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Study abroad programs canceled amongst heavy cases of Coronavirus, select students to leave countries

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Chico State and study abroad consortiums have begun to pull students from their study abroad programs amid the increase of coronavirus cases across the globe.  Students continuing toward their degree in countries such as China, Italy and South Korea were notified by the University and their...

How to make the most of study abroad

Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Grant Schmieding

February 12, 2018

Few things will make your head spin faster than stepping off a plane into an unfamiliar country. I studied abroad in Viterbo, Italy for two semesters. All the preparation, contemplation, research and advice may never fully prepare you for your initial feeling of immersion. That being said, here ...

Chico State’s study abroad program ranks second in the nation

Chico State ranks in the top three for international studies. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Natalie Hanson

November 16, 2017

The nonprofit educational and cultural exchange group Institute of International Education ranked Chico State in the top three universities for studying abroad.This is the second consecutive year as well as the ninth time in 10 years that the university has been ranked one of the nation’s top three...

Undocumented students studying abroad urged to come home

March 2 - The Study Abroad fair is taking place in the quad outside of the BMU. Students can ask questions regarding the different programs and services. (Photo credit: Aurora Evans).

Bianca Quilantan

November 18, 2016

Some students studying abroad may not be allowed to return to the United States after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20, 2017. An email sent by Jennifer Gruber study abroad and international exchange coordinator urged undocumented/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students studying...

Study abroad students safe after 6.2 earthquake

Affected areas of the Norcia region in Italy. Photo from U.S. Geological Survey

Marrion Charissa Cruz

August 24, 2016

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck cities in central Italy early Wednesday morning. The epicenter was Amatrice, two hours from Rome. Nearby towns such as Umbria, Lazio and Marche were also affected. The earthquake was followed by 200 aftershocks, one of them an hour after the first earthquake with a 5.5...

Terrorism: My opinion from being in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015

Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Alex Horne

March 31, 2016

Terrorism: It’s a word that has been on the forefront of American conversation and political debate for the past 15 years. In the past year terrorism has rocked some of the world's major cities including Beirut, Paris, Istanbul, Nairobi, San Bernardino, Jakarta and most recently Brussels and Lahore. Hav...

Study Abroad office reacts to Belgium attacks

Jennifer Gruber, coordinator of the Chico State Study Abroad & International Exchange, hopes that recent attacks in Brussels don't deter students from studying abroad. Photo courtesy of Ad Meskens.

Eric Mcguire

March 27, 2016

The world is in mourning after the two horrific bombings in Brussels that, according to a recent New York Times article, killed approximately 30 people and left more than 230 wounded. The world looks different with the threat of violence looming unpredictably over daily life. “Our thoughts are w...

Student finds passion for photography

Vicente Fuentes, senior marketing major, has developed a passion for photography. Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Floritzel Salvador

March 2, 2016

Meet Vicente Fuentes, senior marketing major, recently returned from a semester abroad in Viterbo, Italy. The 23-year-old was born in Colima, Mexico. At the age of 8, he came to the United States. At an early age, Fuentes developed an interest for the arts. What started off as a doodle later developed...

Study Abroad extends available locations to Latin America

Jessica Vazquez, senior agricultural business major, said studying abroad was one of the best decisions that she ever made. Photo courtesy of Jessica Vasquez.

Sabrina Salvatore

November 10, 2015

Students who are considering studying abroad now have a few more location options, including Argentina, Chile and Ecuador.These added destinations have been made available by a program created this semester. The program, which features Latin American locations, will debut during International Education...

Senior Spotlight: An Orionite’s farewell to Chico State

Nicole Santos says farewell to her last four years at Chico State. Photo courtesy of Annie Page

Nicole Santos

May 12, 2015

It feels like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm in Sutter Hall. Now I’m decorating my cap for the commencement ceremony on Saturday. This semester, I interviewed 18 diverse seniors for my column and wrote about their experiences at Chico State, postgraduation plans and passions. Now...

Orionite Abroad: Stay calm and discourage stereotypes

Michelle Manera walks the famous Abbey Road crossing. Courtesy of Michelle Manera.

Michelle Manera

March 18, 2014

Defeating the American stereotype can't be done with just one act.It's a daily task that involves choosing not to lose control, or at the very least, losing control silently. Americans have a reputation of being loud and obnoxious, and since being abroad, I see that. But I have also seen British people act th...

Orionite Abroad: Conquering culture shock

Writer Michelle Manera travels to London for the first time and poses for a picture at Piccadilly Circus.

Michelle Manera

February 4, 2014

If you have ever been to a circus, you're familiar with the high-energy atmosphere mixed with grime and grease. This week I went to Piccadilly Circus in London and although it was at a shopping district, it felt similar to a circus with thousands of bustling people. Culture shock itself is like a circus be...

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