Syracuse Abroad to Host Q & A on International Careers

On Wednesday, September 27, Syracuse Abroad will host a lunchtime discussion at the Alumni & Faculty Center with Thomas Kattau and Elena Hedoux of the Pompidou Group at the Council of Europe.

Students interested in interning or working abroad are invited to attend to enjoy lunch and to talk to Thomas and Elena about finding work in international organizations. For students considering a semester abroad, Thomas coordinates the Syracuse Strasbourg Center’s internship program with the Council of Europe and can offer valuable advice on securing one of the competitive internships with the organization.

Students who have already been abroad are encouraged to attend to talk about finding jobs overseas after graduation. A representative from the Career Services Office will also be on hand to offer advice on working abroad.

What: Lunch at the Alumni & Faculty Center
When: Wednesday, September 25, 12 p.m.

If you’re unable to make it, you’re invited to attend the Marketing your study abroad experience workshop hosted by Career Services on Tuesday, October 3, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Schine Room 231. This one-hour stand-alone workshop will guide you on how to present your study abroad experience to prospective employers.

Questions? Email Jenn Horvath, Syracuse Abroad Marketing and Communications Manager.

Participant bios:

Elena Hedoux has been working in the Council of Europe for 12 years and for the last 4 years with the Pompidou Group. In the Pompidou Group she is the program manager for the executive trainings on drug policy and works for the Secretariat of Permanent Correspondents and the Ministerial Conference. She also holds responsibility for cooperation with countries from Latin America and Eastern Europe. Her focus of professional interest lies with addiction treatment of young people, and innovation in institutional management. In addition she is exploring specific needs of migration populations with respect to drug policy. Elena has studied in Russia, the United States, Spain and France. She holds degrees in psychology and pedagogy, her working languages are English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Thomas Kattau is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation body. Before this he held various positions at the Council of Europe, including responsibility for childhood policies and assistance programs for Eastern Europe. Later he was engaged in conflict resolution and post conflict stabilization in the Balkans and North Caucasus. He is the coordinator for Syracuse University internships at the Council of Europe and has been teaching European Policies and international conflict resolution at the Syracuse Center in Strasbourg. Prior to taking up duties with the Council of Europe he worked in criminological research, taught comparative law and was a practicing attorney. He has studied law and social sciences in Germany and Australia and was an exchange student in the United States.

Syracuse Abroad Hosts First-Ever Study Abroad Showcase

Photo by Alison Socolow

On Monday, September 25, Syracuse Abroad will host its first-ever Study Abroad Showcase in the Schine Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Students worried about choosing a study abroad program that fits their major or minor requirements are invited to attend and talk to representatives from ten of Syracuse’s schools & colleges*. School and college advisors will be paired with study abroad staff members and global ambassadors to highlight abroad programs that work well with specific majors and minors.

In addition to the seven Syracuse Abroad centers and 65 World Partner Programs, the showcase aims to highlight 2018 summer and short-term programs. Faculty members who are leading programs in 2018 will be available to answer specific questions about their courses.

New faculty-led programs in 2018 include a Mount Everest base camp trek, led by Professor Tom Brutsaert from the School of Education and Falk College Professor Rick Burton; a spring break program to Cuba focusing on Afro-Cuban dance, led by Professor Sydney Hutchinson in the College of Arts & Sciences; and a summer program based in Vancouver, Canada, led by Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico from the Falk College, which will focus on drug policy and harm reduction.

“We want to help SU students figure out which study abroad program is right for them,” said Jennifer Horvath, Syracuse Abroad Marketing and Communications Manager. “With over 100 programs in 60 countries to choose from, we know it can be overwhelming for students who are unsure where to begin.”


*Participating schools and colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Maxwell School, the Newhouse School, the School of Education, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Whitman School of Management, and the iSchool.


