Photo Contest Awards Ceremony

International Education Week

Via Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The votes are in! Although the photo contest has ended, there will still be an awards ceremony to honor the winners and celebrate International Education Week (November 11-15, 2013)! Everyone is invited to attend, whether or not you have studied abroad. Not only will you have the chance to see beautiful works of art, but you will have the opportunity to experience the world through the lens and eye of students who have been able to see these amazing sights firsthand. The top 15 photos will be on display at the event, and the captivating images of our winners will be worthwhile to stop in and see. Office of Study Abroad staff will also be available to talk about upcoming Summer 2014 faculty-led programs for all who are interested. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tarble Arts Center Atrium

The photos will be on display at Tarble Arts Center for the week of November 11-15, and then will be moved to a display at Booth Library through the end of the semester.

For more information, check out our website, or contact us at with any questions you may have.

Study Abroad Photo Contest!


Photo courtesy of Betsy: Paris, France

As you all may have heard, the Office of Study Abroad is hosting a photo contest for all EIU students abroad as well as study abroad returnees! Submit your best photos for the following categories:

  • Landscapes
  • People
  • Food
  • Architecture/Monuments
  • Funny

You have until Friday, October 25, 2013 to submit!

We will select the top 3 photos in each category, then post each category’s top 3 to our Facebook page during the week of October 28 – November 1. Each category will be posted on a different day, and the photo with the most likes that day will be the overall winner of the category. There will be a judging panel to determine the top 3 overall winners of the competition.


  • Each student can submit a maximum of 2 photos per categoy
  • Photos must be high resolution
  • Filters (black & white, sepia, etc.) will be accepted, but any other edits/photoshopping must be disclosed with the entry and we may request an original copy
  • Include your name, email, major, year in school (if applicable), and the location of the photo
  • Submit photos by emailing us at, on our Facebook page, or share them with us via Dropbox


The winning photos will be mounted and displayed at the Tarble Arts Center Atrium during International Education Week (November 11-15, 2013). There will be an awards ceremony open to the public on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

*Prizes are TBD! Check out our website for the most up-to-date details.

Everyday Abroad: India

Asha House in New Delhi, India

Asha House in New Delhi, India

This past summer, I spent two weeks at the Asha House, a children’s home near Delhi. Here, I fell in love with 29 beautiful children who accepted me immediately upon my arrival. They tried (and failed) to teach me Hindi. But, they taught me cricket and seven stones, while I taught them how to do the Hokey Pokey. Asha, a Hindi word meaning “Hope”, is the perfect word to describe these children. Although they have faced more than I can ever imagine, they have an incredible hope for the future. To read more about the Asha House and  experiences in India, click here!

Experiencing a different lens; The cultural

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -St. Augustine

When we leave the United States, we fly away from everything that we know as truth. Our family, friends, foods, language, beliefs and more are left behind. Other than our perspective, our culture just can’t fit inside that suitcase. It’s all left safely on the ground below the pilot’s wingtips. Where we’re headed, none of it would make sense anyway.

Students returning from studies abroad are ready to tell us all about their experiences upon their arrival. We often hear about perspective. We often hear that it has changed. Students tell us that after spending time outside the United States, they return with fresh eyes and new considerations for what was once taken for granted.

I enjoy hearing these stories, these tales of enlightenment. They remind me of similar instances I’ve experienced while abroad. They remind me that our way isn’t the only way. They remind me that our way isn’t always the right way.


It was while lost in Greece, being led to my hostel by a woman whom I’d never met before, and with whom I could not communicate, that I recognized that hospitality only begins in the South.

It was when confronted with a French man who knew that I knew that he spoke English, but refused to speak anything but French, that I reconsidered the position of the Spanish speaker in the United States.

It was while reading about the latest Kathoey (transgendered) beauty contest winner in a local Thai newspaper that I acknowledged how much we really oppress particular genders and sexualities in the United States.

It was while drinking homemade wine with a Quechua family in the jungle of Ecuador that I truly realized happiness has absolutely nothing to do with how much or little one has.

It was while touring Cambodia that I understood circumstances can always be worse, and that smiles always do more than complaints.

It was while sitting in Office of Study Abroad that I heard a student say, “I learned to appreciate the small things in Italy, like sitting down for dinner. And not working through lunch.”

And I smiled.