Join us for Study Abroad!
The Study Abroad Program is a joint initiative between the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T), and Southern University and A&M College (SUBR). This program is designed to globalize the fashion curriculum at these institutions by implementing a study abroad and tour program within their Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Ecology units. Given that we live in an increasingly global society, it is appropriate and necessary for students to understand the workings of societies and cultures with which they will be interacting and conducting business. For Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Ecology students to be successful in their problem solving and futuristic endeavors, they must be exposed to and knowledgeable of cultures other than those in the United States. “One cannot fully understand their own life without knowing and thinking beyond their life, their neighborhood, and their own nation.” Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President, Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina (http://globaled.us/plato/statement_afam.html).
Study abroad programs and tours provide opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of the world in which they live, gain a new perspective of other countries and their own, and improve their professional potential. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a successful educational program today should prepare students to live responsible, productive, and creative lives in a dramatically changing world (AAC&U, 2005). Therefore, a quality undergraduate education in the 21st century would provide students with opportunities to examine the world from different perspectives and integrate learning across the curriculum. This can only happen if students are given an opportunity to study other cultures from their unique perspective, and not just from the United States. In other words, the education of today’s students must transcend national borders.