Magazine article International Educator

Creating Alternative Opportunities to Travel the World

Magazine article International Educator

Creating Alternative Opportunities to Travel the World

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Beyond traditional study abroad, NYIT offers a number of noncredit opportunities for students to travel. Since 2014 President Guiliano has spearheaded Presidential Global Fellowships, which offers awards for NYIT students to engage in research projects, attend global conferences and symposiums, study abroad at another university, or do an internship at international nonprofit organizations.

Guiliano says the goal is to help students have "transformational experiences" at least 200 miles from students' home campuses. Since the program's inception, more than 50 students have received awards.

Usman Aslam is a second-year medical student who received a Presidential Global Fellowship in 2015 to travel to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to spend a week working at a mobile cataract surgery clinic, where he was part of a team that performed 128 cataract surgeries. He received $2,500 to cover the cost of his airfare and lodging. …

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