Monthly Archives: March 2013

Michael Fulcher: Night Life in Greece

MikeNightlifeNightlife in Greek cities is similar to what we do in the States, but there are definitely some noticeable differences.

First of all, the night starts a whole lot later and goes a whole lot longer. A typical night might start with dinner or coffee at 9. Then around 11 you will probably head to the bars or a club. Staying out until the next morning is pretty standard. At first, I thought getting home at 4 a.m. was an accomplishment, but then I’d see my room mate routinely coming in two hours later.

Another big difference from Virginia Tech is the absence of house parties. People here like to go out when they go out. There are lots of bar districts and plenty of clubs to check out. The options are pretty diverse, I’ve been in dive bars, Belgian ale houses, and loud euro dance bars. If you like to dance there is plenty of good house music at the clubs.

There is plenty of other live music if you’d rather catch a rock show, blues, jazz, or -and this is not to be missed in Greece – rebetiko. Rebetiko is the traditional music of Greece and can be heard live in lots of taverns. Going to one of these places is a lot of fun. They are cheap, you get served good food all night, and usually you order lots of wine and spend the whole night talking, eating, and dancing with the people who live here.

If none of that interests you, you can always hang out in a coffee shop. The coffee shop culture is huge. There are whole streets with nothing but cafes. I have only seen one Starbucks in the city, and it is usually deserted. People will sit drinking coffee, smoking, and talking for hours. Many of the cafes double as bars late at night, so they can get pretty packed.

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Education Abroad 2013 Photo Contest deadline April 1st at 5pm!

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Report: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security

As we begin the twenty-first century, technological, economic, political, and social forces  have created a new era. Technological advancements and lower trade barriers have paved the way for the globalization of markets, bringing intense competition to the U.S. economy. Political systems and movements around the world are having a profound  impact on our national security, as well as on our human security. The increasing diversity of our workplaces, schools, and communities is changing the face of our society. To confront the twenty-first century challenges to our economy and national security, our education system must be strengthened to increase the foreign language skills and cultural awareness of our students. America’s continued global leadership will depend on our students’ abilities to interact with the world community both inside and outside our borders.

Read the report here

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Michael Fulcher Student Blog: Dorm Life at Perrotis College

Dormitory at Perrotis College

Dorm life here is really different from my experience in Pritchard Hall my Freshman year. Many of the 200 students at this school live on campus, but it is still very quiet in my building. I have lived off campus for a year and a half so it is an adjustment sharing a bedroom with some one else again.

This dorm building is practically brand new. Our rooms are suite style; two rooms, each with two beds and a bath, are connected by a lounge area. This common room has couches, a table, chairs, a sink, and a mini-fridge. Each bedroom also has a sliding glass door that opens onto a shared porch with a great view.

There is a large lounge on the ground floor just inside the front doors. There are lots of couches, tables, and chairs. There is a flat screen T.V. and an Andy Warhol portrait of the school’s benefactor.

There is a roof top garden that people spend late nights in when it is warm. The wi-fi is good in the common rooms but spotty in the bedrooms. Most important of all though, is the FREE on site laundry.

The biggest difference is that no one here seems to go all out decorating their dorm room. The walls in my room is pretty bare so to make it feel more like home I’ve bought some little things: a cactus, a candle, and ice-cube trays. Little things like that go a long way towards making a place feel like home.

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VT Education Abroad March Newsletter

March 2013 Newsletter

Highlights:

  • The deadline for all Education Abroad Scholarships for the 2013 Summer and Fall semesters is March 29th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Annual Photo Contest! It’s time to search through your memory cards and photo albums! The annual Education Abroad Photo Contest is now open for submissions.
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Mike Fulcher Student Blog: Comparison of VT and Perrotis (Greece)

Dairy Cows at Perrotis

The school I am attending is a private college accredited by the Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, so it follows their rules to the letter. This means small things like using the Harvard citation method and also big things like only attending college for three years. However, this school in pretty unique in the way its majors operate. There are only a few options and everyone in the same major takes the same classes at the same time.

The directed learning paths are the result of the school’s size, which is especially tiny when compared to VT. There are only 200 students here – the size of a lot of my classes Freshman year. None of my classes have more than 30 students.

Dairy Farm at Perrotis

The classes have little or no homework and no quizzes, instead they typically rely on a large final exam or term project to determine your grade.

A similarity between VT and Perrotis College is the inclusion of farm land on campus. There is a sizable dairy farm, a large chicken house, vegetable plots, land for field crops, two olive groves, and a lot of greenhouses. Some fun facts: the dairy farm here was the first in all of Greece to pasteurize its milk and it was also the first farm in Greece to offer Omega-3 chicken eggs.

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Talk: Understanding Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Eskinder Negash
Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Tuesday, March 19, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 pm
CPSVP, Norris 209
Understanding Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.
Prior to his appointment as Director of ORR, Mr. Negash served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the International Institute of Los Angeles. In 2009, Mr. Negash received an Outstanding American by Choice award from DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which recognizes naturalized U.S. citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their adopted country. In 2010, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) honored Mr. Negash as one of ten distinguished men and women whose stories of hope and transformation epitomize the refugee journey.

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