Study Abroad

One hallmark of the Flinn Scholarship is two funded study-abroad experiences, including a three-week group summer seminar and a destination chosen by the Scholar.

In the summer after their freshman year, the Scholars travel as a class to an international destination. Most recently in 2019, the Scholars traveled to China, dividing time between the capital city of Beijing and a rural province. Previously, the summer seminar was held in Hungary and Romania.

The 2019 international seminar focused on China’s role in global-scale environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability, approaching these issues from both anthropological and artistic perspectives. The trip was coordinated in China by staff from the Council on International Education Exchange.

In Beijing, the Scholars visited sites such as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, engaged in daily lectures and group discussions with experts on sustainability, encountered artistic and cultural traditions of China, and studied Mandarin Chinese. In Yunnan province, Scholars stayed with host families in rural villages, visited environmental preserves, and participated in community events.

The seminar strengthens community among the Scholars while helping them build skills and preparing them to travel confidently and wisely in more independent settings.

“Overall, this trip was a life-changing experience for me since I had never traveled on my own. I had an amazing time bonding with my fellow Scholars, and I am sure that after the China trip we were all grateful to have the opportunity to explore a foreign country so effortlessly and smoothly.”—2017 Flinn Scholar

In addition to the summer seminar, Scholars individually choose at least one other travel experience during their undergraduate years. Options include semester exchanges, language study, and volunteer opportunities that will enrich and complement their academic programs.

Study abroad complements and broadens a Scholar’s academic program and provides an opportunity to experience the culture and history of other locales and people.

Scholars have traveled all over the world while undergraduates, spending time on all seven continents, in countries both rich and poor, and in cities large and small. Study-abroad experiences for Flinn Scholars can range from a summer to a semester to a year.

“I feel that I’m a more informed, open-minded, and compassionate person after the China trip. I hope to partake in more study abroad programs, especially in ones where the primary language spoken is not English.”—2017 Flinn Scholar