year, two countries: Bri Levin’s cultural exchange in Japan and Morocco

Photo provided by Bri Levin
September 25, 2019
Levin found that living in two countries for the year meant adjusting to two different cultures. Here's what she learned from a year abroad.

Making a lasting impact: Mercerians in the Peace Corps and Fulbright

Sarah Grace Hall in front of a graffiti mural in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy of Sarah Grace Hall
September 11, 2019
The Cluster checks in with recent alumni performing service across the globe, from a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia to a Fulbright scholar in the Czech Republic.
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