EKU junior wins national award for academic achievement while studying abroad in Madagascar

There it was, sitting on a tree branch at eye level barely two feet away, “just as curious about what I was doing there, as I was with what she was doing.” That was Nathanael (Knate) Bartosch’s memorable up-close introduction to a wild crowned lemur in the forests of Madagascar. The junior anthropology major and Honors Program member at Eastern Kentucky University spent 10 weeks this past summer...

Group of EKU students will range from Denmark to China thanks to study-abroad scholarships

Thirteen Eastern Kentucky University students will soon leave their comfort zones as recipients of study-abroad scholarships from the University. And, as EKU President Michael Benson promised, their lives “will never be the same.” For the fourth consecutive year, the University covered all program and airfare costs for a lucky group of EKU students. More than 400 students applied for the scholarships...

Henry Clay senior Jodi Kirkner turns love for language into Korean study abroad opportunity

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Captivated by Asian languages and customs, Jodi Kirkner followed up last fall when her AP World History teacher told the class about a study-abroad opportunity through the U.S. State Department. She applied for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program and received a scholarship that covered this summer’s six-week stay in Seoul, South...

Opinion: Educational opportunities abroad foster hope and understanding

By John A. Roush Special to KyForward As the president of a college that prides itself on high rates of study abroad, I am grateful for those occasional opportunities to visit students at our several semester-long study abroad destinations. We aim to achieve transformative experiences on and off campus for the young men and women who come our way, and these visits give me firsthand confirmation that...