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April 13, 2012 > Making friends that last a lifetime, one country at a time

Making friends that last a lifetime, one country at a time

Submitted By Candice Nance

You dream of traveling the world but don't know where to start. Traveling can be expensive and you have no idea how to get around on your own.

This is the same way I felt as a young undergraduate student before learning about a study abroad program to Cambridge University offered through Ohlone College. "My whole world changed, and it changed for the better. A decade later I am still in contact with my host family and friends from around the world. I've traveled to over 20 countries and don't plan on stopping anytime soon!

There are many misconceptions about studying abroad. Programs are no longer exclusive to the wealthy. Study abroad participants vary in age from young adults to retirees. Programs run from as long as a year to as little as a week.

If you've ever dreamed of traveling the world, a study abroad program can be the step in the right direction. Look at a variety of programs and decide what factors are important to you. Are you looking for a long- or short-term study abroad program? What region of the world excites your interest? How much structure versus free time would you prefer during a program?

For decades Ohlone College has served as the wings of flight for many students. Participants have climbed the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia, studied theatre in London, England, and visited global corporations in Shanghai, China.

In June last year, I led a three-week Global Business Immersion study abroad program to China. Ten participants visited over a dozen businesses, including the American Chamber of Commerce, Bao Steel, Deloitte, and General Electric. The program included a variety of cultural visits in Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuxi, China.

This year Ohlone College is offering our community opportunities to: study European business in Ireland (August 2012), tour the breathtaking Iguazu Falls in Argentina (January 2013), and develop your creative process studying art and literary destinations in London and Paris (June 2013).

Experience what the world has to offer. Visit or contact Candice Nance at and get started on filling your passport, one stamp at a time.

Editor's Note: Candice Nance is an Adjunct Professor, Business Administration Department at Ohlone College.

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