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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Princeton to Encourage Prefreshman to Volunteer Abroad for One Year Before College

See "Princeton plans for an early year abroad," NYT, 2/19/08, at A19

-Princeton to encourage 10% of prefreshman to go abroad before college

2 comments:

Thomas said...

Princeton needs this the most of any of the ivies. Once you start there, the system discourages you from leaving.

Tom '03, NYC

Thomas said...

.... I should be more precise - Princeton discourages you from leaving CAMPUS: it's inconvenient to study abroad, and the culture encourages you to get a summer internship in "the city."

Of course, some students find a way to get abroad, usually just to Western Europe. But it's not like at other schools.

A group of friends and I did a summer teaching project in Ghana one year, and I remember that the school was super nervous about it. Years later, based on what I gained from my experience abroad, I decided to come work for Projects Abroad ( http://www.projects-abroad.org ), a program that facilitates projects like this.

At the time I felt like a black sheep in the Princeton crowd. So it's nice to see the school finally doing something to address this issue.