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Queens' Rio Study Abroad Program Wins Innovation Award

06/12/17 -  


Queens' international studies program, renowned for high rates of student participation, was recognized this month for its innovation in learning and cultural engagement.

GoAbroad, an international studies organization, named Queens' digital media initiative at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the winner of the 2017 Innovative New Program award.

The program, led Queens' James L. Knight School of Communication faculty Joe Cornelius and Bob Page, engaged 19 students from Queens and six students from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo in the creation of digital media stories documenting the impact of the Olympic Games on the residents of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The students created 26 multimedia packages over a two-week period for NBC Charlotte's website; nine appeared on the national NBC Olympics website, and three appeared on USA Today. Because other journalists focused on the sports competitions, the students explored Brazilian culture, the Olympic movement and broadcasting operations. These assignments forced students to understand and explain content about Rio for a broader audience.

About 80 percent of Queens undergraduates study abroad, supported by the John Belk International Program, which covers major expenses for most study abroad opportunities. The national average for undergraduate study in foreign programs is less than 10 percent.

The Queens in Rio program was supported by Campus Brasil, a foreign study organization based in São Paulo. More information is available at, the Queens international studies website, and on the GoAbroad website.

Check out where our Summer 2017 JBIP trips have led our students this summer.

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