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CLC expands internationalization with Fulbright to South Korea

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 18, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) International Student Advisor Lindsey Hobson was awarded the Fulbright U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Award. She’ll travel with a group of higher education administrators to South Korea in June 2022 for a 2-week seminar. The trip’s goal is to establish a reciprocal partnership opening doors for CLC students to study abroad and learn from Korean culture.

Lindsey Hobson was awarded the Fullbright U.S.-Korea International Administrators Award.“The best form of global diplomacy is human diplomacy,” said Hobson, who is eager to represent community colleges on this international delegation. “Opportunities like these reinvent international education as global engagement.”

Familiar with Korean culture after studying the language, Hobson will represent CLC as part of a delegation of eight international educators who will visit colleges and universities, as well as government and private sector agencies. They’ll meet with relevant personnel in order to become acquainted with the philosophy, organization, and management of Korean higher and international education programs. Cultural excursions will supplement professional and academic visits.

Aligning with the strategic goals of CLC's international education committee and Center for International Education (CIE), Hobson hopes to establish a relational foundation for future partnerships with South Korean universities. Currently, CLC has partnerships with universities in United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, China and Japan. With the help of this seminar, the CIE hopes to establish a fifth partnership to provide study abroad options for our students and Lake County community members interested in Korean language and culture.

Lindsey Hobson with Korean studentIn addition to the potential relationships that can be built, this trip will provide Hobson with needed cultural insights as South Korean students represent nearly 20 percent of CLC's international student population.

The International Education Administrators (IEA) awards are seminars designed to help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries. Selected applicants can learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Awardees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

As vaccination rates increase and international travel becomes more widely available, CLC is reigniting its commitment to global citizenship by providing affordable study abroad opportunities for the Lake County community. Several upcoming trips to places like Mexico, Poland and France are planned for summer 2022. Financial aid for qualified persons may be applied towards the cost of study abroad programs at CLC.

Director of CIE Jacob Cushing said, “When you look at how diverse Lake County is, it’s hard to ignore how many different cultures live in this area. International trips like these bring more cultural awareness and acceptance into our community.

Anyone can enroll in one of CLC’s study abroad trips. Most of the excursions are tied to enrollment in a course but starting with a week-long trip to London next summer, community members can sign up for abroad experiences without the coursework. This new initiative, called the CLC Community Travel Program, is offered to enhance educational and cultural enrichment of individuals in and around Lake County. Expanding affordable access to travel abroad builds compassion and inclusion, values at the heart of CLC. Get additional information if you’re interested in traveling to London with CLC.

Cushing says one of his favorite sayings: Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. “Nothing makes you more of a richer individual than experiencing another culture,” he says.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.