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
300W Oregon Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

Reviews

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Dillan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my very first time out of the country, so I was nervous traveling alone to another country, flights being overbooked, and transportation considering the language barrier. Of course, everything went as planned with little issue. Arriving in Greece is a combination of a postcard worthy setting filled with humble and friendly layers. I became close with the group I was a part of, and traveled from Athens to the Peloponnese to Crete, and more. We had the best guide with us to translate as needed and who knows the territory well. Learning and actively experiencing the subcultures within a single country was eye opening and surreal.

From late, traditional Greek dinners to honey and acorn farms to historical landmarks to the several wineries attended not only taught the subtleties of the culture but helped in understanding the people through the shared commonality of food. Owners of restaurants will sit with you, happily chatter away, and honestly advise what menu items to choose based on the freshest ingredients obtained that day. They'll sometimes even throw in free drinks and enjoy them with you! Since most eating happens outdoors, servers not only fulfill their serving duties, but go above and beyond, staying around to share stories while also ensuring that random, usually homeless people aren't being bothersome. The people I met were just that friendly, just that considerate, and just that hospitable. I highly recommend this program for those looking for a short and sweet experience that is still fulfilling and memorable.

What would you improve about this program?
Every day was packed full of activities starting in the early morning to late evenings- making it difficult to be fully alert the next day with minimal sleep. A lot of this was due to six credit courses having mandatory requirements that must be met. This, however, has already been changed so that students don't feel burned out.
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn’t have asked for a better study abroad experience! Living with a host family was definitely a daunting prospect but my host family was so incredibly warm, welcoming, and hospitable and really made Dublin feel like a home away from home. One thing that is amazing about this program is how much exploring is already organized for you within the weekly excursions. Even if you don’t do any extra traveling outside of the trips you take with your classmates every week, you still get to explore a ton of different places in Ireland. I also loved how the assignments incorporated familiarizing yourself with the Dublin area and engaging with the locals so that you weren’t just stuck at home writing a paper, but that you really got to learn about the place you were staying in and the people you were staying with in a tangible, hands-on way. One of the highlights of this program is getting to watch everybody’s short films and hearing people’s scripts being read aloud at the end of the five-week period. It’s a really fun celebration of everybody’s hard work and we all grabbed dinner and drinks together afterwards. I definitely recommend this program for anyone who is looking for an immersive cultural experience and has an interest in film production or global cinema.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pack layers, not heavy clothing! The weather is pretty unpredictable but you most likely won't ever be that cold since you do a ton of walking.
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Amy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ireland was my first time visiting Europe, and it did not disappoint! The small coastal town of Dun Laoghaire where we lived, a suburb of Dublin, is super charming and beautiful. Irish people are so friendly and welcoming and I absolutely adored my host family. The program offers a perfect balance between academic work and giving you the chance to explore the country and its culture. We had classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and Wednesdays were for excursions. You really get to know the faculty and staff on a deeper level than in a traditional setting and by the end of the 5 weeks, you become pretty close with the rest of the students. Dublin has a great night life scene and tons of pubs where you can relax, meet people, and listen to live music. On one of the weekends, the class takes a trip to Galway for the Galway Film Festival, which is definitely a highlight of the program. You have the chance to talk with the people who acted in and made the films you're watching and check out another part of Ireland. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is remotely interested in cinema and looking to immerse themselves in a different culture that feels familiar and doesn't involve learning another language, but is different enough where you still get a new, transformative experience by the end of it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring comfortable walking shoes! You will walk a lot.
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Moses
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My name is Moses and I was a participant in this study abroad program in 2018. I decided to do this program because of the outside the classroom experiences it offers. With this program I got to study and do research in handful of countries across the western Balkans. There was something new to discover in each of the destinations we visited. I fell in love with the food, the people, and all beautiful architecture. It’s important to note that this region has a tough past. Not too long ago this region was at war. As many people still remember the war, and openly talk about what happened, there are others who just want to move on. This program gave me a deeper understand of the war crimes and difficulties this region faced in the 1990s. This program is truly one of a kind!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Wake up everyday willing to try new things. Every so often take time to reflect on what you are experiencing. Also, keep a journal.
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Yes "Unforgettable" is one of those "Well duh!" descriptions about spending three months living in a city you've always wanted to travel to. But I truly cannot think of a better descriptive word or phrase to sum up this whole experience. Not unless I take you through my life there in painstaking detail accompanied by nearly 2000 pictures, each and every single one worth a thousand words. Don't worry I'll spare every one that review. This is not something that can be recreated or mimicked. You get to live in London, and if you do an internship like I did work in London, but with all the big terrifying things like bills and housing and other adult stuff already taken care of. It's not possible to bored as long as you're willing to step outside your door because there is always something to see, something to do while there. If you somehow manage to get bored of London the rest of the UK and Europe await. Just a train or ridiculously cheap plane ride away. The professors are people who know what they teach backwards and forwards and have the most fascinating life stories. The host families are caring and kind and full of knowledge and questions. The staff at the center is personable and wonderful.

