When I look at my schedule for my quarter in Madrid, I still am a bit skeptical of my seemingly miniscule course load. Twelve units? Never in my time at Stanford did I think I would be taking the minimum. There’s always been somewhere between six and 100 classes that I want to take each quarter and there’s also this little voice in my head telling me that to not take classes is to miss an invaluable opportunity. So, tuning that voice out here in Spain hasn’t been easy, but each and every day I am thankful that I’ve made the decision. And no, it’s not because I get to hit the snooze button a few times — flamenco class is making sure that doesn’t happen. It’s because more and more, I am coming to realize that the classroom here is not in a classroom.
While you guys are wrapping up week two of the quarter, my everlasting pre-Oxford spring break continues. Needless to say, four straight weeks in Scranton might get a little soul-crushing, so I did what any sane person would do: I took a trip to Europe for the weekend.
Three topics of discussion took the spotlight at the Faculty Senate’s Mar. 31 meeting: the Stanford Research Center at Beijing, earthquake preparedness and innovative curriculum design.
The Bing Overseas Seminars program is “highly likely” to start up again in the summer of 2012, according to Irene Kennedy, executive director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP).
Stanford hopes to develop a study abroad program in the Middle East within the next few years, said Robert Sinclair, Robert Burke Family director of the Bing Overseas Study Program. The Bing Program plans to first implement a three-week summer seminar in the region, hopefully in summer 2012, and establish a center and a more extensive program at a future time.
Stanford students often hear about the pastries in Paris, the karaoke in Kyoto and the soccer in Santiago from the 800 or so students who participate in the Bing Overseas Study Program (BOSP) each year. By comparison, the experiences of the roughly 100 students who enroll in non-BOSP programs each year have not been in the limelight.
Based on student opinions, ASSU discussed the possibility of expanding BOSP and adding a campus location in the Middle East.
Recently released Clery reports for Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) centers detail crime at and near Stanford centers in 2009. No crime was reported for the Beijing, Berlin, Madrid, Oxford, Paris or Santiago centers, while the crimes reported for the Florence, Moscow and Kyoto centers occurred on public property near the sites.