ECSU students find new outlook on life while studying abroad

Torian Lee
April 12, 2010

Elizabeth City State University continues to move forward in international programs. ECSU is striving to equip its students with the 21st Century skills necessary for success in a globalized society. The option to study abroad is one example of ECSU's commitment to developing cultural competency in its students.

Torian Lee, ECSU as the Coordinator of International Programs, has worked diligently since 2008 to inform ECSU students of the opportunities to study abroad.

"With the support of administrators, faculty, and staff at both ECSU and the UNC-Exchange Program (UNC-EP), ECSU is a viable participant in the study abroad program," Lee said. "Our students have gone abroad and returned excited about their experiences." 

During 2009-2010, ECSU sent six students to study for a semester at universities in Australia, Germany, and Mexico.  In exchange, ECSU received students from universities in Sweden, Germany, and Denmark.  In the future, ECSU will provide additional study abroad opportunities through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and faculty initiated partnerships.

Terrance Trapp, a junior majoring in math and computer science, studied at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He studied there August 2009 through December 2009.

"In my opinion, the opportunity to study abroad is not just an opportunity to study in another country.  It opens the door to a world of opportunity."

Matthew Competiello, a junior majoring in political science, studied at The University of Mannheim in Germany. He also studied there August 2009 through December 2009.

"That was the best opportunity ever!  Studying abroad changed me; it changed my outlook on life and gave me new confidence to embark on newer, riskier opportunities."

ECSU students can also join campus organizations that have a focus on international education.  The International Club and the Global Leadership Academy engage students in a host of activities that promote global awareness and leadership.  In the fall, students from the Global Leadership Academy presented in front of a statewide audience at the North Carolina Association of International Educators Student Leadership Conference.  This was held at Appalachian State University.  The International Club hosts events such as movie nights, showcasing foreign films.  Both groups also participate in ECSU's International and American Education Week activities, held in November of each year.

In the fall of 2009 ECSU launched the Office of International Programs Website.  It is a one stop shop of information for students who are curious about international opportunities. 

For more information about international programs at Elizabeth City State University, please contact: Torian L. Lee, (252) 335-3970 or respond by e-mail: tllee@mail.ecsu.edu.