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Summer 2010 (July 21, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Study Abroad Turns 50


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July 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

They were dubbed the “Brussels Sprouts,” a small group of students who made history in 1960 by being the first to study abroad through a formal Beloit program. That fall—50 years ago—they were headed to Brussels, Belgium, under the leadership of Professor of Geography John Kemler. Their goal: to study markets and learn from leading diplomats and world leaders of their time.

This small collective of Beloiters—nine men and three women—also wrote an important chapter in college history. By participating in the inaugural World Outlook Program, they blazed a trail for a program that has become a defining feature of a Beloit education. Now called study abroad and administered by the Office of International Education, the program continues to send Beloit students far and wide for meaningful experiences abroad. In fact, by 2009, nearly half the members of the class had spent at least one semester abroad during their Beloit career.

In celebration of the first study abroad program and in recognition of how Beloit’s international outlook has grown and prospered over 50 years, the college is planning a number of activities on campus in connection with Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (Sept. 24-26).

  • A panel discussion composed of study abroad alumni from different decades and current students who recently studied in the same countries.
  • A celebration in College Archives, featuring special exhibits and the opportunity for alumni to give oral histories about studying abroad.
  • An exhibit of still photography and video created by returned study abroad students and faculty.
  • A poster session, featuring the experiences of current study abroad students and faculty.
  • Student readings of diary, journal entries, and blogs from other countries.

Detailed information about Beloit’s 2010 Homecoming/Reunion is available on the college website at: www.beloit.edu/reunion/.

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