Syracuse Abroad Showcase

Monday, September 25
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Schine Student Center Atrium

Syracuse Abroad Statement on London Tube Explosion

Syracuse London staff have confirmed the safety of all Syracuse Abroad students in London at this time.

Staff in London have been in touch with students throughout the day. They have advised students to avoid using the Tube (London Underground) today while further investigations are being carried out. While it is believed that this was not part of a coordinated attack on the London Transport System, we are urging students to exercise caution.

If there are any updates, the Syracuse London staff will reach out to students again, and they will also alert them when British authorities have downgraded the situation and advise for all to resume services as normal.

We will post further updates if needed.

Fall 2017 Gilman Winners Announced

Congratulations to all six Syracuse Abroad students who received Gilman Scholarships for their abroad programs this fall! The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. We encourage all Syracuse Abroad students who meet the qualifications to apply for awards that can reach up to $8,000!

The next deadline (for spring 2018 programs) is October 3, 2017.

Our fall 2017 winners are:

Sammy Cayo – Syracuse Hong Kong
Alexandra Goodnough – Syracuse Hong Kong
Calvin Guo – Syracuse Hong Kong
Jessica Vinciguerra – SIT India: Sustainable Development and Social Change
Yeshi Wangmo – Syracuse London
Thandar Zone – Syracuse Hong Kong

Students on South Africa summer program enter their second week abroad!

Summer program update! The students on the South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience program are in their second week of the program. One of the course instructors, Jason Torreano, sends in this picture and update from Grahamstown:

“This past week, SU students worked to tutor our students in the first hour of Inkululeko and in the second hour, they’ve begun a project where they have our learners identify triggers of stress and then look at ways to combat that stress (particularly relevant now that it’s exam time). They’ve also heard from Jane Bradshaw, who is the Founder of Amasango School for Street Children. She was our first guest speaker and she spoke about how she launched Amasango more than 30 years ago, her time as principal and now, her reflections on it as she recently retired. The students were captivated. We actually had to cut off questions (a wonderful problem to have) as Jane had to leave for another appointment.”

Syracuse Abroad Statement on London Incidents

Syracuse London staff have confirmed the safety of all Syracuse Abroad students in London at this time.

Our international risk management partner, International SOS, reports the following:

Last Updated: 04 Jun 2017 04:00 (GMT)
Members in the capital London should continue to avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market areas following two security incidents there late on 3 June that the authorities are treating as terrorism. A van was driven into crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge shortly after 22.00 (local time); this was followed by stabbings outside a pub in Borough Market. At least six people have been killed and 30 others injured in the attacks. Armed police officers remain at the affected locations; traffic is suspended on London Bridge and Southwark Bridge on both directions and London Bridge and Borough Underground (‘tube’) stations remain closed.

ISOS’s advice is as follows:

Travel to the capital London and the UK can proceed. Security alerts are likely in the coming hours and days and could result in the short-notice evacuation of transport hubs. Allow ample time for travel within the UK and maintain flexible itineraries. Security hoaxes tend to proliferate in the aftermath of high-profile terrorist attacks, especially via Web-based social networks. Ensure you have access to reliable intelligence and refrain from acting on the basis of unverified information. Exercise caution at all times in crowded public areas. Remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or suspect packages to the police. Investigations may prompt localized incidents and security cordons in London or elsewhere. Allow ample time for travel to and from all London airports as heightened and additional security checks are likely, especially at border crossings. Travelers should carry relevant identification documents.

Avoid the London Bridge and Borough Market areas until the situation fully stabilizes.

For up-to-date information on the ongoing situation, monitor our alerts and the Metropolitan Police Service’s (Met) Twitter account.

Expect a heightened security force presence and related travel disruption in the affected areas. London Bridge and Borough Underground (‘tube’) stations have been shut down.

Plan routes circumventing the affected area and follow all directives issued by the authorities. Updates on disruption to the transport network in London can be found here.

Security alerts and police operations are liable to prompt short-notice travel disruption across the UK. Follow all directives issued by the authorities. Do not communicate or act on unverified information.

