Director Notes Archive

  • January 2024

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad

    Please do click the term boxes above and explore the world through students’ blog posts!

    Going forward, office events and announcements will be posted solely on Instagram:

  • September 2023

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    September 5, 2023

    Welcome (back), everyone!  We have some great events for you this semester.  Be sure to follow our instagram account to receive timely updates on events and student stories notifications.

    List of Fall 2023 Global Ed events

  • February 2023

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education & Study Abroad

    Lots of great events this term!  Be sure to keep an eye as well on our Instagram which has more regular updates:

  • August 2022

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    August 22, 2022

    Welcome, everyone, to the 2022-23 year — and a special welcome back to our 2021-22 abroaders!  Last year we had dozens of students study abroad, 6 during the academic year and the rest on summer programs.  Our top-attended location was the United Kingdom, with Germany and Spain following.  In addition, students studied in Argentina, France, Greece, and Latvia.  Be sure to read the blog posts linked above to get a sense of their adventures.

    We have a busy events schedule this fall.  Mark your calendars now for the following:

  • September 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    9/6/21 Happy Fall, everyone!  A warm welcome back to our students who attended Global Ed programs in England, Greece, Italy, and Spain this spring and summer — and a hearty bon voyage to our students attending fall programs in Spain and England. UPCOMING DEADLINESSept 15: Spring Global Ed apps due (LINK)Sept 15: Spring H-SC Funding apps due (LINK)Sept 15 (noon): Spring Fund for Education Abroad apps due (LINKUPCOMING GLOBAL ED PUBLIC EVENTSSept 7: (11:00-2:00 Settle Hall) “Kick Start Your Summer”Sept 9: (11:30-12:20 Brown 203) “National Scholarships for Study Abroad Info Session”Sept 16: 5:00 (online) “CYA Programs in Greece Info Session”Sept 22: 5:00 (Bortz 4th floor) “Travelers’ Tales: Global Ed Students Share Their Stories” Later this month I will send out information about the May Term Abroad programs we are organizing this year.  Details will also be shared on the Global Ed webpages (LINK). Our wonderful Global Ed office assistants will begin work next week and resume updating our Instagram posting and holding info tables in the library most days after classes.  They are happy to answer your questions about studying internationally.  And as always, students are encouraged to stop by my office in Blake A or make an appointment using Handshake!

  • June 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    June 15, 2021

    The summer is here in full swing and many are eager to travel now that some restrictions are being lightened.  Indeed, we have four students studying abroad this summer in Greece, Italy, and Spain.  Be sure to check out the blog posts (link above) from two of them: Taylor McGee (now in Spain) and Zac Richman (heading to Italy in July).

    A big welcome to our new, incoming students this fall!  I look forward to meeting you this week and next during summer orientation.  Do stop by during the afternoon Open House hours (2-4 pm) and say hello.

    And as you shape your goals and dreams for the future, here are two great examples of alumni reflecting on how studying abroad as a student expanded their horizons — and opportunities! — after graduation and later in life:

    1. Glen Carter II ’08: studied abroad in Argentina
    2. Brian Grogan ’73: studied abroad in France
    Go global, Tigers!

  • April 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    April 14, 2021

    Spring has arrived in all its glory and summer will be here before we know it! Our summer and fall study abroaders are busy preparing for their time away and we are also looking forward to welcoming back our two students who have been studying in London and D.C. this semester.

    4/17/21  2 PM
    :  Argentina Info Session and Brisket Tasting — Join Global Ed and H-SC’s Pitmaster’s Club for an informative (and delicious!) session.

    5/1/21 midnight:
    Gilman-McCain Scholarship applications are due for programs this summer, fall 2021 and/or spring 2022.  Applicants must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard) and be receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Recipients are awarded $5,000 to be used toward the cost of onsite or virtual study abroad or international internship programs.

  • February 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    February 24, 2021

    I am delighted to announce that Dr. and Mrs. Schug have doubled their scholarship funds for students studying abroad between August 2021 and August 2022!  Interested students are encouraged to apply.  (See here for a list of previous awardees.) Spring 2021 Updates

    • We have two students blogging for us this semester: Franz Gilbert (Washington Semester Program in D.C.) and Raymond Leblanc (London School of Economics and Political Science).  Check out the Global Tigers blog for their monthly updates.

    Summer 2021 Updates

    • The Virginia Program at Oxford and H-SC’s Muenster Program have been cancelled.
    • H-SC’s program in Spain is still being planned, with a final ​determination ​to be made by the college on March 10.
    • H-SC’s deadline for students interested in other summer options has been extended until April 1.  Please make an appointment with me soon and be mindful that providers may have earlier application deadlines​.

    Fall 2021 Updates

    • H-SC’s deadline for Fall Global Ed programs & funding has been extended to April 1.​
  • January 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    January 11, 2021

    Welcome to 2021!  It’s a brand new year, and here in the Global Ed office we are looking forward to a return to student travel.  It will take some time before everything rebounds fully, but once the vaccines are more available, I’m confident we’ll see even more students requesting appointments or stopping by he Global Ed office (now in Blake A!) to discuss program options.

    But first, a look back to December and the winners of our first ever photo contest! Our thanks to all who participated: 14 contestants, 31 photos across 5 categories, and 75 voters.  Hearty congratulations to each category’s winner: Linda Davis, Jachchi Burford, Brendan Dunning, Anthony Vinson, and Caleb Manu! See their winning pictures below; the full slideshow is available in the Additional Resources section of this blog.

    UPCOMING DATES OF NOTE (Revised 1/20/21)

    Meet the faculty of our German- or Spanish-immersion programs
    and learn from AU about studying and interning in D.C.
    Jan 26: Washington Semester Program Info Session at 5 PM (link)  
    Jan 27: Germany H-SC faculty-led May Term program at 4:30 PM (link)
    Jan 28: Spain H-SC faculty-led May Term program at 4:30, Gilmer 019
    Jan 28: Washington Semester Program Info Session at 7 PM (link)
    Jan 15: Global Ed Funding apps due for May Term/Summer programs
    Feb 1: Germany and Spain H-SC faculty-led programs May Term apps & $500 deposits due
    Feb 15: Other summer programs apps due
    Feb 15: Fall/Full-Year programs app due
    Feb 15: Global Ed Funding apps due for Fall/Full-Year programs

  • November 2020

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    November 2, 2020

    It’s a busy week here with term projects and finals — and then only a few weeks remain before winter break!  So, this post is short and to the point.

    November and December Events


    Spain Info Session
    Photo Contest
    Germany Info Session eBoard p2