The Oberlin Review

COVID-19 Outbreak Suspends Study Away Programs

Katie Lucey, News Editor

March 6, 2020

In the wake of rising global concern over COVID-19, a newly-discovered strain of coronavirus, Oberlin students are finding their study away programs altered or abruptly terminated in countries facing travel advisories. Although the College has issued statements indicating its ongoing support for affected students, the situation has raised questions about how program cancelations will impact the remainder of these students’ academic careers. “As of March 4, six of those programs have made the decision to suspend the in-country portion of their semesters, impacting 12 Oberlin students,” Director of International Programs and Study Away Mike Rainaldi wrote in an email to the Review. “Those decisions to cancel were not ...

Western Women in the East: Response to UChicago Student’s Take on Studying Abroad in India

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions Editor

October 4, 2013

On Aug. 18, a University of Chicago student using the alias Rose Chasm published an article, “India: the Story You Never Want To Hear,” on CNN’s website. In hopes of giving readers a glimpse of what women experience in India, the South Asian studies major discussed incidents of sexual harassment she experienced while spending the semester abroad. The things she describes are incredibly disturbing: a man masturbating at her on the bus, men filming her dancing at a festival and stalking her through crowds and a staff member at her hotel attempting to rape her friend. These traumas ultimately led to Chasm’s breakdown and two-day institutionalization about four months after she returned. She is currently on a...

College junior Hannah Combe visits Parliament and Big Ben as a part of the Oberlin in London program, one of the most popular study abroad options among students. Oberlin students are currently working against a new study abroad policy set in place for next semester, where program costs will be raised to equal College tuition.

Policy Change to Study Away Costs Causes Concern

May 4, 2012

This week, members of Oberlin Students Unite presented a petition with over 750 signatures to College trustees, voicing discontent with the administration’s decision to change tuition costs for study abroad beginning next academic year. Oberlin Students Unite is working to put this issue on the agenda for the Board of Trustees meeting in June, and possibly to present directly to the trustees at that time. “We feel like people here agree on so much but too often we just don’t get together...

China Programs Suffer Narrow Focus

Caroline Hui

February 24, 2012

Last week, I began looking into Oberlin-affiliated study abroad programs that fit my interests. As a Politics/East Asian Studies double major, I was looking for an interdisciplinary program in China, so that I could simultaneously take classes in Politics and attain fluency in Chinese. Given that Politics and East Asian Studies is a popular double major at Oberlin, I had hoped such a program would exist. However, the Oberlin-affiliated programs in China are solely culture- and language-based. I was surprised that Oberlin, a college with one of the nation’s oldest and most renowned East Asian Studies programs, offers such narrowly focused, language-only in-China study abroad opportunities. While attaining proficiency...

New Travel Warning Restricts Student’s Study Abroad Options

Emma Eisenberg, Staff Writer

November 4, 2011

The Winter Term trip to Mexico has a 30-year tradition in the Hispanic Studies department. This year, however, the trip is still being vetted by the Office of Study Away, thanks to a new policy restricting student travel to potentially dangerous countries. The Travel Warning policy states that “students are not permitted to receive academic credit or use College or Conservatory funding for activities in countries that are subject to Travel Warning issues by the U.S. State Department.” According to the State Department’s website, these warnings range from risk of arrest and long-term detention in North Korea and the threat of sporadic terrorist attacks in the Philippines, to drug-related violence in Mexico and...

New Travel Warning Restricts Student’s Study Abroad Options

Emma Eisenberg, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

The Winter Term trip to Mexico has a 30-year tradition in the Hispanic Studies department. This year, however, the trip is still being vetted by the Office of Study Away, thanks to a new policy restricting student travel to potentially dangerous countries. The Travel Warning policy states that “students are not permitted to receive academic credit or use College or Conservatory funding for activities in countries that are subject to Travel Warning issues by the U.S. State Department.” According to the State Department’s website, these warnings range from risk of arrest and long-term detention in North Korea and the threat of sporadic terrorist attacks in the Philippines, to drug-related violence in Mexico and...

In Their Own Words: Experiences of Obies in Japan

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 15, 2011

When the magnitude nine earthquake struck Japan on March 11, the ensuing tsunami and disasters brought international attention to the country. As the death toll continued to rise, Dean of Study Away Ellen Sayles had to decide whether or not Oberlin students in Japan would have to cut short their time abroad. With students on three different programs and in three different locations, Sayles worked on contacting the students and their families to ascertain their safety immediately after the tsunami, and then set to work deciding if the students could stay in Japan. The Office of Study Away’s policy on bringing students back from overseas is generally only applicable for countries in which the U.S. Department of...

Increased Number of Obies Go Abroad

Sam Szabo, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Although students considering studying abroad during their college career know they are not alone, a new report shows just how common the decision is for Oberlin students. According to the report, Oberlin had the second-highest number of students studying abroad this year among baccalaureate institutions. On Nov. 16, the Institute of International Education released the 2009 edition of its Open Doors Report on International Exchange. In this year’s report, Oberlin stood out with 616 students going abroad this past year. Although bested by Minnesota’s Saint Olaf College, Oberlin received special commendation as one of 23 colleges or universities nationwide to send more than 80 percent of its total student population...

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