Syracuse University, both here on the main campus and at our international learning centers, sends its thoughts to the victims and all those impacted by today’s incident in London. We will post further updates as needed.

Syracuse Abroad Alumni Awarded Fulbright Opportunities

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has awarded several Syracuse University Abroad alumni the opportunity to explore their research and teaching interests around the world for the 2017-18 year. Of the seven students awarded from Syracuse University, five are alumni of at least one Syracuse Abroad program. Two, Frederick Cieri and Meghan Mistry, have represented Syracuse Abroad as student global ambassadors.

Congratulations to all!

Amber Barrow ’17, neuroscience and biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Syracuse Beijing Center Spring 2016

  • Study/Research Grant, Public Health, China

Rachel Brown-Weinstock ’17, sociology, citizenship and civic engagement, and policy studies, College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School; South Africa: A Global Health Experience Summer 2015 & 2016

  • English Teaching Assistantship, South Africa

Frederick Cieri ’17, modern languages and international relations, College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School; Syracuse Strasbourg Center Spring 2015, Madrid Summer Session Summer 2015, World Partner CET Brazil Fall 2016 & Spring 2017, Abroad Global Ambassador

  • English Teaching Assistantship, Spain

Hasmik Djoulakian ’17, women’s and gender students and citizenship and civic engagement, College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School; Syracuse Florence Center Spring 2015

  • English Teaching Assistantship, Armenia

Meghan Mistry ’17, broadcast and digital journalism, Newhouse School; Syracuse London Center Spring 2016, Abroad Global Ambassador

  • English Teaching Assistantship, Malaysia

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which is the largest U.S. exchange program with 1,900 grants awarded annually, allows students to take on international study, research and teaching opportunities as part of U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright’s vision in 1945 for the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.”

Students interested in applying to the Fulbright program should contact the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (315.443.2759, The campus deadline for the 2017-18 application cycle is Sept. 11, 2017.

Study Abroad Alumni Among 2017-18 Remembrance Scholars

Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee has chosen the 35 students who will be the 2017-18 Remembrance Scholars. Of the students selected, 17 have either already studied abroad, or will be spending the Fall 2017 semester on a Syracuse Abroad program.

The scholarships were founded as a tribute to—and means of remembering—the 35 students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among the 270 people who perished in the bombing. Remembrance Scholars each represent one of the 35 SU students who perished in the flight.

Two Lockerbie Scholars are also selected from Lockerbie, Scotland, to attend SU for a year of study. Andrew Dorrance and Heather Mutch, both Lockerbie Academy students, will be the Lockerbie representatives next year. They will work in the Syracuse Abroad office as work study students, and we look forward to welcoming them to campus in August.

Syracuse Abroad is pleased to recognize the 17 students who have (or will soon have) studied abroad through our programs:

Zainab Abdali of Houston, Texas, an English and textual studies and mathematics major in the College of Arts and Sciences: Syracuse London Spring 2017

Alex Alvarez of Caguas, Puerto Rico, a Latino-Latin American studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and a television, radio and film major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications: Syracuse Santiago, Spring 2016

Madeleine Buckley of Owings, Maryland, a magazine major in Newhouse and policy studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell: Florence Summer Session, Summer 2016

Elissa Candiotti of Hewlett, New York, a broadcast and digital journalism major in Newhouse: Syracuse London, Fall 2016

Kathryn Cassidy of Framingham, Massachusetts, a history major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell, social studies education major in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, and Spanish language, literature and culture major in the College of Arts and Sciences: Syracuse Santiago, Spring 2017

Bryan Cereijo of Hialeah, Florida, an international relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell and a photography major in Newhouse: World Partner CET Brazil, Fall 2017

Katherine Conti of Erie, Pennsylvania, an international relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell: Discovery Florence, Fall 2014

