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Potsdam Prepared: COVID-19 Updates

Study Abroad & National Student Exchange

The benefits of study abroad are immeasurable, both personally and professionally.

Spring and Summer 2021 study abroad, faculty-led travel courses, and the National Student Exchange Program have been suspended due to the global pandemic. We cannot guarantee that fall 2021 travel will be possible, but we are here to share the best current guidance and talk about options for fall 2021 and beyond. Make an appointment to see what might be possible next year, and work with us to start planning early. We can't wait to see where you'll go next. 

We are currently hiring a new Study Abroad Coordinator. While that process is underway, please email international@potsdam.edu with any questions. 

Broaden your horizons and:

  • Learn about the world, your country and yourself
  • Increase your openness to new ideas and become an independent thinker
  • Enjoy both academic and experiential learning
  • Deepen your cross-cultural understanding and appreciation
  • Mature and grow intellectually and become more flexible and self-confidence
  • Increase your career prospects
  • Have the time of your life while preparing for living and working in our globally interdependent world
Study Abroad in Australia

With a tank of air on her back and fins on her feet, Natalia Anapolis ’20 stepped into the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia. Suspended in an underwater world with creatures she had never seen before, Anapolis explored the Great Barrier Reef and marveled at the rays of light refracting throughout the water. Anapolis spent 13 weeks Down Under, as part of a student teaching program in Australia. She toured Australia's tropical East Coast and the outback, tried skydiving, visited the Sydney Opera House, and went scuba diving, in addition to completing a nine-week student teaching placement as part of her degree in childhood/early childhood education.

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World Class Experiences

From working on the floor of the New York State Assembly to helping with hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Julissa Santana ’20 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with unrivaled hands-on experiences. When she was just 13 years old, Santana left her home in the Dominican Republic for a completely new beginning in New York City.

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Crane Students Trek Through the Andes

Sixteen current and former Crane students traveled to South America for an epic journey through the Andes in Peru with Dr. Jeffrey Francom, an associate professor and coordinator of the choral area at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. They started by learning traditional Andean music at a cultural center in Calca, Peru, before setting out for a seven-day backpacking trip along the Salkantay and Inca Trails.

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Dancing in Dublin

Morgan Ose '19, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dance with a minor in pre-creative arts therapy at SUNY Potsdam, landed a unique Global Experiences internship last semester at the CoisCéim Dance Theatre—one of the top modern dance companies in Ireland.

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To Belize and Back

“This trip really made me realize how much I want to travel. The world feels very small here in Potsdam, so to go to another small part, in Belize, made me realize how large the world truly is. It was just so meaningful” -Madison Cleveland ’19

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Jamaica Field Service

The Jamaica Field Service Project is a service learning course on the diverse people, society, culture and musics of the Caribbean and West Indies.

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