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Purdue University providing virtual experince to study abroad this semester

Purdue University is catering toward students who are currently missing out on travel abroad opportunities with a virtual option.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 5:57 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is catering toward students who are currently missing out on travel abroad opportunities with a virtual option.

Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning (VEIL) is designed to give students the opportunity to consume information from different cultures from other regions of the world. It covers a variety of academic studies.

Ten programs that include around 100 students are currently taking place in the new program this fall on campus, and all 10 colleges are included.

Purdue's Dean of International Programs is Mike Brzezinski. He said this is a program that won't be limited to just this semester.

"Only about 30 percent of our students who graduate from Purdue at the undergraduate level, ever do study abroad," said Brzezinski.

"There is a large number you know 70 percent that don't. So this virtual experience will be I think something that will be with us into the future and will be very beneficial and helpful to the student experience here at the university."

"They can work together with individuals who probably think differently than they do," said Brzezinski. "Approach problem solving differently, and it helps them develop these strong intercultural skills of learning how to adapt to different styles and different ways of thinking."

The Black Cultural Center on campus will also host an interactive program this academic year in lieu of a scheduled trip in May to Brazil.

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