Go Global the “Greek” Way!

 

GreekForMe.com Guest Post For API Study Abroad, by Alicia Magda

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Henry Miller said it best – traveling and studying abroad isn’t just about trekking to a new location, it’s about absorbing all the rich experiences you’ll encounter and opening your mind up to new ideas and cultures. If you’re a fraternity brother or sorority sister, you likely joined to meet new friends and have new experiences – just like studying abroad. You might think that being a Greek means you have to stay on campus, but absolutely not – there’s plenty of Greeks that study abroad with fellow international Greeks. After all, your Greek brothers and sisters back home will love to receive your postcards, and you’ll be able to share all the international fraternity and sorority cultures with them. Here’s how to go global, the Greek way:

Consult Your Greek National Organization.

Every fraternity and sorority is affiliated with a national Greek organization. Many national organizations already have study abroad programs set up to connect you with fellow Greeks. Consult with your chapter officers on your plans and any information they have, and work with your school in preparing the necessary information and any needed interviews. It may seem daunting from the start, but studying abroad as a Greek is more common than you think, and your chapter’s national organization and your own college can help make it as seamless as possible.

Research Your Ideal Destination.

Your next step will be to decide on where you’ll be traveling to and the program of study you’ll be participating in. API’s Study Abroad Program Finder takes the stress right out of this, as we know there are quite a few choices out there! Once you have a few places in mind, work with your chapter’s national organization to see what fraternities or sororities exist in that location. You can also do some online research of your own, and personally contact fraternities or sororities in the location you’ll be studying in.

Participate Across The Miles.

You may not exactly be able to Skype in to every fraternity or sorority meeting, but ask your Greek brothers and sisters to include you, when possible, in meetings, even if it’s simply through a speakerphone phone conference. Ask them to continue to “cc” you on update emails throughout your chapter so you know what’s going on. Send post-cards at least twice per month, and a written letter or email to your Greek brothers and sisters once per month. It only takes a few months, but does keep you in touch with your Greek brothers and sisters back home.

Going Greek doesn’t mean you have to stay on campus – you have a whole globe to travel! Studying abroad as a Greek is very popular and is similar to studying abroad as a traditional student, with the added bonus of connecting with fellow Greek brothers and sisters. Have you studied abroad as a fraternity brother or sorority sister? What was your experience like?

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