Friday, 27 January 2012

SAIS Bologna students stretch their horizons

Ethiopia, Egypt, London, Jordan, Bosnia, Brussels, Switzerland, Florence, Dubai, Spain, Genoa, Portugal, Vienna.

SAIS Bologna students are on semester break next week, and their destinations give a taste of their interests and international outlook.

I spoke to a smattering of students the other day during a break in exam week and asked them what they planned to do next week. You can hear their answers in the video below.

Some themes emerge.

Many will be going to London and Brussels on trips organized by the Career Services department. In those two cities they will meet executives and policy makers, many of them SAIS alumni who provide insight into job opportunities.

Others will be going to Sarajevo on an annual trip organized by the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD). We wrote a post about this last year.

Some will be exploring countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East which are within relatively easy reach by plane. Others will be staying put in Bologna -- to play in an orchestra for Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, to write a thesis, to explore summer internships.

Towards the end of the break most SAIS Bologna students will be congregating in Vienna for another annual rite -- the Austrian ball. We hope the dancers will return to Bologna with photos of this stately affair that we can share with our readers next month.

If you are reading this via email, you can see the video by clicking here.

Nelson Graves