SUNY New Paltz offers study-abroad opportunities to freshmen

NEW PALTZ — In an effort to assist a number of top students who were hoping to enroll at the State University of New York at New Paltz this fall, the campus is offering various study-abroad opportunities to freshmen. Long a leader in international programs, New Paltz provides possibilities for students to study on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

“As part of our internationalization efforts,” said New Paltz’s director of international programs, Bruce Sillner, “we have created a unique option this year that will enable first semester freshmen to begin their college studies abroad at one of several of our many partner institutions. Students may choose from programs requiring proficiency in a foreign language or ones that are offered entirely in English.” Sillner pointed out that all credit earned abroad will count toward the New Paltz degree and all students who participate in this venture will be able to join their campus-based counterparts in the spring of 2000 as second semester freshmen.

“For many years, we have been encouraging our students to enhance their college experience with a semester or two of study in another country,” said President Bowen. “Although the international experience during the freshman year is unique within SUNY, it is a program that has met with great success at other colleges and universities. It is a program that we hope to grow in the years to come.”