Depending on the topic, the CGIS Brief is designed to be 25-45 minutes in length where CGIS staff and prospective study abroad students have an opportunity to connect on various topics as a way to encourage students to start thinking more about their time abroad prior to departure. Topics range from working out abroad and food culture to navigating study abroad during a pandemic, scam and fraud abroad, and so much more! We encourage everyone to ask questions throughout the conversation or share out any insight of their own. Each event is co-run and co-facilitated by the CGIS Brief Team (Ashton, Callie and Stephen) every other Thursday at 3:00pm EST on Zoom during the Fall & Winter semester. 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Travel During a Pandemic: 3.0 Thursday, September 16, 2021 3-3:45PM
Heritage Seekers Abroad Thursday, September 30, 2021 3-3:45PM
The Benefits of Studying in Smaller Cities Thursday, October 14, 2021 3-3:45PM
How to be an Ally Abroad Thursday, October 28, 2021 3-3:45PM
Homestay Advantage Thursday, November 11, 2021 3-3:45PM
Religious Practice Abroad Thursday, December 2, 2021 3-3:45PM

Read more about each upcoming brief!

Travel During a Pandemic 3.0

How has COVID-19 changed the landscape of study abroad? What does study abroad during a pandemic even look like? How can you study abroad while still staying safe? We’ll be answering these questions and more during this brief in collaboration with CGIS’ Senior Health and Safety Advisor Rachel Reuter and Barcelona SAE’s Founder & CEO Rich Kurtzman. Rich joins us from Barcelona where he will be providing on-the-ground insight on how the people of Barcelona and throughout Spain are navigating the pandemic. If you plan to study abroad this summer or fall, especially in Spain, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Heritage Seekers Abroad

Students who are seeking international experiences as a way to explore their own roots are considered heritage seekers. Their experiences with a certain culture give them a unique perspective and can serve as an advantage in their immersion experience, and while most heritage seekers are invested emotionally and intellectually in their host country/homeland, some may neglect to consider the negative impacts of their perceived familiarity with the culture. Join us for this special brief where we discuss this somewhat invisible identity and the benefits and barriers a heritage seeker can encounter while navigating abroad.

The Benefits of Studying in a Smaller City

Living like a local or improving language skills may be one of your motivations for going abroad, but how much more can your experience be impacted by a smaller city? Join us for this brief to learn more about language acquisition and how connecting with smaller local communities can play a big role in your personal growth abroad.

How to be an Ally Abroad

Oftentimes, our experiences are completely different from our peers. The reality is that we all carry different identities and they all come with their own unique privileges and barriers. Navigating those identities abroad can be very different from what we may be used to in our own communities. This is why allyship can be very powerful when traveling with peers. So how can you support your peers abroad if they are discriminated against or left out of group activities? How can you identify this is happening in the first place? This brief will discuss ways in which you can serve as an ally while studying abroad with peers of various socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and religious backgrounds to name a few.

Homestay Advantage

Parents, curfews, and rules, OH MY! Whether it's a few weeks in the summer or an entire semester abroad, students often say their homestays were a program highlight and in many cases, it helped improve their language skills even more. Join us for Homestay Advantage to dispel assumptions some students have about homestays abroad, as well as, the benefits of living with a local.

Religious Practice Abroad

For many people, religion plays a big part in their daily lives and some may think that has to change when they go abroad. If you are a religious student, you may have a few questions or concerns as you consider studying abroad: Is there an active community practicing my religion in my host city? How will I keep kosher/halal? Will I face discrimination due to my religion? How can I connect to local practitioners? Join us for the conversation as we tackle these questions and address key considerations when practicing religion abroad. 

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