International Education
O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(map)
(248) 370-2889
ie@oakland.edu

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
azimmerman@oakland.edu

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Fall Walk-in advising hours*

Monday,   noon - 1 p.m.
Tuesday1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
                 3 - 4 p.m.
Wednesday,  noon - 1 p.m.
Thursday,   4 - 5 p.m.
Friday,       1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
In 328 O'Dowd Hall 

No appointment required.

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See an Adviser

Meet with a student adviser and get your study abroad/away questions answered! Each adviser can help you with all programs in any country offered through OU and the International Education Office. Appointments are not required.

For additional study abroad/away information, please email the International Education office.

Meet the Student Advisers!

Amy Dewald

Amy Dewald
Study abroad: Seoul, South Korea
Major:
 Accounting
When: Fall 2016

My Experience: I knew for years that I wanted to study abroad in South Korea. The fast-paced innovative business and technology environment of the country alongside the rich and rooted culture fascinated me. I had to go and experience it for myself. While in Korea I was able to travel to many places very easily. My favorite excursions included hiking up mountains, making traditional Korean pottery, playing on the beach with other study abroad students, and exploring the various cultural destinations Korea has to offer. I loved studying at Yonsei University because I was able to take classes with students from all over the world and learn Korean in an intensive yet fun class (I can now have conversations in Korean and I didn’t really know any Korean when I arrived in August). Through study abroad I was able to teach English at a senior citizens center, mentor children in a poorer neighborhood in Seoul, try amazing food, see incredible music and dance performances, and ultimately have an experience that would change me and allow me to make friends that will last a lifetime.

You can do it! No need to stress: I remember the process before I left, and it was kind of intimidating because you wonder if you can get everything together right so that it all runs smoothly. I think that this can sometimes scare students from tackling the preparation and opting to not study abroad. What I learned is that the International Education office at OU has sent students abroad time and time again and they are always enthusiastic to answer questions and help you out along the way. You don’t have to plan your experience alone and once you get it all done and head off to your study abroad destination, it’s all 1,000 times worth it. It will be an experience you will carry with you forever.

Being Abroad: Speaking as a student who went to a country that doesn’t speak English as a first language, I can tell you that I was able to learn so much while I was there. My advice would be to try to look for opportunities to spend time with locals in your host country. I got to volunteer with children and elderly people during my stay in Korea and those were the most rewarding times. By spending time with Korean people, I got to learn more of the culture and the language than I would have if I stayed in my shy comfort zone. Also, I would advise potential study abroad students to make new friends with locals as well as other study abroad students. I had the opportunity to make friends with students from all over the world including Sweden and China. You’ll be exposed to so many different people and it will open your heart in ways you never realized.

View Amy's photos on our Facebook page.

Brianna Tombaugh

Brianna Tombaugh in front of a bridge over water in London at night

Study Abroad: Norwich, England

Major: Human Resources Management
Minor: International Management
When: 2016-17 academic year

Why go abroad? Making the decision to study in a different country may not be easy for everyone. I made this decision because it was something that I had always dreamed about. I am a person who believes that experiences shape the way people think and perceive the world. New experiences and challenges allow individuals to grow and have a better understanding of how the world works. Moving somewhere foreign can be a daunting thought, but if the opportunity is there, take advantage of it! This experience was one of the best decisions I have made as a young adult and I hope that more OU students are able to do the same!

Experience: Becoming an exchange student for an entire year in another country meant that I got the complete student experience. I was assigned a flat (dorm/apartment) with seven other students going to UEA- six British students, one EU National and myself. While I was at UEA I was able to meet other students from all over the world including, Pakistan, Bulgaria, China, France, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and the Czech Republic just to name a few. Meeting these people really taught me about cultural differences and viewpoints that others may have about the world, which definitely expanded my horizons.

Why UEA? I chose to go to UEA and become an exchange student because of where I was in my academic journey. As a sophomore at Oakland I decided that if I wanted to study abroad it would have to be during my junior year. After looking at all of the different options offered for studying abroad I had to make a decision; I needed to find the program that would be conducive to my academic plan. After doing research and talking to my advisor, I concluded that becoming an exchange student would be the most beneficial option for me. UEA offers a wide range of courses (or modules as they call them in England) that I was able to get approved by the School of Business Faculty and earn both credit and a transferable grade for. Beyond that, UEA had several opportunities for students to meet with business professionals working in England. An example of this would be Employability Week. During Employability Week all students had to attend seminars with professionals in our intended fields instead of going to class. This gave me the chance to learn different practices and thought processes which allowed me to gain a more globalized perspective in terms of business.

Highlights: Upon my arrival to the University of East Anglia I was warmly greeted by orientation leaders. These individuals showed me where I was staying and helped me take my luggage to my room. Hours after making my way to my room I talked to other international students in the flat next to mine, who quickly became some of my best friends. Together we attended all of the welcome activities and started making our way through the city of Norwich. With some of these friends I explored England, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Malta, Greece and France.

Advice: Going to school at an English University (or Uni, as English students would call it) is very different in comparison to attending an American University. Everyone always says that at the University level “teachers won’t hold your hands”, well in England it was a whole new extreme. Tests and quizzes were limited and there was no assigned homework. This meant that all of my studying and practicing was to be done on my own. All of my classes were one year in duration, meaning that from September to June I was enrolled in the same eight classes with the same lecturers. I had final exams that were worth 80% of my grade which worried me in the beginning but turned out to be just fine! All of my instructors were happy to help if I had questions, and there was a tutoring center on campus for any additional questions.

View Brianna's photos on our Facebook page.