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What's Happening at Cedar Crest College

College to Exchange Students with Seoul Women’s University

Cedar Crest College and Seoul Women’s University in South Korea plan to launch their new partnership with a flurry of activity in the coming months. In June, President Carmen Twillie Ambar will attend the 50th anniversary of Seoul Women’s University as an invited speaker on the vision and role of women’s colleges in the 21st century. In July, six Cedar Crest students will journey to Seoul to attend the four-week-long Bahrom International Program at SWU, and in August, two SWU students will arrive to spend a year at Cedar Crest.

Lindsey Wagner
Senior Lindsey Wagner

Jenny Weatherford, director of Global Initiatives & International Programs at Cedar Crest College, anticipates that this will be only the beginning of long and fruitful relationship.

“Because we are both women’s colleges and have very similar missions, there could hardly be a better partner for Cedar Crest,” said Weatherford. “The Bahrom International Program is one of the best study abroad opportunities anywhere, and South Korea is fascinating, so I am very happy that our students have the chance to participate. I’ve taken students to SWU three times in the past, and all were wildly enthusiastic about the experience.”

Cedar Crest students will go to Seoul from July 2-29 to study the customs and culture, and help the Exchange students coming to Cedar Crest for the 2011-12 academic year learn a bit about the United States in advance of their journey. They are seniors Sarah Dewey, Amoren Jimenez and Lindsey Wagner; juniors Helen Ryan and Haleigh Washburn; and sophomore Laurian Della.

“The Bahrom International Program offers a wonderful opportunity for immersion in a different culture. I am extremely excited to learn the history, religion, values, and traditions of South Korea, and how these cultural values compare to American society,” said Della, a psychology and art therapy major. “I am thrilled at the prospect of participating in this study abroad program, and believe that participation will provide me with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.”

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to immerse myself in the culture of South Korea. The amazing thing about the Bahrom International Program is that we really get the full experience of the South Korean culture,” said Wagner, a studio art major. “I’m most excited about the opportunity to do a home-stay with a host family because it will get us off of the university campus and place us in a completely new environment.”

Wagner has applied to the TaLK (Teach and Learn Korean) program which, if accepted, will place her in a Korean school to teach conversational English for a six-month period. The student exchange program will introduce her to South Korean culture and society prior to possibly being there for an extended period of time.

“I’m very excited to be going to South Korea since it is such a unique destination and will give me so many new experiences,” said Washburn, a mathematics major.

This program is part of a larger Cedar Crest College strategic initiative to provide more study abroad opportunities for students so they can train to become leaders in an increasingly global society.