Until May 2016, Ryan Mills had never traveled anywhere that required a passport. But that month, he boarded a plane to Australia as part of the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP).
Over the course of 11 days, Mills visited Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns with the ISLP Business and Entrepreneurship Delegation. He then traveled alone to Brisbane before heading home to New York. He was even able to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.
“I was very nervous to travel to a foreign country with limited knowledge of the places I’d be and knowing not a single person ahead of time,” he said. “It has been almost seven months since leaving Australia, and I still talk to the friends I met there almost every single day.”
An Experience Like No Other
ISLP gives college and university students a global perspective on certain career fields through five delegations:
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- International Relations and Diplomacy
- Engineering and Technology
- Medicine and Science
- Nursing and Health Care
Depending on their delegation, students can visit four fascinating destinations: Australia, China, New Zealand or South Africa.
Delegations feature special access to leading professionals, specially arranged site visits, cultural immersions and direct interaction with students and educators in each host country. ISLP scholars come away with a new understanding of how their field is practiced in another part of the world.
Mills, a member of the Alpha Sigma Mu Chapter at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology in New York, is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration, focused on sports management.
“The International Scholar Laureate Program reached me via email through my Phi Theta Kappa membership, and when I read up on it, it was clear to me that this was an incredible opportunity that I didn’t want to miss,” he said.
Worth Every Penny
Phi Theta Kappa members have the chance to be nominated for the ISLP opportunity, typically receiving invitations to apply for the delegation as well as scholarships to help cover costs. Mills received a scholarship directly from ISLP and said the experience was “worth every penny.”
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Now Mills has caught the travel bug. He’s anxious to get back to Australia, but traveling to Europe and Asia has become a priority because he knows there is more out to see and experience.
“I would encourage every student to study abroad while still in college if they have the means, because you never know when another opportunity might present itself,” he said. “Exploring the world and taking in foreign cultures is an experience unlike any other.
“The sooner you start traveling, the sooner you will realize that there is so much of the world you have yet to see, and it’s right there waiting for you.”
Choose your career delegation. Select a destination. Apply now for 2017 International Scholar Laureate. The deadline to enroll is February 24, 2017.
If you have any questions or would prefer to complete enrollment over the phone, contact ISLP Office of Admissions at 800.778.0164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.