Centre News

First-year students discover that “Centre’s Your Passport”


September 2, 2010 By Laura Pasley
Opening Convo Beginning this fall, all incoming Centre students who do not own
a passport will be reimbursed for one as part of the “Centre’s
Your Passport” program. The Class of 2014 received information
about the program before this year’s opening convocation.

India Students now have very few reasons not to study abroad. One of
the many locations from which they can choose is India, where,
like Kelly Taulbe ’08 and Sarah Couch ’09 (above), they can take
an elephant ride.

Centre in Cancun Centre students taking part in Centre-in-Yucatan showed their
school pride with a giant C6 HO sandcastle while vacationing
in Cancun, Mexico. (C6 H0 stands for the 1921 Centre upset of
Harvard in football, sometimes referred to as the sports upset
of the century.)

Students at Centre College who don’t study abroad—few though they are—are quickly running out of reasons.

Taking effect this fall, a new initiative called “Centre’s Your Passport” provides reimbursement for all first-year students to get a passport if they do not already own one. During this year’s opening convocation, all first-year students will receive a passport holder, containing everything they need to know about the program and how to be reimbursed for their passport purchases.

“The keystone of the College’s strategic plan is to broaden and enhance global citizenship,” says Dr. Clarence Wyatt, special assistant to the president, chief planning officer and Claude D. Pottinger Professor of History.

And the College remains committed to this goal. “This program demonstrates Centre’s commitment to helping our students become globally aware and globally involved, to prepare them for positions of leadership in the global community,” Wyatt says.

About 85 percent of all Centre graduates already study abroad, but Centre’s Your Passport will make it even easier for students to take advantage of its many abroad programs.

Dr. Milton Reigelman, director of international programs, J. Rice Cowan Professor of English and special assistant to the president, explains the value of the initiative.

“The program is important to the College because it highlights the importance of all Centre graduates being ‘globally fluent.’ Only about 14 percent of our recent graduates haven't studied abroad at least once; this program might help to reduce even that small number.”

Centre offers two principle ways in which students are able to study abroad. In full-term programs, students live and study in residential sites in London, France or Mexico. Exchange programs are also offered in Northern Ireland, Japan and China. The costs for these programs are essentially the same as studying in Danville.

Centre students may also participate in trips during the shorter, three-week CentreTerm.

Reigelman explains that the Centre’s Your Passport program reinforces the College’s commitment to studying abroad. “This program makes it clear to freshmen at their very first convocation that Centre expects its students to be citizens of the world, as any well-educated person in 2010 must be.”

To learn more about study abroad at Centre, click here.

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