Ricky Diep of Quincy, Massachusetts, a systems and information science major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science: Syracuse Hong Kong, Spring 2017

Raymond Levine of Erie, Pennsylvania, a policy studies and political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell: Syracuse Hong Kong, Spring 2017

Madeline Lorang of Bigfork, Montana, a geography and citizenship and civic engagement major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell: Syracuse Madrid Fall 2016, Abroad Global Ambassador

Leonardo Marino of Pulaski, New York, a linguistic studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and music composition major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts: Mediterranean Food and Culture, Summer 2015; Syracuse Strasbourg, Spring 2016

Jacqueline Page of Potomac, Maryland, an international relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell and television, radio and film major in Newhouse: Syracuse London Fall 2016, Abroad Global Ambassador

Anjana Pati of Millstone Township, New Jersey, a neuroscience and psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences: South Africa: A Global Health Experience, Summer 2016

Kiran Ramsey of Indianapolis, Indiana, an information management and technology major in the School of Information Studies: Syracuse Florence, Fall 2017

Bronte Schmit of Syracuse, New York, a magazine major in Newhouse: Syracuse London, Fall 2016

Erin Welsh of Clarence, New York, a political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell: The Aqueducts of Ancient Rome, Spring Break 2015; Syracuse London, Fall 2015; World Partner CET Jordan, Spring 2017

Sudan Zhuang of Queens, New York, an information management and technology major in the iSchool and marketing management major in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management: Syracuse Hong Kong, Fall 2016

Syracuse Abroad Statement on European Travel Alert

The U.S. State Department issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe on Monday, May 1st. Alerts are issued for short-term events that the U.S. Department of State believes travelers should be aware of when planning to visit a specific country or region of the world. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, the State Department cancels the Travel Alert. In this most recent alert, the State Department has not advised individuals to defer travel, but the alert advises travelers to exercise caution and monitor security information for the country or countries of their travels. An alert contrasts with a “warning,” which is also issued by the U.S. Department of State, and signals that travelers should consider very carefully whether or not they should travel at all to a specific country.

The current alert mentions steps that travelers in Europe can take to help them maintain their awareness and bolster their personal security preparedness. Please note that the advisory was not issued in response to a particular threat, but was intended to advise reasonable precaution when traveling. General advice is included below. and all travelers are encouraged to visit the ISOS website and download the ISOS app for more guidance and to provide emergency information in need. (Syracuse University: #11BCPA000177).

Syracuse Abroad takes the safety and security of our students and faculty overseas very seriously and we will continue to monitor information from the U.S. Department of State, the Overseas Security Advisory Council, foreign security agencies, the university’s insurance providers, and contacts on the ground to keep travelers notified and make potential determinations on any necessary itinerary adjustments. If there are any additional questions about the advisory or other travel safety concerns, please feel free to contact Seth Tucker, Syracuse University’s Director of International and Domestic Travel Safety and Support, at or by phone 315.443.1968.


  • Remain vigilant to your surroundings in public places, including transportation hubs, popular tourist locations, and shopping malls. Report any suspicious packages or behaviors to the authorities as a general security precaution.
  • Do not be unduly alarmed by a visible security force presence in main urban centers, transport hubs, and border crossing points.
  • Maintain flexible itineraries as security operations or alerts may cause short-notice disruption in transport networks.
  • Monitor ISOS and State Department alerts for further updates. Syracuse Abroad will be in contact with all students and parents in the unlikely event of an itinerary change for their program.

The full text of the Travel Alert is available here.

Five Syracuse Abroad Students Named Summer 2017 Gilman Scholarship Winners

Five Syracuse University Abroad students are among the approximately 1,200 American undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer 2017 term. Big congratulations to:

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The late Congressman Gilman served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

The deadline for students applying for the Gilman Scholarship for Spring 2018 programs is October 3, 2017. Interested students are encouraged to contact Syracuse Abroad admissions counselor Mary Fedorko for assistance with their application.