For a group of Stevens students, the end of the fall semester signaled the beginning of a new adventure. This adventure took the form of a trip sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Intersession Abroad, when a group of students and staff members participated in a 10-day excursion to Prague, Vienna, and Berlin. An annual program at Stevens, students are able to experience the culture of Europe at an affordable rate with their friends… and maybe even learn a thing or two.
For instance, Erica Carpenter ('10) learned that when traveling “bring American cold remedies because outside Germany their cough medicines [aren’t as effective].” Andrew Kaplan ('09) learned (the hard way) that Europe has “a lot of small doors.”
Typical for Stevens students, the remnants of the Berlin Wall and bomb shelters in Prague are not always enough to distract from their chosen fields of study. Andrew, who has passionately studied traffic engineering in his civil engineering courses, was excited that “the opportunity to learn about the transportation systems of Europe, including the subways, streetcars, and driver-pedestrian interactions expanded my professional knowledge.”
Intersession Abroad is just one of many opportunities Stevens students have for international experiences. Students regularly study abroad in the UK, Australia, Spain, Turkey, and Israel. The Stevens chapter of Engineers Without Boarders also regularly travels to the Dominican Republic to use their technological skills to improve life for the nation’s population.
- Regina Pynn, ‘11
Photos by Mike Manzella, ‘09