STUDENTS OF THE WORLD
Study Abroad program, said that besides
the fee (and aside from the often-irresistible
excursions and social outings), such pro-
grams typically do not cost a student any
more than studying on campus. Still, he
said, "there's a case to be made that the
University does not support students who
want to study abroad. A great number of
faculty members want this changed."
of chemistry and chair of the faculty
advisory board for Study Abroad. Today's
students need to graduate with a global
perspective, he states. "American students
who haven't had an international experi-
ence have no idea what goes on in the
rest of the world," he said. "I suspect it's
always been important, but the fact that
we've had world wars is an indication of
how people can get brainwashed to think
that someone else is our enemy."
Two INTRAH staffers collect medical information from a client in the village of Matlab in Bangladesh.
When Kate Curtis ' 92 (MSPH, ' 96 PhD) was looking for a college to attend to further her education after finishing her undergraduate work at Middlebury
College in Vermont, she had one goal: "I was looking for the best school of public
health I could find, and after considering a lot of choices, I ended up at Carolina."
That choice not only produced the doctoral degree she sought, but it also
gave her the opportunity to conduct overseas research. A key part of that was
time Curtis spent working at the World Health Organization in Geneva on a
research grant through the Intrah program in the UNC School of Medicine.
"With the World Health Organization, we put together guidelines for medical
eligibility for contraceptive use," said Curtis, who now is a researcher with the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, working primarily
on contraception and women's issues.
As for her INTRAH experiences, she said: "It was an incredible opportunity
to get a bit of international experience. It gave me the sort of applied back-
ground I needed to be successful in my first position after graduating."
INTRAH-International Training in Health -was established in 1979 to pro-
vide assistance to developing countries in improving health care. It is operated out
of the UNC School of Medicine, and in the past 20 years it has sent doctors, fac-
ulty, staff and students to more than 40 countries.
"INTRAH has been one of the largest University programs to have a worldwide
presence," said Jim Lea, director of INTRAH and a professor in the department
of family medicine. "We represent one facet of what it means to be a global insti-
tution-to be a physical presence but also a channel through which ideas and
expertise flow in both directions."
-Dale Gibson ' 69
Novelli b er/ D ecfill b e r 1998
How international are we?
• Since 1993, the number of Carolina
students who have traveled abroad on
various programs administered by the
University's Study Abroad office nearly
doubled- from 284 to 512. Students
choose from a variety ofprogram structures
and locales, including exchange programs
for a semester, surnmer school seminars
and intensive language semesters in a long
list of countries, including Argentina, the
Czech Republic, England, France, Ghana,
Italy, Russia, Tanzania and Spain.
Florin said that when he joined the
geography faculty in the late 1960s,
international programs consisted of a
couple of foreign studies opportunities
and a handful of students.
"Only those with a very strong interest
went," Florin said. "The great majority
would never think of it."
• The University Center for Interna-
tional Studies (UCIS) was established in
1993 as a first effort at pulling together
and coordinating the University's varied
expertise in international affairs. UCIS
facilitates grant writing, establishment of
research programs, outreach programs
within the state and the development of
interdisciplinary courses. It operates on a
$250,000 budget from the University and
more than $1 million in grants. UCIS
does not have its own faculty. Said Asso-
ciate Director Kevin Moore: "We think
of the strengths of the University in the
subject area, go find those professors,
write the grant proposal, and then adminis-
ter the project."
Also within the College of Arts and
Sciences are Area Study Programs, which