Latitudes and Attitudes
Andrew Sobiesuo, director of international education
In Andrew Sobiesuo's native country of Ghana, there are 32 different spoken languages. Not dialects. Languages.
"You grow up with the idea that in order to live and work in a community with people from different regions, you must speak a different language," according to Sobiesuo, associate provost for international education and director of the Center for International Education (CIE).
And that philosophy is the linchpin of CIE, which provides support services for international students and faculty, and coordinates study abroad programs that have become increasingly popular among students at the College.
For Sobiesuo, the shining stars of the Center for International Education are the broad range of faculty-led study-abroad programs. Imagine studying geology in the Galapagos Islands, neuroscience in Germany, archaeology in Turkey or the business of sports in the U.K., for instance. “Getting students out into the world is the No. 1 priority for me,” he says.
Josh Lieberman ’11, who went to India, summed up the value of his study abroad experience this way: “We were putting our conceptual knowledge from so many other courses to work in the world beyond the classroom. That was a huge takeaway for me.”