GEO (Global Education Oregon)

GEO Study Abroad

About

At Global Education Oregon, we create pathways to international, experiential learning for students, faculty, and university partners. Founded on the belief that international engagement is integral to developing global citizens, we prepare students for a 21st century workforce, creating exceptional academic and professional development opportunities abroad.

Global Education Oregon (GEO) is a proud partner of Generation Study Abroad.

Website
geo.uoregon.edu
Founded
1957
Headquarters

5209 University of Oregon
333 Oregon Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

Reviews

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Samantha
8/10

This trip and study abroad was overall amazing. The academics were tedious at times, but overall I feel like I learned a lot about marketing basics. It was nice to have long weekends to travel different places too! My favorite memories are the winery class excursions along with my several weekend trips!
Side note: I have a long PowerPoint about my trip experience and lots of tips and tricks. If you’d like to see it, you can email me at [email protected]!

How can this program be improved?
More focused readings. Let class presentations, we had 7 total. Tedious work. Wish we had more time given to work on the final presentation.
Yes, I recommend
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Courtney
10/10

Throughout the course of my 8 weeks abroad, there was one sentence I said over and over again: “I could not have picked a better place to study abroad”. Siena is so unique and truly began to feel like a home away from home to me. It’s away from all of the hub cities and feels like such a close knit community. There isn’t a day you won’t see people catching up with one another on your way to class. Not to mention the history of Siena. It is so deep and the passion that the Sienese have for their home is something to admire. While abroad, I was lucky enough to be in Siena during the Palio, and it is an experience I will never forget. We learned about he history and meaning of the event leading up to the race itself, making watching the race and being a part of it that much more meaningful. It has given me even more appreciation for Siena. In regards to academics, there was a lot to do, but we had three day weekends most of the trip, so it made traveling to other destinations very doable. I think our class excursions to the different wineries, the Palio and getting to travel with friends (new and old) were my favorite moments of my trip. In terms of post life, I have gained a new passion for travel. I cannot wait to travel throughout the rest of my life and hope to have the opportunity to travel for work someday. There is so much to see in the world, and I don’t want to miss it. My biggest tips would be, 1) pack light! You can buy more clothes and toiletries as necessary when you’re here. 2) Get comfortable walking shoes, your feet will thank you (chacos or tevas, converse will hurt your feet). 3) bring a small bag for weekend trips, you want to haul the least amount of stuff as possible 4) bring a journal, I don’t think I would be able to remember everything I did without my journal. Plus it’ll be fun to look back at in the future and will make it easy to tell the parentals what you were up to

How can this program be improved?
Academically, the program was a little heavy. We were taking three courses, but 2 of the 3 courses had weekly quizzes, a lot of reading and there was a big project that had to be worked on throughout the term as well. I felt I couldn’t focus on the larger, more important, project as much as I would have liked, given the extras, tideous course work. It was more difficult because we had class back to back and every day of the week, so they weren’t spaced out like a normal week is back at home, so you had the same amount of work every night.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristen
10/10

Spending 8 weeks in Siena, Italy has been amazing. We not only are exploring many wineries and learning about marketing within the wine industry, but also the hidden history within Siena and towns throughout Tuscany. The GEO directors give us many opportunities to explore other parts of Italy. For example, one weekend we were all taken to Florence where we could see the accedemia and the Statue of David all included in the price of the program. The only problem I see with the program is the work load given by the teachers at the beginning of the course, but once they were aware of the problem, they did lighten up on all the reading.

How can this program be improved?
This year, there was a lot of homework and I think it would be better if most of the work is done in class because it is a study abroad program and allows us more time to explore the city.
Yes, I recommend
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Hannah
8/10

This program was very fun and there was a lot of time to do other activities like explore the city, eat at various restaurants, shop, etc.. I would say this program is very low stress as there aren't any huge parameters regarding the work you need to do. As long as you create some artwork during the trip you will be fine! I would recommend bringing sunscreen and bug spray! You will need it! It's crazy hot and there are a ton of mosquitos. My favorite place we visited was the island of Spetses. It was beautiful and the sea was fun to swim in everyday! This program changed my perspective on myself and it definitely brought me out of my comfort zone! If you're a shy person like myself I would highly recommend studying abroad and taking this program!

How can this program be improved?
I would improve this program by allowing the participants to meet each other a bit prior to actually going on the trip just so everyone can get to know each other. Also I would maybe structure the class a bit better like make it more organized just so everyone has a good guess of what they're actually going to do. Maybe show previous student work so new students understand the extent of what they should be making abroad.
Yes, I recommend
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Samantha
10/10

This was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I would recommend this program to anyone interesting. The classes are very interesting, the staff is so sweet and generous and traveling around is amazing and so easy. For future participants know that class is still a priority but you still have a ton of time to travel. Book flights in advance to save as much money as you can and consider staying in hostels because some are very cute and trendy

Yes, I recommend

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