I wanted to study abroad from the time I was in middle school, and this program was everything I could have hoped for and more. It was an experience that changed me, in the best way possible.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing that got rather annoying was that there were days when I would have to bring a big bag to class because I had my internship that day and then right after finishing at my internship I would have to go a play. Those days were extremely long and quite exhausting and having a large bag at a play was rather inconvenient.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Dillan Shouppe

Dillan is a University of Oregon alumni who spent her time as an undergraduate studying abroad in Greece and again in Japan. She jumps at the opportunity to travel and experience the world in any capacity.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I personally knew the staff member leading the trip, the shorter program would be a great first taste abroad, and who doesn’t want to earn college credit by eating food and learning about Greece’s historical culture?!

GEO Study Abroad is also very informative and helpful with any and every possible question I asked.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The only thing I organized on my own was booking my flight and getting to the group’s meeting point. Everything else they assisted with, and they even referred me to some great websites for affordable flights!

There were a couple of pre departure meetings to meet the other students in the program, what to expect, and how to prepare.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Let loose, be social, and have fun! This trip was all about meeting people and learning about their take on food culture. There isn’t much time to feel alone because you aren’t! You have a group you grow to know well who are with you most of the time as well as people in Greece who are very entertaining and easy to talk to, so be in the moment now so you don’t look back on the experience with any regrets.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I hear it’s a little different now, but I’m sure it’s still a busy program. From early mornings to very late dinners in the evenings, the days are filled with private tours, farms, wineries, traveling to various cities, and more! There was so much to do every day it was hard to catch up on sleep. It was still so much fun, though!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was traveling on my own away from friends and family. I know it’s a common fear, but as long as you ensure to meet people and make some of those connections on your own, you’ll be fine. Also, programs like this one already form groups ahead of time so there is already some familiarity before exploring another country, which was very helpful.

People can worry about the aspect of safety. Did you feel safe while studying abroad?

Safety measures were already brought up and explained. Past programs had students who had their phone and belongings stolen when out and about, so it’s crucial to keep an eye on your belongings at all times and bring the minimum with you. Already going in knowing that helped a lot and I never experienced any issues.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Silvia Minucci

Job Title
Site Director
Silvia Minucci earned her BA in foreign languages and literature from the University of Siena and Advanced Specialization in literary translation (Russian) from the University of Siena. Silvia serves as the Site Director at the GEO Siena Program. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment teaching the program’s Cross-Cultural Communication/Cross-Cultural Perspectives course. Having studied abroad herself, Silvia understands students’ adjustment difficulties as they adapt to living in another country.

What is your favorite travel memory?

When I went to Dublin, Ireland, where I studied while working as an au pair, I was very young and I had the hardest and best time in my life. It was very challenging at the beginning but it turned out to be a great learning experience.

When I came back I felt completely changed, much stronger and since then I have never stopped traveling and participating in study abroad programs in Oxford, London, Avignon and St. Petersburg, pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown very much since I started to work for this program in 1999. I love my job, as I love being with students and seeing how much they grow personally and academically. Each quarter I’m dealing with different personalities and it’s a continuous exchange of enthusiasm and energy which always renews my passion for this job.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It’s a collection of stories that express their enthusiasm for an experience that has changed their life, but the sweetest story is about a student who was supposed to stay only one term but decided to stay one more to improve his language, and met the love of his life, another student in the program.

They have been engaged for many years and then they came back to Siena to get married! I feel so grateful to be part of a such an important experience. There is nothing more rewarding than a letter, a card or a just few words to thank you - “thank you again for the most wonderful, beautiful, amazing time I had. To this day, it is still the best experience of my entire life and I hold such a special place in my heart for Siena”.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Of course, I would choose the Siena program if I wasn’t from there! I would be really excited to go to Ghana, because it’s such a different culture and I have never been there. However, I would go to any GEO programs, as I know that all the Site Directors have my same passion, enthusiasm and engagement for this job and their sites are in locations full of history and traditions.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our most unique feature is our location: Siena is an ideal town for a study abroad program, large enough to offer many opportunities to study art, history, culture, tradition and Italian language, but small enough to be safe, friendly and packed with architecture and artistic treasure.

Students can walk around Siena and really “live” what they are studying in class.

Our team is like an extended family whose common goal is to offer a high quality program in a familiar environment. We're always ready and happy to help students with any needs.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Working with enthusiasm, with engagement and with passion for the best of our students. Treating students with kindness and patience and always being available to meet their needs – this is what always seems to come back to us in positive evaluations from our students.

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