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
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
Rachel
10/10

I had such an amazing time in Siena. Before studying abroad, I was looking for a program that really allowed me to immerse myself into an entirely different culture and truly understand what it was like to live in a different country. I wanted to experience what it was like to live in a different country, not just as a tourist, but as a person who was genuinely living the daily life as a local. This is what swayed me away from a program in London, for example, but what pushed me to study abroad in Siena. To future participants, if you are looking for a similar experience, Siena is the perfect place to go. Being able to experience normal daily life in a different country allowed me to broaden by horizons and learn that there is more to life than just what I am used to. I definitely feel more worldly and independent after studying abroad in Siena.

How can this program be improved?
I was placed in an apartment that was about a mile away from the school. I wouldn't mind this if the apartment was located in a busy area, but it was outside of the city walls and very secluded from everything and everyone. We were the only ones in the program that lived in this apartment and everyone else lived relatively close to the school and to each other. I felt unsafe, at times, walking home at night or even sometimes during the day. I would've felt more safe and comfortable if the program gave us living quarters that were located inside the city walls.
Yes, I recommend
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Jenni
10/10

Living in a different country for 6 weeks was way out of my comfort zone, but it was by far the best decision I've ever made. I got to spend my summer learning about wine marketing, social media marketing, and the Italian culture. We would go on weekly excursions with all the members of the program to different wineries across the Tuscany region. At the wineries we would learn about how each winery crafted their wine, imported their products, and marketed their wines locally and globally. After each excursion, we were provided wine and light snacks which bonded our entire program. On the weekends, I got to travel to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Paris! I formed close relationships with many of the members on my program, I gained a lot of professional experience, and an endless amount of memories. I recommend this program to anybody interested in marketing or wine lovers!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had more time to travel on the weekends because I felt like it was hard to explore when we only had the weekends off.
Yes, I recommend
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Renee
9/10

I strongly recommend this study abroad trip. The classes were challenging enough that I feel like I learned a lot during the 6 week session, but I also had a decent amount of free time on weekdays and always had a lot of free time on weekends. My host family was amazing. I got a ton of practice speaking with my host mom, who knew essentially no english, and I built a great relationship with her too. The weekend trips were a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to see many different parts of Mexico! By far my favorite part of the program was visiting Mexico city and seeing many of the buildings and museums I'd been learning about for years before in previous Spanish classes.

Yes, I recommend
Abigail
7/10

So I spent 6 weeks in Querétaro as a part of the University of Oregon's GEO program. Before even getting to Mexico I had some problems. The coordinator for the academic part of the trip neglected to show up for the MANDATORY information meeting so I knew little to nothing about my classes or any of the subject manner. Once I arrived in Querétaro, our on site coordinator was fabulous. He was available for any and all questions, and I felt like he really listened to what we had to say and our concerns. I feel like while the coursework was satisfactory, I feel like I didn't get as much out of it as I would have taking the 201-202-203 sequence, which is to be expected as it is a condensed course. The teachers were fantastic and accommodating for the language barrier and I really felt like they wanted us to learn the language. While I really feel like the program itself could use some work, overall it was a positive experience that I would recommend to anyone looking to experience the Mexican culture.

How can this program be improved?
The amount of planning that goes into a study abroad is incredible, and it is helpful to have all of the available information when making decisions about the trip. I felt like we recieved very little information about the program before we were in Mexico. I had no idea about my classes and I knew absolutely nothing about my host family. The other point that I don't think was emphasized was the climate in Querétaro. Most of us showed up with summer clothes but it was the rainy season in Querétaro and no one really warned us. Mostly I think that there should be a more comprehensive information packet about the specific program and those details.
Yes, I recommend

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