International & Area Studies Resources
New International Studies Center
Our commitment to making the International and Area Studies program even more rigorous and robust than it already is isn’t just lip service. Fundraising is currently underway for a new International Studies Center that will bring together resources for study abroad and language training. The Center will feature a lecture hall for classroom teaching, public talks and a symposia on international issues; state-of-the-art video conferencing to allow for national and international learning; interdisciplinary faculty offices; seminar rooms; and a group study lounge with access to international media.
Study abroad is required for all students majoring and highly recommended for students with a "slash" AOC or minor in International and Area Studies. Language courses taken abroad may be counted toward your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as would be expected in a semester at New College. Many students study abroad as part of an Independent Study Project, a tutorial or as they research their senior thesis. Working with a professor, you can create an Independent Study Project or tutorial for travel during the academic year. New College students study all over the world through many different programs. One option is to participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) and study at one of 190 participating colleges and universities in:
• United States
• Puerto Rico
• U.S. Virgin Islands
Student Research and Travel Grants
New College's Office of Research Programs & Services helps faculty and students pursue opportunities for national and international study and research by providing information about grants and fellowships. Staff within the office can also provide assistance with applications, reference letters and other materials needed to apply for international study and travel grants. The New College Foundation and Alumnae/i Association also provide several Student Research and Travel Grants on a competitive basis each year.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College has a strong collection of materials for students in International Studies. Students have electronic access to journals and books, international media, law and treaties, as well as World Bank data and government finance statistics.
In addition, the library is home to the College's Language Resource Center (LRC), which is designed to provide resources and support to language students and faculty. Audio-visual and print resources, language software and games are available. It's also a social space where students can work individually or in groups as well as relax or interact with each other.
International Career Development Seminar
Each year, the New College International and Area Studies program co-hosts the International Career Development Seminar with Young Professionals for International Cooperation (UNA-USA) Sarasota Chapter. The event has brought in guest speakers from the UN, World Bank, Peace Corps and U.S. Foreign Service along with international organizations in the public and private sector in business, public health and advocacy. Through panel discussions, breakout Q&A sessions and networking with the presenters, students learn about a range of career possibilities around the globe.
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New Topics New College is a public lecture series that runs from October through March. Free to students, the series features guest speakers discussing a wide range of current topics and issues — local, national and international.
The annual Klingenstein Lecture features a guest lecturer in Judaic Studies.
New College also has a number of clubs and organizations that supplement cultural and language study in Latin, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.